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

First Impression Review: Maine Mendoza Carries Slow First Week of Destined to be Yours

AlDub

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Minor first week spoilers/discussion.

That it took so long is a discussion all its own. But finally, the Alden Richards-Maine Mendoza loveteam, aka AlDub, made their teleserye debut this week headlining the romantic comedy Destined to be Yours.

AlDub took the Philippines and the world by storm. Their unexpected and rapid rise in popularity and social media’s role in it will be the subject of future Media Studies courses in the country. But for now, most are concentrated on them finally making the jump from noontime and Eat Bulaga to primetime.

Pop culture and entertainment in the Philippines is driven by loveteams. Whether it’s soap operas, movies, TV commercials or even reality shows, Filipinos are drawn in by the idea of love and romance. So the next logical step for AlDub was for them to headline their own daily soap opera. For their many fans, it provides the opportunity to see them regularly in considerably more romantic situations than they may have opportunity for on a noontime variety show. For their managements and especially the network, it’s a chance to finally cash in on their record success with a primetime slot.

However now that the time has finally arrived, AlDub’s primetime debut has mostly been flat and uninspired. 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: Makoto Shinkai’s Ethereal and Universal Your Name

Your Name Kimi no Na Wa

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

It’s not hard to see why Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (Kimi no Na wa/君の名は。) has managed to captivate audiences around the world. The hype and buzz surrounding the film is well deserved and further solidifies Shinkai’s place in the future of Japanese animation and filmmaking. Continue reading

Recap and Season Review: Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge, Episode (20) 40 – “A new chapter begins.”

Recap: Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge, Episode (20) 40 – End of Extinction

PRDC40

The Rangers find the Dark Energem and hurry back to the command cave. As they fight off Vivix and Spikeballs outside the museum, Sledge explains to Wrench that the hatching eggs are actually Electronets which they will use to pull Earth out of its orbit and to its demise. 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