Hospital Playlist, which ended last Thursday, is a slice-of-life drama chronicling the workplace interactions of a group of five 40-year-old friends who have known each other since 1999. Planned as a 3-season drama, there is also an extensive supporting cast whose stories scaffold the theme of the week. In addition, 90s Korean music is also showcased through the jam sessions of the five besties.
Created by the PD-writer duo of Shin Won-ho and Lee Woo-jung of Prison Playbook and the (infamous) Reply series (1997, 1994, 1988), Hospital Playlist is almost vignette-like in its approach: there doesn’t seem to be an overarching plot. Like most procedural dramas, each episode has cases-of-the-week, with the protagonists’ lives only lightly threading through. It’s an easy watch, especially if you’re looking for a relatively stress-free drama (totally opposite to the nail-biting The World of the Married) in the time of COVID-19.
Some spoilers ahead though major plot points will not be revealed (I think…)
I love Search: WWW for one very simple reason – the protagonists are kickass women who are professional in their jobs, but are complicated in their thoughts, as well as in their dealings with each other.
What happens when augmented reality AR bleeds into real life? Twisty and convoluted, Memories of the Alhambra seems to be the latest k-drama crack that anyone interested in a good story (or Hyun Bin’s dimples) should check out.
The Singapore film industry is a small one, and if you ask any Singaporean which local films they have watched, the usual suspects would include I Not Stupid or Ah Boys to Men (if you were more mainstream and Chinese speaking), and 12 Storeys, 15, or Ilo Ilo (if you were more arthouse). Crazy Rich Asians might have put Singapore on the radar, ultimately it’s a Hollywood film with an equally Hollywood sensibility. Which is why I’m always excited when a new Singaporean film shows up on the horizon.
In Zombiepura, Singapore’s first zombie flick, a lazybones reservist and his fanatic sergeant have to fight to survive when their isolated army camp is infected with a zombie virus.
So what happens when you throw a woman and two fabulous men into a cohabitation situation to assess compatibility, or rather, as a way to end a messy love triangle? Hi-jinks ensue? Sure, but what becomes more apparent is which way the heart lies, no matter how much you try to convince it otherwise. Some spoilers for episodes 17-18. Continue reading →