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Review: Annabelle Creation

Posted July 20, 2021 by Rowena in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

Annabelle Creation

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPiglia
Year Released: 2017
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Where I Watched It: HBO Max
Recommended By: Therese
Who I Watched It For: Therese

Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.
This week’s movie review goes to the next movie in the conjuring series lineup. Annabelle Creation, which was released in 2017. This is where we learn where the hell Annabelle came from. That damn doll is old as hell and has been scaring the hell out of people for hella years.

So this movie shows how Annabelle was created. A toymaker made her and then after a car accident takes the life of his 7-year-old daughter, named Annabelle, her spirit shows up in the doll and years later, when a bunch of orphaned girls with their nun nanny comes to live with the still grieving couple, the Annabelle doll comes to life after one of the girls sneaks into the forbidden room and wakes up the evil spirit. *rolls eyes* Why do people don’t mind their business and stay out of shit that doesn’t have anything to do with you? *sigh*

I spent most of this movie annoyed with Janice because…ugh, STAY OUT OF THE ROOM YOU DUMBASS! I was also annoyed at the adults in the movie too because they were shit caretakers…and the older girls were a bunch of bitches too.

I can’t say that I was all that invested in what was going on. The Annabelle movies so far are my least favorite. I’m just not that interested in a haunted doll that comes to life when people don’t mind their damn business. Or when they stir up shit they should leave well enough alone. For this one, I was mostly curious about how Janice would end up after all was said and done. I knew that she was out there somewhere, being a freaking crazy person and I wasn’t wrong. I will say that the way that the conjuring moviemakers tie in characters and things from the other movies is something that I enjoyed while watching these. I loved fitting the puzzle pieces together and when I figured out stuff from the other movies that were featured in this movie, it was my favorite. Other than that, this movie was pretty slow-moving and just okay IMO.
Final Rating


3 out of 5

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Review: Taxi Driver

Posted July 8, 2021 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Taxi Driver (2021)

Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Pyo Ye Jin, Esom
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 16
Genre: , Action, Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Country: Korea
Where I Watched It: Viki
Recommended By: Lee Je Hoon
Who I Watched It For: Lee Je Hoon

Do Ki has lived more honestly than anyone else as an officer in the Special Forces. Yet, when a serial killer murders his mother, he spends his days in agony. While feeling wronged and broken, Do Ki meets Jang Sung Chul, who recruits Do Ki to work for his company, Rainbow Taxi.

Far from an ordinary taxi service, Rainbow Taxi is a secret organization that avenges victims whom the law didn’t protect. Here, Do Ki becomes a star driver who delivers satisfying revenge. Meanwhile, Ha Na is a prosecutor who investigates Rainbow Taxi. She is furious with their lawless behavior, but at the same time, she feels confused to see them solve cases that the law cannot.

Between those who believe that revenge embodies true justice and those who pursue the outlaws, Do Ki seeks what justice truly means.
I came across this drama when I was searching for something new to watch. This show hadn’t come out yet so I had a little bit of a wait but I enjoyed the heck out of this one. Every single week, I was glued to my seat the minute that subtitles were released in English. I watched a couple of things that Lee Je Hoon was in but I never paid super close attention to him…I’m paying hella attention now.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty stuff, shall we?
Main Male Lead: Kim Dogi


Lee Je Hoon
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Kim Dogi was played by Lee Je Hoon and I was a big fan of this casting. He’s my latest k-drama actor crush so Park Seo Joon better come out with something soon or he’ll be de-throned as my top k-drama crush.

Anyway, Lee Je Hoon has been killing it in everything that he’s starred in and this role was no different. I really enjoyed seeing him bring Kim Dogi’s character to life. I enjoyed his portrayal so much that I went searching for the webtoon so that I can read it at the same time that I was watching the show but I could only find it in Korean so I ended up just watching the show.

Kim Dogi was my favorite part of this show. He transitioned from one person to another person every episode and sold each performance, doing whatever was necessary to avenge his clients. You could tell that he cared about each client and their stories and I seriously loved that. He came off as a very reserved and cold person but he put his life on the line for every case and he was just so stinkin’ good at what he did that he made tuning in every week worth the wait. I don’t care what anyone says, he loved him some Ahn Goeun. The lengths he went to protect and avenge her??? Yeah, you can’t tell anything else. If this show had a romance, it was between Dogi and Goeun. Sorry, prosecutor.
Main Female Lead: Ahn Goeun


Pyo Ye Jin
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My girl Ahn Goeun was my second favorite person in this entire show. She was a fully fleshed-out character that hit me with so many different emotions. She had a strong sense of purpose and of doing right by those that can’t fight the system themselves. Her story hit me hard and I cried hella while watching her struggle with feelings of letting her sister down. I also adored her obvious crush on Kim Dogi and totally think he reciprocated her feelings back. He went above and beyond for her, and the way that she clung to his present to her when she needed someone but was too prideful to reach out a hand had me ugly crying in my room.

Pyo Ye Jin really owned this role and she won me over right from the beginning, in episode 1. I loved how everyone on the team was scared of her and I loved when she would jump into action when the case called for her involvement and I love how smart, charming and just overall great her character was. She was the perfect partner for Kim Dogi and his ass knew it. They were definitely meant to be together.
Second Lead: Kang Hana


Esom
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Esom played the character of Kang Hana, the prosecutor who was all about the work and getting the bad guys by the letter of the law and anyone who did otherwise were no better than the criminals she put behind bars. She had a know-it-all attitude that rubbed me the wrong way for most of the show and even in the end, I wasn’t completely invested in her character. She spent the first part of the show, thinking the worst of Dogi and she had this superior attitude that her way was the best way and she looked down on everything that the Rainbow Taxi crew were trying to do and she does all of this until she’s affected by the system falling down on her case and then….all of a sudden, what the Rainbow Taxi crew was doing was okay. Because she needed them, they were okay. She really could have missed me with all of that BS. I wasn’t a big fan of the way that Dogi came around with her character.

I really wish that there was someone else on the police force or prosecutor’s office that could have worked with our favorite deluxe taxi service instead of her. Esom’s acting is great because I want to see her in other dramas where her character doesn’t piss me off so much. I liked her, just not in this show, and for damn sure not with Dogi. LOL.
The Cast

I really enjoyed getting to know everyone else on the Rainbow Taxi team. I loved how everyone had a role and everyone played their roles exceptionally well. The engineers, the CEO, the muscle, and the hacker all played critical roles in bringing the bad guys down and though I didn’t like every single thing they did, the driving force behind the idea of what they do really stuck with me and I loved the reasons that they did all that they did and I really loved the people they were.

I’ve taken note of all of them and will start looking for more of their work to watch because I liked seeing them every week on my little screen. Lots of great actors and actresses in this bunch.
The Story

This show is about a deluxe taxi service that seeks revenge for those that can’t avenge themselves. People who have been failed by the system that is supposed to protect and serve. I’m a bloodthirsty bitch so when I read the summary of this show, I was all the way in. The show starts off strong and I was heavily invested in what was going down. I enjoyed the darker tone of the show and seeing the Rainbow Taxi team seek their own justice for the wrongs done to their clients. Every case made me cry and the lengths that the Rainbow Taxi team went to, to make sure that their clients got the justice that they deserved made me happy.

The acting is pretty top-notch and every actor really brought a different aspect to the show that made the show that much better in my eyes. There was a writer switch-up about halfway through the show and I noticed it. I enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second half but the second half didn’t turn me off the show completely or anything like this. The ending was a little disappointing but that was because it ended with an addition that I didn’t care about for the entire season and didn’t want in the end but it is what it is.

Overall, this one is probably my favorite drama of the year so far. I highly recommend this show if you’re looking for a good vs. evil drama with lots of action, a team of do gooders with a dark side. This was a definite treat and I’ve already watched it all the way through twice.

Final Rating


4.5 out of 5

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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: 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: First to Kill

Posted November 29, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

First Kill (2017)

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Bruce Willis, Ty Shelton Director: Steven C. Miller Release Date: July 21, 2017 Rating: R Run Time: 1:37 Movie Type: Action, Thriller
In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder and recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.
I’m not sure why I chose to watch this movie because I didn’t have a lot of faith that I would enjoy the movie but I’m glad that I watched it because it was pretty damn good. This movie is about a man named Will who takes his family back to his hometown to kind of toughen up his son Danny because Danny is getting bullied at school. He wants Danny to be able to stand up for himself and taking him hunting at his old stomping grounds is just the way to do it. Will’s wife isn’t all that keen on this plan considering it’s the bullies that she thinks should change their attitude (I agree) and not Danny but Will thinks that there’s no harm in teaching Danny how to defend himself and to boost his confidence, they go out to shoot some wild animals. While out hunting, Will and Danny run into some problems with a shady cop doing shady business and before anyone knows what’s what, Danny is kidnapped and Will has to figure out a way to get him back…without going to the cops. This movie had the potential of being predictable but with a few plot twists, the movie wasn’t predictable for me at all. I enjoyed the suspense going throughout the movie and thought that Hayden Christensen and Bruce Willis played their parts well. I didn’t know what the hell I wanted Will to do but in the end, I was a happy camper so even with my reservations in the beginning, do I recommend this movie? Yep.

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My Rating

4 out of 5

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