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Review: The Sound of Magic

Posted October 11, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

The Sound of Magic

Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Choi Sung Eun, Hwang In Yeop
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Drama
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Who I Watched It For: Ji Chang Wook

High school student Yoon Ah Yi finances herself and her younger sister by working part-time jobs. She doesn’t know where her parents are. Debt collectors drove her father away from home—and then her mother fled too. But even with her poor financial circumstances, Yoon Ah Yi manages to rank near the top of her school academically. Yoon Ah Yi wants to become an adult as soon as possible, to have a stable job.

Her classmate Na Il Deung competes with Yoon Ah Yi for the top grade, but they begin to have feelings for each other.

One day, Yoon Ah Yi meets magician Lee Eul at an abandoned amusement park. He performs magic shows for people who believe in magic. He is a mysterious person; he comforts Yoon Ah Yi who tells him that she believes in magic.

I grew up watching and listening to a lot of musicals but I’ve never seen a k-drama musical before so I was mighty intrigued about this show. The drama also starred Ji Chang Wook and I love him so that was an added bonus in making me want to watch it. I was also pretty stoked to see Hwang In Yeop was in it too. I adored him in True Beauty so I was excited to see him in something else.

This drama follows a young woman, Yoon Ah Yi, as she struggles with raising her younger sister after both of her parents split, leaving both sisters penniless, and all alone. Ah Yi is still a student in high school so she’s super busy. She’s at school all day and then she rushes off to work various part-time jobs to put food on the table and through all of these hardships, she just endures. She goes through every single day with a focused determination to become an adult and a lot of that is because she wants better for herself and for her sister. At school, she battles for the top student spot with Na Il Deung and things get a little spicy when they start to develop feelings for each other.

Things get even more interesting when she meets magician, Lee Eul, at an abandoned amusement park. She starts to believe that there’s magic all around and seeing her come into her own over the course of this show made for a sweet and entertaining drama. I really enjoyed the musical aspect of this show and was delighted every time they broke into song and dance. I thought the dance numbers were done really well and the music was a lot of fun too. There were a lot of themes explored during this drama and I thought Ji Chang Wook, Choi Sung Eun, and Hwang In Yeop did a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life.

There was some confusion for me in the beginning episodes and I’m not going to lie, there were times when the stories dragged but the more that I watched, the more that I came to be invested in not just Yoon Ah Yi, but also in Ri Eul, and Na Il Deung’s character development. Each of their backstories was interesting and my heart hurt for all of them, my heart also rejoiced with them. I was happy with how everything wrapped up and though it’s not my favorite drama of the year, I was glad that I gave it a shot and saw it through to the end. I’ve become a big fan of each of the actors in this show and this show was a huge reason why. I’ll definitely be supporting their other works from here on out. If you need a bit of magic in your life, this might definitely be a go for you.

Final Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Review: A Business Proposal

Posted September 27, 2022 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

A Business Proposal

Starring: Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Se Jeong, Kim Min Gue, Seol In Ah
Year Released: 2022
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: N/A
Who I Watched It For: Ahn Hyo Seop

Shin Ha Ri is a single woman and works for a company. She has a male friend, who she has had a crush on for a long time, but she learns he has a girlfriend. Shin Ha Ri feels sad and decides to meet her friend Jin Young Seo, who is a daughter of a chaebol family. Jin Young Seo then asks Shin Ha Ri to take her place in a blind date and even offers some money for her time. Shin Ha Ri accepts her friend’s offer. She goes out on the blind date as Jin Young Seo, while having the intention to get rejected by her date. When she sees her blind date, Shin Ha Ri is dumbfounded. Her blind date is Kang Tae Mu. He is the CEO of the company where she works.

Kang Tae Mu is the CEO of a company that his grandfather founded. One day, his grandfather informed him of an upcoming blind date that he set up for him. Kang Tae Mu is a workaholic and he is annoyed that his grandfather sets up blind dates for him. He decides to marry the next woman whom he meets at a blind date, so he won’t be disturbed from his work anymore. That woman is Shin Ha Ri, but pretending to be Jin Young Seo.

On the following day, Shin Ha Ri receives a phone call from Kang Tae Mu. He asks her to marry him.

I’m a big fan of Ahn Hyo Seop so the minute I heard that this show was coming out, I added it to my watch list. I will always watch whatever he’s in and I’m glad that I gave this one a shot because it was a fun one.

The show is a modern-day love story between the CEO of a big food company and one of the employees at the company. They don’t know each other and they meet when the employee shows up at her best friend’s blind date with the CEO, pretending to be the best friend. That blind date sets the story rushing down the road of lies, and funny moments, and introduces a quirky cast of characters that you’ll be rooting on from beginning to end. It’s not one of those heavy dramas that are bogged down with a whole lot of heavy things. It’s a fast-paced romance that will take all of your worries away for a few hours and who doesn’t need that from time to time?

Ahn Hyo Seop plays our fine-ass CEO, Kang Tae Moo, and I thought he played the character well. I enjoyed watching him fall in love with the woman that exasperated him at every turn and I loved the way that once he made his mind up, there wasn’t any turning back. He was determined and driven and just marked all of my favorite things about a male lead. I adored him to pieces and that’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of times when I thought he was a bonehead that needed a swift kick in the ass. In the end, all is well that ends well and I didn’t have any complaints about where we left things with Kang Tae Moo.

Kim Se Jeong played our quirky and lovable female lead, Shin Ha Ri. She was a sweet, caring, and completely adorable female lead, and there were still quite a few times when I wanted to cuss her ass out too. I thought she kept the lie going far too long and the amount of times that she kept walking into stupid shit had me rolling my eyes but through all of that, I still quite adored her. Kim Se Jeong has fast become one of my go-to k-drama actresses to support and I thought she did a great job of bringing Shin Ha Ri to life. She captured that sweetness of her character extremely well and even though I kept rolling my eyes at the situations she found herself in, I powered through because Se Jeong was just too hot damn adorable not to keep supporting. Her heart was always in the right place and seeing her come to realize that her lifelong crush on someone that has never made a move on her and turning her focus to someone that is more than willing to be her man made the romance just that much sweeter to me.

As much as I enjoyed the main romance, the magic of this show, at least for me, was in the secondary romance between Kim Min Gue and Seol In Na’s characters. Every single scene between these two had me grinning from ear to ear. Their romance was too cute and I was so invested in their stories, in their romance, and just everything they were about. They had their fair shares of being boneheads but I didn’t care about any of that because those two characters made sense together and I loved seeing them fumble their way to their happy ending. I have so much love for them.

Overall, this drama was light and it was fun and it was just filled to the brim with things that made me happy. Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of corniness and heaps of wtf moments but through it all, the characters, their stories, and the romances will make the ride enjoyable anyway. I’m so glad that I watched this and though the ending was a little weak, the rest of the drama makes up for that. There are loads of eye candy and laugh-out moments and I’m sure that if you gave this one a shot, you’ll be glad you watched it too.

Final Rating


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4 out of 5

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Review: She Was Pretty

Posted September 3, 2020 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Male Lead: Park Seo Jun
Female Lead: Hwang Jung Eum
Secondary Lead: Choi Siwon
Also Starring: Go Jun Hee, Park Yoo Hwan, Lee Il Hwa, Ahn Se Ha, Shin Hye Sun, Hwang Seok Jeong, Im Ji Hyun, Seo Jeong Yeon
Year Released: 2015
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Amazon Prime
Recommended By: Park Seo Jun
Watched it For: Park Seo Jun

This is a punny romantic comedy about 4 unique youngsters who fall in love. Once a popular girl, Hye-jin grew into freckles and curly hair. Sung-joon, a chubby kid, turned into a walking God. Ha-ri, the girl who seems to have everything lacks some sex appeal. Shin-hyuk, is a guy with regurgitative humor who has something to hide.

My boo thang Park Seo Jun is in this one so it was one of the first k dramas that I watched. It’s a romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. The entire cast charmed me right out of my socks and the main romance was super sweet and even though there were moments, where I was bashing my head against my desk, the overall show was entertaining as hell.

So this show is about Sung Joon and Hye Jin, two childhood friends who grew apart but are about to be reunited. Sung Joon was fat growing up and in school, he was always made fun of and bullied but the school’s pretty girl, Hye Jin, befriended him and was a support to him in their childhood years. When Sung Joon moves away, they keep in touch as best as they can but the years pass and they lose touch. Years later, they’re both older and their roles are reversed. Sung Joon grew up to be good looking as hell and Hye Jin succumbed to her father’s genes and grew up to have rough, red skin and kinky curly hair. Having grown up really pretty, Hye Jin has gotten used to her new role as a not so good looking woman and she’s even grown into her skin but all of that goes up in flames when Sung Joon calls her and tells her that he’s back in Korea and would love to meet up with her. At first, she’s super excited because her childhood bestie is back and she’s even thinking that maybe they can finally hook up because she used to have a big ol’ crush on Sung Joon back in the day. But the Sung Joon that shows up to meet her, is not the Sung Joon she’s expecting. He’s way more good looking than she was prepared for and so she runs away. Not only does she run away, but she makes her good looking girl best friend meet Sung Joon in her place and pretend to be her and that starts off a whole bunch of drama because when Hye Jin starts her new job, who else but Sung Joon shows up as her new boss?

Park Seo Jun and Hwang Jung Eum have great chemistry together in this show. I read on Tumblr and on TikTok that they play siblings in another show and then filmed this show afterward and they’re a couple. Talk about a range of acting skills, haha. From some accounts, it seemed to bother them but not me. I loved these two as a couple. I enjoyed seeing Sung Joon and Hye Jin grow closer. I was disappointed that Hye Jin and her girl best friend kept their lie running for so long, stringing Sung Joon along the way that they did but seeing him put the pieces together for himself and figure out the truth was satisfying when they finally did get together.

The second lead is Kim Shin Hyuk and he becomes work besties with Hye Jin at her new job. They both work for Sung Joon and he was such a character. I freaking adored the hell out of him. I was never rooting for him and Hye Jin together even though he was rooting for himself but I did really, really love him…for someone else. Sorry dude, but I will never root against Park Seo Jun. 😉 I really liked the friendship between him and Hye Jin and even came to love the bromance he forced on Sung Joon. He was so full of himself and so cocky, but in a good way, that I laughed every time he came on the screen. Every time he called Hye Jin, Jackson, I would crack up.

Overall, this show as a good one. It’s filled with humor, with charm and a cast of characters that will warm you right up. Every single character added a warmth to this overall viewing experience and I loved it. I definitely recommend.

Listen to the OST

Final Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House, Season 1

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

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Starring: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti
Creator: Mike Flanagan
Release Date: 12 October 2018
Rating: TV-MA
Run Time: 50 min per episode
Genre Type: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past, some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.

I had seen the trailer for this show online but because I’m not a huge fan of horror and scary movies in general, I had no plans to actually watch it. But my coworkers each took a turn convincing me that I should give it a try and I’m glad that I finally listened to them because holy cow, this show was the bomb!

So this show tells the story of the Crane family. The Crane’s buy a house for the summer with the intent to fix it then flip it for money. The house is known for being haunted but the Crane’s ain’t afraid of no ghosts so they move their kids into that big ol’ haunted house and deflect, deflect, deflect when the kids are scared at night because of the ghosts.

For the most part, I was glued to my seat anxiously waiting for more information on this house, on this family, and just everything but there were a couple of episodes where my attention was divided because the storytelling was on the slow side but episodes 5 & 6 more than made up for the slowness of the beginning episodes. I thought that the writing of this season was pretty neat. I liked that the first episode triggers the events that take place throughout the rest of the season. I also really liked that it set the tone for the madness that was to come. I also really liked that each episode seemed to build on the story and brought to light different things that surrounded the same night (both past and present).

So each episode follows a different character and shows things from their perspective in the past and the present. It shows how their part of the story leads up to where things are in the present and from the jump, I had so many questions. I still have so many questions and I’ve seen the entire season, three different times already. Each episode gifts us with a piece of the story until we get to the end and are gifted with the entire story.

Each of the Crane siblings are dealing with different things and my favorite sibling was Theo, though it was Nell’s episode that was my favorite of all of the episodes. I won’t go into much detail about each episode, or even each sibling because you need to watch the show for yourself to really get it and I don’t want to spoil anything so for the purposes of this post, I will say that this show really knocked me on my ass. The creativity behind the storytelling, each episode building on the next was fantastic and I was entertained left and right.

This show is really worth the hours you’ll invest in viewing it. Each character brought something different to the overall story arc and I quite enjoyed how everything came together. I still have hella questions about the house, the ghosts and other things but I’m hopeful that a new season is forthcoming and we’ll get more answers to those questions? Fingers crossed, anyway.

Still, if you’re looking for a new show to binge on Netflix, you should try this…it’s more suspenseful and thrilling than scary and the story is just too interesting to not watch. I promise you’ll enjoy it…everyone that I’ve forced to watch this has loved it. 🙂

Movie Trailer

My Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Review: Good Kids

Posted July 5, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Good Kids (2016)
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Braun, Mateo Arias, Israel Broussard
Director: Chris McCoy
Release Date: 21 October 2016
Rating: R
Run Time: 1:26
Movie Type: Comedy

Four overachievers, eager to shake off their high school labels, set out to reinvent themselves following graduation.

I had one of those lazy weekends where I didn’t do much but read and watch movies. This movie was one of the many movies that I watched this past weekend. I thought it was going to be one of those mindless, dumb movies that only young folks would like but surprisingly, I enjoyed this one. I didn’t LOVE it but it was a solid movie.

This movie follows a group of friends who nerded out in high school and didn’t make time for young people things like partying, drinking, trying drugs and messing around so after they graduate, they decide that their last summer together is going to be spent turning up. The four friends are Andy, Nora, The Lion, and Spice. Andy wants to do it all, Nora wants to experience being in a relationship, The Lion wants to try all of the drugs and Spice just wants to hook up so they make a pact that for the entire summer, they were not going to say no to the fun. High school was spent studying and getting good grades and staying focused. They wanted their last summer to be lit and they wanted to experience everything together so that’s what they did.

Throughout the movie, each kid is going through something. Andy is boinking all of the tennis Moms who want private lessons and getting all of the hooking up lessons he can ever want. Nora is dating an older guy from work who is all kinds of sexy, the Lion is teaching some kind of martial arts class and getting high at every turn while Spice is…still just Spice. I liked seeing each of the kids figure themselves out and throughout the whole movie, even when Andy was being a completely douche canoe, I low key wanted him and Nora to hook up. That’s the romance reader in me, always trying to hook people up. Still, I wanted them to be together because they made sense.

Anyway, this movie packed in laughs I wasn’t expecting but enjoyed. It also brought character development that was enjoyable without being completely corny and when all was said and done, I wasn’t mad that I watched it. Sure, it’s not the best movie in the world but it entertained me for a couple of hours so I was a happy camper.

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My Rating

3.75 out of 5

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