All posts by Christine Chen

College graduate from Appalachian State University. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Oldest of three siblings. Living my best nerd life. Connoisseur of good food and good beer.

5 Fantastic Beasts Movies

JK Rowling announced and confirmed that there will be 5 Fantastic Beasts movies… Seems a bit excessive for a 304 page book but I will take it! Time to dive into another world and time period of magic. My best guess for the need of 5 movies made would be to explore “Ilvermorny” and the “Magical Congress of the USA”? All new material released by JK Rowling so maybe instead of writing books about these topics, let’s translate it into movie format. Newt Scamander is already in New York so why not continue to explore magic happening in North America?? There is also rumor of seeing the history between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.. Not sure what we have in store but I am ready for all things magical.


POV: #MakeMulanRight

Word on the street is that there is talks of Disney making a live action version of Mulan. One of my top favorites Disney movies if you must know. I love that it was not a love story and about strength and doing what is right. She is no damsel in distress. It was cool seeing an animated film where all the characters were Asian or of Asian influence.

#MakeMulanRight started because the original draft of the movie was going to have white male lead… Hmm last time I checked, all the chracters in the animated Mulan movie that came out in 1998 were all Asian so one would assume that if Disney wanted to make a live action version, they would cast mainly Asian actors and actresses?

According to Hypable, Li Shang would be replaced by a European trader who decided to help the Imperial Army of China because he has his sights set on Mulan. And to add injury to insult, Mulan would not be the heroine who saves all of China but the credit would go to this random European dude. Ummm say what?? The story is already there. Why change a good thing? I am all for an opportunity to showcase more Asian actors and actresses because you just don’t see them often and if there was ever a movie for there to be more than one this would be it. 20 years later, a live action remake. Let’s make it happen Disney!

P.S. I would not be opposed if Ming-Na Wen wanted to be incorporated into the live action remake. Maybe Mulan’s mom?? *wink wink nudge nudge*

Winner Winner, Direwolf Dinner!

Yours truly just won 2 tickets to the Game of Thrones Experience coming to Charlotte, NC in March 2017! Yes you read that correctly! I actually won! Being a newsletter subscriber to the local radio station paid off for once. I never usually win contests and I figured, Okay, sure why not?

game of thrones contest

The tickets are located in the upper level of the Arena. WOOHOO FOR FREE TICKETS 🙂 Big shoutout to “I Heart Radio” and “Channel 96.1” in Charlotte, NC for selecting me as the winner!

POV: Pokemon Go Plus

Pokémon GO Plus is a small device that you can wear that will allow you to play Pokemon Go “on the go”. So many of us aspiring Pokemon trainers are guilty of constantly staring down at our phones and not paying attention to our surroundings. This device will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

PokeStop Alerts – The small device will blink and vibrate when you are within range of a PokeStop. All you have to do to collect from the PokeStop is to press the Pokémon GO Plus button. Swipe to add the items to your inventory.

Pokemon Nearby – The light on the small device will flash when a Pokemon is nearby your location. You can press the button the Pokémon GO Plus to throw a Poke Ball. There is a catch, you can only throw Poke Balls at Pokemon you have caught before. The small device will flash and vibrate to indicate that it stayed in the ball!

My only suggestion would be to somehow incorporate the ability to track our steps or location to count toward hatching our eggs. I hesitate to buy this small device because I still have to open the app open on my phone in order to hatch my eggs. I wear a fitness band 90% of the time so if it can track my steps… I feel like Pokemon Go Plus should take my daily steps, movement, location, etc. into account. Am I right?

POV: Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One

I understand that the Ancient One is just a character that can technically be played by anyone whether male or female. My only gripe is that an opportunity to cast a possible Asian actor or actress presented itself and Hollywood decided to cast a caucasian female instead. According to the comics, the Ancient One originated from the Himalayas so one would think let’s cast someone similar to that geography. Of course many movie adaptations do not copy everything from the original source material but it would have been a nice tribute to the creators that created the character. I am sure Tilda Swinton will put her own creative spin on the Ancient One so it will be interesting to see how it will play out on the big screen.

Marvel issued a statement at that time, saying that the Ancient One “is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic.”