Review: Avengers Endgame (Spoiler free)

So I just watched Avengers: Endgame and like I promised here is my movie review. Since I will make this spoiler free I will only post about my feelings about the movie, the characters, the story line etc. so don’t worry.

SPOILER FREE!!!
It does contain spoilers for Avengers Infinity War though ^.^

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Avengers: Endgame – General information

Avengers: Endgame is the second installment to Avengers: Infinity War, also the fourth Avengers installment and the 22nd movie in the MCU franchise. It was released on April 26th in the US and is already breaking records. Personally I think it was funny how the cast for the movie went on a press tour (as if it actually needed promotion) to promote a movie they actually couldn’t talk about. It was a funny time 😀
The movie stars a lot of our favourite Avengers in the main roles while some others -remember the aftermath of Infinity War- are still goners. The movie is about our heroes trying to deal with it while also trying to get everything back together again.

The beginning

The start of the movie is…great. It is the most surprising part of the movie actually. Like the first 20 minutes of the movie? They came really unexpected and it was amazing. I loved how you did not expect what was coming next. You sat in your seat, had waited for a year to see all this happening and this was how it unfolded and it was really interesting. I loved it 🙂 the unexpected-ness as well as how they filmed it. The camerawork, the colours, the general story telling.

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The unfolding of the story

Soon though the movie starts going somewhere and you start finding out what this movie is going to be about and well…there is this one show I watched some time before and they effed up so badly in a previous season they just could not repair what they did in a clean way. It’s pretty much the same with Avengers. Infinity War left such a big nothing it’s hard to repair, if even possible. Fortunately the MCU is based on comics so everything can be resolved even if it is cheesy or clichée. I’m not going to mention how they actually repaired their own story but they did…kind of. They at least found a way to repair it, whether they were actually able to save the story, I don’t really know, that’s something everyone has to judge for their own.

The movie is not entirely unpredictable. There are a few scenes where you can kind of guess what kind of action is gonna happen at the next moment but you won’t guess the overall story line. Don’t worry, even if you can predict some of it, you will be surprised at how it happens and how they shot it. There is this one scene where the whole cinema kind of screamed in unison and I think I actually heard someone scream “Kick their ass!” It was great to see everyone cheer for our heroes and hope they can save their planet, their people, their world. If you watch the movie you can probably guess what scene it is. The shot was astonishing, exhilarating and just great!

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Marvel also succeeded at something a lot of people doubted. They managed to show everyone. Infinity War and Endgame both had the problem of having a really big cast and a lot of story and places they had to show. And a lot of the story lines happen at the same time. Marvel and the Russo brothers are just a few of the studios/people who actually manage to tell so many story lines in one movie without making it seem over the top and “too much”. No, you definitely walk out of such a movie with the feeling of having watched something.

The cast and acting

Before I talk about the ending (spoiler free) and the bad things about the movie I want to mention the cast. The cast did an amazing job. They really did. My compliments go to Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillen and Chris Evans.
Robert Downey Jr. made you understand what his character was doing and feel for him. You understood his motivations, actions and why he was acting the way he did.
Scarlett Johansson showed us sides to her character that seemed to be part of Black Widow since the beginning while at the same time being totally new to us and making us wish we had a whole movie about her.
Chris Evans gets my compliments because while he was always acting as the “perfect” Captain America before, this time he also showed us a side to the character that made him more relatable and well, human, I guess.
We also get a lot of Karen Gillen as Nebula. She did great and while her character didn’t have much to do before, she was an important role in this one. Though I admit, I did not really like her story line in Endgame, although it was good and matched the movie. I enjoyed these four the most since all of it just sucked you in and made you forgot everything around you.

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As for the rest, well, some did good, others did…not so good.
Mark Ruffalo was kind of…well, okay, I guess? His acting did not really stand out and felt more like a filler, I admit. Though I think that is less of his acting and more due to the story line and script.
Jeremy Renner gave a great performance, although it did suffer from lack of time. You would have felt his character more if there was more time.
Chris Hemsworth acts quite differently this time than before but I think that is mainly because he was so serious in the last movie, they tried to give him a kind of different role this time. He did nicely but his character wasn’t really that interesting this time around.
Paul Rudd had like a mix between Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth going on. His important scenes were too short and the others were comic relief, otherwise the actor did a great job at showing his character adapting to half the world gone.
We also have Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Just one sentence: You notice that they shot this before Captain Marvel, meaning, you notice her not really knowing how her story is gonna unfold in her Captain Marvel movie. I wish they had shot Captain Marvel before Endgame. Like this though, it didn’t seem sincere.

We also have Rocket, although CGI. He was a nice addition but not really much happening there. I loved his combo with Thor though.
Also Josh Brolin as Thanos. I just found the character annoying at this point so I think I cannot really judge his acting in Endgame.
Last but not least we have Don Cheadle as Rhodey. I don’t have anything bad to say about him. He did a good job.

Those are all the actors I think of as main characters or something like that. Reading through that I realize…the acting wasn’t as good as I thought, although I have to say, I think a lot of the acting succeeded as well as suffered from the script and directing, depending on the character. But, overall the acting was good enough to make you sit there for three hours and not get bored with the characters…although I did kind of just wait for the scenes of the four actors I mentioned at the top of this chapter.

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The ending

Before I start telling you my feelings about the ending (without spoilers) let me tell you a few things. You know the book It by Stephen King? It has around 1500 pages, depending on what edition and in what language you’re reading it, and that may seem a lot. It is but at the same time the book is so addicting and the story so intriguing you are stuck with the book if you make it past a 100 pages. You just cannot stop after. This book though has one bad thing about it and I am not talking about how scary it is if you have good imagination. I am talking about the ending. The ending, like the last 100 pages, just suck. Neither does it fit the book, nor does it make sense, nor do they entertain in any way. If I hadn’t read 1400 pages before that I would’ve just thrown the book away and went with the movie (and I hate scary movies).
Do you know the movie Now You See Me? It isn’t anything special until you reach like the last 20 minutes. Those twenty minutes give the movie what made it such a fan favourite. Those twenty minutes made it possible to produce a second installment.
Or do you know the TV show How I Met Your Mother? The ending was so unfit for the show and so unsatisfying, fans asked for a different ending. And the pressure by the fans was so high -no wonder, the ending was terrible- that they did re-shoot the ending.
Or for a more recent example, do you know the recently released movie After Passion? Overall, the movie is just typical teenie/student stuff and not really interesting in any way but the ending. The ending is gold. The way they shot it, the pace, the light. The ending scene itself leaves you sitting there and re-thinking for a moment what you just watched.

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What I want to say? The ending of a movie can make or break a movie. When you walk out of the cinema and you watched a long movie the ending scene is the one stuck in your head. Only slowly are you gonna go through the movie and analyse everything else. You may forget what happened in the beginning since you are filled with excitement at that point and are on the edge of your seat to see what is gonna happen on screen but by the end of a movie you just had a full story unfold and the ending decides what feelings you are gonna have when you walk out of that cinema. Chris Evans said in an interview that the movie is gonna make you feel satisfaction. The movie did deliver satisfaction…until just about 5 to 10 minutes before it ended. Yes you heard right! The Russo brothers, Marvel, the Avengers botched the ending. Like big time.

And before those of you who watched the movie, tell me, I’m only saying that I didn’t like the ending because of what happens – that is actually not what is bad about it. No, the story at the end is kind of fitting for the movie. Did I wish it ended differently? To some parts yes, I wish it did, but it did fit the movie and the franchise. Still, the ending itself was oh-so boring. Seriously. Avengers Endgame let’s you forget that you are stuck in your seat for three hours. You just forget everything around you and then…the ending happens and tbh I should have just left and walked home. If I go and watch an Avengers movie I want to have excitement and feelings until the end but the end just left me…bored. There was no excitement at all. There was this one little moment when you see one of them ask “What happened?” but that takes like a second and then it’s back to boring again. They did try making interesting shots and showing our heroes and make you feel with them but I felt…nothing. No, that’s not true. I did feel something. I felt “oh, so that’s happening. I could see that one from a mile away.” The ending is as predictable, cheesy, corny, slow and unfitting (the way they tell it, not the things happening itself) of a Marvel movie as it gets. And yes, I know cheesy and corny mean pretty much the same thing.

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And now here is the problem: The movie is great, it is amazing, but the ending just sucks. That means you leave the cinema, not excited and happy or even satisfied. No, I just left the movie, thinking “And I just spent 3 hours of my life to get THAT?” and “It’s Marvel and the Russo brothers, for God’s sake, I expected better.”
If someone, anyone, left the cinema like that, it isn’t good. Not at all. It means you messed up big time shooting this movie. You had the viewers cheering, feeling, screaming, laughing and crying with you and then you left them hanging. I’m not criticizing just one thing here, no. The acting, the story, the camera work, the sound, the way everything is placed…the ending in general is crap. And the story is pretty much the last thing in that list. It’s like they just gave up around the end and just said “Let’s get it done and finally go home”. I expected better.

Overall – Conclusion

Let’s not kid ourselves, whatever you are reading here, you are probably gonna go watch the movie anyway. In my opinion the movie is really good and one of the few movies where the story just sucks you in, whether you like it or not. You won’t notice any small flaws there may be in the story or in some of the scenes. That’s how addicting the story of this installment is. The movie is a great movie and a nice break from the real world.
My recommendation? Go watch the movie but maybe don’t expect too much from the ending.
The movie itself is awesome and definitely worth a watch ❤ The storytelling is great and the images are awesome and exhilarating.

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I liked the ending of Infinity War better…and half the world died in that one…so…think about that, Marvel.

Review: ReminderS

Filling every BL fans heart with giggles and a big smile was the short series ReminderS. Here a short review about the series and why you should probably check it out. But judge for yourself.

I tried to skip any spoilers but I probably didn’t succeed all the time so sorry.

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General

ReminderS is a 3 episode short series (more like a special) aired on LINE TV. It was released from April 17th to April 20th 2019 and features actors from the popular BL series’ Love By Chance (2018) and Love Sick (2014 – 15). The trailer came out like a week before the special actually aired…Okay, maybe it was a month before but I’m not too sure. It definitely wasn’t long before the show actually aired. The full title of the show is REMINDERS Because I Miss You. While it was not clear in the beginning if the LBC couples would feature in the show (which they are not), the trailer already told all the fans that we would see the long-awaited return of one of the original BL couples, Phun and Noh from Love Sick. As for the LBC actors, it features Perth and Saint (originally acted as Ae and Pete in LBC respectively) as Pin and Son, and Mean and Plan (originally playing Tin and Can respectively) as Two and Wish. All three are already couples in the series and it is about them facing some drama in their relationships.

Do not be confused now though – this is a special. Which means the episodes are at most 30 minutes long and there are just three (!) of them, so there isn’t much to the story, since the show is, in fact, mostly a reminder and to remember some of great feelings we had when watching the original shows.

Also I had some people asking again why the LBC actors are not acting as their LBC characters. Check this out, I mentioned some possible reasons there: HERE

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The story

So the story of the series is pretty simple. All six are students at university, some of them studying together but as far as I understood, most of them are studying different subjects. Not that that fact is sooo important but well…
In general, the story skips a lot with introducing the cast as couples right from the beginning and PinSon/ TwoWish already knowing each other but getting to know PhunNoh in the series. And getting to know each other more leads to more misunderstandings than you would think.

The series also features some cameo appearances. Some, we already saw in the trailer, but some are a welcome surprise. I won’t spoil them though 😉

The new couples

I won’t say more about the story but let’s just talk about the couples. As for the PinSon and TwoWish couple, it’s like they took the LBC characters’ best traits, added some spice and fun to it and created them for this show. Which translated to “it’s awesome to watch”. Also the new characters seem to be a little more natural for the actors and seem to represent more of their own character than the previous characters, making the couples seem even more convincing, which is really needed since we don’t actually see them falling in love but are just stuck in the middle of their relationship, so chemistry and convincing feelings are a must. And Perth, Saint, Mean and Plan deliver. One thing I really appreciated here was also that it wasn’t just couple scenes but that we got some Perth / Mean fun scenes too. It was interesting seeing them acting together, especially since this time their characters didn’t hate each other. Really enjoyed that.

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The comeback couple

As for the Phun / Noh couple. The chemistry those two had…well, after 5 (!) years I was afraid it would be really awkward and it wouldn’t be there anymore, BUT IT IS! Yes! Right from the first episode of the special it’s there. The actors and the characters seem so comfortable around each other that you just get the feeling they actually spend their time from school until college together and didn’t follow their own paths and projects like in real life. And I think that says a lot for their acting abilities and chemistry that it’s still as strong as ever after 5 years. Here I also want to compliment them on their acting in general. Love Sick was always a classic and I love it but we all have to admit, a lot of the acting was awkward in the beginning because they did not have much acting experience. Well, seems they learned a lot in those 5 years, because they were really really good in ReminderS. They really give you the feeling they’re not actors but you have their characters in front of you. And this is one of the things I liked about Love Sick in general. It just sucked you in. ReminderS isn’t any different. It’s short, it’s not much story, but all of the couples suck you in and you won’t be able to stop watching them and cheering for them.

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One thing I loved in the series – while there was drama for all three couples, some had more and some had less and all of them actually featured different problems. And I loved how Phun and Noh helped the other couples while also facing some insecurities of their own.

Okay, but…

Since it wouldn’t be a real review if I did not mention the bad stuff too, here it is: ReminderS big bad thing is…it’s not any good if you haven’t at least watched Love By Chance or Love Sick. ReminderS is, like its name says, pretty much a “reminder” of the couples, the actors, the memories, the shows. It is mostly a sentimental show. Which means if you neither enjoyed LBC or LS, don’t watch it. If you enjoyed one of them though, this is definitely a must-watch. Especially since it is a promotion for the long awaited upcoming third season of Love Sick.

The memories

I kept the most important stuff for the end. If you are a hard-core Love Sick lover, like me, you will pretty much stop three seconds into the first episode. At least I had too. The music just takes you right back and I just remembered the time I started watching Love Sick and actually getting into the BL world. I had watched other shows before but this one introduced me to the Thai BL world and ever since then I have to say, my life changed. While others watch Game Of Thrones and bet who is gonna die next, I’m sitting here grinning like a fool because I get a major flashback from 3 seconds of a song.

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For those non-Love Sick fans or viewers, you have to understand: I had never before watched a show like Love Sick and its chemistry before. Remember the first time you watched a Thai BL series and how you felt back then. The one show that made you fall in love with Thailand and Thai BL. For me that is Love Sick. And seriously, we have so many shows where we won’t get a another season (Love By Chance, Addicted, WaterBoyy, 2Moons – at least not with the same actors, etc.) that a lot of LS fans thought that we won’t ever get more from Love Sick. Technically it has a second season and after five years you just stop thinking about it…until they announce it and you go crazy. Also because it wasn’t clear if the actors are coming back and still have the same chemistry. Well, ReminderS settles that I think (although I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll keep praying for it even now).

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ReminderS for me was like a trip back to innocent little me starting to watch her first Thai series, not knowing what to expect, and experiencing for the first time a couple she cheered, cried, laughed, screamed and giggled with more than ever before and finding out that being close to someone doesn’t necessarily mean being physically close but it can also mean that you care for someone more than for anyone else. I think that best describes it.

Conclusion

So, yes, ReminderS mostly has sentimental value for me but whether you are a LBC or LS fan, ReminderS is a great heal for you heart and for watching something light and short to enjoy yourself.

And while I almost fainted in the first three seconds of the series, seriously the ending sequence pretty much killed me ❤

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If you are a LS or LBC fan, watch it. If you are not a fan of at least one of those shows…why not? And if you haven’t watched them, please watch them and be sucked into this craziness with us, so we can all wait together for the third season …that still has no release date T.T

Bonus for Love Sick fans – just found this one, I could not stop laughing remembering. Still remember this scene?

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So lucky #randomremarks

I recently decided that I’d like to post some updates regularly. Updates like: what is new in the BL world, what kind of song releases are interesting at the moment, what movies are in the cinema right now and so on.

You can find the first one of these, here.

So what is new this week?
We got some new BL news also a short review on Dumbo. Maybe I’m gonna give you a full one later on. Also we got some new trailers.

Dreams coming true (BL corner)

Mark it in the calendar, next week is the finale of He’s Coming To Me. I don’t know whether to be excited or afraid …

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I think something that has a lot of BL fans taking a big breath at the moment is this little special called Reminders (or ReminderS). If you have not heard about it yet, here is your chance to find out why everyone is going crazy right now: It was pretty clear from the beginning that the widely popular series Love By Chance is not going to get another season. There were so many troubles regarding the airing and channel changing of the series that it was like 95% sure there was not gonna be another one and so a lot of people prayed for another season and a little miracle. Well, we are not exactly getting another season but we are getting something.

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ReminderS tells the story of three couples and yes, two of them are build with the actors from Love By Chance. We are about to see more of Perth and Saint and Mean and Plan and can go crazy about them again. One thing you need to keep in mind though – the characters are not AePete/TinCan. Yes, I heard it is because the rights for the story went back to the author recently and since there have been some problems in the beginning when LINE TV took over the airing of LBC, so they probably couldn’t mention the characters anymore and changed it. Do not worry though, since the new characters are just as amazing, maybe with a few additional character traits but all of them having some parts of their initial characters in them.

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Another big surprise from ReminderS, though, is nothing other than Phun and Noh from Love Sick coming back! Yes, even before the announced third season of the series, we are getting a little snippet of them and I just could not stop smiling while watching it. I just love them so much and Love Sick is such a classic and started so much for me that I cannot wait!!! So only episode 1 aired already, the other episodes coming on Friday, 19th and I think Sunday, 21st (but not sure about the second one though), and I can tell you, I love seeing the LBC actors together, I love their new character traits but what I love even more: Phun and Noh more grown up, still having some of their charm from Love Sick and the chemistry still being there! I also really appreciate that they seem to be the most stable couple in this 3 episode “reminder” 🙂 Maybe the director decided to keep the big drama to the third season and give us a treat with a drama free short special…hahahahaha, we all know that’s not gonna happen 😀

I mean we all know they just want to make some promotion for Love Sick and also give fans something in return with the LBC couples and PhunNoh but still, I’m excited! So episode one already aired, episode is out on April 20th!!

For BL fans there is also other good news, we are getting some Love By Chance candies in general. While it is not totally clear yet if the whole thing is with the Love By Chance characters or if it’s just the same actors playing different roles – though I doubt that since even two of the couples are the same, did not see AePete though (probably same problem as mentioned above), but Perth (Ae’s actor) is coming back. Well there are gonna be three movies called Love: Must Fight, Love: Must Slap and Love: Must Take It Off and they feature some of our favourite couples bringing us smiles and hopefully no tears this time!! Other good news, release date is May 5th.

Get ready for a full on Disney year! (Movie Mania corner)

Disney has never been a company that releases a movie trailer like a month before the actual release. Usually they release a teaser around a year before and a full on trailer at least three to four months prior. Well, with this in mind, I waited for the actual The Lion King trailer on the edge of my seat. There were some doubts since they could have released the trailer on the same day Aladdin starts in cinema but fortunately they kept to their usual and released it two days ago.

Soooo…The Lion King seems to have the same problem as Aladdin, the villain sounds too smooth and soft but while I was surprised by Scar’s voice I was more interested and excited for Simba’s voice…well, Disney decided to keep that for themselves for some time more. You hear Scar, Timon and Pumba and Mufasa but no Simba. But I did enjoy the little singing snippet of Timon and Pumba at the end. I am still curious how they are going to animate all the other song sequences – since seriously, The Lion King is so famous for its music, you cannot make a movie without the musical sequences – but since they seem to have done a great job with Aladdin, I am going to believe in Disney and trust them to make my favourite Disney movie into a must-watch miracle. (haha…no pressure at all, I know)

As for the Dumbo movie, I just watched it in cinema this week (or since I am going to release this on Tuesday, it would be last week then): The animation is nice and the acting is really great, especially since I watched it in Spanish and I may not have understood everything they said but those parts I did not understand I understood with their acting 🙂 The only flaw the movie really has is the fact that it is sooooo cheesy. Like a serious cringe factor. It is endearing and charming and sweet but if you cannot watch a romance or kids movie without cringing, this one will probably make you cringe too. The few but still existing funny snippets of the movie are great though and the chemistry between all the actors seems really nice and binds everything together. Also Dumbo is so cute ❤

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Oh and today I went and watched The Kid Who Would Be King. Short review: the CGI and production of the movie is amazing, the actors are more than just nice, you can see they give it their all and they definitely succeeded. The humor is really funny and the modern spin on the movie is like a fresh breath of air. There are a few overly cheesy and dramatic scenes though, so if you are like me and don’t shy away from watching a movie made for a younger audience even though you are not part of that predicted audience, feel free to watch and enjoy! I had a blast even though I had to go to the toilet in the middle of it…don’t drink too much coke guys!

K-Pop comebacks and dance covers (K-Pop corner)

From the K-Pop perspective or the TV show corner I don’t really have many news for you.

BTS had a comeback which would be awesome but well…I don’t actually like the title song as much as the previous songs 😥 I do like the Dionysos track though. That and its performance version is amazing!!

Also, side note, don’t put “Kpop in public” as a search term in youtube…you will pretty much only get Kill This Love covers…still I have to admit the energy in the one below is awesome!

Renewals and Cancellations coming up…(TV Mania corner)

Game of Thrones is releasing new content to promote its final season and has already started airing. I’m waiting for the finale and then binge watch it but if you want to have a blast and the excitement of not spoiling it for yourself, do it like a normal person and watch it regularly (yes, I’m not a normal person regarding TV shows, if you haven’t noticed ;))

Also renewal and cancellation time is coming up guys. April and May are like the second time of the year (after the new year, new news period of series news) TV channels are releasing news about TV show renewals and cancellations. Also streaming services are giving out some news.

After 7 seasons, Arrow has been renewed for a 10 episode final 8th season. Also Supernatural is getting a final 15th season and ending after, I grew up with this show so it’s quite harsh T.T

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Here a very short overview of other shows:

Renewed: A Million Little Things (excited for it and happy for them, the show seems nice and I do plan on checking it out as soon as possible); The Good Doctor (I’m a 100% on board with the original Korean version but I appreciate that a successful remake has finally been made); Modern Family has been renewed for a final 11th season (never watched it, tried it, didn’t like it, sorry); Criminal Minds (gonna end o.O renewed for a final season though); God Friended Me (yes!!!); Magnum P.I. (I still didn’t get to check it out, lucky I get more time now); NCIS; Young Sheldon (for two more seasons even); The Resident (YES!); Brooklyn Nine-Nine (yay :D); Chicago Fire / Med / P.D. (Yay!); Manifest (a surprise tbh, but I like it ^.^); New Amsterdam (it’s getting more awesome by the minute); Legacies (I’m still angry with the ending of The Originals and while I did want to watch it I kind of lost interest); Dynasty (I’m enjoying this show more and more so keep going!); The Flash
Not clear yet are some of the newer shows like Single Parents, Whiskey Cavalier and The Rookie. I only watched Single Parents though and I really hope it gets another season. Also another show hanging is Bull – please don’t cancel it!!! Also MacGyver…I love that show, but no news yet…
Cancelled: Elementary (nooooo T.T); Code Black (I watched a little bit of season one but that was it); The Big Bang Theory (I do think that’s been known for some time that the finale is airing this year); The Gifted (hm…I like some parts of it but not really the whole show); Gotham (I have season one on DVD since some time ago but never watched it, tbh); Midnight, Texas (that show was kind of addicting though)

More detailed list HERE.

On a more positive note, I recently purchased Deadly Class on Amazon after they finally published it there. Still haven’t watched the last two episodes of season one but I guarantee, this show is absolutely awesome and the most binge worthy material I’ve seen in a long time!!!

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Ending: Don’t forget Avengers: Endgame is coming! And beware the movie is 3h (and I think, 58 seconds) long and there is NO INTERMISSION. Since I hate going to the toilet while in the cinema (but it always happens, since the coke seems to go in and want to immediately come out again), my mind is like YES! My head who knows I’m gonna have to visit the restroom for sure, decided to just bring someone along who can go with me and tell me what happened while I was gone 😉

So, this is the newest #randomremarks update. I hope you liked it. I’m thinking of posting it like every two weeks or whenever there is something new coming out. Hope I can keept that up ^.^

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Review: Mr. Merman (Series)

Let me make this clear, I love mermaid and merman shows, I really do. Also movies. But the quality has to be really good or at least the storyline and the characters have to be interesting. Otherwise I won’t enjoy it much and drop it after just a little bit of watching.
I did not know about Mr. Merman for a long time but when I discovered it I was over the moon since I could finally watch another mermaid/merman show and it was good and not just some lousy effects 😉

So here, even though it has been like a month or two since I watched it, is my review of Mr. Merman.

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General Information

Mr. Merman is a 29 episode long 2018 Thai TV show about three men, Payu, Talay and Plangton, trying to uncover an ominous organisation while keeping their origins as mermen a secret. One day an unfortunate event leads to Talay having to rescue Fahfon and accidentally turning her into a mermaid too. While that may come as a shock there is also the little problem of mermaids turning into sea foam after three months. So the three men and Fahfon have to figure out a way to save her and keep their secret hidden from the mad scientists of the organisation.

The show stars Boat Tara Tipa as Talay, Namwhan Phulita Supinchompoo as Fahfon, Kiak Wattikorn Permsubhirun as Payu, Best Vichayut Limratanamongkol as Plangton, Namnung Suttidachanai as Ploysai (Fahfon’s best friend and Plangton’s love interest) and Tao Sattaphong Phiangphor as Nannam (Fahfon’s other love interest and a powerful CEO).
Except for Tao I didn’t know any of the faces.

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The story

The story itself is sometimes quite cheesy (especially the ending) but overall the story flows nicely and the number of episodes fits well. I did not think I’d like it that much but I did. It was nice to see another mermaid/merman show with quality like this. I especially liked that they showed strengths and weaknesses for our main leads and didn’t just put it as “the strong merman save the weak mermaid”. No, everything made sense in that regard and the dynamics between the characters where really nice. The one thing I loved about the story line: It did not take long for some of the main people to figure out the mermen’s secret and tbh I loved that. That brought a whole new dynamic into the mix. (But don’t worry it is not revealed right away).

I did not like all of the story developments but over time I learned to trust the writers and saw that they handled everything quite well. They did try to keep some things secret for as long as they could but sometimes you could just see the discovery from a mile away.

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The characters

The characters are really nice and while some characters may have an obnoxious or annoying side to them the writers definitely tried not to put focus on it for too long. So even Ploysai, the funny best friend of Fahfon and with a mad crush on Plangton, wasn’t annoying but seemed really charming and grows on you over time. Also the chemistry between the romantic interests was charming.

There were some whiny characters though and they annoyed the hell outta me but don’t worry, like I said, “supporting” characters. They don’t appear that often.
Also while watching I read a comment that someone though the mad scientist’s laugh was as fake as it could get. In the beginning it seems okay, I guess, but the viewer was right. Be prepared that around the end it is totally fake and annoying.

My favourite characters are Talay and Ploysai. Talay because he could be caring, tough but also show a weak side. I love that they included a story line where he had to be cared for by Fahfon and not just always the other way around. That supported the chemistry so much. As for Ploysai, normally I dislike characters like her, but this time I really enjoyed it. While she did go over the top for impressing Plangton, she also showed that she knows when it is too much and she wasn’t just a madly in love character but still had time to get embarrassed, hurt or annoyed.

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Comedy…well…

Comedy-wise the show is lacking. There are some comedic scenes but it seems like the writers did not know how to put them and it’s quite an awkward humor. But don’t worry, that does not destroy the overall story. Like someone told me some time ago: The story may not be funny, but it is fun.

Another minus point though, is the sound. Seriously I have never seen such a noisy TV show. I don’t think the producers knew how to add the sound in the right scenes so there is like music all the time or at least some background sounds. Those moments when it is finally quiet, seem really dramatic though, since finally there is no music.

Why I’m recommending it

Mainly because I think there might be mermaid/merman fans out there that love shows like these and while there are many minus points, I did binge-watch the show since I was totally into it. The story is addicting. And since I needed some time to discover it, I’m recommending it here, because maybe there are people who also don’t know the show and maybe want to check it out!

I highly recommend watching the first five episodes and then decide. Don’t judge by the first episode though, because you won’t see much of the dynamics yet.

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I know this was a short review but I thought I could finally write a review where I did not gush about a show or movie like a crazy person and also recommend something that I did not love but just liked. Sometimes we have to try new things, right? 😉

Review: He’s Coming To Me

So a few days ago one amazing reader of my posts asked me to post a review of He’s coming to me. I’ve been thinking about writing one but I wasn’t sure whether I should especially since I normally only post reviews after the shows are completed. Well, behold the power of motivating comments, I’m sitting here and writing one even though I thought I wouldn’t have the time to since I’m on vacation 😉

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General Information

He’s Coming To Me tells the story of Mes, a lonely ghost procrastinating on a graveyard, and Than, a young boy who can see ghosts but unsuccessfully pretends not to. One day they meet (and in Than’s case – acknowledge) each other and the wheels of fate start turning. After finding out that Mes doesn’t remember anything from his past and the only hint is an old cassette recorder, Than decides to take Mes in and help him find out about his past.

I think pretty much all of the more prominent actors in the show are pretty known faces. We have Prachaya Ruangroj (Singto) from SOTUS as Mes and Pawat Chittsawangdee (Ohm) from Make It Right as Than. The supporting actors are Harit Cheewagaroon (Sing) from oh-so-many shows as Khiem and Wachirawit Ruangwiwat (Chimon) from My Dear Loser or, as you know if you are a regular reader of my posts, The Gifted as Prince. I’d love not to be the horrible person who only mentions the male actors now but tbh I didn’t find the name of the female actress playing Than’s friend and the only female in the group of friends.

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Expectations

Okay let’s all admit it. We all had high expectations of Ohm and Singto but at the same time went in with a heavy heart. It’s not every day actors who are usually mentioned in other couples end up acting as main leads on their own. We all were still thinking of Arthit and Kongpob / Book and Frame. At the same time we were all excited. Ohm had proven multiple times that he can act out more than just one type of role and makes you fall in love with his quirkiness and cute smile. Singto also has proven to be a great actor and one thing he has shown that you don’t see with many other actors, he can create chemistry with more than just one co-star. Usually when an actor from a popular BL couple starts acting as a couple with someone else there are always comparisons and/or awkwardness. But fortunately not this time (but let’s get to that later). So we all kind of expected a lot of them both while at the same time preparing to be disappointed.

Well we wouldn’t have needed to worry. Okay the show is only at episode 5 but since it only has 8 episodes we are over the midpoint.

The story of a lonely boy meeting a lonely ghost – Quality ❤

So the story in general may not be that original…except when you see it in the context of BL shows. Regarding BL shows the premise is kind of new and unusual. There are a lot of shows about school and college but not that many light hearted shows about a lonely boy meeting an even lonelier ghost and them living together.
There are a lot of shows that totally depend on the leads chemistry, charisma, charm or the show’s overall storyline or comedy. This show is no different in the regard, that it depends a lot on the chemistry between our two leads, Singto and Ohm, but at the same time it also depends on a lot of their individual charms. Both actors execute couple scenes but also friendship or single shots with their best work. You can see that a scene showing one of them playing basketball is executed just as well as the couple scenes. This gives the show an overall acting quality you don’t see often in other shows.
In general the show does not feature many new actors but mainly actors and actresses that have been in multiple shows before, making it more mature than what we are used to from other shows. I think that’s one of the reasons why this one is set out to become a new favorite. The overall quality – even the special effects of being a ghost – are quite well executed so you can just totally appreciate every single scene in the show.

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Heart break is waiting

But now to the story line itself. I mean I knew beforehand that we BL fans can be quite masochistic. Just look at all the teases and bromances we watch even though we know it won’t end well…this show is set out to be no different. Episode 5 already had me in tears and giggles but since one of the leads is a ghost, as in “dead”, as in “even if he finally gets reincarnated he will be 22 years younger than you, Than”, we are all still watching. So here may be the question: is it worth it? In my opinion and judging from episode 1 to episode 5, yes, but read the post and decide for yourself whether you want to watch it. Also note that I’m an avid bad ending hater and still I’m watching this. So either I’m overly masochistic or the show is just that good.

Note: No, really. I hate bad endings. One of my favourite TV shows ever has a bad ending for the main character and I still haven’t watched the last few episodes and I just refuse to watch it – ever.

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Oh also let me give a compliment to the leads for crying beautifully but also convincingly. The one tear down the cheek is so old, I love the new “tears gushing down the cheeks and puppy eyed looks” the show is going with.

Comedy ahoy and refreshing new character traits

In the previous paragraph I said major tear jerker and we can probably expect a big heart break at the end but at the same time this show is really comedic. It works a lot with sounds and doesn’t just depend on the usual funny supporting character, which is a nice change. A lot of comedic scenes come from our leads. The whole story creates a really great dynamic between Mes and Than. While there is no doubt at all who has the bigger pull in the relationship, Mes is not just standing by. He pouts, he begs, he throws puppy eyes and he judges, and he does all that in a wonderfully charming manor. He actually reminds me a lot of the wonderful 2moons scenes where the love-struck Wayo sometimes stood tall and told Phana what he had to do and what was gonna happen. Mes definitely has a sweet spot for Than (and vice versa) and doesn’t want to be a bother but at the same time he still stands straight and shows when he wants something and when it’s time to listen to him.

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Than is not that different from Mes except that he is more open about what he wants and uses the begging and puppy eyes only when he knows it will work. You could say he is more grown up as a character. He is also more headstrong. He is an avid basketball player and loves hanging out with his friends. And while he wants to keep his ability to see ghosts from them he doesn’t care if a whole city park or the rest of the shopping center sees him. You could say he knows where he has to put a line and when he doesn’t want to cross it. One thing I love about him, and the story line in general, though, he admits he likes Mes. He’s not denying his feelings. He may say he’s confused and scared but he knows what he’s feeling is attraction and maybe even love. Mes also confessed and I love how Than just overlooked the “he’s dead and he doesn’t want to hurt my feelings” Mes was talking about and was going straight to the point. It’s nice seeing Singto in a prominent but passive role. It suits him just as much as the active character.

Supporting friendships

Of course we also have to talk about the supporting characters…while Mes’ past is as mysterious as ever Than’s friends are not – not at all. You could read them from a mile away. Still that doesn’t destroy anything regarding the story line but only supports it. The writers are not letting the viewers guess what someone is feeling and spend half of the episodes with them discovering their feelings but go straight to the point of them trying to figure out what to do with those feelings. It reminds me a lot of M’s storyline in SOTUS. While it is clear the straight love story is not the main one it doesn’t stop the story tellers from exploring it and doing so in a way we BL fans won’t have to skip through it.

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In general I love the friendship between the four college students. They fight, they make up, they are worried, they laugh together. And while there is a lot of teasing they don’t overdo it. I think that’s mainly because the shows comedy doesn’t depend on it so the writers did not have to put much focus on it. This makes the friendship seem more realistic and convincing. And while I did say there is no funny supporting character, there is, but he’s not just the funny supporting character. Khiew (Sing) is probably the happy-go-lucky guy in the group of friends but since the leads also contribute to the comedy of the show, Khiew is not just marked by his comedic characteristics but can also show when he is worried etc.

Multiple traits

Since we are already on the topic, I really appreciate the fact that we get so many character traits for each person. No one is just the gloomy or just the comedic character. Even our leads have multiple sides to them. Mes can be quiet and a thinker but at the same time he can show puppy eyes and whine like a kid, Than can be crazy with his friends, has the heart on the right spot, but at the same time he has a weak spot for his ghost friend and has moments where you catch him cheating on a test or in a sports game with Mes’ help and not think twice about it. Prince gets quiet when the topic goes to him secretly being in love but gets crazy when paired up with Khiew and he can joke around just as much as the others. Khiew is the comedy friend but also shows that he seriously thinks about his friends and worries a lot.
It’s interesting to see them all having so many sides to them and how this gives more quality and enjoyment to the show overall.

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Development and pacing

The show stays true to its pacing. From the beginning until …episode 5. I don’t wanna say end, since I haven’t seen it yet. It’s possible it’s gonna pick up the pace after episode 5 but we will see. Overall though, the story’s pacing is the same from the first minute. It does seem it takes some time and you will wish that the episodes were longer or the pacing faster but in general it fits the show well and there are not that many unnecessary scenes. I have to say, it wouldn’t have hurt to pace the show just a little bit faster but well, we cannot have everything. The story development is nice though and it goes quite naturally. The feelings broke out in episode 5 which did seem a little bit sudden but I think that is just if you keep some time between the episodes or watch 10 other shows in between like me.

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Conclusion

I recommend the show, but I do admit, I don’t recommend it to everyone. If you don’t like bad endings AT ALL and try to avoid them at all costs – wait until the show aired and then let someone else spoil it for you, whether the ending was bad or not. Also note that until now the show does not feature heavy stuff like Together With Me or Love By Chance but is more like the fluffy little bunny toy everyone had as a kid. In general the show is a giggling fun because you just enjoy the overall atmosphere of the show, the dynamics, the characters and their interactions. I think a lot of this will change a little after episode 5 but we will see. It also doesn’t feature a fast storytelling but considering it’s just 8 episodes it is as fast as it can be without stuffing to much content in those episodes.
I totally recommend the show if you want to watch a BL show with quality acting, refreshing characters, a nice chemistry and funny lead characters.

For me, the show is on its best way to become one of my favourite BL shows out there but the ending of the show can make it or break at this moment, so I’ll wait before I decide on that. I do trust LINE TV and GMM though, so hope dies last and I think they will think of a way to make this whole thing work without making me cry for weeks after watching it.

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This is my review on He’s Coming To Me. I am probably gonna post an ending review later on but for now, this is it. Of all the currently airing BL shows though, this one is definitely the best, without a doubt.