Why you should watch La Casa de Papel right now (if you haven’t already)

Today’s post is dedicated to La Casa de Papel, a Netflix show I absolutely adore. You might know it as Money Heist instead, since Netflix seems to believe you need to have an English title for it to be popular abroad.

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Title: La Casa de Papel (2017)
Country: Spain
Creator: Álex Pina
Episodes so far: 22
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

A mysterious man, known as “The Professor”, is planning the biggest bank heist in history. To carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits a team of eight people with certain abilities who have nothing to lose. The goal is to enter the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid, the capital of Spain, and print €2.4 billion. To do this, the team requires eleven days of seclusion, during which they have to deal with elite police forces and 67 hostages.

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Today, I want to share my thoughts on why everyone should watch this show (if you haven’t already, of course). I know it’s quite popular in Belgium, but I don’t know whether that is true worldwide. Let’s talk about one of my new favorite shows!

You should watch it right now because…

⭐️ season 3 will be released tomorrow. On July 19th, Part 3 of the series will release on Netflix, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it. That means it’s the perfect time for everyone to either start the show, or catch up, because it’s the type of show you’ll want to binge-watch immediately. I watched the second season in a matter of days, which is quite the feat considering how little time I’ve had to myself lately.

⭐️ heist story. If you know me, then this will come as no surprise. I absolutely adore heist stories, whether they are in novel, TV or movie format. The fact that this show centers around a heist in Madrid was the reason I first started watching. If you love heist stories as well, this is the perfect show for you.

⭐️ action-packed, never a dull moment. The first 2 seasons (22 episodes) all take part during the heist, in a timespan of 11 days. At first, I expected it to be quite a slow-paced one, because there’s only so much you can do with 22 episodes on 11 days. However, the show managed to keep me clustered to my screen the entire time. I was never bored. Instead, I found myself fearing for the characters and rooting for them the entire time. I believe the way it was edited plays a large part in making it feel more dynamic and fast-paced.

⭐️ characters you’ll fall in love with. I always seem to root for the criminals, and this is no different. As you’re spending so much time with these characters in a closed environment for days on end, you get to know them pretty well. There are 8 members of the team, and the Professor, and all of them have time to develop their characters. Some more than others, sure, but you’ll end up getting attached to all of them.

⭐️ past and present intertwined. The series switches constantly between the heist taking place and the planning process. As events unfold in the present, their level of  planning and organization reveals itself. This made every twist more exciting to me, because I couldn’t wait to find out how much of the possible outcomes they had foreseen/anticipated.

I honestly can’t recommend this series enough. If you haven’t watched it, for some reason, please do so. Soon, you’ll have 3 seasons to binge-watch! I can’t wait to watch the new season tomorrow, even though I might not be able to actually start it when it’s released. I’m going to try my best and avoid spoilers!

Have you watched La Casa de Papel? Are you excited for season 3?

my thoughts on put your head on my shoulder (thoughts on TV)

put your head on my shoulderPut Your Head On My Shoulder (2019)
Country: China
Genre: drama, romance
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

As Si Tu Mo’s graduation is nearing, she is confused about her future plans. She tries out all sorts of things all the time and is unable to make her own decisions. Her ordinary days are suddenly shaken up when the genius Physics student Gu Wei Yi appears in her life. The two accidentally end up living together and chaos begins.

Watch it here!

 

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I stumbled upon Put Your Head On My Shoulder in my recommended videos on YouTube, and decided it was worth a shot. Weeks later, I find myself thanking YouTube because I’ve found another drama I adored. I don’t often watch shows where I have to wait for the next episode to come out, but that was the case with this one. Each Friday and Saturday at 2PM (my time zone), two episodes would be released. So you had to wait a little less than a week but you did get 4 episodes a week.

I haven’t seen many people talk about this drama, which is why I wanted to make sure to do a ‘thoughts on TV’ post on it.

What I loved about the show

⭐️ a main character I admire. I truly think Si Tu Mo is a heroine I could get behind. She’s trying hard to get a job in a field she wants to work in, even though her educational background doesn’t fit with it. She works hard when she finally gets a chance at an internship. She has a crush on her best friend, but doesn’t let him get away with taking advantage of her feelings or taking her for granted. She loves her friends, and supports them always. I absolutely loved her.

⭐️ soft boy! You all know how much I love a soft boy. Gu Wei Yi is such a kind person, and is the perfect love interest (in my opinion). He tries his best to do things she likes, to learn more about her interests, and to communicate in a way she understands. It’s all the little things that she doesn’t necessarily pick up on, but he tries so hard to make her happy.

⭐️ two people who are very different, falling in love. When I talk about being very different, I mean it in the way they process the world and communicate. Si Tu Mo is a very creative and outgoing person, who values relationships and communication. Gu Wei Yi is a scientist, and more quiet. He isn’t really used to expressing his thoughts and feelings, and struggles with communicating them to others.

⭐️ the best friend (who doesn’t deserve her) does not end up with Si Tu Mo. That’s not a spoiler, since you can tell from the poster and the description of the drama that the relationship will focus on Si Tu Mo and Gu Wei Yi. However, at the start of the show Si Tu Mo is very hung up on her best friend, Fu Pei. He takes her for granted though, and does not treat her well at all. I’m glad that this shows there’s no excuse for it, and you will lose the girl if this is how you behave. Sometimes, the best friend really doesn’t deserve the girl.

⭐️ don’t let go of your dreams because of a relationship. This is such an important message to me, so I’m glad this drama included it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you all, but they have to make a decision for their careers and lives that will make their relationship harder. Yet it’s an important opportunity, and I love the way they dealt with it.

⭐️ no tons of unnecessary relationship drama. I really hate having to watch the main characters get together only to have them separated an episode later. That’s not the case here.

There really wasn’t anything about this drama that I didn’t like. I’d highly recommend it, if my description sounds intriguing to you. It’s easy to watch as well, since they are all subtitled and available on YouTube! I will say, this is a very cute and bubbly show. If that’s not something you like, you won’t be able to watch this. I feel like I’ve gotten quite used to these types of shows because I’ve watched quite a few Asian dramas now, but I know not everyone will like it.

my thoughts on W – Two Worlds Apart (thoughts on TV)

w two worlds apart 2W – Two World Apart (2016)
Country: South Korea
Genre: suspense, fantasy, drama
Episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

A surgical resident is pulled into the webtoon world of W, which was created by her father, and becomes entangled in a murder mystery.

 

 

 

 

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After I finished Romance Is a Bonus Book and discovered that Lee Jong-suk had started his mandatory military service, I knew I had to watch his other shows as well. After all, it would be a while since I could see him in a new one… W, Two Worlds Apart seemed like the perfect fit for me, as it has a lot of elements I love: suspenseful story, comic books, murder, romance, and more. I’m so glad to say it lived up to my every expectation! Here are my thoughts on W.

What did I like about this show?

⭐️ fantasy + murder mystery + romance. This show is a perfect combination of three of my favorite genres! It follows a surgeon, whose father is a famous webtoon creator, as she accidentally gets dragged into the world of his webtoon and saves the main character. What she decides to do while in the other world, shows up on the webtoon as well, even though no one is drawing it. It’s an incredible blend of a romance and thriller with fantastical elements, and I loved it.

⭐️ incredible characters. I was so attached to all the characters in the show! I think the actors performed really well.

⭐️ binge-worthy show. I don’t always binge-watch shows. In fact, most of the time I don’t. I either don’t have the time, or the will to sit through an entire season in only a few days. With W, I almost couldn’t make myself stop watching.

There was one downside to this show, however.

 💥 became too convoluted at the end. Towards the end, the storyline felt a lot less suspenseful or intense to me, because it was just too convoluted. It seemed as if they had originally planned 14 episodes, but then threw in some stuff so they could extend it to 16. That just made it confusing at times, and more dramatic than necessary.


I would highly recommend watching this K-drama if you like stories that are action-packed yet have their romantic moments too. I haven’t been disappointed in a Lee Jong-suk show yet, and I hope that trend continues!

my thoughts on Burning | thoughts on TV

burningBurning (2018)
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Country: South Korea
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby…

 

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I had never heard of Burning before watching a few ‘most underrated movies of 2018’ or ‘best movies of 2018’ videos. After seeing all these people talk about this movie in such an enthusiastic manner, I know I had to watch it as well. A little bit of research taught me that Burning would play twice in a cinema in Brussels, so I went with one of my wonderful friends.

I honestly don’t know how to describe my feelings on this movie. I definitely loved it, and spent ages after watching it thinking about the story and characters. However, I was left with so many questions too! Usually that would leave me pretty annoyed, as I’m not a huge fan of open endings. With Burning, I didn’t mind not having all the answers – or any, to be honest. It had me and my cousin spouting theories at each other for hours afterwards.

If it wasn’t obvious already, I highly recommend watching this movie. Let’s talk about the reasons why.

⭐️ the cinematography is absolutely mind-blowing. This movie is nothing short of stunning, and that alone makes it worth watching. The way they play with colors just leaves me speechless.

⭐️ a character-driven story that will slowly draw you in. Lately, a lot of the movies I’ve been watching have either been action movies or straight-up romances. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those, but it does make Burning stand out more. This is a movie that develops slowly, and captivates the viewer in an entirely different manner.

⭐️ incredibly atmospheric. I feel like the atmosphere of this movie helps you become more attached to the characters, as well as get drawn into the story itself. I’m not sure how else to describe the atmosphere this movie created. It’s been months since I watched this, and I can still remember how I felt sitting in that movie theater seat.

⭐️ manages to make the viewer feel certain emotions by manipulating them subtly. The director (as well as the actors) truly mastered the art of manipulating the viewers feelings without it being too obvious. There are no jump scares or typically scary things in Burning, but the majority of the time you will feel unsettled and off. It prods at your intuitive sense of knowing when a situation is dangerous.

⭐️ the fantastic performance of the actors. As this is a character-fueled story – which I have mentioned at least 3 times now – it is very dependent on the quality of acting. I’m happy to say that their performance was stellar here. Steven Yeun especially stood out to me, but maybe that’s because I was already familiar with him. Nonetheless, this might be my favorite performance of his I’ve seen so far.


I don’t want to give anything else away, because this is a story you truly have to go in knowing as little as possible. All I can do is to urge you to watch this movie, even if it doesn’t sound like one you’d like. I promise you the experience will be worth it.

my thoughts on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo | thoughts on TV

weightlifting fairy kim bok-jooWeightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
Country: South Korea
Genre: romance, drama
Rating: ★★★★ – really liked it

Bok Joo is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the gold medal but she then finds romance for the first time in her life. While she is a woman who trains with heavy steel weights, she is also very feminine when it comes to relationships. To focus solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her dreams. Can she find a way to have love as well as glory at the age of 20? The characters within this drama are elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics who work hard to reach their goals in life. It covers their coming-of-age stories and relationships through hectic life.

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As usual, I will talk through my thoughts on this show in bullet points divided into what I liked, and what I didn’t like. Let’s get started!

⭐️ the woman is a weightlifter, the man a swimmer. Can I just say how much I love the fact that this story is about a woman who is a professional weightlifter? YES. Thank you for showing that women can be both powerful, strong, beautiful, and “feminine”. And I meant strong in a literal sense.

⭐️ the romance is so cute. You know that has to be a positive in my reviews. I loved their relationship, it was so adorable!

⭐️ friendships. I adored Bok Joo’s friends! All three of the girls were competitive weightlifters at the same university, but they weren’t jealous of each other’s achievements. Instead, they supported each other all the time.

⭐️ the ex-girlfriend wasn’t made into a villain. I hate it when shows make the male lead’s ex-girlfriend into an awful person to make the female lead seem better. Yes, in this drama the ex did something that wasn’t very nice, but I think we’re all human and prone to doing not-so-nice things at times. Yet she was never made to look like a bad person, or a shallow one.

💥 while the show is fun to watch, it’s kind of forgettable. I binged this show when I watched it, so I definitely enjoyed it. And I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars! However, weeks later I can barely remember the details of this drama. I can only recall the main points. That tells me that while this show is fun to watch, it doesn’t have that special something to make it into a memorable one, or a favorite drama.


Have you watched this drama? What did you think of it?

my thoughts on Coffee Prince | Thoughts on TV

coffee princeCoffee Prince (2007)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Netflix
Episodes: 17
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

Choi Han-kyul is the grandson of chairwoman Bang of Dongin Foods, a company that has a thriving coffee business. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-kyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo, who only sees him as a friend. Go Eun-chan is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died when she was 16 years old and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family. When Han-kyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.

After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-kyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed “Coffee Prince”, to prove that he’s capable, both to his grandmother and to Yoo-joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun-chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince.

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I was kind of afraid to watch this incredibly famous Korean drama. Why, you ask? Mostly because it’s 12 years old at this point in time. The last time I watched an ‘older’ show, I ended up thinking it was okay, but I didn’t love it. However, I couldn’t just skip watching Coffee Prince either… When it appeared on Netflix a while ago, I decided to just give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because I ended up loving this show.

Let’s talk about all the reasons you should watch Coffee Prince if you haven’t yet!

⭐️ girl disguises as boy trope. I promise I’ll get into the details of this trope in the second point, but the fact that this show revolves around a girl having to pretend to be a boy to keep her job was more than enough to make me want to watch it. I’ve loved this trope for years, and I’m not ashamed of it.

⭐️ more than just a trope. Often, with the girl-disguises-as-boy trope, she ends up falling in love with a straight guy who never sees her as anything more than a friend, because he thinks she’s a guy. Did that make sense? It made sense in my head… Anyway, Coffee Prince is the first show I’ve watched that actually addresses gender and sexuality in this trope. Han-kyul thinks Eun-chan is a guy, and he has always thought of himself as heterosexual. Yet he knows he likes her in a way that isn’t very platonic. He spends days questioning his sexuality, and ends up deciding that Eun-chan’s gender doesn’t really matter to him. THANK YOU FOR THIS! Even though she actually isn’t a guy, I loved that the show made the main male character question his sexuality and think about what gender really means.

⭐️ found family. Yes, both leads to have actual family members in the show as well. Eun-chan lives with her mom and sister, and loves them very much. Even if her sister doesn’t really deserve it the majority of the time, let’s be honest. But the group of people who start working at Coffee Prince become a kind of family too. I loved getting to know the side characters, and seeing how they slowly started to care about one another.

⭐️ each side character has their own story. Like I mentioned earlier, I started to become attached to every character in this story, which was partly because they all have their own story as well. Someone who has been looking for a specific person for years, someone who can’t seem to go past date 1, someone who has been pining after a girl for ages but is being treated badly, etc. I was equally invested in all of them.

⭐️ a show that stay entertaining and relevant. Some shows that are more than a decade old don’t really hold up to today’s standard. Yes, I’m aware that 12 years isn’t that long, but the technology keeps improving so quickly and the viewers’ expectations keep growing higher and higher. There’s so much content to be consumed every day that it has become difficult to keep our attention. If I don’t like a show after 1 or 2 episodes, I won’t keep watching. There are way too many others on my to-watch list for that. Even though this show is one of the ‘older’ ones I’ve watched lately, I was immediately intrigued by it. The fashion, while a tad odd at times, didn’t bother me or make me laugh. (Yes, that definitely happens in other shows!)


I don’t really have anything negative to say about Coffee Prince at all! I love the girl-disguises-as-boy trope, but I adored the fact that this show didn’t implement it at the surface level. We actually get a main character who has to reconsider their sexuality, and has to determine whether gender matters to them or not. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated that. If you’ve watched this show, please DM me on Twitter so we can talk about it! I don’t want to leave any spoilers here, but I’d like to gush about it, to be honest…

I assume that a lot of you have already watched Coffee Prince but if you haven’t, please give it a chance! It’s definitely worth your time. If you have seen the show, what did you think of it?

what’s wrong with secretary Kim? | thoughts on TV

what's wrong with secretary kimWhat’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)
Country: South Korea
I watched it on Viki
Episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★★ – a new favorite

The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary in Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now want to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?

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I’m back with another ‘thoughts on TV’ post, which are my mini reviews on movies or TV shows. So far, they’ve mostly been K-drama reviews because a) I love them and have been watching more and more of them in the past year and b) they tend to only have one season which makes it easy to watch and review them. Today, I’m talking about a show I watched in January but was released in 2018, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? 

Let’s start with everything I liked about this show!

⭐️ the reason Mi So decided to quit her job. I know that seems like a weird thing to love about a show, but it’s the first thing that struck me about this series. The reason is revealed pretty early on, and it’s just so wholesome. I love that it’s not about her being in love with her boss, or any other romance-related reasons. She did what she had to do for the past decade, and now she’s doing what she wants to do.

⭐️ the ridiculous level of narcissism. Young Joon was so narcissistic it became hilarious. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and made me laugh out loud so often. He just couldn’t fathom she left for reasons that didn’t revolve around him. I mean, everything revolves around him, right?

⭐️ the chemistry between the leads. I loved this ship. Honestly, both Park Seo-joon and Park Min Young are incredibly attractive, and they seem to work well together. They didn’t seem uncomfortable with one another (as I’ve seen in other TV shows), and I found their fictional romance quite believable.

⭐️ the fact that they’ve known each other for so long before falling in love. Can I just say thank you for another drama that isn’t a I-just-met-you-but-love-you one? I do love watching shows with meet-cutes, but I have an intense appreciation for couples with backstories. Yes, their relationship was professional in this case, but you can’t work so closely together with someone for 9 years without getting to know the person.

⭐️ literally everything. Yes, you heard it right. I loved What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and know it’ll end up on my favorite dramas list.


Have you watched this K-drama? What did you think of it? Do you have any recommendations for me? This was my first time seeing Park Seo-joon or Park Min Young as leads in a show, but I’ll definitely be watching some of their other dramas and movies since I really enjoyed their performance in this one.