Reviews: TV and Movies

On occasion I go a bit crazy about writing TV/movie reviews, so as they occur I thought I might share the links to my reviews. I’ll try to keep everything up to date, but don’t kill me if I fall behind.

What I watch: action, adventure, biopics, comedy, fantasy, historical, rude humor, sci-fi… basically anything really. If it looks cool and I think I’ll enjoy it, I’m on it.

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  • RE MOVIE: “Sunshine” is such a beautiful movie #scifimovies
    There’s something about the science fiction movie “Sunshine” that makes me watch it every time it comes on TV. I own a copy of the DVD. It’s just such a great science fiction movie that I can’t resist the allure of watching it when it appears. You have to see it from the beginning, so you can understand ...
  • RE: Usagi Drop/Bunny Drop [Japanese movie]
    Based on a manga, I just watched Usagi Drop (or Bunny Drop if you’ve got a Viki movie pass) and it was adorable. Featuring the guy that played L in the live action Death Note, and the little girl that played young Mako in Pacific Rim. Daikichi (Kenichi Matsuyama) is a 27-year-old office worker ...
  • RE: Hackers (the movie)
    When I was a teenager, the movie Hackers was the greatest thing ever to me and I loved it. I still have a copy on DVD. Sexy Burn, vibrantly dressed Crash, and a bunch of brightly cheerful pseudo-hippies/anarchists. What wasn’t there to love? This movie had it all, including a red leather motorcycle suit, close ...
  • Re: The Faculty [movie]
    So this is one of those teen movies where a bunch of kids fight the alien invasion by killing people and doing drugs. Basically, it’s high school. Btw, this movie has a crazy number of famous actors in it — Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Shawn Hatosy, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Christopher McDonald, ...
  • MOVIE: Your Highness [comedy, fantasy]
    Your Highness Directed by: David Gordon Green Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman Rating: R (for language, imagery, etc) Storyline from Universal: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay ...
  • MOVIE REVIEW: Portrait of a Beauty [Korean]
    Title: Portrait of a Beauty Directed by Jeon Yoon-soo Screenplay by Han Soon-ryeon Alternative title : “Beauty Island” Synopsis borrowed from HanCinema: Born to a family of established court painters, seven-year-old Yun-jeong is a young girl gifted at painting. However, the pressure is on her brother to carry on the proud family tradition, as women aren’t allowed to become ...
  • RE: Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (kdrama)
    I watch all these kdramas and they warp my notions of reality. I think that I sympathize more with straight forward characters like Dong Yi and Han Tae Yang because that’s pretty much how I am. Though I think they give themselves more trouble than they really need if they would just be honest with ...
  • TV SHOW: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy [English]
    The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Creator: Maxwell Atoms Stars: Greg Eagles, Richard Steven Horvitz, and Grey DeLisle Featuring the voices of Greg Eagles (Grim), Grey DeLisle (Mandy), and Richard Steven Horvitz (Billy),the series stars the two main characters, Billy and Mandy, having manipulated the Grim Reaper, usually called “Grim”, into being their best friend for eternity ...
  • MOVIE: I Saw the Devil [Korean]
    I Saw the Devil Rated: R for graphic depictions of violence Director: Jee-woon Kim Writer: Hoon-hung Park (screenplay) Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik choi, and Gook-hwan Jeon Summary borrowed from IMDB: When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. ——————— Wow. I don’t even ...
  • RE: The Monster [Chinese Movie]
    Title: The Monster a.k.a. Home Sweet Home Starring: Shu Qi and Alex Fong, Tam Chun-Ho Summary: A young family moves into a nice Hong Kong high rise and things immediately begin to go badly for them. They’re only there for a short time–maybe a week–when their three year old son Chi Lo is abducted. The mother frantically ...
  • MOVIE: The Man From Nowhere [Korean movie] action
    The Man From Nowhere Korean action movie Director: Jeong-beom Lee Writer: Jeong-beom Lee Starring: Bin Won, Thanayong Wongtrakul, and Sae-ron Kim Summary borrowed from IMDB: A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug- and organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. —————————— Okay, so this is one of those great action ...
  • MOVIE REVIEW: Returner [Japanese] sci-fi, action
    Returner Directed by: Takashi Yamazaki Written by: Takashi Yamazaki, Kenya Hirata Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, and Goro Kishitani Summary from IMDB: A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race. ———————– Okay, so this movie is basically ET, The Matrix, Transformers, and Terminator all ...
  • TV SHOW: Coffee House [Korean]
    Coffee House Directed by: Pyo Min-Soo Starring: Kang Ji Hwan as Lee Jin Soo, Park Si Yeon as Seo Eun Young, Ham Eun Jung as Kang Seung Yeon, and Jung Woong In as Han Ji Won Synopsis taken from DramaWiki:   Lee Jin Soo made it big after writing several thriller novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. ...
  • MOVIE REVIEW: Pandorum [sci-fi, horror]
    Title: Pandorum Genre: sci-fi, horror Rating: R Director: Christian Alvart Writers: Travis Milloy (screenplay) Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet Summary borrowed from IMDB: A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. —————————- If you like gritty sci-fi horror, then this movie is for you. A pretty slick trip into a ...
  • TV SHOW REVIEW: The Painter of the Wind [Korean]
    TV Show: The Painter of the Wind genre: k-drama, historical, girl-dressed-as-boy Summary: This is a what-if story. In the novel Painter of the Wind by Lee Jeong-myeong, the Joseon-era painter Hyewon (Shin Yoon-bok) is portrayed as a woman disguised as a man, and that is the story the 2008 television show is portraying. And the fact that ...
  • MOVIE REVIEW: A Frozen Flower [Korean movie] mm
    Movie: A Frozen Flower Genre: mm, Korean, historical Rated: R for graphic violence, sex Director: Ha Yu Writer: Ha Yu (screenplay) Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Ji-hyo Song, In-seong Jo IMDB says: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. HanCinema says: Source http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr  Synopsis:  In the end of Goryeo era politically manipulated by ...
  • Writing, editing, and watching TV
    I’ve been trying my hand at watercolor painting. It has not been going well at all 🙁 While I have the eye of a great artist, I have the drawing/painting skills of a less than third grader. It is very sad. There’s so many things I want to be able to do, so I get kind ...
  • Movies To Watch
    Here’s a general list of movies to watch. Truly awesome movies that can change your world… or at the very least thrill you for a couple of hours. SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/HORROR— 12 Monkeys 28 Days Later 28 Weeks Later AI–A truly great movie about a robot boy just wanting to be loved. Aliens–The whole series is truly great. What’s to hate about ...
  • Totally Funny Movies That Everyone Should Watch (at least once)
    Here’s a list of FUNNY! movies. Laugh out loud movies that I’m certain I will always find humorous, even if some of them are just plain silly. FUNNY –200 Pound Beauty–Korean movie. Hilarious! –A Christmas Story –A Fish Called Wanda –Animal House –Army of Darkness –Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery –Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me –Beerfest –Blades of Glory –Brady Bunch Movie –Club Dread –Coneheads –Corky ...
  • alien movie “Paul”
    I am currently watching “Paul,” and while it’s never going to be any kind of a favorite movie, it’s an interesting watch. A lot of silly humor, plenty of geeky references, and Simon Pegg. It’s just rather unfortunate that they wanted so badly to get that R-rating that they took a PG-13 movie and bumped ...
  • MOVIE REVIEW: Real Steel
    Title: Real Steel Genre: action, science fiction, boxing My rating: 3 out of 5. A great popcorn movie, but as I’m not a 12-year old boy, probably something I’d only watch once. Review: Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a down on his out ex-boxer, current robot boxing contestant. A foolhardy risk taker, he owes money ...
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