Category: Movies

Review: Parasite

Posted July 21, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 4 Comments

Parasite

Starring: Cho Yeo Jeong, Park So Damn, Choi Woo Shik, Lee Sun Gyun, Jeong Ji So, Kang Ho Song, Park Myung Hoon, Jang Hye Jin, Lee Jeong Eun, Jeong Hyun Joon, Park Keun Rok, Park Seo Jun
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: YouTube
Reason I Watched It: Park Seo Jun

Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-Taek, and his equally unambitious family–his supportive wife, Chung-Sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-Jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo–occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment. Then, by sheer luck, a lucrative business proposition will pave the way for an ingeniously insidious scheme, as Ki-woo summons up the courage to pose as an English tutor for the teenage daughter of the affluent Park family. Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite?
I watched this movie because I saw that Park Seo Joon was in it and he was only in like the first five minutes. LOL. That didn’t stop me from watching the rest of the movie though. This movie was freaking nuts. Like, psycho crazy and I couldn’t stop watching it even though I had severe anxiety the entire time.

It’s about the class discrimination in Korea and centers around the Kim and the Park families. The Kim family is super poor and they live in slums of Seoul while the Park family is well off and lives in a gorgeous, contemporary home. When Park Seo Joon’s character, Min, leaves to study abroad, he approaches his college buddy, Ki Woo (of the Kim family) to take over his tutoring job for the Park’s high school-age daughter, Da Hye. After discussing the job with his family, Ki Woo decides to make a go of it and then cons his family into jobs for the Park family as well. It is amazingly crazy how the Kim family operates. They go from piss poor job to piss poor job together as a family. When Ki Woo starts working for the Park family, things really start to pick up for the Kim family. The Parks have a driver, a housekeeper and are looking for someone to work with their youngest son on his art and the Kim family go to extraordinary lengths to fit themselves into working for the Park family. The long time driver for the Park family runs into some trouble that is completely fabricated by the Kim family so that the Dad that can be the driver. The housekeeper runs into her own kind of trouble that was brought about by the Kim family, just so that they can move the Mom into the housekeeper role. Stuff like that.

The Park family wasn’t without their own set of craziness. Their son has behavioral problems and their daughter is a fast little thing, and the parents are completely oblivious to the way the real world for the Kim’s. You see just how divided the two families are by their lifestyles. The Kims are money hungry and will do whatever it takes for a bit of change while the Parks are wasteful and low key snobby and you see how their attitudes toward the different social classes that they belong to. The Kims lie at every turn to get more while the Parks believed anything that anyone told them just so that they didn’t have to deal with it themselves. The Parks threw money around like it was candy and the Kim’s were always thinking of the next lie they can tell to get something else from the Parks.

There is a huge divide between the rich and the poor in this movie. The poor folks live in the actual slums. When it rains, the poor suffer because their streets and their homes flood easily because they live in the literal basement of Korea and the rich don’t suffer at all since they’re literally at the top…everything trickles down so they’re comfortable and safe from the elements and living a hard life. So because of this, there’s a lot of resentment and the rich people are completely oblivious to it. They don’t understand and they low key don’t care either.

It was hard to watch this movie at times because seeing people so desperate, doing unspeakable things just to survive was really uncomfortable. There were so many times when the Kims were being sneaky as shit and doing shit they had no business doing that I had to pause the movie and walk away because I just knew that they were going to get caught and it was going to end bad for all of them. But then the house party for the Park’s son happens and I wasn’t expecting it so I was freaking floored when all was said and done. The way that this movie led up to that party was one crazy-ass ride and I’m not mad at all that I watched it. I’m not even mad that Park Seo Joon wasn’t in the rest of the movie. It was crazy and it was wild but it sure was entertaining at the same time that it was eye-opening. Should you watch it? Definitely.
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Review: Train to Busan

Posted July 14, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

Train to Busan

Male Lead: Gong Yoo
Also Starring: Jung Yumi, Ma Dongseok
Year Released: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Chase

Train to Busan is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way throughout a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone…which may or may not still be there.
One Sunday, during quarantine, the kids were trying to figure out which movie to watch and decided on this one. I sat down to watch it with them and had no clue what the movie was about, who was in it, and once it started, what anyone was saying. None of that stuff seemed to matter once the movie started because I was hooked almost from the jump.

This movie is about an overworked and low key neglectful father named Seok Woo who takes his daughter, Su An, to see her mother in Busan. He seems to be the kind of person who puts work above everything in his life, including his family, but when he can’t ignore his daughter’s cry for her mother, he books them both tickets on a train to Busan to reunite them. When a freaking zombie outbreak happens, the only safe place is on the train and as far as anyone can tell, Busan. So they all press forward in hopes to beat the zombies to Busan.


Through the beginning of the movie and even when things start to heat up on the train, I looked like Gong Yoo did in the gif above. I kept wanting him to get his shit together, stop being a selfish piece of shit and pull his weight. When the zombies attack, Seok Woo is still only worried about himself, about his work, and about his daughter. In that order. When the zombies start getting closer and closer, Seok Woo really comes into his own. He rises from that fine ass piece of shit in the beginning, into one of the good guys and I would have loved the hell out of him, if in the end, he didn’t freaking go out the way that he did. I was yelling at the TV screen so much because come on, you idiot! He lived through every single one of the zombie attacks and just kept finding ways to overcome them and then when all is said and done, he’s just a freaking idiot.

I will say that this movie was entertaining as shit. It was filled with great characters, fantastic bad guys and there’s a lot of action and adventure going on so there’s much to enjoy. My favorite characters were these guys:

When the big guy gets pissed off at Seok Woo, I was glad because I wanted to kick Seok Woo’s fine ass right in the nuts. Seeing the three of these guys ban together to save as many people as they can from the zombies made for a good time. They were kicking ass and taking names and my heart went out to each of them as they fought in each fight, at the same time they were grieving their friends and family. I hear that there’s going to be a sequel to this movie and that Gong Yoo is in it so I’m going to watch it as soon as I can because I love me some Gong Yoo. He is at the top of my Korean loves list. Hot damn, that man is gorgeous.


I would so drink his dirty water so I’m glad that I watched this movie because there was fantastic eye candy, some zombie fighting action and a cute little girl that I wanted to save my damn self. There’s enough in this movie for everyone to enjoy and I definitely recommend it. This would have gotten 5 stars if that ending had been different. I love everything except the bad guys, the zombies, and that ending. Ehhh…
Final Rating

4 out of 5

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My Watch List (1)

Posted November 21, 2019 by Rowena in Features, Movies, TV Shows | 0 Comments

Nick over at The Infinite Limits of Love has a feature up on her blog where she talks about what she’s watching in movies and on TV. I’ll be doing the same thing here, just not every week since I don’t watch movies like that and I don’t always have anything to say about the shows that I’m watching. Here’s the latest batch of stuff that I’ve been watching. Check it out!
Movies
After (2019) Released on April 12, 2019 Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Khadijha Red Thunder, Selma Blair Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Genres: Drama, Romance Source: Netflix Rating: PG-13
Based on Anna Todd’s novel, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
I’ve heared loads of mixed reviews on this movie. People who read the book and didn’t like the book, liked the movie. People who haven’t read the book but loved the movie, stuff like that. I wasn’t all that interested in watching it because I heard the book was so bad but Brenna loved this movie. She said that it made her cry, it made her happy and she liked everything about it. So on a lazy weekend, I decided to watch this movie on Netflix. Now, I never read the book so I went into this movie with no expectations or really knowing anything about it. The only thing I knew was that Selma Blair played the girl’s Mom. I didn’t absolutely hate this movie but I didn’t love it either. The main characters were immature and it was hard for me to connect with either of them. Harden was a whiny little baby that I wanted to kick in the balls. I felt bad for Tessa even though the Mom in me wanted to spank her for her stupid decisions. I did enjoy parts of the movie though. The parts where they’re falling in love was fun to watch and I thought both actors portrayed their characters well. So while it wasn’t the best, it was still enjoyable.
3 out of 5
Destination Wedding (2018) Released on August 2, 2018 Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Run Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance Source: Amazon Prime Rating: R
When Frank and Lindsay meet on their way to a destination wedding, they soon discover they have a lot in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and each other. As the weekend’s events continually force them together — and their cheerlessness immediately isolates them from the other guests — Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen.
This was a movie that I was actually looking forward to watching. I kept putting it off and putting it off so when I finally watched it, I was ready for some Keanu and Winona romance…only this movie was boring. I should say that a lot of the movie was boring to me. They spent the entire movie just talking shit about the groom and everything else in their lives. Legit, that’s the only thing that happens in this movie. They meet on the airplane on their way to the same wedding. They talk shit on the airplane. They get to resort where the wedding is going to take place and find out that their rooms are next door to each other and they talk shit over there. They get to the rehearsal dinner (though why the ex-girlfriend of the groom was invited to that, I still don’t understand) and they sit together and talk shit there. They meet up again at the wedding, talk some more shit, have sex with each other and then they go home. All the while, they’re talking shit. Not even Keanu Reeves could save this movie for me.
1 out of 5
Last Christmas (2019) Released on November 8, 2019 Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance Source: AMC Movie Theaters Rating: PG-13
Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa’s elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.
I went to see this movie for my birthday last week for two reasons. 1) Brenna and her cousins were going to see it and I wanted to crash their cousin date and 2) I wanted to see if I was right about Henry Golding’s character. If you’re on Twitter and part of Romancelandia, then I’m sure you heard the theories going around about this movie so I’m not even going to go into all of that and I’m not going to ruin the surprise or anything, just know that I was right and I was wrong about Henry Golding’s character. I’m just going to leave it at that. My issues with this movie stemmed from Emilia Clarke’s character. Her name is Katarina, she got sick and she’s better now but she lives her life in constant fear and while I could understand that, the way that she treated other people in her life, the people that cared for her? Ugh, I hated it. She also does something that I couldn’t stand and almost couldn’t come back from. I’ll hide that spoiler below so click at your own risk. View Spoiler »   She does make up for all of the shit that pissed me off but I really hate when characters lash out when they’re hurting and scared. If you’re scared then be scared but dragging other people into your drama annoys me. Still, there were parts of this story that made me laugh, I enjoyed Kate’s family and even the romance between Kate and Tom. The ending was okay, cheesy but not bad. So this wasn’t a complete downer but it was cheesy.
3.25 out of 5
TV Shows
All American (Season 2) Starring: Daniel Ezra, Bre-Z, Samantha Logan, Cody Christian, Michael Evans Behling, Greta Onieogou Genres: Drama, Sports Network: The CW Rating: TV-14
Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High, but when coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince him it’s an opportunity he has to seize. Forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son Jordan, who is also the starting quarterback, is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight. While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, who is struggling with her own demons.
I was complete trash for this show last season and that hasn’t changed now that we’re about halfway through the second season. There is so much going on with each character and I’m loving the build-up, the pay off and just everything about this show. From Spencer’s family drama with his father, to Layla’s personal drama with her depression, and then Jordan’s drama with Simone (Hot damn, Jordan!) and Billy’s family drama?? I seriously can’t get enough of this show. It’s a hot mess and I’m here for all of it. Right now, I’m shipping Olivia and Asher and I’ve been shipping them since last season. Their story isn’t an easy one but boy am I here for it all. I love how everyone has their own thing that they’re battling week in and week out but each character is linked with each other in one way or another. I’m loving all of the drama and this is one of the shows that I will not be giving up on, not like the other shows that I used to watch religiously and just don’t anymore. This is one of the good ones. A Million Little Things (Season 2) Starring: David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Grace Park, Christina Moses, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery Network: ABC Rating: TV-14
It has been said that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.
When it comes to TV Shows, I got a type. The more dramatic, the more I love it. I’m okay with cheesy drama (hello, Vampire Diaries anyone??) and this show is stacked to the ceiling with drama but man do I love it. Every episode feels like a season finale and I’m here for all of the drama. I’m constantly wrapped up in what everyone has going on and even though I’m not that wild about some of the characters (Delilah annoys the shit out of me and Maggie makes it super hard to connect with her at times), I love the characters that I love enough to overlook the characters I want to strangle week in and week out. I completely adore Katherine. I LOVE Gary and my favorites definitely include Rome and Regina. I just love them to pieces. Season 2 is shaping up to be just as compelling as Season 1 was and I’m thrilled. I’ve given up on a lot of shows in the last few months but this isn’t one of them. I love this show. Dollface (Season 1) Starring: Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, Esther Povitsky, Beth Grant, Connor Hines Genres: Comedy Network: Hulu Rating: TV-MA
After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Jules must deal with her own imagination to literally and metaphorically reenter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
I don’t watch too many comedies, cause I’m hella extra but I binge-watched the entire first season of this series in one day. I laughed my ass off too. Not a lot of these girl squad comedies work for me but this one did. Was it corny and over the top? Sometimes but that was kind of what made it work. The actual cat lady? Loved her. Jules girl squad was the bomb, I loved each of them though my favorite was Izzy. This was a good first season and I’m looking forward to watching the second one (because Hulu better bring this show back!) So much fun!
Have you watched any of these movies or TV Shows? What did you think about them? Share in the comments!

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