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‘Godzilla’ will trash Waikiki this summer

February 26th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Pop Culture

Sci-fi fandom is buzzing with excitement with this week’s release of the official main trailer for yet another “Godzilla” movie. As usual, the film footage featured in the promo is being picked apart scene by scene, and eagle-eyed movie geeks in Hawaii caught a second or two of a scene filmed in Waikiki. At about […]

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‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

November 27th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Pop Culture, The Web

Production on ‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel to the ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, has moved to Hawaii. While shooting started in Atlanta in September, it’s expected to wrap here in the islands before the end of the year. The first film, based on the bestselling novel, has grossed over $400 million since its release in March, so anticipation is […]

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“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

July 29th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Media, Video

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is the official “Hawaiian Ghost Story” […]

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Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

June 17th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Business, Events, Family

Last night, Consolidated Theatres offered an early screening of “Toy Story 3 in 3-D” to show off its new “Titan Extreme Cinema” theater. I was eager to see both the movie and the setup, and my family and I were grateful to be invited (along with other local media, contest winners, and “Toys for Tots” […]

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Kids Film Festival Coming in June

May 20th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Family, Hawaii

My kids love to go to the movies, but when trips to the theater mean spending $100 a pop, it’s hard to be enthusiastic… especially when good kids movies are few and far between. So I’m intrigued by the upcoming Kids First! Film Festival, part of the summer sessions program at the University of Hawaii […]

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AsiaPacificFilms.com Offers Free Trial

April 12th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Art, Media, The Web

With a collection of over 250  films by Asian and Pacific Islanders, AsiaPacificFilms.com is the idealized, online equivalent of a independent film festival. No cramped schedules, no limited runs, every title available 24-7. TechCrunch described it as “a Netflix for Asian Pacific indie filmmakers.” Asians and Pacific Islanders are said to be responsible for creating half […]

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Varsity Theatre Finally Falls

March 25th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii

The old Varsity Theatre on University Avenue was demolished yesterday to make way for a parking lot, leaving behind a few mementos and a million memories. On Father’s Day last year, the screens at the Varsity faded to black for the last time. Operator Consolidated Theatres gave movie lovers only two days’ notice of the […]

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Power of Vudu

December 15th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Gadgets, Technology, Television

The Vudu box, released into the wild in October, is a new way to enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows (including HD content) at home. No cable box or DVD mailers are required, just a broadband internet connection. And seeing another way to break into the monopoly cable companies have on most living rooms, […]

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Help HIFF, Score Tix

October 15th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture

The Hawaii International Film Festival is undeniably the world’s premiere “East-meets-West” showcase, bringing Asian and western cinema, art, and culture together like nothing else… right here in the middle of the Pacific. For all its red carpets and top-shelf talent, however, HIFF still needs an enormous network of volunteers to survive. HIFF has issued a […]

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McLovin of Hawaii

June 24th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Pop Culture

We caught the trailer to Judd Apatow’s next film, “Superbad,” when we slipped out to see his current release, “Knocked Up.” Which was brilliant. But the “Superbad” trailer — in addition to promising another winner — also included a wonderful Aloha State shoutout. One of the characters gets a fake ID, and the issuing state […]

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