Seriously Justin, you play with my feelings like she-who-shall-not-be-named an ex-girlfriend. You make Better Luck Tomorrow which started out great, but rabbit-holes into some crazy shit (AND you kill John Cho). Then you take hold of my favorite movie franchise to hate/love, Fast & the Furious, and actually make it tongue-in-cheek better. So what’s next? More indie Asian American films that’ll play only in Seattle, SF, LA, and NY? Or more commercial fare that’ll probably be crap/good and include random Sung Kang cameos? No, you decide to direct a TV show. Not just any show, but the best new show on the telly, NBC’s Community. You direct just two, and they happen to be the best two episodes of that show. Ever. But then you get nominated for an NAACP image award for the Halloween special. True, the reason why is mostly acting and writing, as you can tell from these clips from those episodes:
but directing’s got something to do with it, no? And let’s not get into you casting BcB favorite Dustin Nguyen in Finishing the Game…
(quick sidenote: Does anyone else find it coincidental that Lauren Stamile, the Statistics teacher, is only in two Community episodes so far, both of which directed by Justin Lin, and was on Off-Centre with John Cho while Justin Lin directed John Cho in Better Luck Tomorrow???)
But now this. Just when I thought you couldn’t be beat. HIGHLANDER. GOD DAMN FREAKIN’ MUTHAFN’ HIGHLANDER. The smell of the VHS of Highlander is still fresh in my mind. The cover to Highlander II: The Quickening is still imprinted into my brain. And well, but the time Highlander III: The Sorcerer came out, I was already hooked, despite the shitty TV show adaptation. Justin Lin, you are directing Highlander, and the only equivalent shock and awe and awesomeness I can compare this to is when I found out John Cho was gonna be Sulu in Star Trek. Yea, I said it.
So good luck Justin. And no, I’ll save the THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE LINE for another post when the movie comes out. I just ask you one thing. Sung Kang, long hair, long sword, not just a cameo, but a real role, a live forever role where he can kick ass for a full 2 hours before maybe getting his head chopped off. Nobly of course. Thanks, I’d appreciate it.