August was a pretty crazy and busy month for me in all aspects of my life- from work, to trying out new things, and revisiting some things that I used to really enjoy and love.
August was not a big month of movies for me, but I did manage to catch “Suicide Squad” when it came out. I had fun watching the movie, and I thought that there were some moments that had a lot of heart. There were some stand-out performances, such as Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Will Smith, whom I forgot was a good action star. The story and some of the character arcs were a little bit messy at some point, and I wanted to see more of Jared Leto’s Joker, as his characterization of the character showed a lot of promise.
Instead of movies, last month was a month full of television, as I returned to Korean dramas, and I caught up on some television shows that I was not done with yet, and some shows that were highly recommended to me to watch.
At the insistence of a good friend and my younger sister, I decided to watch the 2015 Korean drama “She Was Pretty”, which I will post a review of soon, and ended up having a blast. Not only did it remind me of how much I loved watching Japanese and Korean dramas, but the quality of the production, acting, and writing, impressed me a lot. Sure, the premises that they employ in these dramas are not the most original in the world, but they still bring something fresh to the table, accompanied with all the elements of a good Korean drama. (“Super Junior’s” Choi Siwon was a big revelation to me in this drama, as I didn’t expect his acting chops to be on point.)
I also caught up on some recent shows that I had started but got too busy to continue, such as the James Franco Hulu drama “11.22.63”, and continuing (until now), “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (I am in the last season, so I am bracing myself for some major feels.)
I also managed to watch Netflix’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender” and “Stranger Things”, both of which I really enjoyed. I honestly did not know much about what to expect about “Stranger Things” when I first started watching it, and my only reason for watching it was that this was Winona Ryder’s comeback role in a very long time. However, I ended up loving it, and I was so happy that I managed to catch a glimpse of Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven in “Stranger Things”) during her panel during Asia Pop Comic Con, which I attended last August 27.
I attempted to return to watching “Battlestar Galactica”, but decided that I needed something a little bit lighter, so I decided to go back and rediscover the old SyFy show “Warehouse 13”, which I am devouring as fast as I breezed through my initial watch of “Doctor Who” (even though I did stall on watching the Eleventh Doctor’s run for a while as I was still hung up on the Tenth Doctor).
I am also still watching some currently airing summer shows such as “Killjoys” (whose season finale just aired), “Dark Matter”, “The Last Ship”, and “Mr. Robot”.
I also went back to my very much neglected reading list, and decided that I have to finish reading “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs, “Ender’s Shadow” by Orson Scott Card, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion, and “A Tale of Time City” by Diana Wynne Jones. These are all books that have been piling up on my table, so it is time to give them a little bit of love.
Aside from all of that, and work, I am also beginning to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I have written some chapters for some of my novel ideas before, but I am truly committing myself to revisit these things again and write until I am done with, hopefully, a finished first draft.
Taking a look at all of these, and with the fact that the fall television season is beginning soon, which means the return of some of my favorite shows, I discovered that a lot of my focus at the moment is on television shows, Asian dramas, books, and some old movies that I have on my cue (such as Ghibli films, Coen Brothers films, etc.)
Therefore, expect me to post at least twice a week, starting from today, and expect that I will be writing more about my favorite shows- whether they are current shows, old shows that I love, or old shows that I am discovering for the first time; books or comic books that I am rediscovering and discovering; popular culture; and movies that I told myself that I would watch someday.
Also, dear readers, feel free to give me recommendations on books, comic books, films and tv shows that you think that I should read or watch. I am all ears, and I love hearing suggestions from those around me.
With that being said, I am quite excited about my line-up for the next few months of the year, and I thank you, dear readers, for being patient with me.