Love (2012)


Love (2012)

I just finished watching Love 2012, a movie that was a joint Chinese/Taiwanese production and aired in 2012. The movie was an ensemble piece, which starred Mark Chao as Mark Na, Vicki Zhao Wei as Jin Xiao Ye, Amber Kuo as Lu Xiao Ni, Ivy Chen as Li Yi Jia, Eddie Peng as Ah Kai, Shu Qi as Zoe Fang, Doze Niu as Lu Ping and Ethan Ruan as Li Xiao Kuan.

There were 3 intertwining stories, with links between the different parts; some links were a bit more tenuous than others. The scenes of the movies flowed from one story to the other as we moved along in these characters’ lives. Each story was about finding love, losing love or reconnecting with an old love, and really about how everyone, from the youngest to the oldest character, is just looking for love in life to make things a little bit sweeter.

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3 Mini-BL Reviews – Uncontrolled Love, Round Trip to Love and HIStory: Obsessed

Uncontrolled Love, Round Trip to Love and HIStory: Obsessed


I recently began watching Boys Love (BL) movies and shows, coming across this genre when watching other Asian dramas like Bromance. It’s those YouTube thumbnails that get you! I’ve seen bits and pieces of a lot of movies/shows from China, completing only a few, some from Thailand, some from Japan (including bits and pieces of Yaoi Anime) and even a couple from Taiwan.

I haven’t seen enough to make any generalizations about the shows or movies, but I do know that most Chinese films post-ban have had either open endings or downright sad endings, with no happily ever afters for the main couple. Japanese films are still as dry/too quiet for me, with that hint of melancholy that seems to soak through every scene in the movie, eating away at any other emotion. Japanese BL anime (called yaoi) is just not my cup of tea. Thailand dramas, the ones that I’ve seen, are of the sweet and young love variety. And I was impressed by one of the Taiwanese dramas I saw. Since I haven’t seen any other mention of Taiwanese BL besides this one series, I wonder if Taiwan is also getting into the BL game?

Most of the shows/movies that I have seen have paper thin plots and some really bad acting. A few of the movies have been adaptations from books, and have some really scary male leads. These leads leave the wrist-grabbing, stalking heroes of Korean dramas miles behind in their quest to make the other male lead their own.

Below I’ve summarized and commented on Uncontrolled Love, A Round Trip to Love, and HIStory: Obsessed which I recently finished watching on YouTube. A shout out to those amazing subbers out there who provide us with the opportunity to watch all Asian Dramas/movies. Continue reading

Man of Steel


Man of Steel


Just watched the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, last night. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder, and starred Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.  Russell Crowe played Jor El, Kal El’s father. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner played the Kents, the couple who adopted our hero upon finding him on Earth.

The movie focused on the journey that the main character takes into becoming Superman. The focus is solely on that journey, so we don’t get to see much of “Clark Kent” here, which was a disappointment. I came away from the movie largely unimpressed with the directing and the lackluster story, but I am always hoping that Hollywood will get it right the next time around. Continue reading

Don 2: The Chase Begins Again


So, Don 2 released this weekend, and I thought that I would go watch it. For those of you who don’t know anything about the movie, it is a sequel to the 2006 movie, Don, which was a remake of an older Bollywood film starring Amitabh Bachchan. In the first movie, the protagonist (Don) manages to kill an innocent look alike, romance the woman (Roma) who is out for his blood, and disappear into the sunset with his ladybird with absolutely no repercussions. In 2011, we catch up with those characters in a movie that I regretted watching.

The movie stars Shahrukh Khan as Don. Priyanka Chopra played Roma. Om Puri was Roma’s boss. Lara Dutta played Ayesha, Don’s new squeeze. Kunal Kapoor played Sameer, a computer’s expert, Boman Irani was Vardhaan once more, and Nawab Shah played Abdul Jabbar, the man in charge of ballistics and muscle.

Warning: There will be SPOILERS in this review.

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My Name is Khan Review


So, I got to see My Name is Khan over the weekend. I would say that the name of the movie is more of an abbreviated version of what the title would have been, if it hadn’t been too long. The main character of the film, Rizvan Khan, spends the entire movie stating one thing, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.” That line should also give you an idea of the subject matter of the film.

I found the movie to be an emotionally-heavy one, with a message that Karan Johar, the director, seemed to be hammering into the viewer’s mind. I applaud the director for being brave enough to choose this subject matter, butI doubt, with all the hatred and prejudice that exists right now against Muslims, that the movie itself will be well-received. Also, the director’s melodramatic handling of the subject, and his inability to tone it down when he should, does make the movie too cheesy at times. Continue reading

My Name Is Khan – Trailers


So, I don’t know if you guys remember me raving about my favorite couple, Shahrukh Khan (SRK) and Kajol. Well, they’re coming in a new movie called My Name is Khan. So, I thought I’d post up a trailer of the movie. It’s mostly in English, with some Hindi parts subtitled. I’m familiar with Karan Johar’s (the director’s) previous works, and I really, really hope that he doesn’t go the “cheesy” route. He has a tendency to make movies too sentimental … too melodramatic … too everything, and tends to get cheesy with it.

This is a pretty serious subject matter, so I’m interested in seeing how Johar handles it. I was surprised that he picked such a subject matter, only because, realistically, being Muslim is definitely not the most popular thing to be right now. And a movie on a Muslim main character might not be too popular, either. I have no doubts about SRK’s and Kajol’s acting, but it’s the story that makes a movie memorable. From what I’ve seen, I have high hopes that this one will be a keeper. Do any of you plan on watching it, that is, if it’s shown in your countries?

Here is the full trailer, if you guys can understand Hindi, you should watch it.

I think the subject matter may get a bit distressing, especially when we have someone who has problems dealing with the world (your heart tends to go out to them anyways). And when they are in a situation like this, it’ll be a bit harder to watch than normal. I believe the movie is coming out on February 12, 2010. I can’t wait to watch this. I truly hope that it’s better than Johar’s last SRK fare, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. That movie just ended up pissing me off. 🙂 Have fun watching.

Reading the Twilight Saga


So, I just read the Twilight Saga.

The books are TwilightNew Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. By Stephenie Meyer

I know that I’m a little too old for these books, but because they were so popular I thought I’d give them a try. I ended up enjoying the books, but I think that was because I went in expecting absolutely nothing and so was able to accept them as harmless reads. But these books might be setting the wrong example for a younger audience. I wouldn’t go into ages, but I think it all depends on the maturity of the reader.

Warning! SPOILERS Ahead!

For those of you who don’t know, and I don’t think there are that many people out there who don’t know about theTwilight Saga, these books are of the paranormal genre and center around vampires, werewolves and humans. The first book details how a human girl, Bella, falls in love with a vampire, Edward. In the second book the vampire leaves the girl for her own good and she spirals into depression. Continue reading