Is “A Castle for Christmas” any good? No

I wanted to love A Castle for Christmas. This new romantic Christmas movie stars Brooke Shields, age 56, and Carey Elwes, age 59. It’s so rare to see romantic movies starring older couples. For this alone, A Castle for Christmas is groundbreaking. Unfortunately, everything else about the movie is meh. Is it worth giving up... Continue Reading →

Is Hellbound better than Squid Game?

Stuart Heritage of the Guardian newspaper thinks Hellbound is “insanely good” and better than Squid Game. He says, “It might currently find itself swept up in Squid Game’s wake, but I guarantee that, of the two, it’s the show that will still be talked about a decade from now.” Stuart Heritage is a professional reviewer... Continue Reading →

TV: Holo the nice Artificial Intelligence

Minor spoilers I’ve just finished watching My Holo Love. The 12-part South Korean drama deserves a lot more attention than it receives. I think it’s one of the most original shows on Netflix. It’s a lovely romance and an interesting take on Artificial Intelligence. I first blogged about My Holo Love when I was only... Continue Reading →

TV: Is My Holo Love any good?

Minor spoilers coming up. My Holo Love is a scifi-romance series made for Netflix in 2020. It stars Ko Sung-hee as the heroine and Yoon Hyun-min as two of the heroes. Choi Yeo-jin has a noteworthy role as the heroes’ supporter. This South Korean drama has a very original premise. A shy office worker, So-yeon... Continue Reading →

TV: Is Hellbound worth watching?

Minor spoilers Hellbound is an intelligent six-part horror drama made by Netflix in South Korea. It works well as an entertaining story and as social commentary. Where Squid Game has its sights on economic matters, Hellbound takes aim at religious certainty and group think. The action revolves around visitations by supernatural beings. An influential Christian... Continue Reading →

Hellbound episode 1 (Netflix K-drama)

Hellbound is a brand new horror from Netflix in South Korea. The six-parter is directed and co-written by Yeon Sang-ho. In 2016, Yeon achieved global recognition for his zombie movie Train to Busan. Yeon’s co-writer on Hellbound is Choi Kyu-seok. Until now, Choi was best known as the writer of the webtoon Awl. This story,... Continue Reading →

TV: Abyss by Moon Soo-yeon

I try to watch a whole Netflix series before reviewing it, but I couldn’t resist coming here to tell you about Abyss. So far I’ve watched five of the sixteen episodes of this South Korean drama. I think it’s just brilliant. Abyss first aired in 2019 on tvN in South Korea and on Netflix worldwide.... Continue Reading →

Who plays Bob Armstrong on Insatiable?

I’m half way through watching season two of Insatiable, a Netflix comedy set in the American state of Georgia. The first season of Insatiable was highly controversial due to the puzzling way that it satirised bigoted attitudes. Season two looks like a very different show. It’s less befuddling and far more openly progressive. Spoilers coming... Continue Reading →

TV: Insatiable’s controversial first season

Insatiable is a Netflix comedy about a 17 year old called Patty who competes in beauty pageants after losing weight. When it was first advertised in 2018 its theme caused immense disquiet. Over 100,000 people signed a petition demanding that Netflix withdraw the show. The petition argued the following: This series will cause eating disorders,... Continue Reading →

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