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The Monthly Recap: August 2020

Posted September 2, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows, and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

Something amazing happened at the end of the month. I started reading again and I’m hoping that I keep that same energy going into September. Everyone pray for me, please. 🙂 I finally had a mix of all the things last month so here’s what I’ve been up to in the month that was August 2020.
Monthly Stats

Books

Books Read: 2 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 1 | Books Received for Review: 0 | Reviews Posted: 0
Highest Grade: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews | Lowest Grade: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 13 | Dramas DNF’d: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 2 | Boyfriend of the Month: 2
Favorite Drama: Suspicious Partner | Least Favorite Drama: One More Time

Movies

Movies Watched: 6 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 2
Favorite Movie: The Witch: The Subversion | Least Favorite Movie: On Your Wedding Day
What I Read


Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
What I Watched

Dramas



Suspicious Partner | 4.25 out of 5
My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 3.5 out of 5
Save Me | 3.75 out of 5
Tempted | DNF
One More Time | 2 out of 5
Dr. Romantic | 3.75 out of 5
Dr. Romantic 2 | 4.25 out of 5
While You Were Sleeping | 4 out of 5
Something in the Rain | 2.5 out of 5
Vagabond | 3.25 out of 5
Still Seventeen | 4.25 out of 5
The Hospital Playlist | 4 out of 5
Train | 4.25 out of 5

Movies



The Witch (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
The Great Battle (2018) | 4 out of 5
On Your Wedding (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Tune In for Love (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
Miss Baek (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
A Company Man (2012) | 3.75 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Go Yeon Woo from Suits



Ko Dong Man from Fight for My Way
What I Reviewed

Dramas



My Country: The New Age | 3.5 out of 5
Love Alarm | 3.75 out of 5

Movies



The Beauty Inside | 4.25 out of 5
The Gangster, The Cop, and The Devil | 2 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (149)
The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020
The Weekly Recap (150)
The Monthly Plan: September 2020
The Weekly Recap (151)

And there you have it…the month that was August 2020, in all of the things. How was your month? Did you read or watch anything good? Did you read or watch anything bad? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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Review: The Suspect

Posted September 1, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Suspect

Male Lead: Gong Yoo
Also Starring: Park Hee Soon, Jo Sung Ha, Yoo Da In, Kim Sung Kyun, Jo Jae Yoon, Park Ji Il, Kim Min Jae
Year Released: 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Suspense, Thriller
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Gong Yoo
Once one of the top special forces agents in North Korea, Ji Dong Chul (Gong Yoo) never thought he’d see the day when he was betrayed and hunted by his own country. But when his government abandoned him in the middle of a mission, that’s exactly what happened. Suddenly forced to run for his life, Dong Chul has no choice but to abandon his position but he refuses to flee without his family. Desperate to find his wife and daughter before it’s too late, Dong Chul tracks them down, only to find they’ve been sold as slaves to China.

Following their trail to its bloody end, Dong Chul soon learns that one of his ex-colleagues is responsible for the death of his wife and daughter. Vowing revenge, Dong Chul defects to South Korea, the pursuit of his family’s killer, his only objective.

Settling into a life of anonymity, Dong Chul spends his days searching for his nemesis while he spends his nights working as the personal chauffeur of a business executive with ties to the North. When the chairman is attacked by an unknown assassin, he passes a pair of particularly special glasses on to Dong Chul, leaving his chauffeur with a mission to recover top-secret materials, with his dying breath. Now framed for murder and hunted once again, Dong Chul must find a way to prove his innocence or die trying.

A non-stop thrill ride, “The Suspect” is a 2013 action thriller film directed by Won Shin Yun.
This was the action thriller that I was hoping The Gangster, The Cop, and The Devil was going to be. I’m not sure if it’s because of my personal bias because the main character in this movie is my #2 boo thang, Gong Yoo, or what but I was heavily invested in this movie from beginning to end.

I won’t get into a rundown of the movie since the summary provided above does the job for me. So Ji Dong Chul is searching for the people that killed his wife and daughter and he’s doing all of that while based in South Korea. He defected from North Korea after he was abandoned by his government while on an active military mission. He lives a solitary life in South Korea, keeping his head down because he’s a wanted man. Not that he cares. All he cares about is avenging his family so when his boss is attacked and he’s given a mission to recover some top secret materials, he’s got no choice but to accept the mission because now he’s running from every damn body and my guy is just trying to stay alive because he’s still got his family to avenge.

This movie was the kind of thriller that had me at the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what Dong Chul was going to do next. The fighting scenes were fantastic and the action was pretty dope too. I really enjoyed the adventure that Gong Yoo took us on during this movie and I’m super glad that I watched it. Gong Yoo is a fantastic actor and he is sooo easy on the eyes that it’s really not hard to watch the stuff that he’s in. Luckily for us, this was a great action story, filled with lots of thrills, some heartwarming moments and a really satisfying ending. So all in all, you can’t go wrong with this movie. The romantic in me wanted Gong Yoo to have a love interest in this movie so while I was watching it, I was trying to pair him up with every damn body but in the end, I was like duh….my guy was hella in love with his wife that he dedicated his life to avenging her…a love interest wouldn’t have made sense for this movie. So yeah, while that was a bummer for my romance-loving heart, I still definitely recommend it.
Final Rating


4.5 out of 5

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Review: The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Posted August 25, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Starring: Ma Dong Seok, Kim Moo Yeol, Kim Sung Kyu, Yoo Seung Mok
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Action, Crime Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Ma Dong Seok

After barely surviving a violent attack by an elusive serial killer, crime boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) finds himself forming an unlikely partnership with local detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to catch the sadistic killer simply known as “K”.
I came across this movie on Viki and was curious about it because of one of the main characters in it. Ma Dong Seok was my favorite character in Train to Busan so when I saw that he was in this one, I thought, “Why not?” and I started watching it immediately.

So this movie is about a gangster who almost died at the hands of a serial killer and the cop that join forces to catch the devil serial killer who is running rampant around the city. I thought that I would enjoy this movie a lot more than I did but for a huge portion of the movie, I was bored. I freaking hated the cop and was okay with the gangster (that’s probably cause I’m biased. I loved the gangster’s acting) and didn’t care one way or the other about the devil. There’s a lot of action going on so that was a plus but again, for most of the movie, I was bored and it was easy for me to dose in and out of the movie so when it finally ended, I was glad. I didn’t hate the movie and there were parts of the movie that were good but not enough of the movie was good enough for me to give this movie a higher grade than a 2.
Final Rating

2 out of 5

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Review: The Beauty Inside

Posted August 18, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Beauty Inside

Male Lead: Park Seo Jun
Female Lead: Han Hyo Joo
Also Starring: Do Ji Han, Kim Dae Myung, Bae Sung Woo, Chun Young Woon, Park Shin Hye
Year Released: 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Who I Watched It For: Park Seo Jun

This is a different kind of identity crisis.

Woo Jin is a young man who works as a furniture designer. He has a great life with the woman he loves, Yi Soo (Han Hyo Joo), if it weren’t for one little problem.

Every morning, Woo Jin wakes up to discover that he is inhabiting a different body. It could be the body of a young, good-looking man (Do Ji Han), a portly everyman (Kim Dae Myung), a middle-aged man (Bae Sung Woo), an old man (Chun Young Woon) or even a beautiful young woman (Park Shin Hye)!

Every time Woo Jin wakes up in a new body, he has to figure out where he is and how he can find his way back to Yi Soo, who is always waiting for him. Will there be a day that Woo Jin can’t find his way back?

“The Beauty Inside” is a 2015 South Korean film directed by Baik. It is based on the 2012 American social film by the same title directed by Drake Doremus.
In making my way through Park Seo Jun’s work, I came across this movie. It’s an interesting premise for a story and Park Seo Jun is in it for more than five minutes so that was already a win for me. Ha!

So this movie is about a man named Woo Jin who wakes up every morning in a different body. His emotions and everything inside of him is still Woo Jin but his outside changes every time he wakes up in the morning. Sometimes he’s a handsome young man but sometimes he wakes up as a portly old man or a grandmotherly type old woman. In the beginning, you can tell that he is struggling with waking up as a not so gorgeous person. He’s kind of vain and the disappointment he has every morning when he wakes up in an ugly person’s body had me side eying him. He enjoys the days that he wakes up in a beautiful body and even capitalizes on it by hooking up with girls he meets at the club or the bar. He leads completely different lives every single day with the new faces and bodies but the one thing that stays the same is his crush on the saleswoman at the furniture store that he goes to.

Woo Jin makes furniture for a living and he spends time in a furniture store, in all of the different faces and bodies that he wakes up with. He lives a very complicated life, a life that keeps him away from people and because of that, he’s very lonely. The only people that know about his condition are his best friend and his mother. His best friend comes off as bubbly and low key pervy but as the movie progresses, you see that he’s still all of those things but he does care and support Woo Jin.

The theme of the movie centers around the beauty inside of a person. No matter what body and face Woo Jin woke up with, on the inside, where it counts, he was still just Woo Jin. When we first meet him, he’s struggling because a part of him is vain and pissed off that he’s not normal and that causes him to do something pretty extreme. When he wakes up in Park Seo Jun’s body, he thinks that this is his shot. He’s going to approach the furniture store girl and he’s never going to sleep again…and it works, he pursues the furniture store girl and hooks her with his good looks then wins her over with his personality and all of that goes up in flames when he falls asleep because the minute he wakes up, he’s in a different body and Park Seo Jun is gone so he does what we all expected him to do. He runs.

Han Hyo Joo did a great job in portraying the character Yi Soo in this movie. I was really invested in her journey. From her first meeting Woo Jin with Park Seo Jun’s face and body, to her falling in love with him in a matter of days and then going through being abandoned by him, learning the truth about him and then accepting him and trying to figure out how to be with him. It wasn’t an easy journey but seeing both of them struggle with their different issues was interesting and I really connected with both of their characters, with the whole movie in general. The pacing in the beginning of the movie was a little slow but once things picked up, they really picked up and I ended up really enjoying the movie and the message. I cried a lot but my heart grew and grew with every minute that I watched this so I would definitely recommend this one. It’s good.
Final Rating


4.25 out of 5

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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.
Final Rating


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