July 2015 Favorites

It’s the beginning of August so that means it’s time for a roundup of all my July favorites.

My June wasn’t that adventurous when it comes to trying new things. I didn’t listen to much new music or artists, the movies I saw in theater were quite crap and I haven’t tried any new foods or restaurants.

I was working majority of June any ways so I rarely got to hang out with friends let alone bother around with actually doing things other than sleeping and eating.

The free time I did have I spent watching the K-drama The Moon Embracing the Sun. I was interested in watching it because I had just finished watch The Producers and needed to see Kim Soo-hyun’s face again. Because Soo-hyun was in it of course I expected it to be good, but I did not expect it to become my favorite K-drama ever. Yes, for me this show was good enough to surpass Boys over Flowers and My Love From Another Star (another Kim Soo-hyun show btw)

This show had me on my toes from beginning to end as the each character was valuable to the story. No character was just there to fill time. So shout out to Jin Soo-Wan’s writing for this show because it is one of the best I’ve seen yet. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a show from Korea, America or wherever that didn’t lose my attention for .5 seconds like this one. The only reason why it took me a month to actually watch the show was because I had to go to work, other than that I’m positive I would have binged watched it.

For those of you who want to see the show it’s basically a love story between a king and a shaman. The catch is that the shaman was originally the crown princess who the king loved when they were both young. The shaman was born in a noble family and when she was crowned princess there was a death curse put upon her by conspirators against the king (who was then the crown prince). However unknowingly to everyone but a few she did not die but instead lost her memory and lived life as a shaman.

While we’re still in South Korea, I’d also like to mention the film Tazza 2. Of course I watched it because T.O.P. was the lead actor, but ended up on my favorites list because it was actually a very solid and entertaining film. I thought the film was going to be very cliche but it wasn’t. There were plenty of moments that surprised me and plenty of moments that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Tazza 2 follows the misfourtnes and fortunes of Ham Dae-gil (T.O.P.) as he goes from gambling newbie to gambling king to gambling trash to whatever the heck else. It’s a gambling flick. It’s not the greatest movie alive but it’s a nice movie to past the time.

Moving over to America. There are two films that came out a long time ago but I just watched this month. To answer your question: yes I did watch them because I’m attracted to the male leads.

Let’s start witch Ex Machina which I watched because of Oscar Isaac. Now Isaac isn’t just good looking to me I do actually enjoy the man’s acting and boy oh boy was his acting superb in this film. However he wasn’t just working alone Domhall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander also gave outsanding performances which shouldn’t have been too hard to do when they were working with Alex Garland’s lavish script and under his precise direction.

Ex Machina is a sci-fi (one of my top 3 genres) film drizzled with the taste of a thriller film. Gleeson plays a programmer who comes to administer the Turing test on one of Nathan Bateman’s (Isaac) robots. Basically Gleeson is getting paid to see if Isaac’s robot can pass as human or not. What happens in between is heap of psychological games. Not only is the story well portrayed on the screen through the actors but Garland, the director, did a great job by making the film visually engaging. This movie came out in April of this year and I dare say it has not received as much praise as it should have.

Another underrated film is last year’s thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Like Ex-Machina, I had this movie on my “to see” list since the trailer came out but never got around to seeing it and as the trend for this month’s favorite is showing I was very surprised with how great this movie actually turned out. I imagined that it would be good but it is seriously one of the best movies thrillers out there.

Gyllenhaal’s acting in this film is one of the best I’ve seen him doing so far. I decided to watch the movie because I was upset that I didn’t have the time to go see Southpaw in theaters and I needed to get my fix of Gyllenhaal. This film was greatly satisfying.

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