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The Grand Budapest Hotel & Her

Been on a movie binge lately with a friend. Isn’t there always something nice and cozy about ordering in a pizza and watching a movie with people at home? I remember back in high school it was this special thing to have a couple of good friends over to enjoy a movie together. It then evolved to cooking every Friday with my best friends before we studied together. Now I barely get to see anybody once school comes around *loner*.

Anyway, lately a friend and I have been checking out movies that are rated highly on Rotten Tomatoes. You ever notice sometimes something is rated highly but it is just mediocre at best when you check it out? Not the case this time, thank god LOL. I can see why these two movies are rated high because I really enjoyed watching them too.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (2014)

Rotton Tomatoes Rating: 92%


I was instantly hooked just from watching the trailer. Looking at just the poster itself, at first, made me think it was going to be some boring historical film, but it actually has a lot more to offer. It reminded my friend and me of a cartoon. The colours and the characters themselves kind of reminds me of a ’90s child cartoon. Everything is so bright and vivid. They were not shy about using bold colours in the scenes. And I loved the humour of the characters.

It’s so weird to know that the main character, Gustave, is played by Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort! Don’t you just love seeing actors in roles that are so different?! And his character is just so weird and witty. The plot itself isn’t super original, but the way they went about telling the story and the things that come out of the characters’ mouth are what really makes everything so enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this is you miss old comedy shows (or wish a movie had an element of that) with peculiar characters and not so PG humour. I mean, look at Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis! Does he not look like a villain from a show we watch back when we were a kid?!

5/5

Her

Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system. (2013)

Rotton Tomatoes Rating: 94%


I think this is a really interesting movie because I don’t think this future is that far off for us all. Aren’t we all already practically married to our phones and computers? It starts off with the main character, Theodore, at his job where he is a professional writer of handwritten letters. How many of us still sends handwritten letters? My friend and I like to send each other letters when she’s out of town for school, but even then, it’s not very often. I like that in the movie, it still carried the same sort of thought that letters are used to express something sincere, something important, something personal.

All throughout the movie we’re kept in this sort of melancholic mood. The colours are soft and the music matches it perfectly. And we, as the viewers, feel the loneliness the character experiences in a world where everyone is always with their technology. It was so easy for Theodore to find companionship in an OS that is specifically tailored to the user as it gets to learn more as each minute passes by. This is especially true when we get to see the times he spent with his ex-wife.

I just want to mention that I didn’t even recognize Rooney Mara in this film! I never knew about her until all the pictures from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo popped up and I’d see her pictures from promoting that film. She kept that look up for quite a while and I totally thought she’d just keep the look because she was finally getting known by the general public and fashion magazines and blogs were eating up her new fashion style. But in this film she was so.. innocent and pure.

Anyway, I think the movie showed us something very important about our relationships. But I think everyone should watch it and find out for themselves what they think the film is trying to show us. So.. go watch it :D!

5/5

PS. I really like this song from the movie!

You’re Beautiful ;; Otomen ;; Stairway to Heaven

You’re Beautiful

The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother.


Usually I like checking to see what actors/actresses there are, but I didn’t for this drama for some reason. When I started watching it, I thought the actress somehow looked familiar. That’s when I realized she looked like the young actress in Stairway to Heaven. After googling it, it turns out she’s actually the same actress! It’s so weird to see how much she’s grown! Time passes by quickly, doesn’t it?

Park Shin Hye’s acting wasn’t bad really, but I’m not really a fan of overacting. Her and Lee Hong Ki both overacted a lot. It’s always interesting to see how a well known singer does in acting. I’ve never seen any of Hong Ki’s other stuff so I don’t know if it’s because the role is meant to be played like that or what. I really disliked it though LOL. Every time he appeared I’m like face palming myself. That goes for his serious moments too.

Overall I feel like the drama’s alright, I’m guessing it just had such big popularity because of the cast. Jang Geun Suk as male lead. Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Hong Ki, both singers of a band. Uee as the female antagonist. Pretty jam packed with big stars.

3/5


Otomen

The story centers around the popular high school boy Masamune Asuka, the top kendo fighter in the nation. However, beneath his cool exterior, he is actually fond of sweets and shojo manga, and is skilled in sewing and cooking. When he instantly falls for the transfer student Miyakozuka Ryo, his secret is in danger of being exposed.


My friend was talking about this drama a lot and seemed to really enjoy it so I decided to give it a try. It’s a nice light drama if you’re looking for a laugh and nothing too serious. It does give a nice lesson though, about how we should be true to ourselves. We shouldn’t hide who we are to please others.

Kind of wished that it was a bit longer. Might check out the manga for it some time! It just seems like it would be a really cute one to read!

4/5


Stairway to Heaven

Jung-suh and Song-joo grew up together. They were always there for each other. Tragedy begins when Song Joo begins his studies overseas without Jung-suh. Jung-suh’s father remarries Tae Mira. Mira takes in her two children from a previous marriage, Tae-hwa and Yuri. Yuri is envious of the life that Jung-suh leads and is determined to take everything away from her, including Song-joo. Tae-hwa begins to develop feelings for his stepsister, however Jung-suh still loves Song-joo. Five years later, tragedy occurs when Jung-suh gets into a car accident causing her to lose her memory. Together with Tae-hwa, they start anew. Song-joo is led to believe that she is dead. However, when they meet again one day, he is determined to remind her of the love they had for one another. When fate finally seemed to be on their side, Jung-suh is diagnosed with eye cancer.


Stairway to Heaven… the epitome of a Korean drama. That checklist of things needed for a Korean drama? It probably has every single thing. People getting sick, people dying, women crying, love triangles, etc. All of it.

I decided to watch this drama because I actually started in years and years ago when I was in junior high. My friends and I watched the first couple episodes together, but we never ended up finishing it. I thought I would finish it since it’s just so well known when you mention kdramas.

Was it worth it? Meh. Kind of yes, and kind of no. I’m glad I finished it because I hate leaving things unfinished and never knowing what happens in the end. At the same time getting through the drama was sort of brutal. I’m already the type of person who doesn’t really like watching sad things or stuff that are too serious because I feel like it brings my mood down. This drama is super depressing. Everyone cries in almost every single episode. I don’t even know if there is one episode where there’s no one crying. It got especially hard to watch when the main characters start bawling. They scream at the top of their lungs while crying. I guess it’s to portray how heart wrenching their pain/sadness is, but holy cow. They do it even on the street in public.

Anyone else think it’s weird how Tae Hwa was a good looking guy when he was young and when they showed them after as older people, his look completely changed. Yuri got way prettier than her younger counterpart, I mean come on, it was Kim Tae Hee playing her – the woman now known for her beauty in the Korean industry. Tae Hwa became a creepy middle aged man LOL.

Drama isn’t bad. I guess if you’re looking for something to cry to, this would be the one. Although, I don’t think I got teary eyed while watching this drama. It might be because of the excessive amount of bad luck Jung Suh goes through that made me give up. I think at some point you start to think, “Seriously? When is this girl going to get a break? Why doesn’t she speak up? Even if it’s for her father’s happiness would you really keep all this crap in?”

3.5/5

The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love ;; Hero

The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love

Handsome, successful, and talented, life is good for Kang Tae-poong, a world renowned architect who seem to live the dream of all men. But one day an automobile accident leaves him with a visual impairment that makes unattractive women seem attractive to him. Right then, Wang Soh-jung, a homely looking pet magazine reporter comes into his life. Kang thinks she is a flawless beauty until his ailment is cured and he is no longer able to recognize the woman he has fallen in love with.


I’m actually a big fan of Kang Ji Hwan so I wanted to check this movie out. He was really good in Capital Scandal! I watched Lee Ji Ah before in Beethoven Virus. The movie was obviously predictable, but did it have a unique spin on story? Not particularly.

I don’t really know if it was because of the quality of the movie that I had, but I couldn’t see Soo Jung’s imperfections. Aside from her non-perfect teeth I couldn’t really see anything on her face. Which is why I couldn’t really understand why everyone was so turned off by her in the movie. What I could understand was a factor for people being turned off are her weird impersonation of animals ::blinkblink::.

I don’t feel like Ji Hwan played the conceited, pretty boy role that well in this movie. Which is kind of weird since he played that in Capital Scandal. Perhaps it is because Capital Scandal has action in it too so he’s not completely limited to that role. I think when he found out that Soo Jung’s actually not as attractive as he thought she was while he was suffering from a visual impairment, it was a little over the top. The fact that she was right in front of him and they were on the phone with each other? Not believable. The fact that the doctor told him he has a visual impairment and even used the exact example of seeing an ugly girl as beautiful, but he doesn’t seem to hear that?? The ending in general was just so-so. I thought it was so stupid when Soo Jung had to experience the impairment and the way she reacted. A forgettable movie that didn’t bring a unique spin on a story that’s been told countless times.

2/5



Hero is the story of Korea's top reporters and ordinary citizens fighting against the society elite's abuse of power. Working as a reporter for a racy tabloid called the Monday Seoul, Jin Do Hyuk uses any means necessary to get a scoop. One day, he goes to interview Jo Yong Deok, the boss of the Axe gang, who suggests that they start their own newspaper. Do Hyuk lies about the credentials of his former co-workers when he introduces them to Jo Yong Deok as potential hires for the newspaper venture. With his former co-workers on board, he is able to launch the Yongdeok Daily together with Yong Deok. But the newly hired reporters soon find themselves sucked into a huge conspiracy that could utterly ruin their lives.
I was excited to watch something with Lee Junki again since the last time I watched one of his dramas was Time Between Dog & Wolf. This drama didn’t receive much attention though even with Junki in it. I guess I can understand why since it’s definitely not one that would deserve an award or anything. Initially I thought this drama was going to be a more light-hearted comedy. That was what I was looking for anyway. Instead it turned out to be sort of a crime/drama genre. Do Hyuk later learns of a big secret that changes his life and he decided he had to right the wrong.

Jo Yong Deok probably had the easiest part in the drama. He didn’t have to do anything. Aside from one of his first appearances in the drama where he flips out on Choi Il Doo, he literally has no emotions at all. All he does is stand there with an indifferent face and occasionally smiles. He doesn’t give off an air of authority, which I think was what he was going for when he has on his face void of any emotion.

Kang Hae Seong’s character is a bit confusing too. I don’t quite understand his huge hatred of Do Hyuk. I’m guessing he’s just jealous and doesn’t want any one to get in his way, but it’s not like Do Hyuk would’ve really gotten in his way to success in life. I also don’t get why he didn’t team up up Do Hyuk later on either. He just has to be stubborn and go his own way even though there’s a solution that doesn’t involve hurting himself so much.

3/5

Ohitorisama ;; Shokojo Seira


33-year-old Akiyama Satomi is a history teacher at the prestigious all-girls high school she once attended. She has earned the nickname "ohitorisama" (meaning "one person") for her perfectionism and capability to handle any work by herself. At the same time, the name also refers to her lack of romance. One day, a young man named Shinichi arrives at the school as a temporary instructor. He's ten years younger than Satomi, has only worked part-time jobs, and has neither money nor status. Although the other female teachers and students find him cute, he is completely not Satomi's type... or is he? Will love blossom between this unlikely pair?
In each episode of Ohitorisama, Satomi starts it off by telling the viewers why she loves her single life. However, when Shinichi came into her life, her way of life dramatically changed. All the things she believed in seemed to not ring true anymore.

I’ve only seen Koike Teppei in Lovely Complex and I enjoyed it. I didn’t really know what to expect out of him in this one. Perhaps it’s his height and the age difference, but I didn’t really see any sparks between him and Mizuki Alisa. I think even if there’s an obvious age difference between the actors, they could make it work and I would put their age difference in the back of my mind. When I watched Ai no Uta back then it was like watching a young woman with a grandpa. Even so, I felt something towards the two of them and I had hoped they’d end up together. In this one, I just saw Shinichi as sort of a younger brother that Satomi constantly has to look after.

With that said, I still enjoyed the drama. It’s a nice, light one to watch when you just want to enjoy a comedic drama without thinking to much into it. If you’re looking for some epic love story, there won’t be one haha.

4/5


Seira was raised in India, but she is sent back to Japan to continue her education at an affluent boarding high school. Although she has lived in luxury, the well-bred Seira is kind and generous, earning her many friends at the school. One person who dislikes Seira is the school's director, though she treats Seira well due to the father's fortune. Then, during Seira's 16th birthday party, the director informs her that her father has died, leaving her penniless. As a result, she is forced to work as a servant in order to pay off her school bills.
A modern twist to Cinderella, without the evil stepmother. Maybe an evil school director instead? Seira’s mother passed away when she was young, but her mother left her with one thing. It was to remember that every girl in their own right, is a princess. No matter if she’s rich or poor. She lived with her father in India until he decided to put her into a boarding school in Japan which her mother attended.

The director hates Seira because of Seira’s mother. However, she pushes that feeling aside knowing that Seira’s father would be giving the school a huge donation. When her father passed away in an accident, the director no longer felt obligated to suck up to her. Since Seira’s a minor, the director decided to let her stay at the school by working as a servant.

The drama was alright. Nothing super special that would make me remember it down the road. There was a point in the drama where they showed her doing what she believed was right. The others told her sometimes what she believes is right can actually hurt others. I felt though, as if they were forcing the audience to believe that Seira’s not perfect and this is why. True, nobody is perfect, but I felt like the way she acted wasn’t exactly wrong. She didn’t do what she did to hurt the other person since she didn’t know the full story. It felt like they were trying to find an excuse for the others in the drama to hate her @_@.

3.5/5