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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.

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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.

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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)

Posted in Korean Dramas, Uncategorized

Go Ho’s Starry Night

So, this short drama was a cute, fun weekender. It had enough story to be interesting with enjoyable characters. It was just a fun watch about finding the right one. I also liked it because it really showed how we look at potential lovers and how methodical it sometimes is. It was also about why we like somebody, first impressions, and how our feelings for someone can change from love-to-hate and visa versa.

Go Ho is a thirty-something workaholic. Facing the death of a mentor (an older, single woman whose life was her work) Go Ho starts to wonder if that is her future. Even though she’s not embarrassed to work hard she doesn’t want to throw away the possibility of falling in love and having a family. She starts looking at the men around her and gaging their potential. The angry team leader that pushes her around, the fat and lazy manager who has a good heart, the director with his prestige and kindness or her ex and also new boss. As she tries to decide what she actually wants she realizes that love isn’t always a constant; it can change. And people aren’t always who she thought they were once she took a closer look.

What I liked about this drama was how they looked at people. It was all about looking at people without the ……….. I know some people would probably complain about the whole bad boy thing. I think that’s one of the big things I hear in comments, especially about Korean dramas, are the bad boys. In my opinion, I think the bad boys in these dramas are more realistic then most of the other characters. They’re flawed and that’s what creates the connection that not only the female protagonist feels but the audience.

Posted in Comedy Movies, Fantasy Movies, Horror Movies, Movies, Romance Movies, Uncategorized

Warm Bodies

This off-the-wall different movie is one of my favorites. Certainly the plot of it is somewhat illogical, but when you are dealing with zombies, what’s really logical about any of it? I like this film because it’s one of the only ‘walking dead’ movies and tv shows that’s about hope. Most of the time, it’s always about accepting that the world has, in essence, ended. The inner monologue of R, the zombie main character, is really what makes the film. It has a good feel to it and a great soundtrack.
The movie is about R, a zombie who has an interesting way of looking at the world. That is, he can think at all. When he meets a young living woman he feels something shifting inside of him. Together, they try to figure out once and for all what zombies really are.
I have to say, this is one of those films that most critics agree was pretty well done. It played off the incredulity of it with a subtle underlying light-hearted humor that really gave the entire feel of the movie. It didn’t overstate the importance of the moral, but didn’t downplay it either. The characters were interesting and enjoyable. The movie was to the point and didn’t go off on any side plots. Definitely suggest this one to anyone.

Posted in Documentary, Uncategorized

The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In

This documentary is revolutionary. Watching it I feel that this film really could change our perspective on how we raise our boys in our society; I sincerely hope that this film gets more widespread. It’s one of those films that really make a person think and can truly change the perspective of people in the world, not just the United States.

This film is about how we are raising our boys to be strong, unemotional and manly; and how that may affect their lives psychologically. The documentary goes over the effects of forcing boys to withhold their feelings and what the consequences of doing that can be. It has amazing interviews with men and boys about their experiences as well as helpful commentaries from psychologists and other experts.

This film may be one of the more interesting films I’ve seen in a long time. Mainly because it isn’t about how masculinity is bad but about how we, as a society, force unreal expectations on our men that affect them in ways that we don’t even realize. Being masculine isn’t bad, but having feelings and expressing those feelings aren’t bad either. In fact, not doing so, from the perspective of psychology is absolutely insane. Forcing boys from the get-go to always live up to certain standards and then shaming them if they don’t do so – it’s insane. Especially if those things are just about how many women you’ve slept with or how many sports you can play or what level you are on the latest Call of Duty. I would really suggest anyone to watch this video. And don’t get alarmed, it’s not about men acting more like women; it’s just about basic healthy brain function and how boys are kind of being denied that human function.