City of Lies (2018)

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I came into the film expecting more insight into what transpired in the all-encompassing, ‘rap beef’ between the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. What I got (thankfully!) was way more fascinating. This film primarily focuses on a murder case involving two police officers, with one killing the other. From there, the narrative expertly crafts a tale of corruption within the city of Los Angeles’s police department. Not only that, but there are several dots that connect the case to Suge Knight–a man who many believed, ordered the murder of Biggie Smalls in retaliation for the death of Tupac.  What’s notable here is how sincere director Brad Furman and company are to the material at their fingertips. Depp and Whitaker carry the ‘Docu-drama’ from it’s potent opening moments all the way to the sorrowful ending. It’s one of those movies that feels more like a trip through an exhibit then it does an evening at the movies; albeit a tantalizing one.

It’s definitely a movie I’d recommend for people looking to gain perhaps a new insight into the strange, and murky circumstances surrounding the murder of Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls). Depp’s character was initially tasked with piecing together the ‘cop v cop’ case, but makes it his business to see certain loose ends through to being tied up. This gets him heat from superiors, suspects, and even people he thought he could trust. Whitaker plays a prize-winning journalist who initially (and presumably wrongfully) accused Christopher Wallace of being responsible for the death of Tupac Shakur. As Depp’s character shares more of his case details with Whitaker–the two work together to what they believe may be the tip of the iceberg of a….*DUN DUN DUN* Police Cover up! Anyway, I’m giving this great, Hip-Hop conspiracy a ‘B’.

 

Check out the trailer below:

 

 

 

 

 

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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