Films

Silent Night (2017)

Cicha noc (original title)

Director: Piotr Domalewski
Writers: Piotr Domalewski, Helena Szoda-Wozniak (story editor)
Stars: Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Zietek, Agnieszka Suchora

Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.

★★★✮☆

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Films

Downsizing (2017)

Director: Alexander Payne
Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

★★✮☆☆

Series

Eulachacha Waikiki (2017-2018)

Stars: Kim Jung Hyun, Lee Yi Kyung, Son Seung Won

Kang Dong-Goo dreams of becoming a movie director, but he is cynical due to bad luck. Cheon Joon-Ki wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor, but he is now just a minor actor. Bong-Doo-Sik came to Seoul to become a scenario writer, but things have not been easy for him. These 3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki.

★★★☆☆

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Series

It’s Okay, It’s Love (2014)

Gwaenchanhah, Sarangiya (original title)

Stars: Gong Hyo Jin, Jo In Sung, Do Kyung Soo, Sung Dong Il

A love story between a psychiatrist and an author who had schizophrenia.

★★★☆☆

Obviously, nag-marathon ako ng mga drama ni Gong Hyo Jin. Ang ganda ng start nito, promising. Maganda din ang soundtracks. Ang ganda ng settings, ng quality ng shots, ng aesthetics in general. Pero like any other k-drama, parang meron silang mundong umiikot lang sa kanila kung saan (halos) halat sila may issues na related sa theme ng drama (syempre). At bakit lagi na lang may annoying quality ang character ni unnie Hyo Jin wae wae wae.

Series

The Bride of the Water God (2017)

Habaekui Shinboo (original title)

Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk, Shin Se Kyung, Lim Ju Hwan, Krystal Jung, Gong Myung

When water god Ha-baek visits earth in order to find the three stones powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah, whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for suffering from delusions. Things get even stranger when the wind god Bi-ryeom, the water goddess Mu-ra, and the demigod Hu-ye show up to complicate things.

★✮☆☆☆

I’ve seen a few Korean dramas in the past year and by far this is the most non-sensical of all. I gave the drama countless of chances because maybe it’s gonna get better in the next episode, but it didn’t. It never got better.

The characters are so petty. The female lead has these petty issues and was portrayed as a failure (being a psychiatrist was her only strength it seemed). It seemed like a character assassination really. Something’s off with the female lead probably because they don’t have chemistry. Meanwhile, the male lead is a god who became powerless in the mortal world. Come on, you already have supernatural characters, why not make the most out of them. But clearly, the creators didn’t want that. They wasted characters that should have had more potential had they had a better plot/script. saw it. The second leads and other supporting characters were better at acting. Thank you Krystal, for blessing the drama with your goddess-ly aesthetics.

Each episode literally put me to sleep each night. I gave up after seeing 3 episodes but i forced myself to keep watching because there might be something interesting that’d going to happen in the next episodes. I even ranted about it to my friends but I still finished it ’til the end because it would bother me if I didn’t finish it (yep, I am that type of person). It was a torture. I felt scammed. But I had “nothing” else to watch, heh. Additionally, even the technicalities (camera angles) were flawed.

Okay, why did I watch this in the first place? Because it stars Nam Joo Hyuk and I like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (not particularly his acting but they were cute in this romcom). And also because the trailer was good, I thought it’s probably going to be comparable with Goblin, but no. Sorry, Joo Hyuk, you’re cute but this drama sucks.

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Films

Dreamgirls (2006)

Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Tom Eyen (based on the original broadway production book by), Bill Condon (screenplay)
Stars: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

★★✮☆☆