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.


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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Pinocchio (2014-2015)


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.



When Marnie Was There (2014)


Omoide no Mânî (original title)
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima

Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there – a girl who may or may not be real.



Whisper of the Heart (1995)


Mimi wo sumaseba

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô
Stars: Youko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

The guy decided to check out all the books the girl reads just so she notices him. Why do these things only happen in movies??



From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)


Kokuriko-zaka kara

Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.




Casper (1995)


Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.