Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

22 05 2017

Rating: PG13
Running time: 136 minutes
Opens: 27 April 2017, Now showing

Some info:
1) Wikipedia
2) IMDB Profile
3) MovieMistakes profile
4) Official Site (English)

Yah well, this was supposed to be scheduled for last week but I messed up a little bit when scheduling my entries so it will appear a week later. In any case, I don’t think it affects much and I shall move on to the entry proper. I suppose the naming convention for this sequel is also different from most other movies, and it sort of mirrors the 2nd volume of oldies soundtrack featured throughout the movie too.

The movie starts off with this new team undertaking a mission whose employer will probably play a bigger role in future though there’s still some importance in this movie, just secondary to the main ‘boss’ this time. More importantly I think this time it acts as a way to trace the origins of the main man further, as well as laying the foundation for further expansions into this team’s future (films), and perhaps even have links to other future Marvel movies when they do appear, considering there’s that appearance and cameo of Stan Lee which I feel is probably something more important than what he has appeared to be previously in terms of referencing something.

Style wise, I would say this team continues to have their own unique teamwork and bickering, along with humour that will be shown throughout the movie, so you could say it continues to be quite a different Marvel production as compared to the ‘mainstream’ heroes which made this genre of movies so popular globally. Rather than focusing on the action stuff, I think this team is better in pulling off crazy things in a casual and unexpected manner which has its own entertainment value too. The plot isn’t so bad, but how it wrapped up was slightly underwhelming for me.

Overall, I think this movie is more of a entertaining production rather than being particularly serious and I am curious on how it will link up with other characters in the cinematic universe as well as how the future movie(s) for this team will pan out. Baby Groot was pretty quite in this movie. Lol. My take: 6.5/10


Tokyo Zenryoku Shoujo

8 04 2017


Japanese title: 東京全力少女
Number of episodes: 11

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

The lead actress for this drama is just like the title, being in full power appearing season after season (I still have a couple of series untouched at the moment) and in here, she plays a young girl who does everything very seriously and putting in lots of efforts, often too much that it backfires and causes more trouble (and awkward siutations) instead.

As you might have guessed, this series is pretty much a light-hearted comedy type of drama so don’t go expecting too much in terms of plot and all. Of course, they do try to come up with one so that there’s something to do in every episode but just don’t put too much expectations/hopes into that department. After all, it happens quite often that the actions the characters take as a forceful indication of things to come, which is not very good if you can visualise what’s to come.

For the comedy factor, there has been some efforts put into it, though sadly most of it requires additional sound effects added to the movements in sync, or quite hard to laugh puns (some aren’t exactly puns too) put there. Yea, most of the time I don’t exactly find it amusing, but somehow it was allowed to continue to 11 episodes despite its relatively poor ratings. I admit there are some moments which are rather amusing but those aren’t actually common occurrences, so one may have to sit through quite a while before something that seems ‘worthy enough’ comes along.

Overall, this was really a very ordinary series without much salient portions to look out for. Most of the episodes were watched either while multi-tasking or fast forwarded here and there to skip some of the parts which are draggy as heck but not at all entertaining.

p.s. the biggest motivation is the Chi/Jap subtitling combination from which I’m trying to learn some basic skills while watching since it appears to be the most ‘receptive’ method for me.

Koko Nyushi

7 04 2017


Japanese title: 高校入試
Number of episodes: 13

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

From the title, it is evident that the series would be about the high school entrance examinations that is the practice in Japan but not so much the case over here. Anyhow, I was wondering what story could go for an entire series and revolving around a single entrance exam. Turns out it is really about this one year’s entrance exams at a particular school.

Tagged as a mystery drama, it made me wonder how mysterious it could get but it really does turn out to be a ‘case’ where there are clues to occurrences but no concrete proof at early stages as to who is/are behind the different incidents. I would say the series was quite nicely done in the beginning in hiding crucial information which will lead to the revelation of person(s) directly involved. As each episode is only slightly over half an hour on average, most of them are just sufficient to be spent on deducing the events so far plus introducing new factors etc to throw the audience off once again after thinking that we are one step closer to finding the mastermind behind.

One problem most mystery drama face is how to handle the revelation of the workings behind the so called mystery as well as the motive of the culprit(s), and this series is no exception. When things came down to it and those who are involved are revealed and the explanation parts began somehow it didn’t feel all that interesting. I mean, the motivation behind some of those who participated in this action against the education practice is quite clear, but I am actually wondering if affecting ‘just one school’ is sufficient to push the ministry into thinking about some of the changes into action that these people were looking forward to.

In some ways, I am kind of thankful I didn’t have to go through such an education system of entrance exams since I’m not really suited for such a thing. I’d probably be ‘worse off’ than where/what I am right now, but anyhow it is kind of nice to see a different kind of story plot setting. Well at least it was something new to me. I’m curious how many days the entire filming took, since it seems like it could have been filmed in a relatively short time for a series that spanned across 13 weeks and it was certainly very possible to do a lot of scenes in a single day if they had wanted to.