Good Ol’ Review: Seo Kang Joon’s Performance Powers the Emotional, Exciting and Heartfelt Are You Human?

Are You Human KBS GMA Review

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Very minor spoilers for basic story explanation.

As the 2018 KBS2 drama series Are You Human? begins airing in the Philippines on GMA Network, I felt the urge to watch the entire series again after having followed along as it originally aired. And I must say, it was just as enjoyable, exciting and heartfelt the second time around.

Though I hadn’t written a review of it last year, it’s never to late to praise what was and is a thoroughly enjoyable series. And most importantly, an excellent performance by Seo Kang Joon. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Undeniable Chemistry Helps Make He’s Coming To Me a Rewarding and Enjoyable Experience

Singto Ohm He's Coming To Me

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers. Basic story explanation.

LINE TV/GMM’s He’s Coming To Me is one of those experiences that I never expected to have, yet am so happy that I did. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: GMA Network’s Engaging and Refreshing Onanay Succeeds In Spite of Unintentional Efforts to Undermine It

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
WARNING! MAJOR spoilers, with warning, though also including possible spoilers in video thumbnails.

GMA Network’s Onanay is both an engaging and frustrating drama series. Engaging because it was a refreshing take on the usual Filipino soap opera. But it was also frustrating because the solid foundation it had built up for story was undermined by the network’s jerking it around with last minute extensions. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Lacks Spark to Be a Truly Great Film

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

Fireworks (打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?/Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) is an interestingly frustrating film that could’ve been great. With an intriguing story hidden somewhere deep in the film and its perceived premise, Fireworks unfortunately fails to connect the dots that would have made it a creative success.

SPOILER ALERT! Detailed spoilers begin now! Continue reading

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