SF Asian American Film Festival 2012: “Mr. Cao Goes To Washington”, “A Lot Like You”, and “The Crumbles” Reviews and Trailers

Mr. Cao Goes To Washington

This documentary follows the first ever Vietnamese-American congressman, Joesph Cao throughout his tenure as the representative of Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district and leading up to his re-election campaign.  The movie is at its best and most interesting when it touches on topics of race and partisan politics and at its most pandering when trying to formulate suspense from election campaign drama via forced editing.  This movie is sure to start some lively debates from those who enjoy talking politics.  Political junkies shouldn’t miss this one.

A Lot Like You

Watching first time filmmaker (at least according to her IMDB page) Eliaichi Kimaro‘s introspective documentary on her family’s roots was a bit like reading a grade school student’s essay in where every sentence begins with the word “I.”  Aside from this noticeable distraction, and the muzak inspired soundtrack, my interest was still able to be held.  Sure, this movie left me with that feeling one gets when they are forced to watch someone elses home movies, but at least this one had some animation, as minimal as it was.

Seriously though, good for you, Eliaichi.  You created a movie that serves a higher purpose than film festival exposure, that of family documentation for both your daughter and her family, and so on, and so on.  Kudos.

The Crumbles

Akira Boch’s first venture into feature-length filmmaking has all the tropes of the stereotypical “indie” movie.  The minimalist plot revolves around a few early 20-somethings forming a band and being young and hip city dwellers.  The actors aren’t exactly the best, but I have also seen worse.  And both the dialogue and music is, well, for lack of a better word “indie.”

Being that a lot of this movie contains a genre of music that doesn’t at all appeal to me, add to that some non memorable performances, I could just write off the entire movie as a bad viewing experience, but that’s not entirely the case here.  When all was said and done, I walked away from this movie with a sense of 20-something nostalgia, and a nagging thirst for some refreshing Lagunitas bottled beer.


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