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DryedMangoez reviews of television series, films and music.

Good Ol’ Review: “P1H – The Beginning of a New World” Not Only an Epic K-pop Debut, but Easily an Epic Film As Well
Good Ol’ Review: Kang Insoo and Lee Sang Have Strong Chemistry in “Wish You”
Good Ol’ Review: “The School Nurse Files” is Absolutely Bonkers, but With Heart and Sincerity

Absurd. Hilarious. Random. Trippy. Terrifying. Foreboding. Bonkers. Insane. Confusing. All of these words can be used to describe The School Nurse Files (보건교사 안은영/Nurse Teacher An Eun-Young). But you could use words like emotional, heartfelt, thought-provoking, enlightening and deep as well. And it all depends on how you approach the Netflix original Korean drama series and take it all in.

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Good Ol’ Review: Strong Cast and Excellent Soundtrack Make “Our 30 Minute Sessions” an Emotionally Affecting Film
Good Ol’ Review: Character-Driven “Start Up” a Surprisingly Thoughtful and Ultimately Satisfying Journey

Going into tvN’s much-talked about Start Up (스타트업), I was fully aware of the hype and the passionate debate surrounding the series. Usually when a series garners this much attention, it’s easy to have certain expectations about it before ever watching a minute of it. Perhaps because of those expectations, I found myself being pleasantly surprised by what the series actually was. That is, a hopeful and relatable story about family, friends, following your dreams and working to make those dreams a reality.

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Good Ol’ Review: Yoon Shi Yoon and Kyung Soo Jin Lead a Thrilling Ride on OCN’s “Train”
Good Ol’ Review: “Train to Busan” Sequel “Peninsula” a Very Different Film, but Still a Worthwhile, Thrilling Adventure
Good Ol’ Review: While Fun, “Tale of the Nine-Tailed” Falls Short of Epic Potential
Good Ol’ Review: Kim Seon Ho and Lee Yoo Young Navigate the Tension in Fluffy, but Relatable “You Drive Me Crazy”
Good Ol’ Review: Powerful Cast and Emotional Depth Make “When I Was the Most Beautiful” a Worthwhile Experience

The 2020 MBC drama series When I Was the Most Beautiful (내가 가장 예뻤을때) is a quintessential romantic melodrama that is powered by an excellent cast, a tightly-written intricate story and an emotional depth rarely seen on television dramas. It has unexpectedly become one of my favorite dramas of the year. And Lim Soo Hyang, Ji Soo and Ha Seok Jin deliver exceptional, must-watch/must-experience performances.

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