Category: Good Ol’ Review

DryedMangoez Good Ol’ Reviews written after a television series has completed its premiere run.

Good Ol’ Review: Good Potential of “Behind Cut” Held Back by Limitations of Format

If there was a webseries that best exemplifies the drawbacks of the platform and format, it is Behind Cut (비하인드 컷). This BL series, like many a webseries, has a solid premise. But the limitations of the platform and format keep it from being a more well-put together series. Its story, execution and the performances of its promising cast are held back. And ultimately, while a quick watch, leaves you unsatisfied in the end.

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Good Ol’ Review: Park Jun Mook and Kim Seong Hyuk Shine in Poetic “Happy Ending”
Good Ol’ Review: “The Eighth Sense” a Poignant and Thoughtful Exploration of Love, Trauma and Mental Health

Writers and directors Werner du Plessis and Inu Baek deliver a revelatory narrative and visual experience in the series The Eighth Sense (여덟 번째 감각). Its careful, nuanced and unflinching portrayal of young love, friendships and mental health offer a different, though very welcome change of pace. And not just for the Korean BL genre, but perhaps Korean drama as a whole.

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Good Ol’ Review: The Inspiring Warmth of “Twinkling Watermelon”
Good Ol’ Review: Charming Cast Helps Make Up for Untapped Potential in Cute, Fluffy “Nobleman Ryu’s Wedding”
Good Ol’ Review: The Cutest, Sweetest and Most Satisfying “Sing My Crush”

Sing My Crush (따라바람) easily contends as my favorite Korean BL series. That title for me goes to Light On Me. But Sing My Crush features many of the same things that endeared the former to me and still resonates even today. This feel-good, heartwarming, cute, sweet and fluffy series doesn’t aim to reinvent the genre. But it successfully delivers the dreamy adventure into young romance and sincere friendship. With the excellent leads Jang Do Yoon and Son Hyun Woo leading the way, Sing My Crush is easily one of the most satisfying series you’ll get the chance to enjoy.

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Good Ol’ Review: Disney+’s “Soundtrack #2” a Thoughtful, Engaging and Ultimately Satisfying Series

Disney+’s Soundtrack #2 (사운드트랙#2) is a thoughtful, introspective series about love. Whether that is love for another person or love for yourself, the series is able to tell a story about the many complicated feelings that can come about because of it. Noh Sang Hyun, Keum Sae Rok and Sohn Jeong Hyuck (aka Demian) are excellent leads as they bring the simple, though engaging story to life.

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Good Ol’ Review: “Unintentional Love Story” a Familiar, But Refreshing Series
Good Ol’ Review: “Kamen Rider Geats × Revice: Movie Battle Royale” a Solid Viewing Experience

It is an interesting experience for me going into Kamen Rider Geats × Revice: Movie Battle Royale seeing as how I don’t particularly care for either season involved in this movie. Or I ended up being very disappointed in both seasons by their ends. But since it’s actually a Movie War and not some random TTFC special, I will of course watch it.

And it’s a solid movie that focuses more on the strengths of the two seasons rather than their weaknesses. Thankfully.

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Good Ol’ Review: Talented Cast and Fun Action Carry Flawed “Strong Girl Nam Soon”

Strong Girl Bong Soon was a popular series when it aired in 2017 and has been well-loved since. So it was no surprise when a sequel was first announced. Strong Girl Nam Soon (힘쎈여자 강남순/Strong Woman Kang Nam Soon) is essentially a loose sequel, set in the same universe as the former series. It stands on its own in many ways, but perhaps shares many of the same hurdles as well.

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