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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 6

2015/04/21 | | Permalink

Soo-ji's incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it's not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn't the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let's Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 20 Final

2015/04/21 | | Permalink

This episode opens up with Ji-sang making one last random, pointless violent attack against Jae-wook's forces. Which inevitably comes down to nothing, and inevitably results in Ji-sang being let go. I guess this one was just for old time's sake- "Blood" has been pretty dedicated to its rather arbitrary format, and there's no reason for that to end in the last episode. It's just that this time the second half rampage actually manages to accomplish something, mostly because the drama has to end somehow...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 5

2015/04/20 | | Permalink

The mystery of the person who lives on the roof of the building is resolved appropriately- with a revelation as to the very serious financial penalties involved in building an illegal add-on to an apartment building. All right, that's somewhat ridiculous- which is good, because self-ridicule is always where "Let's Eat - Season 2" has been at its strongest. Most of the characters are at their most amusing when their perception of reality is challenged by their own apparent cluelessness.

Except for Dae-yeong. He knows that he's clueless, and doesn't really care. Which makes it all the more easier for him to identify where other people are going wrong. I'm really kind of impressed at this point seeing how little Soo-ji understands of men. Every time the three leads of this drama are together it's just Dae-yeong hurriedly trying to run damage control before Soo-ji accidentally reveals how unattractive she really is...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 19

2015/04/20 | | Permalink

I'm not sure there's really much left to say about "Blood" at this point. The drama has overstayed its welcome- I mean that literally more than subjectively. Take away all the filler and there's maybe about ten episodes worth of actual interesting plot here. But even the filler could have been potentially interesting if it actually led up to something. Again, I would have cared a lot more about Seok-joo's depth if we'd ever gotten any meaningful detail about his relationship with Ri-ta. Instead, it was just his continuing to get involved in Jae-wook's obviously bad research idea...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 7

2015/04/20 | | Permalink

Jung-ho and Yeon-hee become more ridiculous in this episode. They are the center of the show with their immaturity and, dare I say, idiocy. This episode displays that their manicured appearance most definitely belies the children beneath.

As of late, Jung-ho has become obsessed with losing hair...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 8

2015/04/20 | | Permalink

"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is an insulated drama. It has only expanded upon a few characters in eight episodes and it needs more than that. The focus on Jung-ho and Yeon-hee has provided humor, but is also becoming a little circular.

At first the satire was potent and relevant to the strict social circumstances portrayed in Korean drama...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.17 ~ 2015.04.19

2015/04/20 | | Permalink

"Furious 7" stays ahead of the pack…

"Furious 7" remained the South's favourite flick over the weekend by capturing 41% of the box office pie. James Wan's action outing attracted an additional 472K admissions over 813 screens to move its total tally now to 2.8M ($21.7M). Globally, the film has amassed over $1.1B, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, just ahead of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and behind "Iron Man 3"...More

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