Despite the number of period dramas/movies i’ve watched and enjoyed so far, ancient war is still one of my least favorite genres. In a sense that i won’t be enticed to check them out unless i really like the cast or the premise sounds different and genuinely interesting. I also fare better with sageuk than jidaigeki mainly due to the former’s visuals; in fact, i can probably count the number of period Japanese shows i’ve finished in one hand. Likewise, Kingdom wouldn’t be on my radar if Yamaken wasn’t the lead and its teasers/trailers weren’t everywhere long before the film’s premiere. Continue reading “[Movie] Kingdom”
Parasite is one of the highly buzzed and critically acclaimed movies of 2019. And while such movies are usually either not my cup of tea or not as great as everybody lauds them to be, i daresay that Parasite deserves all the praises it’s garnered. Continue reading “[Movie] Parasite”
After numerous reiterations about my strong opinions against sequels and the like, you’d think i’d avoid each and every one of them at all costs. Reality is i’ll still succumb to temptation once in a while… like how i bought advanced tickets for Frozen II and watched it the day it premiered.
Continue reading “Frozen II: the cold eventually bothered Elsa”
“Let’s unleash the mad dogs again.”
Hearing that line again is enough to get me all excited and waiting impatiently for this movie to be screened in my country despite my general aversion to sequels, spinoffs, and the like. Because it’s Oh Goo-tak who says it, and it’s Bad Guys! Continue reading “[Movie] The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos”
School dramas with toxic environment, student bullies, evil tiger parents, and helpless teachers… i’m so done with those. But problematic kids being put in place or ultimately fixed by eccentric teachers… that i’m kinda a sucker for lately. Which is what drew me to watch Big Brother (Dai Si Hing) for my recent in-flight entertainment, even if i hadn’t watched any Chinese shows in a re~ally long time. And it didn’t disappoint, for the most part. Continue reading “[Movie] Big Brother”
I don’t know why i put Midnight Runners on the back burner for this long. I was aware of it when it was out and i like both leading actors. So it’s probably the premise, which looks like yet another cop movie. However, it turns out to be quite unexpected.
Well, the plot is quite typical, but 1) it is an action comedy, and 2) it’s technically not a cop movie as both leads are still cadets. Continue reading “[Movie] Midnight Runners”
Animated movies may be targeted at young audience, but the (social) issues and intended messages are probably catered to the older audience. Which is a good thing because i love watching animations and oftentimes prefer them to live actions due to simple yet effective plot, engaging visual, satisfying conclusion, and straightforward takeaway.
Smallfoot does a great job checking off those points, which is no small feat considering the ‘big’ issues it tackles: Continue reading “[Movie] Smallfoot”
The Beauty Inside drama has an interesting setup that calls for a lot of cameos, which is the thing that amuses me the most, since the plot moves rather slowly for my liking. I then discovered that it is a remake of the 2015 film and figured watching a two-hour movie is a better option than a 16-hour series, especially when there are a lot of dramas premiering this month to check out.
Shortly into the movie, however, i realized that the two aren’t the same. They share the same concept but with different storyline, that the drama is actually a spin-off rather than a remake. So you can safely watch both of them without being spoiled of the major plot points, i guess? Continue reading “[Movie] The Beauty Inside”
“No humans are innately bad, only bad circumstances.”
This is probably the most common notion we’ve heard both in reel and real life. And depending on the context and the person in question, i may or may not agree with it. Let’s see which side Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days will pull me. Continue reading “the last 49 days Along With The Gods”
The impression i have of ninja (or “shinobi”, the term used in this movie) is similar to secret agents. A nimble and highly skilled one. But Shinobi no Kuni paints them in different light hence showing a different side of them, something you’ve probably never seen before. Continue reading “Shinobi no Kuni: the battle of greed in the Land of Stealth”