Hello-Hello, Book Nerds! If you haven’t heard yet, Colleen Hoover’s book Confess was turned into a TV show. Check out the promo poster below. Isn’t it gorgeous? *_*The first two episodes are already out and you can watch them for free on GO90 – Confess.What are you waiting for? Go watch it! I already watched them twice already. As a side note, Colleen has a cameo appearance in the first at the art gallery event.All the episodes, seven in total, will be available on April 4th, 2017 – aka this coming Tuesday.So far, I am intrigued. The show has potential. Cute. Romantic. And Dramatic. It made me want to read the book.Yes, I have yet to read the book. Like I said, I am planning to. There is still time until Tuesday.To form your own opinion, I post the trailer down below plus the book description.
Book SynopsisAuburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… Confess-Goodreads
Hello-Hello! Today I am bringing you another foreign movie. It is called – hence the title of this post – La belle et la bête or Beauty and the Beast. I know that a lot of you are excited – myself included – for the upcoming Disney live action adaptation musical of Beauty and the Beast to hit theaters on March 17, 2017.So, I thought it will be a great idea to talk about the French adaptation from 2014 since March is almost here and February is also the month of love in lots of cultures.Yes, you “heard”/read me right! It is a French movie. And yes, the whole cast is talking in French, despite Vincent Cassel playing the beast.Some of you will say, “Duh! He is a French actor. What is your point?” Well, my point is that until 2014, when I saw this movie on a plane, I did not know that! Shocking. I know. Thus, I am assuming that other people know him more for his English movies like Black Swan and Jason Bourne.Anyway, back to the French La Belle et la Bête!Let me tell you this: This movie is freaking amazing!I’ve watched it two or three times already. Ignore the cheesy poster because I couldn’t find a better one to depict how epic this movie is.Did I forget to mention the Beast’s cape?First, let’s talk about the visuals!This film deserves to be watched for the special effects only. They are that incredible. I mean, just look of a couple of concept arts I put throughout this post!The fairytale atmosphere was successfully created. As a viewer I was mesmerized of how real everything felt. Vibrant colors. Breath taking images. I loved that there was no overuse of the dark filter (excuse the lack of better technical terms) to depict the era of the story or the darker themes. Everything feels and seems real.The storyline. Well… You know the basics -ish! It is more based on the real Beauty and the Beast than the Disney version. Of course, there are lots of twists.Belle is from a big family. She has two brothers, two sisters, and a father. Her father is a merchant who loses everything and the family is forced to move in the country side.And…Go, watch it!I do not feel like spoiling you so I am going to say the minimum minimorum.We have a more mature love story and not the cute-roses-and-doves type going on. I was able to sense the sexual tension between the protagonists.Also, we get to see in detail why the prince became the beast in the first place.So, what are you waiting for, beside finishing to read this post?Go watch it!Another contributing factor to this epic retelling was the acting. The actors were able to make the story flow and feel real. Nothing felt forced. I was able to connect and feel.The feels! Let me tell you: The Beast has the most intense facial expressions I have ever seen!I know. I know. I am using too many exclamation points because I am that exited to talk about this movie. 😀The music is the secret ingredient to complete the fairytale atmosphere.
What can I say? I love instrumental music especially movie scores. Consider my opinion biased about this topic. 😉Just think of it! How cool is it to have the “story as old as time” (quote from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) told in its original language?
It is romantic.
It is sexy.
It is the language of love.
The movie has its flaws and some small plot holes.
Nothing is perfect!
Do not let small details to obscure the overall story.
More concept artMore concept artI hope you enjoyed this post.And I hope I was able to convinced you to watch the movie.Be Happy!Be Loved!And offer love!Movie Trailer
Favorites so farHello-Hello! It is late at night… Alright! Alright! It is almost 10:30 pm (1/20/2017 when I started writing this post). Not that late. But moving on… I feel like doing a different kind of post.For a couple of years I’ve been a fan of K-dramas. Some of them are cool and some of them are cheese.Thus, I decided to list a couple of my favorite k-dramas. They are funny and action packed with impeccable acting.If I convince you to watch them by any chance, DramaFever is a good place to start. You can even download it as an app on your devices.Shall we strat?We shall shall… ^_^These are in no particular order.
Number 1Goblin the Lonely and Great GodKim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin and protector of souls. He lives with an amnesiac grim reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Kim Shin is able to see people’s future and is considered the Protector of Souls while the grim reaper sees the dead off into the afterlife. One day, the goblin meets a girl, Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun), who can see ghosts and is destined to be his bride. The goblin’s wife is also destined to bring the goblin’s life to an end. Things get more complicated when both the goblin and the grim reaper fall in love.This k-drama is so funny and good. The chemistry between the actors is great.Especially between Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-Wook.This drama is freaking hilarious. I laughed all the time. It is that good. The special effects are cool. The soundtrack is great. The storyline is interesting without a scary big bad wolf. It deserves to be watched.
Number 2The K2Kim Je-Ha is a former mercenary soldier for the PMC Blackstone.Now, he is a fugitive and returns to South Korea where is offered to work as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo-Jin, the owner of JSS Security Company and wife of the presidential candidate, Jang Se-Joon. He accepts in exchange to get revenge on his enemy. In the meantime, Je-ha gets assigned to guard Go Anna, the hidden daughter of Jang Se-Joon, whose life is always threatened by Yoo-Jin, her stepmother. Anna, who has been reclused and lonely all her life, starts relying on Je-Ha, who shows concern for her and protects her at all costs. They slowly fall in love with each other. Je-Ha is torn between having to work with his ally, Yoo-Jin, and protecting his new-found love, Anna.Revenge vs. LoveThis k-drama is heavy on politics, action, revenge, psychology and strategy. It is dark and somewhat cliché. But, Oh boy! It is worth it. The action scenes are awesome!!!
Number 3Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart RyeoOh, boy! This one it has it all. History, time travel, war, politics, lies, tortured characters, love, betrayal, fight for power. It is bloody, messy, and epic. The acting is great. The cinematography is great too. It is based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua.Go Ha-Jin (Lee Ji-Eun), a 25-year-old 21st century woman, is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty during a total solar eclipse. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family. She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha-Neul), and later Wang So (Lee Joon-Gi), the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label “wolf dog”. Meanwhile, rivalry and politics ensue among the princes, in a fight for the throne, as Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.It differently deserves a second season.
Number 4My Love from Another StarHmmm. Put in a blender an obnoxious and funny actress with a serious alien with superpowers and you get this k-drama. It is funny and dangerous with drama from the show biz world. It is a must watch. The characters have a great chemistry together.Do Min-Joon (Kim Soo-Hyun) is an alien that landed on Earth in the year 1609, during the Joseon Dynasty. By mingling in humans’ businesses, he gets stuck on Earth for centuries. Now, in present day South Korea, Do Min-Joon works as a college professor. With only three months left before his long-awaited departure back to space, he meets Cheon Song-Yi (Jun Ji-Hyun), a famous Hallyu actress who suddenly becomes his next-door neighbor. Slowly, he finds himself entangled in Song-Yi’s crazy and unpredictable situations, and finds out that she looks like the young girl he fell in love with in the Joseon era. Min-Joon tries to keep himself away from Song-Yi as he needs to leave the planet, but often finds himself failing to do so.
Number 5FaithThis one is similar to Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Time travel, a warrior, a surgeon from the future, politics, intrigue, magic, love and war.The queen of Goryeo is fatally injured. The king orders royal bodyguard Choi Young to pass through a mystical portal (“heaven’s gate”) and find the “heaven’s doctor”. Choi Young travels to the future and brings back Yoo Eun-Soo, a modern-day doctor from Seoul. Eun-Soo gets trapped in the past. Problems arise as others become fascinated with her as the “Heaven’s doctor” and she becomes a pawn in the political power plays.An awesome fantasy-time-travel drama!
Honorable MentionsUncontrollably FondThis is a cry worthy one. Sweet. Romantic. And Tragic. This is a well done cliché story. Lots and lots of tragedies and secrets and intrigue.Shin Joon-Young (Kim Woo-Bin) and No-Eul (Bae Suzy) were a couple who were separated during their teenage years due to an ill-fated relationship, but later meet each other in adulthood. Shin Joon-young is now a top actor-singer while No-Eul is a documentary producer. No-Eul had a tough childhood. Her father died in a hit-and-run forcing No-Eul to quit school and make a living for her and her brother. Shin Joon-Young, on the other hand, had his life planned out for him until something unfortunate happens.Let’s Fight Ghosts / Hey Ghosts, Let’s FightFunny. Scary. And Action. Good story arc. Awesome CGI effects! It is scary. You have been warned!Park Bong-Pal (Ok Taec-Yeon) has grown up with ability to see ghosts and uses this ability to work as an exorcist, banishing ghosts. Called to a haunted school, he encounters Kim Hyun-ji (Kim So-Hyun) a feisty middle high-school student who, because of a traffic accident, became a wandering spirit the day before her college entrance exams. The two accidentally kiss and Hyun-ji discovers that Bong-Pal holds the secret as to why she is a spirit. In order to be freed from endlessly wandering the earth as a ghost and to ascend to the next life, Hyun-Ji convinces Bong-Pal to allow her to live with him and the two become ghost fighting partners.
Hello! I just got the chance to watch the last movie from the Ruby Red/ Precious Stone Trilogy franchise. Smaragdgrün (Emerald Green) is the last book/movie.I read the books two or three years ago. I absolutely loved them. (I will leave a link to the Goodreads page of the first book for more details after my review.)I’ve seen the previous two movies too – Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. And I loved them also.The people working on the movie adaptation did a great job to stay true to the books while adding their own twists to the story.Although… When it came to the third movie… Things got complicated. The storyline followed the one from the book but with some major changes. Some of them were good because I would have liked to see them in the book too. While… Some of them… Eh… Let’s just say they created more confusion. It had great visual effects.The movie is worth watching. I liked it.As a warning, think twice if you want to watch it. You might be over frustrated if you like movies to strictly follow the book storyline.Oh! This whole thing is about time travel. 😀There are two families carrying this time travel gene: Montrose and de Villiers family lines.Time travelers come in pairs (at least in out time). There is a secret order which takes care of the time travelers.Gwen Shepherd and Gideon de Villiers are the last pair of time travelers.The order is keeping secrets from them. Gwen and Gideon have to obey the order, no questions asked. The only problem is that, until recently, Gwen did not know she is the gene carrier. She was not raised by the order like Gideon. She does not trust the order and the order does not trust her.This is the end of my non-spoiler section.If you have not watched it yet, you should stop reading.Watch the movie.Come back later and then we discuss it together.SpoilersSooo… What just happened? After I finished watching it, I was confused asking myself, “What just happened?”First half of the movie was fine. Everything was by the book. And then, BAM! Complete confusion. Time-travel-paradox-complete confusion.Important family-background characters are missing with no explanation. There were some scenes where I was expected them to appear. For example, Gwen’s mom when people from the order came to brutally search for the second Chronograph.They never complete the circle of blood for both Chronographs.One Chronograph is destroyed after it gives that florescent green liquid – the equivalent of the philosopher’s stone. After that, the remaining Chronograph is completely forgotten. What? They have the chance to get two elixirs.The fact that Gideon can become immortal and live forever with Gwen is never explored. I mean, the count can become immortal but Gideon can’t. What? But, Gwen can give up immortality by drinking the elixir.The second half of the movie got confusing at the end. Gideon dies. The count becomes immortal. Gwen hides from the order – since the count has taken control of the order – and she finds out she is an immortal and can time travel at will with no Chronograph.Then she is determined to save Gideon so she makes a plan of action. This part was cool. Up to this point, the movie is great. She learns to fight and time travel when and where she wants without the Chronograph.She goes back in time to save Gideon from dying. He still dies but he is resurrected by the green elixir. In this scene, Gwen fought like a pro. I was so excited while watching. The count is defeated. He never becomes immortal thus he disintegrates. One Chronograph is destroyed. The other…?(question mark). Because Gideon does not ingest the elixir is only resurrected but does not become immortal. The past-present-dead Gwen disappears while the future-present-alive Gwen stays. This is the point when things got messy. They (Gwen and Gideon) return to the same point in the present time as before (the moment when Charlotte, Raphael and Mr. Bernard find that Gideon is dead for good unlike Gwen). So… no special training session happened in a sense. The future Gwen became the present Gwen. So basically dead-Gwen never existed/returned from the past? But she had to because she needed to discover her abilities, train and prevent Gideon from dying.See where I am going with this? Quite confusing.Let’s not forget about the count’s own time line. Since he did not become immortal, all the things he did for the order should not have happened. He never existed. Things should have changed. People should not be able to remember him at all in the present. But nooo… These things did not count.The movie did not do a good job resolving the story. It made it messier. It confused me. It created a paradox.Also, there were some characters who deserved more screen time (e.g. Gideon, Lesley). Although, I loved that I got to see more of Charlotte and how se redeemed herself. She was an excellent ally. I do not remember if she was the same in the book thou. (I will check it out.)End of SpoilersOverall, it was great to watch – with few exceptions. As a separate story the movie was great. I wished it kept the book order of events. The book did a better job wrapping up the story with less confusion.Let me know what are your thoughts!And if you are interested in the story and you did not read the books, here is the Goodreads link for the first book Ruby Red.This is my sole opinion.^_^Movie Trailer