Recapped!: My Mister (Episodes 15-16)

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Well! The time has finally come and gone. The end of our hero Dong-Hoon’s story. These spoilers are coming fast and furious so get ready:

  • Resident snakes and all-round villains, C..E.O. Do Joon-Young  and his lackey, Director Yoon are fired from the company for their scandalous ways.
  • They are ultimately taken down by Lee Ji-Ahn’s biggest enemy who actually seems to like her alot–Lee Gwang-Ll. SURPRISED!? Kinda. The show had been hinting at his turning into a ‘good guy’ a couple of episodes in a row now. So him doing the great thing he did was only a matter of time.
  • With his senior’s blessing, Dong-Hoon is able to keep Lee Ji-Ahn from going to prison herself! Director Park decides not to press charges against her and her ‘brother’ Song Ki-Beom.
  • Lee Ji-Ahn’s grandmother (Bong-Ae) passes away, and EVERYONE IS AT THE FUNERAL, AND ITS THE SWEETEST, SADDEST MOMENT OF THE SERIES
  • Dong-Hoon takes his wife Lee Ji-Ah’s advice and quits the company to start his own business. All his company pals that look up to him, leave as well and work for him. It’s an inspiring moment in the show, but I couldn’t help but feel like things worked out almost too well
  • And also, they work on their relationship too.
  • Choi Yoo-Ra and youngest brother, Park Gi-Hoon end up breaking up. Not too stunned by that one! They probably have the least healthiest relationship in the show.
  • Monk Gyeomduk finally visits his ex, Jung-Hee. It’s this moment where they’re finally able to move on from their past.
  • Lee Ji-Ahn respectfully moves out of town to a new job, then moves back, and greets Dong-Hoon as an old friend…even though it’s been probably a few months to a year. It’s rushed, it’s cute, it’s a wrap.

 

Honestly a very neat bow tied around an otherwise turbulent, hectic, crawl of a drama series. I didn’t feel like any loose ends were left on cutting room floor. But I can’t shake the feeling that things were wrapped up a little too neatly, considering.

Series Overall: 8 out of 10

Recapped!: My Mister (Epi.13)

WOW! The emotional feels and connections we got in this episode of My Mister! As we dive headlong into a season ending explosion of which no one will emerge unscathed from; here is the obligatory–

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Thing we got from this episode:

  1. I’d like to take this moment in time to focus on an aspect of the plot I’ve sort of left on the cutting room floor: That being Ji-An’s brother? Or Her friend? I think he’s actually a close friend that she considers a brother? Not sure. For the sake of this spoiler: Ji-An’s brother’s cover has been BLOWN AF! And now he’s on the run, with Ji-An sure to be next! Which leads me to the next reveal here,
  2. Ji-An is screwed SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY! She had been the literal embodiment of “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” for quite sometime, and was even (eerily) comfortable in that chaos. Now though, it feels like she’s really at the point where she can either spill the beans and come clean on her part in this whole scandal, or risk being ousted another unceremonious way. With only a matter of time before Ji-An’s scheme is blown open by detectives; Should she expose the company’s CEO and take him down with her? Or should she continue to play things by ear?
  3. Dong-Hoon and his wife are in a weird place. Like relationship wise. It’s like their bond died and went to this weird, awkward, but somehow dignified, phony place where they still make sure to sip their tea while perpetually side-eyeing one another. It’s rough. Are they gonna divorce? Also—
  4. Dong-Hoon’s brothers now know about him being cheated on and their reactions are pretty much what you’d expect. The oldest weeps and blames it on his failing business. The youngest swears a lot and literally wants to fight..someone! Anyone! He even yells he wants to fight his brother to keep from beating up his sister-in-law! Dude’s temper is something else!
  5. Yoooooo….Jeong-Hee (owner of the bar that Park Dong-Hoon and his buddies practically live at) confronts her ex (The monk that is Dong-Hoon’s best friend) and WEEPS OUT ALL HER FRUSTRATIONS WITH HIM! For me it was easily the most emotional part of the episode and I REALLY wanna see them back together somehow! Jeong-Hee is a wreck without him. Although, realistically I’d like to see her (with emotional support from friends) pick herself back up and slowly begin to move on past the failed relationship. It’s just not healthy, Jeong-Hee!
  6. Executive Director Wang is trash. And yes this episode was full of moments where Ji-An and others were putting him in his place (indirectly and directly). I feel like after awhile, living like such an insufferable piece of trash will undoubtedly catch up with you. And I cannot wait to see this guy get the ultimate comeuppance if and when Dong-Hoon wins the Director position!

Alright, next recapped! of My Mister should be out this Friday, so stay tuned! Lemme know your thoughts about the show by sending them to thenexcrewteam@gmail.com

Recapped!: Meet Me@1006

Okay, so really quick I needed to update my progress on this particular drama series, along with how I’m DROPPING IT! Yes, this show is poorly written, dully paced, and full of the wrong cliches. I’ll explain in a minute, but first:

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  1. Alright so our leads, Zhen Yu and Jia Lee are now past the point of surprise and disbelief about the time merging and are now trying to live relatively normal lives while searching for a solution…
  2. The disintegration of Jia Lee’s character from a “young, upstart reporter trying to prove herself” into a one-track minded, petty and daffy leading woman with a lot of annoying quirks like her propensity to call Zhen Yu a pervert.

Here’s why I’m dropping the series:

Jia Lee’s character is almost an entirely different person between episodes 1 through 3! It’s so frustrating trying to give the character the benefit of the doubt when instead of trying to assist Zhen Yu in solving their own, personal mystery she focuses on how long it’s been since she’s dated. The writers have made her more concerned with how they were accidentally caught in the same shower as one a other and how y’know–that’s incredibly uncomfortably. Yeah, we get it. Why do we need references to it throughout the entire (40-minute) run of the third episode.

Ironically, I may gave a petty reason for dropping the series, but when one of your leads is seemingly rebooted not even five episodes into the series; there’s cause for concern. I dislike sacrificing coherent storytelling for the sake of silly gags and poorly done physical comedy. Not only was their chemistry forced and unwelcome–there was a completely unearned “romantic and dreamy” flirty scene in the rain with umbrellas that was beyond corny. I get the age range here, but bad writing is bad writing. What is good writing for young adults isn’t necessarily bad writing for adults. And for those reasons I’m dropping the show. Hopefully I find something to take it’s place!

 

 

Recapped!: My Mister (Episodes 10-12)

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Alright so after another handful of episodes, My Mister continues to stand the test of time! The story of Dong-Hoon and  Ji-Ahn continues to delve further and further into a singular one, albeit with shared friends and foes alike. Here’s a breakdown of really the biggest revelation we need to know:

  1.  At this point in the story: PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY EXCEPT DONG-HOON’s BROTHERS AND MOM!
  2. Dong-Hong’s fight with Ki-Yong ended in a draw (more or less) but it made Ki-Yong think twice about confronting Dong-Hong directly.
  3. Dong-Hong and his wife FINALLY sit down and try to talk things out. It doesn’t seem to go horribly well though, as they still seem bent on divorce.
  4. Ji-Ahn, on Dong-Hong’s insistence, has begone to integrate with her co-workers and Dong-Hong’s family as well at Jung-hee’s bar. It’s really a joy to see her really get to be a human and not a cold, calculating swindler.
  5. The race for new director really took a strong turn after Dong-Hoon PUNCHED THE CEO IN THE FACE!

We won’t get episodes 13 and 14 for a whole nother’ week which hurt me a lot more than I’m willing to admit! It does give me a chance to seek out other shows and movies to digest though!

 

RECAPPED!: My Mister (Episode 9)

BOOOOYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Okay so…before I say anything LEMME HIT YALL WITH THE-

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Alright fam, episode 9 of My Mister dropped and things SHIFTED. HEAVILY.

Alright so, here’s the rundown in terms of the revelations of characters in this episode:

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  1. Dong-Hoon is in the running for being the next director at his company, and it feels like everyone else around him is more excited than he is! But I don’t blame son at all! All the crazy, scandalous mess that’s leaked out of that cesspool of a job he has would discourage me from being all that excited too. Now the biggest reveal here, is that Dong-Hoon’s wife seemed to be hurt by the fact that he did not tell her about it. Does this mean she actually cares about him? Things between her and the CEO of the company really broke down, so does this mean she’s into the idea of working things out? With her trifling ass. (I’m sorry, but no.)
  2. Then this heifer had the nerve to try and buy off Ji-An, talm bout, “It’s unpleasant for someone who knows all my dirt to be around”. Like GIRL! You are the personification of trifling. THE BEST PART OF THE SHOW THOUGH? Ji-An lies to Ji-Ah and tells her that Dong-Boon already KNOWS ABOUT HER TRIFLING WAYS, BIH! (LOL)
  3. Alright so there was sort of a weird, fakout…when the sniveling director and company suck-up (Director Yoon) rolled plans forward toward investigating the relationship between Dong-Hoon and his reasoning for hiring someone like Ji-An. To our shock, the CEO scolded his punk ass and told him to leave them both alone. If Yoon used his brain he would’ve known that doing something that risky could easily be traced back to him and the CEO. And if the CEO falls, you FALL FALL.
  4. Ji-An’s disgusting, perpetually scowling loan-shark, Ki-Yong called Dong-Hoon and told him to “watch his back” around Ji-Ahn because she probably stole money from him to pay for her debt. Dong-Hoon was confused until he got the truth Ji-An’s fellow temp co-worker.
  5. Part of that truth is THAT temp worker was there to serve as Ji-An’s surrogate father when her mother racked up a ton of debt and skipped town! WHAAAATTT?
  6. Also, He finally tells Dong-Boon about how the Ki-Yong’s father beat and unfairly raised Ji-An and her grandmother’s debt until he died.
  7. Dong-Boon gets like…righteously angry because of this and tracks Ki-Yong down to pay off Ji-An’s debt. He confronts him about the violence and threats. They basically threaten each other…AND THEN THEY START FIGHTING, BRUH!!!!!
  8. We get a super emotional scene of Ji-An listening through her little Kellog’s cereal spy toy radio device, crying her cute, little eyes out. And the episode ends with the two men scraping! AND WE DON’T KNOW WHO GOT THE UPPER HAND!

What an action packed episode this was man! And the preview made me want to stick it out for another hour or so, but it’s late and I needed to get this episode recap up for now. I’ll have another up, early next week, before Wednesday for sure. As for the quality of the show after nine episodes? The writing is still great, I’m still invested in these characters, and I have what feels like a dozen or so questions I need answered. So I say let’s keep this going!

Lemme know what you all think about the show? thenexcrewteam@gmail.com

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Isle of Dogs (2018)

Very innovative, a fresh breath of air in an otherwise Pixar/Dreamworks style of movie making.

 

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Man this movie was a unique experience! I know we tend to say that often for what seems like every 3rd or 4th motion picture we head out to a screening for, but this is different. Isle of Dogs was every Samurai flick, Japanese folk tale, American Spaghetti Western, and every Wes Andersonian motif you can imagine cramed into one film. That’s a good thing for all Wes Anderson fans out there, films like Rushmore and the Royal Tenenbaums are legendary. Anderson himself said this picture was strongly influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa and any Japanese cinema fans would be able to spot the similarities pretty quickly. I know I did.

Isle of Dogs is essentially a continuation of an intense, brutal history between men, cats, and dogs. The Kobayashi clan’s ongoing beef with dogs is bizarre, and holds the entire weight of this film’s premise. The kicker here though, is that an intense dig-flu has swept across the dog population. To sum it all up, Dogs are good and Kobayashi (or specifically, Mayor Kobayashi) is bad, bitter, and determined to uphold a discriminatory tradition. Kobayashi signs a decree that all dogs shall be sent to ‘trash island’ away from the rest of civilization. The mayor’s eventual heir whose parents were killed before the time of the film, has a dog that is sent to a far off island away from the rest of a Japan (some twenty years into the future). The heir’s name is Atari and he’ll spend most of the movie in search of the dog his uncle sends away. Dog’s name is Spots, and becomes known as Dog Zero, the first one to have been sent away to the island. Long story short the movie is about the search and rescue of Spots by Atari and five other dogs (King, Duke, Rex, Boss, Chief).

Isle of Dogs was every Samurai flick, Japanese folk tale, American Spaghetti Western, and every Wes Andersonian motif you can imagine crammed into one film.

The meat of this film is the relationships between the dogs, their environment, and their struggle to stay sane in an insane atmosphere. The dog flu is so devastating that it seems to render them all in constant pain, sneezing, starving, and suffering. The dogs have become so accustomed to the life that by the time Atari appears in the film, things like baths and haircuts seem ‘special’, distant memories. Anyway, this isn’t a spoiler review–the dogs essentially go on a journey across the island in search of Spots and then eventually to avenge their own misfortune essentially.

Back on the island, Kobayashi’s rival–a scientist actually finds cures and treatments to deal with the dog flu virus, but Kobayashi ain’t trying to hear all that. As you can imagine the battle there take on a more political and ethical front and serves as a solid secondary thread to the plight of the dogs and Atari.

What stands out about this film isn’t the story or the characters though. It’s without question the style of narrative at play here. It hearkens back to things like Kabuki plays in Japan or classic, samurai cinematic tales. The way characters or groups were introduced into the story. The way it’s narrated. Even just the facial expressions and gestures made whenever words aren’t spoken. And in this film, only the dogs speak English. Everyone else (aside from translators at the tv station) speak Japanese. Many times without subtitles. And it works. The actions shown in every scene like this are explained well enough without the need for subtitles and the like. Not something easy to pull off, but perhaps made a little easier with the help of animation. However, it’s worth noting the stop-motion tech used in the film is nothing to sneeze at either as the detail and depth of movements downright captivates. The technical and practical aspects of the film are the strength and generally enhance the quality of product here tenfold. If this was an ordinary, hand-drawn motion picture this film would be like every other straight to demand early 2000s flick you can find on Netflix or Hulu. But it’s presentation is second to none! Leave it to a director like Wes Anderson to raise the bar once again when it comes to narrative style and pace. Very innovative, a fresh breath of air in an otherwise Pixar/Dreamworks style of movie making. This one comes HIGHLY recommended from me!

What were your thoughts about the movie? How’d you like the style of storytelling we got here? Send me your thoughts over to thenexcrewteam@gmail.com

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