Full Reviews: K9 Cop (警犬巴打) – 2016

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Genre: Friendship, Dogs, Comedy, Romance, Police

Overall Rating: 6/10

I enjoyed watching “K9 Cop,” but I would not consider this to be a particularly outstanding drama. The acting and situations in the drama were just a bit too over the top and cartoon-ish for me. However, the relationship between Faw Sui Sir (Bosco Wong) and his dog, Brother was great to watch. Basically, what kept me watching was Faw Sui Sir’s character and Bosco’s acting. If you’re looking for a brainless, comedy drama, this is for you.

The rest of the review contains spoilers.

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Full Reviews: Love for Ten – Generation of Youth (러브포텐 – 순정의 시대) – 2013

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Genres: Romance, Friendship, Coming-of-Age, Comedy

Overall Rating: 8/10

As a novel turned miniseries, Love for Ten seems to be rather underrated. It is a quirky, and light-hearted story about a first year engineering student who makes unexpected friends, and falls in love with his “dream” girl. It’s filled with funny and sweet moments, and definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for fluff that doesn’t overwhelm you, or if you’re looking to relive the energy and passion of youth. (Not to mention a must-watch if you’re a fan of Infinite’s Lee Seong-yeol, 4minute’s Jihyun, and Clara Lee.

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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Summary

“It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.”

My Thoughts – 8/10

The Book Thief more than deserves all the awards it has won. Unlike many novels, The Book Thief does not rely on suspense to draw in the reader. Quite often, the narrator reveals large components of the future plot (normally considered spoilers) to allow the reader to delve deeply into how the events unfold rather than focus on what events unfold. Don’t be mistaken, however. This circular way of telling the story in no way detracts from the emotional quality of the story. Actually, this style allowed me to understand the characters more and become more invested in them. Literature teachers have always taught me that to not just tell the story but show it. Zusak has perfected this art in The Book Thief.

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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Summary/Blurb

Few readers have failed to be charmed by the witty andindependent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet. Her early determination to dislike Mr.Darcy – who is quite the most handsome and eligible bachelor in the whole of English literature – is a misjudgment only matched in folly by Darcy’s arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to truer feelings in a comedy profoundly concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.

My Thoughts – 7/10

I have actually been avoiding this book for years, despite the good reviews from multiple friends. My main motivation for reading this book now was to understand the references in the web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KisuGP2lcPs&list=PL6690D980D8A65D08). I actually wanted to read the book before watching the web series. However, I ended up reading about half the book, started (and finished) the web series, and then, finished the latter half of the book. Overall, I would recommend this book for those who want a taste of classic literature without getting into convoluted writing styles. Also, kudos to Jane Austen for the originality of the plot.

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Watch Log: Agent Carter Episode 6

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Spoilers.

Another intense episode! I’m so glad there were some cute and funny Peggy and Jarvis adventures in this one.

It breaks my heart that Sousa and Thompson have to bring Peggy in. Sousa because they’re comrades who understand each other’s difficulties in the workplace. Thompson because he only just started coming around to respect Peggy. I hope the next episode delves a bit more into the emotions of Peggy’s arrest, which wasn’t really there in this episode to make way for the action.

Nevertheless, the most beautiful but heart-breaking moment is definitely when Jarvis asks what can possibly be so important that Peggy has to risk arrest to retrieve from the The Griffith, Peggy chokes, “Steve’s blood.” Haley Atwell’s acting is top-notch. In those two words, we can hear all the desperation, grief, and hurt Peggy has been covering. We finally see a crack in her strong shell and see how hurt she really is inside.

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Watch Log: Agent Carter Episode 4

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Spoilers, as usual.

Well, this has got to be my favorite Agent Carter episode to date, though I would have liked to see more of Jarvis.

Howard Stark is back in town, supposedly to steal back a glorified light switch from the SSR. As if. Finally, we find out the secret that he and Jarvis has been keeping, and, boy, is it a big one! Peggy has every right to be furious at Howard, and her speech was full of so much emotion. Continue reading

Watch Log Reviews: Agent Carter Episodes 1 and 2

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As I was going through reviews for another show, I saw someone do a reflections post for ever episode they watched, and thought it was a creative idea to get thoughts down. So, I decided to give it a try.

Recently, I started watching Marvel’s Agent Carter. Let me preface this by saying, I am a huge Captain America fan. After watching Captain America: Civil War, I was dying to delve into more Cap related material.

Since I watched the first two episodes of Agent Carter before deciding to do a watch log, the first two episodes are lumped together here.

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Full Reviews: Swipe, Tap, Love (愛我請留言) – 2014

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Genres: Romance, Comedy, Family, Friendship, Heart-Warming

Overall Rating: 9/10

When I first started Swipe, Tap, Love (STL), I was a little worried about how slowly it was progressing, but the first episode showed promise. Now that I’ve finished it, I’m immensely glad I did. It has become one of my favorite TVB dramas, with its human feel, character and relationship development, and downright cuteness. STL is thought-provoking, delving into aspects of life that is relatable to so many regardless of situation.

STL doesn’t follow the usual TVB feel or “formula.” Most of the plot points were refreshing and original. It was interesting to see its approach to technology and its impact on relationships as our world becomes increasingly digital. So many of us in the newer generations read articles like “What do the texts mean?,” “Why hasn’t my significant other replied?,” etc., and very few dramas touch on this, but STL does. One thing I’ve found about TVB dramas are that the resolutions and last episodes are much less well thought out that the rest of the drama. However, STL is one of the few that ties up all of the storylines well.

The rest of the review contains spoilers.

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