Category Archives: movies

Emil Amok’s Takeout: Happy July 4th, 5th, 6th… Hamilton, Mt. Rushmore, plus another TED Talk.

Hey, Happy Fourth. I finally got around to “Hamilton.” It only took me five years. It’s easier to get into Harvard.
And guess what. My buddy Ishmael Reed was right. So why are brown and black actors playing the oppressors so cool?
That and a lot more on this episode.

And when you’re done, check out my columns here.

Emil Guillermo: R.I.P. Prince. Still can’t believe it. The world has lost one of the great pop geniuses of our time. A true Global Idol, everything you hear today owes a debt to Prince. See what the President said.

Emil Guillermo: Snowed in? This is why God created binge-watching. Opportunity to be snowbound with Rachel Bloom in hot pursuit of Vincent Rodriguez III in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Really, when was the last time you saw a Filipino American male treated like an object of desire on TV?

Not since my perm days as a local TV guy in San Francisco, right?

But Vincent Rodriguez III, born in San Francisco and raised in the Filipino enclave of Daly City, California, wouldn’t have his chance on network TV without Rachel Bloom.

Bloom is seen her taking  stage as her name is called for the Critics Choice Award for best  actress in a comedy series, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

But I’d name her best executive producer for insertion of a Filipino American story line in a network series.


Read my Column about the show and Vincet Rodriquez III and you’ll see why I have this obsession about this show (at least this season).

Then go to my Q and A with Vincent (edited transcript) on

And you get to see the great performance of Amy Hill, who plays the Filipino mom. One of the original cast members from Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl,” Hill has endured the scene with her comic genius intact.



To watch “Crazy Ex-Girl Friend” for free (at least until Monday): You can start from the beginning, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving show.

If you’re still snowbound, there’s one good reason to move from east to west—to  Daly City, California, West Covina North.


Emil Guillermo: Have you seen Oscar nominated “Spotlight” yet? Dying breed of movie on a dying breed of journalism.

Just saw “Spotlight,” nominated for six  Oscars, including best picture.

It’s about an investigation into the cover-up of Catholic clergy abuse in the Boston area in 2002.

There is no nudity. No  sex scenes. No murder. No violence. No car chases or crashes.  No catchy music montage scenes.

There are reporters (played by big time stars)  asking questions, getting documents, doing research, and going over directories line by line and entering data onto a computer spreadsheet.

And it’s better than “The Martian.”

As a former newspaper journalist, I suppressed a tear  when Mark Ruffalo, playing the lead reporter,  broke into an emotional speech about the urgency of publishing the expose on Boston’s pedophile priests.

Seeing the whole journalistic process, ending with the printing of the actual newspaper, was also pretty sentimental for me.

Headlines in print aren’t the first to bring us the news these days. Not like an alert in e-mail or twitter.

At the time the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team published its story, I had just transitioned from TV and Radio to newspapers.

I didn’t realize I was walking into the part of the industry that was falling apart.

There’s some hope the movie could be a shot in the arm for the biz that inspires a new generation of investigative journalism.

It did  make me curious of the current state of pedophilia in the church.

According to the latest survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2014), the total number of new victims was at 330;  new allegations, 336; and offending priests and deacons at  245.

All told the costs related to Child Protection Efforts is at $150,747, 387 for the year. It includes  $119,079,647  in settlements and payments to victims.

Most of the victims say the experience occurred between 1975-1979 when they were between the ages of 10-14.

The movie may boost future numbers as more victims feel the time is right to end the silence and come forward to expose the church.

It took the Globe’s story for the truth to come out in Boston.  And judging from the  long list of dioceses that are on the dishonor roll that play in the movie’s credits, there’s still a lot more truth to expose.

The movie “Spotlight” is reported to have cost about $20 million to make.

It just crossed the $31 million mark at the box-office,  a little more than 14 years from the day the story first published on Sunday, Jan.6, 2002.