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We're Not All Ninjas: The Podcast

We're Not All Ninjas is a movie review podcast focusing on Asian American Representation in Hollywood Films. Hosted by Melissa Slaughter, Rachel Liu, and Alex Chester Music by Ryan Majoris
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Dec 11, 2018

Happy Holidays! We've got a special treat. We interviewed James Wan, director of the upcoming DCEU film "Aquaman." We talk the look of the underwater Kingdom, the biracial nature of Aquaman, and how James' film "The Conjuring" broke Rachel Liu. 

Nov 13, 2018

We've got an update for you! Listen to hear more and make sure to find Melissa at the Werk It! Podcast Conference at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY on November 13th and 14th. 

Nov 13, 2018

In our final full film review of Season 3, we talk about the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody! Melissa loves Freddie Mercury but is that enough to save this movie? With special guest Christian Dan Luu, Melissa and Rachel break down the film's interpretation about the first Asian Rock God. 

Oct 23, 2018

In a special October bonus, we interview Nick Neon, writer, director, actor and fellow Hapa. We discuss being a Hapa filmmaker, his film Zero One, and intersectional art. 

On Saturday the 27th at 3pm at the Wythe Hotel, we'll be cohosting Nick's film Zero One at KAFFNY (Korean-American Film Festival of NY).

Use promo code NOTNINJA30 for discounted tickets! 

Buy KAFFNY tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kaffny-2018-infinite-love-tickets-51109847931

KAFFNY Schedule: http://www.kaffny.org/

Oct 9, 2018

#AsianAugust live on! This month, we're talking about the thriller Searching. We talking John Cho and other leading Asian men, creating Asian families on screen, and what does the TV world looks like for representation in 2018. 

It's Been A Minute with John Cho and Aneesh Chaganty: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/08/636576081/john-cho-and-aneesh-chaganty-on-searching 

They Call Us Bruce with John Chohttps://theycallusbruce.libsyn.com/episode-47-they-call-us-john-cho 

 

Avatar and a non-whitewashed cast: https://deadline.com/2018/09/avatar-the-last-airbender-live-action-series-netflix-1202467089/ 

Sep 11, 2018

Keeping it going with #StillAsianSeptember. To All The Boys I've Loved Before is out on Netflix now, and we cover Lana Candor, Hapa representation and the lack of Asian males in teenage films. 

Callie Crossley for WGBH: https://www.wgbh.org/news/commentary/2018/09/02/im-thinking-of-going-to-see-crazy-rich-asians-again?platform=hootsuite

 

Lana Candor (The Cut): https://www.thecut.com/2018/08/interview-lana-condor-on-to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before.html 

Aug 28, 2018

Part two of two! We got special guest, Jonathan Castanien (host of Not So Ancient) to help us finish up Crazy Rich Asians. We talk the sequel, new Asian-focused projects, Awkafina's "blaccent", and Rachel drops some knowledge on China's relationship with hip hop. 

Yuri Kochiyama: Japanese-American Civil Rights Activist

Joel Kim Booster on Conan

Michelle Yeoh was called a Banana

Find Not So Ancient on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more! @NotSoAncient

Aug 21, 2018

We saw Crazy Rich Asians a week before its official opening because we're, well, crazy like that. So this is our hot take in Crazy Rich Asians, before it's #GoldOpen 35 million dollar opening weekend. This is part one of two, since there's so much to cover, from hot abs to why #representationmatters. 

Emily Yoshida's Vulture Review

Seattle Times Review

Melissa's Nerds Of Color Review 

Aug 9, 2018

Almost ten years have passed since The Cove was released; the documentary about Japanese fishermen hunting dolphins and small whales became a international phenomenon. The Cove created a one-sided narrative. Japanese filmmaker Megumi Sasaki saw this disparity in narratives and decided to embark on her own documentary A Whale Of A Tale. Her film is a counter-narrative to that of The Cove. Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1960505270/a-whale-of-a-tale-a-documentary-film 

Aug 7, 2018

We are one week away from the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians! Writer/content creator Nathan Ramos (Club Mickey Mouse) guested this week to talk to about Crazy Rich Asians and all the controversies surrounding it from Henry Golding to the "Asian Black Panther." 

Jul 10, 2018

This week, we cover Ocean's 8, the all-lady reboot of the Ocean's franchise. We talk Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, and how one cameo saved them all. So here's to all the little girls who want to grow up to commit some crimes!

 

Nerd's of Color: 

Mindy Kahling's 8 

Jun 26, 2018

In a summer bonus, we cover Deadpool 2, and the TV shows Altered Carbon and Sense8. Rachel breaks down the trope of Women in Fridges, and we break down the issue with Yukio's hair streak. 

Jun 12, 2018

Our Ocean's 8 episode will come out later. But in the meantime, we got an interview with star on the rise, Awkwafina! Besides Ocean's 8, her latest album, "In Fina We Trust", dropped a few days ago. And next she's starring in Crazy Rich Asians

So hear her here before she blows up this summer! 

"In Fina We Trust" is out now on Spotify, Itunes and anywhere music can be found. Ocean's 8 is in theatres now. 

May 31, 2018

HB Studio had a panel and we moderated! We talk Sierra Boggess in West Side Story, creating new works, and actors asking the question "Am I right for this role?" Big thanks to panelists Annie Henk, Tonilyn Sideco, and Peter J. Kuo, sound engineer Alexandra Chludzinska, and The New School.

HB Studio Panel: https://hbstudio.org/calendar/race-casting-and-representation-a-panel-discussion-live-podcast/

Sierra Boggess and West Side Storyhttp://www.playbill.com/article/sierra-boggess-withdraws-from-west-side-story-concert 

Linda Park and Cat On A Hot Tin Roofhttp://www.laweekly.com/arts/for-the-first-time-ever-an-asian-american-has-been-cast-in-a-classic-tennessee-williams-role-8049025

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and the Edward Albee Estate: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/theater/a-black-actor-in-virginia-woolf-not-happening-albee-estate-says.html 

May 8, 2018

We. Are. Not. Okay! We talk about the latest Avengers installment.  Rachel cries it out, Melissa lives in corrections corner, and Alex is plain mad. Is Wong a stereotype? Is Mantis more than meets the eye? Is there gonna be an Amadeus Cho movie? Find out in this episode! Spoilers start at 13:27

We also breakdown the Crazy Rich Asians trailer and Black Panther. 

 

Keep It (43:47): https://crooked.com/podcast/kanye-dont-impress-much/

Mantis and her original portrayal: https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/17/15624888/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-mantis-wrong 

Mantis and Submissive Asian Women: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/asian-women-abuse-in-science-fiction 

 

Apr 26, 2018

We all watched a bunch of movies in March. Let's celebrate one of our favorites, Tomb Raider starring Into the Badlands' Daniel Wu! Plus a shoutout to our favorite Hapa, Lewis Tan. See how Tomb Raider does on the Abacus, and hear what movies we're excited about. 

Apr 11, 2018

We had so many movies to watch in March! We review some faves/dislikes, before moving on to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Find out how we rate it on the Abacus! 

LA Times' Justin Chang piece: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-isle-of-dogs-review-20180321-story.html

Vulture's Emily Yoshida Piece: http://www.vulture.com/2018/03/what-its-like-to-watch-isle-of-dogs-as-a-japanese-speaker.html

Honest Trailers Every Wes Anderson Movie Ever:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trWLY6NrS2Q  

Mar 13, 2018

Awards season is officially over! We wanted to watch the Oscars and give our own thoughts to the biggest award show of the year. We talk Shape of Water, 3 Billboards, Call Me By Your Name, Abicus: Small Enough To Jail, and so much more! Big thanks to special guest Anne Hu (Cake).  

Feb 14, 2018

We're back! On Valentine's Day, we talk about Melissa's OTP, the lovely and talented Kelly Marie Tran, and why fan boys are in such a tizzy over TLJ. Featuring a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. 

Nov 21, 2017

We put out 10 episodes, had some great guests and talked about some great (and not-so-great movies.) This is the end of Season 2, and we talk about all the things we're thankful for! Thanks, everyone! 

Nov 14, 2017

Comedian Jes Tom and Melissa sit down to talk about their Ghost In The Shell PSA (the viral video from this spring), their shared Japanese Internment history, and the responsibility of artists. 

Nov 7, 2017

It's a bonus with special guest Anna Suzuki! We talked the controversy surrounding director Ana Lily Amipour, rabbit cafes, and reclaiming the name of the Jewish American Princess. 

Oct 31, 2017

We break down Ana Lily Amirpour and her summer movie starring Jason Momoa and Keanu Reeves. We have varying opinions but boy are they strong! With special guest Anna Suzuki (AZN-POP!) 

 

 

Oct 24, 2017

It's a Big Sick Bonus! We talk about growing up in Asian-American families, interracial relationships, model minorities, and how there are no Asian on SNL. 

Oct 17, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani shared his true life love story and we are here for it! We talk interracial dating, immigrant parents, relationships between the North and South, and who would play us in the story of our lives. 

Read Emily's Lenny Letter about the experience at Girlfriend In A Coma

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