Good Ol’ Review: My Happy Home and Legendary Lackey Again Prove Why the KBS Drama Special is Essential Viewing

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

The KBS Drama Special has been home to some of the most excellent and unique storytelling on Korean television. Basically short films on television, the KBS Drama Special usually touches on stories and concepts that may not be as mainstream as primetime or daily dramas. Or they may take on a familiar concept in fresh and different ways.

My Happy Home and Legendary Lackey are two recent examples of why KBS Drama Special is essential viewing. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Maine Mendoza’s Charm and Stunning Cinematography Lift Otherwise Unimaginative Imagine You & Me

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
A film review with minor spoilers.

On the eve of the premiere of Destined To Be Yours, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards’ first primetime teleserye (arguably, a year late), let’s take a quick look at their first headlining project, the film Imagine You & Me. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Thrilling and Emotional Train to Busan

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

You don’t have to be a fan of zombies to enjoy Train to Busan. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Kerry Howard Shines in the BBC’s Dramatic and Disconnected Young Hyacinth

Young Hyacinth

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Basic plot description. No spoilers.

I first stumbled upon Keeping Up Appearances sometime in the mid-2000s when channel surfing brought me to my local PBS station on a Saturday evening. And since then, it became the #1 show that defined my 2000s.

I don’t remember ever watching British television before then, but as soon as I met Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”), I was hooked. I loved it. With I Love Lucy being my favorite television show of all-time, it was easy for me to get into Keeping Up Appearances. It was hilarious physical slapstick with bits of subtle comedy with Patricia Routledge effortless as the snobby, but strangely loveable, social climbing Hyacinth.

So when the BBC ordered the prequel Young Hyacinth, I was both excited and scared. I was excited because it would be awesome to get more of Hyacinth and her sisters and that glimpse into what their young lives might have been like. But I was also scared because sometimes, things like this could go horribly wrong and somehow tarnish the original. Actually, I thought we’d see a Sheridan spin-off first, following him around with Tarquin and seeing the geysers in Iceland.

But now that Young Hyacinth has aired on the BBC, I find myself still with mixed feelings about it. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Beautiful and Affecting 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Basic plot description. Would not consider them spoilers.

It is easy to get lost in the film 5 Centimeters Per Second. Even with a runtime of only 63 minutes, the film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai is a beautifully animated and skillfully told story of life and love. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Messy Execution Wastes Great Potential in Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Minor and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.

Sentai V-Cinema Returns movies are always nice little epilogues for each season. Some can add a lot to the previous season’s story while others are just fun little visits with old friends.

Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS, however, is a messy though strangely well-intentioned extra chapter to the series. And I’m saying this as someone who actually liked and enjoyed Ninninger the series and did not think it was the Japanese Super Megaforce. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: A Sincerely Pleasant Surprise in Our Times

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Moderate and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.

Thank you Philippine Airlines! If it weren’t for you, then I wouldn’t have discovered a little Taiwanese film entitled Our Times (我的少女時代).

Actually, this film isn’t so little since it has apparently grossed over US$81 million worldwide and is the highest grossing Taiwanese film in mainland China. Regardless, I would have probably never heard of the film had I not been on a transpacific flight, let alone actually watch it.

But I’m so glad I did. Our Times was such a pleasant surprise with a story that appealed to my simplest, yet most satisfying requirements in a film or television series. Continue reading