Sunday, July 29, 2012

Big: Final Review


The huge, disappointing ending arc to Big now makes me more than ever willing to scoff at the Hong Sisters and declaim any of their future work. Yes, there have been a couple hits for me in their series (My Girl and YB), but the vast majority have been either boring as hell with a lead couple I care next to nothing about (Best Love, Fantasy Couple) or worse, silly and boring (Gumiho). Even the two shows I liked had gaping plot holes and more useless angst than can be counted. Earlier on, I really thought they'd turned it around with Big, only to be shown in the eleventh hour that if anything, they're getting old and running out of ideas.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises


This was undoubtedly my most anticipated movie of the year. I'm a tremendous Nolan fan, with both Batman Begins and Inception as two of my favorite movies. My expectations were therefore very high, and overall the movie delivered. But just not as strongly as I would have liked.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marvel Superhero Movies part 2: Iron Man 1 and 2


Robert Downey Jr. has such a recognizable acting style, at least in Holmes and Iron Man. It makes me wonder if the characters he plays are written to be so tongue-in-cheek and rapid-speaking, or if Downey simply chooses to handle his dialogue that way.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Vampire Diaries


I don't think this series could have a more embarrassing name. I feel silly telling anyone I watch it, and for a while refused to watch it myself thanks to its tween-overdone title. BUT for anyone who hasn't seen this, it's surprisingly mature and well-produced. I don't think it's fair to compare it to Twilight, but if we did, I'd say this show is significantly (like in the hundred-folds) better in terms of plot, darkness, depth, and production value. It's actually sad how much better a TV show is than a billion-dollar movie franchise.