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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW Very minor spoilers.
This season’s episodes of KBS Drama Special have all been great so far. But Love of a Buzz Cut (Buzzcut Love/까까머리의 연애) is something special, probably one of the most heartbreaking, poignant, romantic and beautiful Drama Specials I’ve seen. Continue reading →