When Less Is Truly More: ‘Move To Heaven’ And ‘Navillera’ Prove The Best Stories Are Simple

*This post is spoiler-free for both dramas.* Quick caveat: I use the word "simple" several times in this post (and in the title, of course), so allow me to define it by the standards with which I am using it. By "simple," I mean "not complicated." I am not inferring, by any means, that these... Continue Reading →

The Color Of Depression: How This Thai Drama Uses Color To Depict A Teenager’s Struggle With Mental Health

Project S: Skate Our Souls (hereby known in this post as S.O.S.) is a 2017 Thai drama which presents a poignant story of one teenager's struggle with mental health and the stigma attached to it. S.O.S. is a solid drama overall. The acting is top-notch, the story is bold, and the cinematography is captivating. This... Continue Reading →

‘Karamazov No Kyodai’ Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Meets Dostoyevsky In Japan’s Retelling Of The Grim Russian Tale

Karamazov No Kyodai tells a tale of three brothers who are suddenly summoned to their childhood home that holds nothing but painful memories. When their father is murdered in cold blood, the three of them fall under suspicion. I hesitated before beginning this one because of one reason -- I haven't read the book it... Continue Reading →

Mini Review: Silly Sibling Rivalry Masks Deeper Family Issues In ‘Take My Brother Away’

Netflix's binge-able Mainland Chinese drama Take My Brother Away (2018) tells the story of two squabbling siblings as they navigate school, friendship, and family through the oft-bewildering lens of adolescence. Shi Fen (Joseph Zeng) and Shi Miao (Sun Qian) are brother and sister who live with their well-meaning and loving -- but alcoholic -- father.... Continue Reading →

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