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Posted in Comedy Movies, Movies, Romance Movies, thriller, Uncategorized

Mr. Right

So, this was one of those finds that really show me that I like the odd stuff and I might be just a little crazy. This movie is off-the-wall love between two extreme personalities (dare I say, psychos in a very loose term). But I loved it. I thought that the story and characters were fantastic; the plot was fluid and fun. It’s definitely violent, but I mean, seriously, it’s a movie about an assassin, it’s somewhat expected. The tone of the movie is also very laid back. It’s clear that it wasn’t made to be some blockbuster, but I think that’s what I like about it. In one portion of the movie they are just talking about each other’s lives (her more then him, obviously) and it’s just so simple, natural. I like the awkwardness, because it really showcases reality and humanity. Not the Hollywood version of what they think ‘life’ is. I also want to point out that it shows that people may not have everything together and they may suffer from mental illnesses that make them seem like they are crazy, but in the end they are just humans. Messed up, sure, but who isn’t? There’s no line of ‘normal’ and ‘crazy’; and everyone deserves to find love and be happy.

I’m not going to go on too much about the plot, because with movies there’s not a lot I can say without giving too much away. It’s about a woman who falls in love with an assassin who has developed a moral code and has been killing the people who hire him. So, yeah, in essence, that’s the ‘main’ idea of the plot. Of course, there is so much to it than that. Most interesting to me is Sam Rockwell who plays the male lead. Now, I have nothing against Rockwell, honestly, I think he did an awesome job in this. I really like when these actors/actresses who have been type-casted into side characters for so long get back into the lime light. The female, Anna Kendrick, was also very good. Her scope as an actress was fantastic for this. She really was able to express the eccentric personality in this so well (now, only if she could have played Bella in Twilight, maybe there would have been hope in the shiny vampire future).

Posted in Fantasy Movies, Movies, Romance Movies, Uncategorized

Age of Adaline

Age of Adaline is a different sort of movie. I can imagine that it’s not in the main stream of popular films as the ending almost has a bitter sweet finish that leaves one feeling reminiscent for the characters’ possible and missed futures. The actors were good, demonstrating several levels of depth that was needed for this sort of plot. The story was something different, a fantastical/sci-fi twist that kept a reasonable level of credibility in the realm of possibility.

The story is about Adaline. She lived in the 1900s when she was in a terrible and unusual accident from which she awoke frozen in time. From the day forward until the present time she would remain 29 years old. Because of this, Adaline was forced to change her identity every ten years; moving from place to place. Her life has been a stagnant one, living on the fringes of society but not truly participating. Things change when she meets a young man and she suddenly becomes unsure if she can leave it all behind this time. Her decision almost seems set until she meets his family and his father ends up being someone from one of her previous lives.

SPOILERS AHEAD: Proceed at your own risk.

The story is good. I’m unsure about the narrator though. His voice wasn’t bad, but it was like listening to a documentary commentary and it took away from the flow of the story at times. The most troubling part about the whole thing was the somewhat triangle between Adaline and Harrison Ford’s character and his son. It’s obvious as the story goes on that the real love of Adaline’s life was William (Ford) and the same for him. So it left it somewhat bittersweet at the end. They both had other people at the end who they did love but their hearts weren’t in it completely. It’s just such a sad story really. Good, but sad.

Posted in Fantasy/Superhero, Television Genre, Uncategorized

The Librarians

So, this TV show based off of a trilogy of movies (a continuation actually) about ten years ago, is a great piece of fiction. Although this show may not be for everyone, if you are a total geek who loves books and dreamt of a magical place where you were the hero then this show is for you. For me, it speaks to my inner self. That zest and love for learning; that wish that there was something more magical about our world. Along with great characters who just all seem to speak for every type of geek out there, the story is such a great one.
Ten years ago, Flynn Carson received an invitation to apply for a job at the Library. Even though he had more degrees then he could count he had little in the way of life experience. But, he soon realized that this was no normal job. The Library was a magical one, a place that kept and protected magical artifacts and it was the Librarian’s job to make sure no magical object fell in the wrong hands. For ten years, Flynn did his job well and he did it alone. But the Serpent Brotherhood, a rogue agency intent on all manner of evil things, set a plan in motion and Flynn wouldn’t be able to handle it alone. Three new Librarians (a mastermind thief, a genius cowboy and a young woman with amazing math abilities) are recruited, unheard of in the history of the Library, and a new Guardian to protect them. Flynn will have to put aside his years of distrust of people and bring together his new team before everything he’s worked for is destroyed.
Although the story sounds cheesy it’s very well-done. The stories are harmonious and the intellectual qualities (although pushing the side of fringe science) are put together very well. It’s clear the effort put into all the different aspects of the show. And it spans from math, science, art, technology, folklore, history and magic, among a thousand other things. It’s really a great show. It’s easy to watch and the characters really bring it all together.

Posted in drama, Korean Dramas, Reality Kicker, Romance, Uncategorized

That Winter, the Wind Blows

This drama was amazing. It’s hardly worth calling it just a drama though. This story was masterfully done, beautiful to watch and was really a work of art. It’s not the typical Korean drama and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The characters are such raw actors and the story line is a modern epic. It has this almost noir feeling to it and it really speaks to the heart of humanity. The chemistry between the characters is excellent. Honestly no complaints on this one.
The story revolves around two characters who’ve both lost faith in life and humanity. Neither one of them can bring themselves to trust anyone anymore, until their lives cross one another. Soo is a high-stakes gambler and a con man; orphaned at birth and having lost his lover to a horrible accident he’s lost hope that life has any meaning. Young is a young blind woman. Her life revolves around the mercy of others and she has grown mistrustful and suspicious of everyone; Young’s bitterness has caused her to seek out death as her only escape. Her only hope in her constant game of wits is her brother who she was separated from years ago.
SPOILER: (Read if you’ve already watched the drama)
This story was great honestly. I usually don’t like such high intensity drama but the pure sincerity from the characters was so excellent that I couldn’t tear myself away. No one was who I thought they were and there were no flat characters. The actress playing Young did such an excellent job. Pretending to be blind can’t be easy. I also enjoyed the complexity of the plot. Soo, pretending to be her brother, then falling in love with her was such an interesting thing; not surprising, of course, but the emotion behind it was just absolutely compelling. I enjoyed seeing how things were never simple, because considering their situation it never would be. Soo would never be able to just leave a gangster life simply. And Young wouldn’t have some miraculous solution to the tumor. Although the ending was simple and happy, one can surmise that things were probably still somewhat complicated. Soo was probably hiding from the bad guys still and Young was probably not completely in the clear with her disease.

Posted in Korean Dramas, Uncategorized

Let’s Eat

So, Let’s Eat was a super fun drama that was just light and enjoyable. The focus was primarily on food, as the title indicates, and how enjoyable it is to eat. Besides the food cravings though, there’s a fun story that has depth and a drama-less storyline. The story is just about people living, working and how their lives are affected by each other. The dialogue is witty and realistic, while the characters are grounded and down-to-Earth.

The story is primarily about three neighbors who live alone and end up connecting together over food. Lee Soo Kyung is a 30-something divorcee who works at a law office who is obsessed with food. Goo Dae Young is Soo Kyung’s young and handsome neighbor, but as far as she can tell is a womanizer and seems to be jobless. Her new neighbor, Yoon Jin Ye, is a young woman living on her own for the first time; she comes from a rich family that’s down on their luck. Between the three of them they sample some of the finest of Korean cuisine (and some others) and try to figure out the day to day of life.

I really liked this drama because it was unassuming. The characters were fun and the story was interesting without out being overbearing. It was something that could be watched here and there or something that could be watched one after another. The characters were definitely something that kept me coming back for more because they were all so distinctive and I could find people and situations that I could connect with emotionally. Definitely a must-see!

You can find this drama on:

Netflix and Dramafever

Posted in Korean Dramas, Uncategorized

Heart to Heart

This drama was fun, different and really set a new beat for dramas. The characters were deep and the emotions behind them were very real. The show really managed to express the world of someone with severe social phobia, as well as the deep scars that form from a tragedy. It shows the rippling effect of an event and how it can affect different people. Despite all of this the drama was fun; it had great moments of comedy, humor and romance. It also showed a different side of life with characters that weren’t perfect and had problems they needed to deal with or overcome.

Cha Hong Do has severe social phobia. Hiding inside of her house and even growing much of her own food to limit how much she has to go out, she would do anything to avoid people. Even more so, whenever she is faced with someone her face becomes beet red, only increasing her embarrassment. Despite this, Cha Hong Do is very smart. She uses this to create a persona; to be able to work she uses make-up art and dresses up as an old woman. Her skill is flawless and as an old woman she can express herself more. That is until she meets Ko Yi Suk, an intense and somewhat harsh psychiatrist. Together, they try to conquer her social phobia so that she can step into the world again, but the reality may be harder then it seems. Along for the ride in the story is Cha Hong Do’s secret crush, a young handsome cop, Jang Doo Soo. And Ko Yi Suk’s wannabe actress sister, Ko Se Ra.

I really loved this drama. I know for some commenters they didn’t have a very clear understanding of the psychology behind the show and so they felt that there was abuse or some such going on. This drama is about flawed people who have deep scars that have created different forms of mental disorders in these individuals. It’s about understanding and strength; it’s about the power of connection that can heal the mind.

Posted in British TV Show, Uncategorized

The Great British Baking Show

So, this baking show was a fun show that really had a lot of compassion and was very well thought out. I often watch the American baking competitions, but they tend to be so single-minded and they have no emotion to them. Any drama is built up and there’s no communication between the people competing. I like this one, because it’s about individual skill and the passion the contestants have for baking.

The show has two hosts and two judges with about a dozen bakers at the start of the season. Each show they have three thematic (i.e. bread or custard week) tests where they are judged on their skills. At the end the judges compare how each test went for the contestants to see who is Star Baker and who will unfortunately be sent home.

Probably the best things about this show is the heart. In this show, you could slice the love for baking with a knife. These contestants are so devoted and they work so hard. Even though the two judges are hard on the contestants they do it because they really have an investment in the cooks to succeed. The hard love is shown each week in the determination of the bakers to do better and make better deserts. Really excellent and the best baking show out there in my opinion.

(You can find this show on Netflix)