Of Korean Dramas and Intertwined Fates

Malaysians have definitely not been strangers to the Kdrama Wave that has swept the globe with engaging storytelling and swoon-worthy romances. For most of us kdrama fans, binging on kdramas is a way of life; gritting your teeth at despicable villains who threaten our protagonists, sighing out loud at a lover’s passionate confession, clicking “next episode” at the speed of light when the episode ends on a cliffhanger and then going “I regret nothing” when it’s suddenly five in the morning… Continue reading Of Korean Dramas and Intertwined Fates

Self-Growth & Reality TV

Reality TV is often referred to as ‘brain dead’ entertainment by society, ridiculed for it’s ridiculous premises, scripted drama and unnecessary close up shots followed by overplayed sound effects. However, certain shows, despite its superficial surface value, actually have deep underlying messages of self-growth. To keep it interesting, this article won’t delve into the obvious self-improvement based reality shows like “The Amazing Race” or “Survivor”, instead it will focus more on the odd reality TV shows that we might have just watched for laughs

So, here are three unconventional reality TV shows with underlying themes of self-growth! Continue reading Self-Growth & Reality TV

TV Series Review: “You” (Season 2)

by Natasha Maya

Note: This is a spoiler-free review.

You: a series that makes me feel somewhat like a creep. Although I – a perfectly normal, sane person (I swear) – is against the idea of stalking and murdering, I can’t help but love the premise of this series. 

The last episode of Season 1 left us all at a cliffhanger; confused, shook and hungry for more. So when Season 2 finally aired, I was beyond psyched. And let me tell you, Season 2 did not disappoint.  Continue reading TV Series Review: “You” (Season 2)

Parasite: Poverty & Privilege

Oscar Best Picture Nominee, Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho is an outstanding Korean film that delves into the nuances of the class divide with wit and level-headedness. The story focuses on two families, one filthy rich, one (literally) filthy poor, and how the relationship between these two is akin to a parasite. One leeching off the life force of another. 

Who is the parasite though? Continue reading Parasite: Poverty & Privilege

Movie Review: Last Christmas

By Jaclyn Heng Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Here’s hoping that everyone is busy making great memories – whether it is spending quality time with family, going for a night out with friends, or simply relaxing at home and Netflix-ing cliche Christmas movies.  I have to admit, I’m an absolute sucker for sentimental romantic movies. So when the trailer for Last Christmas dropped, it seemed … Continue reading Movie Review: Last Christmas

Why I Don’t Support the K-Wave Trend

K-dramas. K-pop. K-beauty. K-fashion. These are the things that brought upon the trend of the K-Wave. From what Google tells me, the Korean Wave (a.k.a. Hallyu) came into the public eye during 1999 when the drama “Autumn in my heart” first premiered. Now, it’s just trending as ever, and it refuses to die down. K-pop has been dominating our local radio channels, and groups like BTS and BLACKPINK have made their way onto international waters. Korean makeup and fashion also surfed the waves too, as many people try to recreate the looks of their favourite idol or their favourite K-drama character. Continue reading Why I Don’t Support the K-Wave Trend

Black Mirror Parallels: Is It Just Fantasy?

Black Mirror is an anthological TV series that fleshes out ⎯ in great realistic detail ⎯ the deep social repercussions of a technologically advanced society. It’s a show with movie-like episodes, each possessing wholly different stories while tackling specific social issues that are all too real. The hype around this spectacle of a show is not without reason; the charm and success of Black Mirror is special for it was crafted to be immune to the bog-standard remarks of critics such as: “it’s not that deep”, “it has no direction” or the biggest shark of the lot: “it’s a waste of time”. This Netflix original is relevant, timely and accurate to its audience (the upper-middle to upper class demographic). Continue reading Black Mirror Parallels: Is It Just Fantasy?

IT Chapter Two: Movie Review

“WELCOME TO THE LOSERS CLUB ***HOLE!” is among the tamer lines thrown out expertly by a gangly preteen in IT (2017) switching the entire theatre from bone chilling fear at the imminent death of beloved characters to hysterical giggles at the sheer pluck of these kids. So. you can imagine IT Chapter Two had a lot to live up to. That being said, IT Chapter Two, written by Gary Dauberman (notably the screenwriter for IT and Annabelle Comes Home) and directed once again by Andy Muschietti (who shall be directing the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan!?) was fun, but bloated. Continue reading IT Chapter Two: Movie Review