I’m a Cyborg, but that’s ok

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Wow, okay, so this movie is unlike anything I’ve really ever seen. It’s “One Fly over the Cuckoo’s Nest” mixed with “Sucker Punch”. It’s an off-the-wall experience that shows love through the eyes of those suffering from mental disorders, Schizophrenia in this case. Instead of showing it from an outside point of view the movie is shown purely from the perspective of the main characters and how they view the world.

The story is about a young woman who believes she is a cyborg; her family puts her in an institution after she tries to kill herself, although that’s probably not how the woman viewed it. Once there she meets a handsome young man who likes to steal, because he feels if he doesn’t he may disappear from the world. He decides to make it his mission to help her and love blooms.

For me, this movie is a great example of showing how people still experience emotions like love even if they suffer from a mental illness. I think a lot of the time people look at those with mental disorders, especially the big ones, as being separate from the rest of the world. The reality is that while their minds may have betrayed them they are still capable of falling in love and other complicated emotions, maybe even more so. It’s a movie that I would suggest watching with no other distractions because it has the capability of bringing the audience into a whole other world.

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9 End 2 Outs

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9 End, 2 Outs was a refreshing drama for me. It was about adults in their 30s who are saying goodbye to their 20s while facing forward for their next step in life. It was realistic with issues addressed spanning across the spectrum of adult life. It was also almost completely lacking in drama feeling. All of the characters were so fresh, the emotions so poignant that even in the hard times it didn’t feel amped up. It felt like how it would in real life, which may be a drawback for some, but I thought it really made the story in this case. The title is a baseball analogy if anyone didn’t know. It means the bottom of the ninth (usually the last) inning, with 2 outs. Which means the next move will determine if the team wins or loses. The show rests pretty heavily on baseball analogies that compare to life.

The story itself is about two childhood friends, Han Nee and Hyung Tae. They are both facing their 30s with resolutions of how they want to live the next ten years of their lives. When certain situations arise, Han Nee ends up living with Hyung Tae. Being best friends their entire lives they don’t think it’ll be a problem, but they soon discover there were many things they didn’t know about each other. As they both face problems with love and work they discover that the best things in their lives are each other, but they have to determine what that means and how it may change their relationship for better or worse.

This drama is really great for a lot of reasons. The no-drama thing was great which made everything a lot more light-hearted. There were also all the characters; when I think about it, it was quite a huge cast with such diverse story lines that interweaved on one another. It was done in a manner though that I really didn’t even notice. They did flashbacks at opportune times that allowed me to recall past situations and characters even though I may not have seen them for a while. As previously stated they also went over a lot of life issues: like if you date someone years younger, facing getting older, following your dream but being crushed by it, things like that.

I found this drama on Dramafever.

Heartstrings

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So, I don’t know if I really have a lot to say about this drama. It was a fairly common story line, at least in Korean genres, but it was still a nice little story. The musical aspect of it was a nice touch, but it’s hard to watch this sort of thing when I’ve already seen the same type of thing in a dozen other dramas. The actors were good and all the little nuances were sweet, but all in all a fairly common story.

The story itself is about a young woman in college who majors in traditional Korean music. When she is offered to be a part of a production that mixes the traditional with modern she’s pulled toward it despite her grandfather’s adamant dislike of anything untraditional. It doesn’t help that a certain stoic, but extremely handsome, young guitarist is a part of the production as well.

I’m definitely not saying that it isn’t good. The characters were fun and it was very enlightening in terms of the art that is Traditional Korean music, but it is a very used story type, so be prepared if you do decide to watch it.

Descendants of the Sun

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Wow, just wow and wow again. I’ve seen a lot of shows and I have to say this show is hands down the best I have ever seen. This Korean show is one of the best things I’ve watched. It stands out against any show, not just Korean. It has an amazing depth that truly made my heart bleed, ache and cheer with patriotic empathy. It’s a show with amazing characters that constantly evolve and a story that constantly expands and has true purpose. For me, I think a true test of any story is how it changes the audience; this show made me fall in love with people, soldiers and strengthened my inner desire to help people no matter the circumstance.

I don’t want to go too much into the story because it is all the little nuances of it and the weaving storyline is something that is worth watching for yourself, so I don’t want to ruin it for any one of you. In the barest of bones this story is about a soldier and a doctor whose lives intersect. They have to decide whether or not their chosen careers will keep them apart or together.

This show is good for ANYONE. I don’t care who you are this show is hands-down the best. If you want something that makes you believe in people again, if you want something that is exciting and fresh, if you want something that has a beautiful love story, if you want something about friendship this show is for you. If you like stories about wartime or doctors this show has it. I can hardly stop myself from going on and on about it. You shouldn’t wait any longer: watch it! It’s currently on Hulu for any who are curious.

Ash vs Evil Dead

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Alright, so this Starz Original Series is based on the old cult classics of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. With it being a Starz series it has all the funding it needs for top notch CGI effects and complete freedom from censorship, so excessive gore and nudity are excessive. I’m pulled whether or not I can say I actually like the show or whether I’m watching it just become of loyalty to Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless; perhaps it’s a little of both.

The story is about Ash Williams; a stock worker who 30 years ago experienced an insane paranormal night of horror where he lost the love of his life and his hand. (I would watch Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness to catch up). Ash has done everything he can to avoid and forget everything that happened back then, but because of one night of stupidity the dark forces have come back to haunt him and destroy everything that touches him. With the help of his coworkers Pablo and Kelly, Ash reluctantly sets out to once and for all to destroy the darkness.

So, the acting and everything else is pretty good, but there’s just something about it that I just can’t place that bothers me and keeps me from liking it 100 percent. I’m not sure what it is, but all in all the show is alright. It is very gory and extremely violent but it’s done to the point that it’s not ‘realistic’ per se and it’s easier to look past the god awful things that are happening. It is one of those shows where anything can happen and I had to stop myself from caring about anyone, because just like Walking Dead, the show likes to push limits and it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen next and to whom.

Who are you?

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This Korean drama is a cop/ghost series; although I’m somewhat unsure if it was a success or not. I enjoyed the characters and the plot was interesting, but I felt it got lost from the main point of what the drama was supposed to be about.

The show is about a young cop who wakes up after being in a coma for six years with no memory of how she got hurt, why she was where she was initially found and who knows what else. She returns to the force as a desk-pusher Team Leader at the Lost and Found Department; much to the dismay of the detective who works there who’s heard rumors of her being crazy. Being crazy would be a relief for her if the truth wasn’t so startlingly: since she woke up from her coma she can occasionally see ghosts who won’t leave her alone until she helps solve their problems. Her underling detective can’t seem to stop himself from getting involved. The real question remains: will she be able to remember who she is before she gets killed by the mysterious men who appear every time she gets close to the truth?

Now, this show was a pretty easy watch. I got through it at super speed and that was without discretely skipping to speed up the process like I sometimes do. I felt though that for a show that was supposed to be about solving cases through her ability to see ghosts that there was more espionage than paranormal. It seemed to take a far back seat compared to everything else going on. Besides that I enjoyed it. It was interesting with a fairly balanced mixture of day-to-day character progression and underlining build-up to the big finale.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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This film is another satirical/spoof comedy by Mel Brooks with one of my favorite actors: Cary Elwes (Princess Bride, Liar Liar). I’m usually not big on just comedy movies, but with Mel Brooks’ films it’s different. For one, I grew up with them. They are like old friends. But also there is the fact that they are downright awesome. I’m left breathless with laughter even while I enjoy a story that still has a lot of heart.

Robin: Men in Tights is the same story that we all know. Robin is captured and put in prison during the crusades; when he escapes he returns home to discover things are much changed. Prince John has usurped the throne and has been unfairly taxing the citizens. With the help of his servant, Blinkin, Little John, Will Scarlett and Atchoo (the son of a fellow prisoner he met) Robin Hood starts a war with Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham.

One of my favorite parts of this is the song that’s sung by Robin’s merry men, “We’re men in tights”. The musical quality to this movie only adds to the smart humor that subtly and not so subtly mocks adventure and romance dramas. It’s hard to describe the cinematic genius of Brooks, but there is just something about his films that make him stand out against the rest. Whether it’s the fourth wall breaks, the spot-on humor, the spit-fire dialogue or the exemplary story line, Brooks has a style that withstands the test of time and I can’t help but to love every film I’ve seen.