Good Ol’ Review: A Welcome Visit with Old Friends on Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad

Kyuranger vs Space Squad

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
WARNING! MAJOR spoilers

I have definitely been missing Kyuranger. So once I saw that Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad was finally available to watch, I knew I had to watch it immediately.

And I was not disappointed. Continue reading

First Impression Review: Cautiously Optimistic After Solid Start for GMA’s Victor Magtanggol

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers.

Against some unique odds (fair or not), GMA’s Victor Magtanggol had a solid premiere week of episodes. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review and Appreciation: The Beautiful, Poignant and Resonant ReLIFE

ReLIFE

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
WARNING! Moderate to major spoilers.

It has been on my to-do list for a while now, but I found some time to finally jump into the amazing world of ReLIFE. I’ve heard many good things about the popular webtoon by Yayoiso and had planned to watch the 13-episode anime last year. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Netflix/TV5’s Amo a Modern, Gritty Take on Familiar Filipino Themes

Amo TV5

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Mild to moderate spoilers.

The Netflix-acquired, TV5-produced drama series Amo by internationally recognized director Brillante Mendoza is both notable and controversial for a number of reasons. It is notable for being one of the first two Filipino productions acquired by Netflix and the first Filipino TV series to be released exclusively on the international platform.

And as a series following a high school student as he gets sucked into the rampant drug trade in the Philippines, it is controversial in the midst of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs that has polarized the country and drawn international condemnation. Continue reading

First Impression Review: The Hilarious and Heartwarming Absurdity of Welcome to Waikiki

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers. But not really a First Impression as I’ve already watched 11 episodes. =D

For various reasons, it’s been a while since I’ve been excited and engrossed in a Korean drama. Not the least of which being there hasn’t been a series that’s truly caught my attention enough to warrant following the series all the way through as it airs. That may be one reason why I love KBS Drama Specials so much because while they’re excellent stories, they don’t require a long commitment.

But that all changed with JTBC’s Welcome to Waikiki (으라차차 와이키키). Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: True Ending is a True Ending Indeed

Ex-Aid True Ending

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Moderate spoilers.

Two of my few gripes with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid was its lackluster final episodes and the way the series (which set out to merge the worlds of science/medicine and video games) dealt with the finality of death. So I was pleasantly surprised to watch True Ending and feel like the film did those two things a little better than the series itself. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Beautiful and Poignant Love of a Buzz Cut

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

This season’s episodes of KBS Drama Special have all been great so far. But Love of a Buzz Cut (Buzzcut Love/까까머리의 연애) is something special, probably one of the most heartbreaking, poignant, romantic and beautiful Drama Specials I’ve seen. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Engaging Slice of Life in The Reason We Can’t Sleep

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

Slice of life stories can be as engaging and exciting as high concept adventures. And The Reason We Can’t Sleep (우리가 못자는 이유) is definitely one of those. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Ra Mi Ran Shines in KBS Drama Special Madam Jeong’s One Last Week

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

Madam Jeong’s One Last Week (정마담의 마지막 일주일) is a fun, quirky but touching KBS Drama Special entry. But more importantly, it is an excellent showcase of Ra Mi Ran’s exceptional talent. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Beautiful, Heartbreaking KBS Drama Special Dancing the Waltz Alone

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers.

Dancing the Waltz Alone (혼자 추는 왈츠) is the next episode in my marathon of the most recent season of KBS Drama Special. And let me just say right off the bat, what a painfully heartbreaking yet unfortunately realistic slice of life portrait of today, all told in a beautifully presented hour. Continue reading