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29 September 2017

A Quick Review of an Ottoman Detective TV Series

I always enjoy a good mystery TV series. Started watching one on Netflix that is set in 19th century Istanbul. I was happy to find this series because I am curious about Istanbul and I enjoy going back in time to view a recreation of life in previous centuries before we had cars and cell phones. I really like historical period series.

I must say this series makes it plain for you to see.

~ The good guys are really good. Noble and kindhearted. Fiercely dedicated to the pursuit of justice.

~ The bad guys and ladies (there is no discrimination or gender inequality) are extremely bad.

* * * NOTE: Content first appeared under the title: "Humor: Do Evil People Ever Stop Thinking?" at ForumCoin.  If you watch this series, you'll get why I ask the question: “Do Evil People Ever Stop Thinking?” * * *

Let's say the series paints a “true picture”. If so, to be a law enforcement officer in 19th century Istanbul, you never get any rest! Not only do you have to deal with the local scumbags, but you have to wrestle with the criminals from halfway around the world that bring their crime to your city. Oh my! The English, the French, the Russians, the Americans, the Germans, the Catholics! These people scheme and connive to do everything from murder and robbery to starting wars!

You know how a Shakespeare tragedy can't be tragic if there aren't dead bodies lying all over the place? Well! There was one episode where there are so many dead bodies and the crimes happened in such a short period of time, the police detective said: “Oy! It's raining corpses today in Istanbul!”

Yeah. It was that many dead people! More than in a Shakespeare tragedy!!

I'm like: Do evil people ever stop thinking? Do they ever just stop being cruel and ruthless, and just smell the roses? :)

The TV series I'm discussing if you're interested is "Filinta" or "Filinta Mustafa", the "first Ottoman crime show of television history". I immediately associated this guy with Sherlock Holmes and wouldn't you know it? Others have described him as “the Turkish Sherlock”.




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14 July 2017

Asian Cinema : Movie Review : The King of Masks (1999)

The theatrical masks of Chinese opera were promoted by emperors and high court officials. As a result, they became a traditional art form and along with this tradition, came other traditions. 



Many films are gems that get lost or buried. Even award-winning films like The King of Masks. It's a foreign movie: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

Time period is the 1930s. A master of an ancient Chinese art is growing old. He must pass on his skills to an heir. A male heir.
It's tradition!

Unfortunately, he's childless. In a desperate effort to honor the custom and maintain the trade and the tradition, he buys a young child. In China, poor children are often sold via a black market. He and the child develop a close relationship, however, a “complication” also develops.


"The King of Masks

is a wonderful and touching story. 









08 July 2017

Horror Movie Recommendation: Big Bad Wolves

Friday or Saturday night movie pick?  In the mood for a horror movie? Usually my answer to that question would be “No”. Not my favorite film genre because of a weak stomach that can not easily digest blood and gore – fake or real; and bad dreams which are almost always inevitably a byproduct. Horror film enthusiast John Mountain once shared a review of Big Bad Wolves at his blog Written in Blood that has me wondering if I should dare myself.






1) Dare I watch it all the way through with my eyes wide open?

2) Dare I at least listen to the dialogue with my eyes closed because the scenes are too gory?

3) Dare I even watch the movie trailer?
Number 3 could be a deciding factor. For me, even watching a movie preview can cause nightmares. One time, on a date with the man who became my husband, at the theater they showed a preview of Black Christmas. It upset me so much, we had to get up and leave. True story.

Big Bad Wolves is not an American film. It's Israeli-produced and it's a thriller! There's a murder mystery wrapped around the horror and because there's a killer on the loose and the victims were innocent little girls, you have got to know if the Big Bad Wolf gets caught!

Unfortunately the blog is no longer published.  See alternate movies review link below.


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24 August 2016

Review : K-Drama TV Series : Dong Yi (2010)

HA! That stands for hooked again!! My new addiction is watching Korean historical drama TV series. There are way too many of them for me to keep up. They are so exciting and interesting, even though the basic plot in most of the series is pretty much the same.

What's the basic plot, you ask?

Eh! Some palace intrigue on the inside, rivalry among the nobles and scholars on the outside, honorable slaves, and commoners who prove time again that being poor and uneducated does not equal stupid! ... and of course, the love triangle.  No Korean drama is complete without the love triangle. 

For each series, the script writers take this plot, create different and intricate twists and turns, and develop characters that make the viewers immediately choose sides and start rooting for them! I like this lady or this man! But that person has got to go! When the ruthless evil characters finally go down, you're pumping your fist in the air and going Yeah! A flood of relief washes over you and then you have to remind yourself that it's just a TV show. :)

 
Image credit: Official poster found at viki.com

While seeking and finding more and more historical series to satisfy my K-drama addiction, found “Dong Yi” (2010). This television program is directed by Lee Byung Hoon, who also directed "Jewel in the Palace" (2003).

Reviews indicate that Hoon's 2003 series was extremely successful, so it went on my watch list. But because the 2010 series includes in its cast an admirable child actress, Kim Yoo Jung, who also starred in “Tamra the Island” (2009) and “The Moon Embracing the Sun” (2012) ~ her cute little face drew me in. The series is based on the life of a real historical person: Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Haeju Choi clan.

{Side Note – According to recent reports in South Korean entertainment news publications, Ms. Jung's latest project, “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds” aired its first episode during the 4th week of this month, August 2016. It is being well received.  Series at viki.com.}

Back on point. The child character played by little Ms. Jung, is a “commoner”, i.e. not born into a noble family, who grows up into a beautiful and intelligent, caring and compassionate young woman, played by Han Hyo Joo. The character's name is … what else? Dong Yi!

She went from the child who had everything taken away from her to the woman who had the world laid at her feet. According to all the fortune tellers, “her light” was going to shine brightly in the land of Joseon.

Nothing annoys me more than reviews with spoilers, so extra precaution is taken to constrain myself and not to reveal too much. Here are my impressions so far.

Good start! Series starts off with a very peaceful idyllic scene of a man fishing and enjoying a quiet leisure moment. The silence is immediately shattered when the man is brutally murdered. But before he breathes his last breath, guess who finds him? A young child named Dong Yi!

Good fortune? I'll say! This lady was born under the Lisa Bonet lucky star. She got two hot guys wrapped around her finger! If you know who Lisa Bonet is and you watch this show, then you'll understand my meaning. :)

60 episodes and I've only reached the halfway mark. What's the hook the writers used to keep you interested all the way to the very end? A butterfly! Don't know about everybody else, but I love butterflies!

Dong Yi ~ Official Trailer



* * Related or Similar Articles:

Did Dong Yi and King Sukjong really have a long romance?

The Best Korean Historical Drama




* * My K-Drama Round Up:

Chuno (Slave Hunter; 2010 | K-Drama TV Series)

Six Flying Dragons (2015 Korean TV Series)


The Flower in Prison (K-Drama 2016 TV Series)


Maids (2015 K-Drama TV series)


Tree With Deep Roots (2011 K-Drama TV series)


Tamra, the Island (2009 Korean Drama)


Gunman in Joseon (2014 K-Drama TV Series)




Do You Heart Butterflies? | Webnuggetz.com



Watch Korean Dramas ~ Online Streaming ~ No Downloads. ~ Viki.com ~

27 January 2016

Book Review: THE DEPOSIT SLIP (Reblog)

Reblogging. Excellent book review by Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar, a member of the Authentic Blogger Group on Facebook. One of my friends is a die-hard John Grisham fan and her one-liner summary review for this particular book was a hook! She described it as: “A courtroom drama that just might depose John Grisham .” Had to know more!



This is debut novel for author Todd Johnson. Here is a striking statement from her review that peaks your interest: “... Todd has shown enough talent here to depose John Grisham as the reigning king of courtroom dramas. … Because Todd is a Christian author, there's more to The Deposit Slip than the pursuit of justice alone. There is also the need for forgiveness and reconciliation ...”


Love courtroom drama? 
Then this should be an addition to your reading list.

Book Review: THE DEPOSIT SLIP | A few drops of ink






John Grisham - on the Screen


Here are scenes from various movies adapted from a Grisham book. Do you recognize the film?












11 August 2015

myLot.com - Can First Impressions Be Trusted?

Active member of various online writing communities and at the urging of a couple of fellow bloggers, decided to sign up with myLot.com which is YASM, yet another social network. It is a combination of things but in a nutshell, it's a huge discussion forum that welcomes everybody to participate. FREE to sign up. Start immediately.  

This site was "rebooted".  Started in 2006; had been popular at one time, lost the momentum, revamped and now as of 2015, the owners are revved up and forging ahead full speed.



Very impressed with my experience thus far. In fact, have already published one review (see * below); and this blog post is more or less a review / progress report.

At myLot, you don't get paid for writing posts. Rather you are encouraged to generate discussions. When you write up a quick post or a lengthy article (there are no requirements on character counts, word count, etc.), the more feedback that's generated, the more likely you are to earn money.  The payout is $10 and you must have a PayPal account.

Within less than a week, 15 discussions (see list below) have been started by me.  People are leaving responses or comments at most of them, and the interest being expressed in my topics is encouraging.  Hoping to make more friends.  The members seem to be enthusiastic.  The earnings potential is definitely there.

cmoneyspinner's myLot discussions:

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MyLot.com – My First Impression - PersonaPaper.com*

Joined the myLot community yesterday. My user name is “cmoneyspinner” (same as here). Regardless of what my husband thinks, there is only one me with one personality, not multiple personalities that are called by different names. ♥
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