Films

Cek Toko Sebelah (2016)

“Check the Store Next Door” 

Director & Writer: Ernest Prakasa
Stars: Ernest Prakasa, Dion Wiyoko, Kin Wah Chew

Right when everything is going well for Erwin, his father falls sick and asks him to drop everything and help out at the family store disappointing Yohan, his irresponsible older brother.

★★✮☆☆

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Films

Da Co Hoai Lang: Hello Vietnam (2017)

Director: Quang Dung Nguyen
Stars: Linh Hoài, Vo Hoai Linh, Chi Tai

Da Co Hoai Lang is a sad story happened in the course of 1 day. Ong Tu escaped from the nursing home to go home and celebrate his wife’s death anniversary. The granddaughter at home is not happy with this. Ong Nam is Ong Tu’s friend, who came over, and they talk about how they grew up together, loved the same girl and now met each other on a foreign land. They both celebrate their first love’s death anniversary. Because of the gap in generation and the difference in culture, Ong Tu and Tammy (his granddaughter) got into a fight. Ong Tu and Ong Nam left the house and goes into the snow storm to find comfort else where.

★★★✮☆

I’ve been looking for films with plot sad enough to make me cry. This is one of those. Also, great cinematography.

 

Films

Sing (2016)

Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet (co-director)
Writer: Garth Jennings
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

★★★☆☆

Films

The Boss Baby (2017)

Director: Tom McGrath
Writers: Michael McCullers, Marla Frazee (based on the book by)
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel

A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

★★★☆☆

It’s quite predictable, but it’s actually cute. The little kid in me enjoyed it during the flight, too.

Series

Reply 1988 (2015-2016)

Eungdapara 1988

Director: Shin Won-ho
Writer: Lee Woo-jung
Stars: Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Dong-hwi

Set in the year 1988, the drama revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul.

★★★✮☆

I started watching this earlier this year, but ended up stopping after 1 and a half episode because the truth is it bored me. I wanted to see it because the descriptions of the drama I read from the internet piqued my interest. It says there the drama shows the beginning of K-pop, thus I was sold. I was also curious why it gained a high rating during its airing, and I got that answer from the first episode alone. The drama probably brought a great deal of nostalgia among its viewers for its pop culture and its juxtaposition on real events. I swear I have learned so much about Korean culture and their ways after seeing this, much more than the over 10 romantic comedies I’ve seen in the past months.

Centralling on five friends living in the same neighborhood and growing knowing everything about each other, it will probably take you back to your own childhood as well, and the struggles of going to school, and growing up altogether.

Great plot, well-curated characters, superb acting, just the right mixture of drama and comedy, and a lot of life lessons.

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Series

Pinocchio (2014-2015)

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Director: Jo Soo-won, Shin Seung-woo
Written: Park Hye-ryun
Stars: Jong-Suk Lee, Shin-Hye Park

A young boy, whose life and family has been destroyed by new media, gets adopted by a family in a rural area after being found lost at sea. He tries to conceal his past for everyone’s sake for 13 years. But when the girl he loves enters the world of news reporting, the truth about his family pours out. However, the girl’s mother (being a news reporter) seem to be the cause of the plight of his family.

★★★✮☆

I got hooked on this one because it reminded me of my college days when I was majoring in Journalism. Would’ve want to pursue a career in investigative journalism, but I wanted an easier life. Anyway, Pinocchio is good.

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