A man gets off work, gets the mail, pays his bills, eats a steak, and cries for no reason. The end.

It is no secret that I prefer realistic movies that depict everyday situations over international spies trying to stop acts of terrorism, groups of attractive young adults getting killed one horrible death after another or, I don’t know, two middle-aged British comic book nerds trying to protect an alien from being captured by the US government. Apparently, I’m a simple man who is attracted to simple things.

Now, when it comes to movies inspired by true events, that’s a little bit more complicated. The type of movies I like to watch tend to be more light-hearted comedy-dramas that make you smile and be happy that you’re alive, and most movies inspired by true events are, well, not light hearted and generally do not make you smile. Some quick examples: Shattered Glass, The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind. Yeah, all great movies, but not the most uplifting.

I don’t often keep up with upcoming movies but lately, I ‘ve been looking at trailers and looking up upcoming movies. I’ve noticed quite a few biographical movies. All of them appealed to me, not because they’re feel-good, lighthearted comedy dramas, but because they all depict real life situations that people can relate to. All we need now is a movie inspired by the true story of a struggling blogger who’s trying to balance their blog, their job, a relationship and their large collection of Batman figures. Oh, and freaking out every time their internet connection takes more than two seconds to load something. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

The Big Sick
Based on the lives of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his writer wife Emily Gordon, a Pakistani man struggles with his relationship with a White woman due to the objections of his traditional family, and things get complicated when she suddenly falls ill and is hospitalized.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a romantic comedy inspired by true events. It’s a breath of fresh air, since most movies inspired by true events are heavy dramas that focus on situations that, yes, could happen in real life but isn’t necessarily as relatable. This movie is filled with them: falling in love with someone and struggling to make the relationship work, trying to please your parents but yourself as well, race issues, coping with health issues, etc. Even though it is a movie that depicts everyday life, it stands out and warms your heart. But not warm enough for it to burst out of your chest.

Stronger
Inspired by true events, a man has to cope with losing both of his legs after a bomb goes off at the Boston Marathon.

OK, I have to admit something. Although I am, of course, well aware of the Boston Marathon bombing, I was not aware of this particular story. I’m drawn to this particularly because I enjoy stories of people dealing with difficult situations. This will definitely be difficult to watch though.

I do have to admit that I was distracted throughout the entire trailer because I thought Jake Gyllenhaal had a strong resemblance to Steve Carell in this movie. Well, right now he doesn’t because Steve Carell now has gray hair and apparently Jimmy Fallon is going for the Mr. Potato Head look.

Thank You for Your Service
Based on the biographical book of the same name by David Finkel, a group of soldiers struggle with returning back from a tour in Iraq.

Based on the trailer, this looks to be like yet another generic military movie about soldiers unable to move on from their tragic past. Again, though, I’m a sucker for a story with a protagonist struggling with a problem, especially one that’s more internal than external. Ugh. I know I’m horrible. I would rather watch a movie about, let’s say a woman struggling with an alcohol addiction over a sexy spy doing a sexy mission with a team of sexy spies. I’m tired of sexy. I want raw emotional excruciating pain that makes you scream in the pouring rain and wish for a quick death that will never happen. Is that so hard to ask for?

There are a million movies and I want to watch the one with the badass accountant

Admittedly, I’m not a big movie fan. It’s difficult for me to find a movie that I’m interested in. It can go either end of the spectrum. Either it is so uninteresting that I’m literally bored to tears or there’s so many things happening that I’m not paying attention to what’s going on. This is especially true with action movies. Yes, I’m someone who actually gets bored with the hero beats up 25 guys in five minutes. And then, for whatever reason, an explosion happens and more people die. Yeah… I prefer two people having a witty conversation and sharing friendly banter while eating grilled cheese sandwiches.

OK. That’s not what I quite had in mind.

If I had to make a list of all of the movies I’ve enjoyed watching, the list would be quite small and many of you would scream in horror and run away from my blog. At least one of you will force me to watch Jurassic Park.

Getting excited for a movie before it comes out doesn’t happen to me frequently. Particular with action movies. Everyone is excited and counting the days. Me, I’m just eating pasta watching reruns of House Hunters saying, “Meh, I might check it out from the library two years from now.” Once in a while, I do find a movie I actually want to see. I usually still wait for the DVD though. Hey, I’m Asian. That will always be my defense.

The Accountant
When an accountant who has autism helps another accountant from a robotics company when she finds an accounting error in her company’s finances, they’re both targeted for death.

What’s more exciting than an action hero with badass fighting and shooting skills? An accountant with badass fighting and shooting skills. I like action movies, but I tend to get lost with the lack of a backstory and plotline. There is no shortage of backstory or plotline here. You immediately connect with Christian and you’re literally on an emotional rollercoaster, which makes it ironic since Christian cannot relate to people emotionally. I’m still going with it though.

Love, Rosie
Based on the book Where Rainbows Grow by Cecelia Ahern, two long-time childhood friends have to balance their feelings for each other with the other aspects of their lives.

Spanning over the course of ten plus years, the movie explores the complicated friendship between Rosie and Alex. We get both points of views, and we see the ups and downs of their friendship. I was attracted to this movie due to the raw representation of real life. We all want t pursue things but something always gets in the way. At what point do we just say “screw it”? Not enough, apparently.

Woman in Gold
Inspired by true events, a woman, with the help of her lawyer, the son of a friend, sues the Austrian government for possession of a portrait of her aunt.

As a man who values nostalgia and sentimentality, a movie about a woman trying to obtain an old family portrait from a government entity appeals to me. The fact that this is a true story adds to it. Helen Mirren’s sassiness helps too.

There’s a sea of goats and no one is staring at them

Normally, when it comes to movies, I like light-hearted realistic comedy-dramas. I pretty much watch all genres except for horror. I’m sorry, but if I’m watching a movie, I want to enjoy myself. Watching a group of terrified people being killed one by one isn’t enjoyable for me.

Comedies are a hit or miss for me. They’re usually too ridiculous and unrealistic for me to enjoy. There are, however, a handful of comedies that, although ridiculous and over the top for my tastes, I’ve enjoyed. Below are a few of my favorites.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

A down-on-his-luck journalist stumbles across a man who claims he was trained in the army as a psychic soldier and has been recently activated for a secret mission.

Since I come from a journalism background, I am pleasantly surprised whenever I come across a TV show or movie about journalism or a journalist. While this particular movie has a ridiculous storyline that can be sometimes hard to follow, it is light-hearted and different. I can go without Ewan McGregor’s horrible attempt at an American accent though.

Paul

Two British men visiting America for a comic book convention help an alien who is on the run from being captured.

Full of profanity and sexual innuendo, paul is definitely not for you if you shake your head in disgust whenever a couple is holding their hands in public. I consider myself modest but I quite enjoyed this movie. It’s funny, heart-warming and will make you nauseous at times. What more can you ask for?

The To Do List

An over-achiever high school graduate makes a list of sexual acts she wants to experience before she goes to college.

When I originally saw this trailer, I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to like it. IT seemed like the epitome of a teen comedy that would just make me groan in disapproval. Surprisingly, I liked it. Obviously, it’s a bit raunchy and at times, in poor taste, but hey it’s a teen movie about an awkward teen who is on a sex quest. You get what you get.

Getting to know myself intimately in a very public way.

I’ve said it once, I will say it a million times. I hate it when people ask me what my favorite things are. I immediately panic and my mind goes blank. By now, I should know that I always have to have default answers to questions I know I will get asked on a regular basis. Where are you from? What are your favorite TV Shows? What music do you like? What types of books are you? What type of Asian are you? Luckily, I know that I’m Chinese, so that’s one question that I don’t have to worry about. Yay. I will take a moment to celebrate by throwing dried rice up in the air. Oh, wait. That’s something else. Screw it. I’m throwing dried rice in the air to celebrate my Asianness.

You must want to ask me, “Kenny, how do you not know where you’re from?” Well, it’s complicated. Depending on my mood, I will give a range of answers. I usually just say that I’m from Queens, New York because that is where my heart is. Technically, though, I’m from New Jersey. Eh, it’s close enough. I do have a long-winded answer waiting in the wings for when I want to explain the saga of where I’m from.

For questions regarding my favorite things, I usually just say “A little bit of everything.” Sometimes they leave it at that. Other times, they ask specific question after specific question, and I’m lead down to an existential rabbit hole of awkwardness and regret.

The main reason why I do not like to mention the things I like is because I am a bit cautious about mentioning things that the other person might not be aware of. I always assume that the only shows they know of are Friends and ER and they’re only aware of super-mainstream bands and artists to, like, I don’t know, Madonna, the Rolling Stones or Beyonce. During one such occurrence, I said I liked Billy Joel and Hootie and the Blowfish. They’re fine, but they’re not really an accurate representation of what I like.

So, here I am, putting myself out there. I will essentially have a conversation by myself with the point of asking various “What do you like questions?” If you choose to leave now, I won’t blame you. I’m just hoping I don’t shrivel up and, you know, die.

What kind of music do you like?

Folk, Rock, Pop

How interesting. What are your favorite musicians/bands?

Joshua Radin, The Black Keys, Aerosmith

How about movies. What type of movies do you like?

Pretty much everything except for horror.

That’s a shame. What are your favorite movies?

50/50, Juno, Hot Fuzz

What’s 50/50?

It’s a comedy/drama about a man dealing with cancer.

Sounds sad. Do you watch TV?

Yes, I watch petty much everything.

Oh, great. Like what?

Burn Notice, Dexter, Breaking Bad

What do you like to do for fun?

The usual boring stuff. Writing, Reading, Web Design

Oh, you like to read? What do you like to read?

Pretty much everything. I especially like memoirs and autobiographies.

Can you give me some examples?

Amy Poehler’s book. There are others, but they’re really not well known. I like to read memoirs written by eveyday people.

How wonderful. I have to go now. Goodbye. -scurries off-

Um, bye.

Revealing my deep dark secrets through my DVD collection

When it comes to technology, I’ve always been a few steps behind. I’ve never owned an Ipod or mp3 player. I still have a pay-as-you-go phone. I barely use Facebook or Twitter. The one thing I have done is rely on streaming services and the like for my media needs. Oh no, I’ve become the worst thing possible: a millennial. Quick, someone, save me from this horrible fate.

I collect pretty much everything. Although I have a decent DVD collection, it is nowhere near as large as I would want. I know. I know. It’s starting to becoming outdated to own a DVD collection now, but I do like having DVDs on hand. It takes me a while to finish a series. Heck, I’m still on season 3 of Breaking Bad. It’s also nice to have them on hand when the Internet connection is down. Here is what I currently have on my DVD shelf. On top of this, I have dozens of DVDs hidden in the depths of storage.

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I’m more of a fan of TV shows than movies but because of Netflix and other streaming services, I pared down my collection mostly TV shows that are unavailable online. Yes, among the pile of forgotten DVDs are various seasons of Friends. I know at least one of you is crying right now.

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I also have quite a few animated and anime TV shows. Although most of them can be watched online, with these particular shows, I like having DVD copies of them to preserve my nostalgia and memory of them. I’m such a sentmentalist, I know. That’s what you get from a person who has a nostalgia blog though.

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I’ve found it to be extremely difficult for me to find movies that interest me. With that said, as you can see, I like pretty much everything except for horror movies. If I wanted to be scared, I’d watch House of Cards. But, of course…

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I think I’ve lost all credibility since I happen to have this.

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Yeah, don’t ask.

The desire to watch a film where Chris Pine is not shooting anyone

Every once in a while, I enjoy watching an action-adventure or a suspense thriller or a fantasy/supernatural of some sort. My heart, however, belongs to realistic comedy dramas. It might be because there’s just something abut watching something in film or TV that could actually happen in real life that makes me feel all warm and nostalgic inside. Oh, no. There I go throwing the N word again. Let’s just move on to the movies I’ve enjoyed that fit this genre.

50/50

Summary: A young man finds out he has cancer and undergoes chemo therapy.

Thoughts: It’s a touching, heartfelt film that will pull you into the life of a character who is dealing with a difficult situation and trying to hold everything together.

People Like Us

Summary: After the death of his father, a man finds out he has a half-sister.

Thoughts: It’s more drama than comedy, but it’s lighthearted enough to make up for the lack of comedy.

The Kids Are All Right

Summary: The teenage children of a lesbian couple want to connect with their sperm donor father.

Thoughts: It’s a quirky film that has its comedic and heartwarming moments, but there are also some moments in the film where it’s as boring as real life.