Review – Because This Is My First Life
Loved it. Even loved the voice overs… which is rare for me. And there were a lot of voice overs. But they were perfect. I loved the characters and their personalities and how they all hooked up. It was a simple yet slightly different love story, just enough to make it feel fresh but not enough to inspire some philosophical debate or severe attachment. This was a show you can watch, be engrossed in, and then happily let go… like birthday balloons after the party is over. I really loved it, but somehow I don’t think I’ll be obsessively re-watching this one.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10. Demisexuals in Love.
Discussions of my Ace Relationship with This Show… and spoilers follow
Movie Review – Alice: Boy From Wonderland
What a surreal, moody, broody, twisted little movie. I adored it, as I have always been a fan of ghost stories and haunted houses. Especially with tragic tales (but aren’t they always?) as back stories. This was a strange piece of work… definitely not a mainstream film. It reminded me of Werewolf Boy (which is far, far superior in every way), in that it’s so odd, so touching, so horrible, that I know it will stick with me for a long time. It’s basically about a young woman whose nightmares have become so thick they’re blurring into reality – and threaten to take her, and her family, to the grave. With the help of her aunts, she goes to an inbetween-world, Wonderland, an estate that burnt to the ground but is, mystically, available to our Alice for a few precious days while she sorts out her past and the souls lost that are still pulling at her life.
Jung So-Min plays our lead female – and she was perfect as the surreal, beautiful, dreamy girl caught between worlds. Hong Jong-Hyun was lovely as the tragic soul who clings to her side, helping her navigate the strange world she now inhabits.
Eerie. Romantic. Bloody. Confusing. A dream within a dream in a dream world. Not a bad way to spend an evening. If you liked movies such as… The Others, The Girl In A Swing, or Skeleton Key or even something like Virgin Suicides or The Dreamers, you’ll probably like this one.
Review – The Sound of Your Heart
I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD OVER A K-DRAMA! Ever. This show is Archer funny. Arrested Development funny. Bojack Horseman and South Park funny. I literally laughed so loud the cat jumped off the couch and hid under the bed. I’ve never seen anything like this before – and I’m loving it! All star cast, all star comedy.
If you have Netflix – start watching this now. If you don’t… well… call up your friends and borrow their passwords, cause this show is golden!
Okay… so this is a situational comedy. And in general, I loathe situational comedies. They are the reason I love Korean dramas so much – they have plotlines that run a course, have narrative, wrap up at the end. This show may or may not EVER wrap up. Just like South Park or The Simpsons, this show may never end. It has it’s set up – which is a struggling webtoon artist trying to break into the industry (played by Lee Kwang-Soo) and his family… which consist of his father (Kim Byung-Ok) who runs a chicken restaurant that rarely sees customers, thus he seeks additional part time employment often and hilarity ensues – his mother (Kim Mi-Kyung) and her stern, but genuine affection – and his adorably awkward older brother (Kim Dae-Myung), who is low on the ladder in the Korean business world and a ridiculous playboy who targets the most unattractive women he can find, seduces them, and quickly throws them aside for the next conquest. He is your quintessential manchild… a selfish, heartless ass… who thankfully is funny, or we would all hate him. And of course we have the extremely attractive woman (Jung So-Min) who has a personality so quirky it has chased away all the extremely attractive men who would pursue her (apparently?), who is the love interest of our sweet, dorky webtoon artist.
Overall Rating – 9/10. Who Doesn’t Love Stupid, Low Brow, Fart Joke Humor?
Mild spoilers & Discussion Follow….
Second Time is the Charm! Reviews – Bad Guy & Secret Garden
Some shows just ran through me the first time, like an uncomfortable evening after eating bad sushi. Two shows in particular – Bad Guy and Secret Garden – pissed me off in almost every episode. I fast-forwarded through large chunks the first round. I couldn’t get over the ridiculously flawed plot line of Bad Guy and I couldn’t stomach the douche-bag persona of the male lead in Secret Garden. Most people agreed with my initial response to Bad Guy. And most people disagreed with my first impression of Secret Garden.
Then I watched them again. I had too. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I felt I had missed something. I wanted to see a few key scenes again. I liked the music from Bad Guy. I liked the female leads muscular legs in Secret Garden. So, I popped in the DVDs and gave them both a second shot.
Seriously – how cool is she? Definitely deserves a second viewing… and third… and…
And like magic – both shows revealed a whole new side to me. It was like finding out you’re not, in fact, allergic to gluten and enjoying a pizza after fifteen years of abstinence. What kind fate to bring us back together for such a happy reunion!
Let us explore Bad Guy & Secret Garden with our new rose-colored glasses, shall we?