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Review: The Divine Fury

Posted July 28, 2020 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Divine Fury

Male Lead: Park Seo Jun
Female Lead: –
Secondary Lead: Ahn Sung Ki, Woo Do Hwan
Also Starring: Park Ji Hyun
Year Released: 2019
Genre: Supernatural, Drama
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Watched It For: Park Seo Jun, Woo Do Hwan

Losing both of his parents at a young age, Yong Hoo (Park Seo Joon), has spent his entire life resenting God for his unwillingness to save the people he loved most in this world. Growing up without faith or a family, Yong Hoo has dedicated himself to one thing, and one thing only: becoming the best MMA fighter in the world.

Twenty years later, Yong Hoo has become just that. After an intense fight in the States, Yong Hoo makes his way back home, using the long flight back to Korea as a chance to get some much-needed rest. But his sleep is anything but peaceful. Waking up from one hellish nightmare, Yong Hoo finds he now bears an unusual affliction: a stigmata. With wounds on his hands which only get worse as time passes and a never-ending string of horrific nightmares, Yong Hoo soon finds himself in a place of utter desperation. Not knowing what else to do, Yong Hoo seeks the advice of doctors and shamans, but to no avail. With very few options before him, Yong Hoo turns to the one place he has spent his entire life avoiding: the church.

Seeking the help of Father Ahn (Ahn Sung Ki), Yong Hoo quickly learns that his afflictions are not of the world. Suddenly forced to accept the fact that the world is full of unspeakable horrors, Yong Hoo has very few options before him. As evil begins to close in around them, Yong Hoo and Father Ahn team up to wage war against the demons who seek to destroy all that is good in the world.

A thrilling supernatural battle of good versus evil, “The Divine Fury” is a 2019 action horror film directed by Kim Joo Hwan.

This week kicks off Park Seo Jun week because both reviews that I have written for this week feature shows and movies that star my main boo thang. In this movie, Park Seo Jun plays an MMA fighter who has rejected God from his life ever since God didn’t save his parents when he was young. When he becomes cursed with a stigmata, nightmares plague him and after exhausting all of his choices trying to get help, he turns to the one place he didn’t think he’d ever return to…the Church.

So our main character, Yong Hoo spends the course of the movie trying to come to grips with everything going on and fixing it. While trying to help himself, he gets recruited into helping others, who are battling the same things he’s battling, who aren’t as strong as he is. He doesn’t believe in God and he’s got no faith in the Priest that he goes to for help in trying to get rid of the wounds on his hands from the stigmata but he’s out of options and it looks like exorcism is the only way to go. Seeing him struggle with his beliefs and then seeing him battle the need to do right by these people who so obviously needed his help made for an interesting movie. I’ve seen Park Seo Jun play in many different roles and he handles each of them really well and it wasn’t any different in this movie. He’s a great actor and he conveys Yong Hoo’s struggles in this movie in a way that had me invested in him from the very beginning.

Woo Do Hwan played his villainous character perfectly too. I wanted to knee him in the balls so many different times and I was happily rooting against him so it was a lot of fun hating him when I’m so used to loving him. There were times when he would do his little evil shit in this movie that I would cringe because..yuck but alls well that ends well, right? This movie ended the way that I was hoping it would so I’m a happy camper.

This movie isn’t the perfect horror movie or the perfect exorcism movie but it was great for the mood that I was in and there really isn’t much that Park Seo Jun can do that I’m not completely on board with. So this review comes to you with some bias because I love me some Seo Jun. 🙂 Still, it’s an enjoyable movie and I’m not at all mad that I watched it.

Final Rating

4 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

4.25 out of 5

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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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Christmas Movie Round Up

Posted December 18, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

It’s that time of year…the time of cheesy Christmas movies that I can’t get enough of. I haven’t been watching as many Christmas movies as I usually do but I’ve watched a few. Brenna has been watching a movie a night before she goes to bed so she’s got me beat but I’m sure I’ll fix that. Here’s a quick rundown on the movies that I’ve watched in the last week or two.

The Holiday Calendar (2018) | Netflix
Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck
Director: Bradley Walsh
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: 2 November 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

This was a super cute movie that had me grinning from beginning to end. Bonnie Bennett from Vampire Diaries and Derek from Star were the perfect best friends to lovers pair and though the premise of the movie was kind of cheesy, I thought Kat Graham did a wonderful job as the main lead. Quincy was a great love interest too. What a cutie!

The Princess Switch 2018) | Netflix
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
Director: Mike Rohl
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 16 November 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Chicago baker (V.Hudgens) is competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia. There she bumps into the prince’s fiancee. They look alike and switch for 2 days. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

I saw this movie just a couple of days ago and enjoyed it so much. I thought this movie was fun and it was great to see Gunnar from Nashville as a dashing young Prince in this movie. Vanessa’s British accent was a lot of fun too. I thought Kevin’s daughter was adorable and enjoyed both of the couples stories. It was so much fun watching them all fall in love. Cute!

Christmas Wedding Planner (2017) | Harlequin
Starring: Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 2017
Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Wedding Planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin’s lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator, shows up and turns Kelsey’s world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials but wins Kelsey’s heart in the process.

I saw this movie on Netflix and I guess it’s a Harlequin movie, which…okayyy Harlequin. This was a quick watch with a cast that I haven’t seen in too many movies. Actually, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone in this movie outside of this movie. I thought the heroine was pretty extra over every little thing and the hero made me want to smack him upside his head a little bit there but for the most part, this was a cute movie. That ending though, talk about cheesy! Still, it was cute.

Christmas with a View (2018) | Harlequin
Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Vivica A. Fox, Patrick Duffy
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: December 2018
Rating: 3.25 out of 5

This Christmas, Thunder Mountain Ski Resort is abuzz when celebrity chef Shane Roarke is named the new head chef. Clara Garrison isn’t as excited and is instead focused on getting resettled after her failed attempt at opening a big city restaurant. With their paths constantly crossing, will their shared passion for cooking bring them together or will secrets keep them apart?

Another Harlequin movie, I didn’t even know that Harlequin made movies. Where the heck have I been? Anyway, this was another cheesy but cute movie that I had fun with. The two main leads were great though the heroine leaned toward silly from time to time but still, this was fun and I thought the hero’s backstory was cute. He went to the place that he knew his parents were and found love for himself there. Awww.

Christmas Joy (2018) | Hallmark
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long, Lucia Walters
Director: Monika Mitchell
Rating: TV-G
Run Time: 2 hours
Genre: Family, Romance
Release Date: 3 November 2018
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Joy Holbrook is an intuitive market researcher in DC who has captured the attention of the account’s CEO and is about to get a sweet promotion, just in time for the holidays. She receives an urgent phone call from home and she rushes back to Crystal Falls, NC to help her Aunt recover from surgery and is reunited with her former crush, Ben. To keep her Aunt focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place with the town’s legendary baking competition, the “Cookie Crawl,” much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has absolutely no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co-captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home.

This movie was so much fun. I adored most everything about this one. Killer Frost from Flash was such a treat in this one. I really like her acting and I thought she did a great job in this one. Both her and Jack from Jack & Bobby (old TV show) were fun to watch and I wanted them to win the Cookie Crawl too. There’s some cheese, some light-hearted moments and loads of fun that I didn’t mind the cheesy stuff. Cute!

Have you watched any of these movies? What did you think of them? Any Christmas movies I should add to my watch list? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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Review: Dumplin’

Posted December 13, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Dumplin’ (2018)
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Luke Benward
Director: Anne Fletcher
Release Date: 7 December 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

I’ll be honest, I went into this movie a little hesitant because the last big girl movie that I tried watching, the big girl pissed me off. I didn’t want another Sierra Burgess is a Loser so I crossed my fingers and hoped Jennifer Aniston wasn’t going to let me down. I’m super happy to report that this movie, Dumplin’ was exactly what I hoped Sierra was going to be and I adored watching it. I didn’t read the book so I can’t compare them but I really enjoyed the movie. I thought the actors portrayed their characters well, the acting itself was great and the story was solid.

So this movie follows our main character, Willowdean Dickson. Will works at a diner, has the bestest best friend and a mother who is a former beauty queen who is still very active in the beauty pageant world in their small Texas town. She also has a giant crush on her coworker and friend, Bo. Will has a bright personality and her love for all things Dolly Parton was delightful.

The movie revolves around her Aunt dying and Will trying to move on while finding some common ground with her beauty queen mother. They are as different as night and day. Will is bigger than her size 0 mother and not at all into the things that her mother is into so they don’t have a lot in common and that gets in the way of them having a close relationship with each other. Will’s Mom won’t talk about Will’s Aunt Lucy and Will desperately wants to connect with her Mom over their shared love of Lucy but she never gets the chance because her Mom is so unwilling.

Will gets made fun at school because her Mom continues to call her Dumplin’ so when she’s at her lowest, she comes across an unsubmitted beauty pageant application of her Aunt’s and she decides that she’s going to sign up for the beauty pageant herself. She’s going to finish what her Aunt Lucy couldn’t.

Aunt Lucy and Will were close. Aunt Lucy understood Will in a way that Will didn’t think her mother did and Lucy raised Will to be kind and to be happy. She introduced Will to Dolly Parton and introduced Will to Elle. Will and Elle became the best of friends and I really loved the strong friendships we see in this movie. From Will and Elle to Will and her weirdos Millie and Hannah, Will’s friendship game is strong.

I loved seeing Will come into her own. I loved seeing her gain the confidence to be happy with herself and letting others around her be happy with her as well. I adored the tiny romance between her and Bo and though Bo was fantastic and adorable, he wasn’t in the movie long enough to take over my adoration for Peter Kavinsky. The movie was more about Willowdean and the romance was such a small part of that but when she gains the confidence to return Bo’s crush, I cheered because I was super happy for her.

This movie was all that and a bag of chips for me. I adored the girl that played Will, I loved seeing her bond with her Mom and I loved that her Mom wasn’t the villain. I loved that the Mom really did love Will and was so proud of her, but didn’t know how to connect with her. I loved that they got it right in the end and this movie was just the bomb. Lots of fun scenes mixed in with sweet scenes, this movie isn’t to be missed.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

4.5 out of 5

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