For Best Song choice for the longest build up to a relationship you’ve ever seen, that has a BEST END, had road bumps along the way but eventually won out!
Please let me know between these two…
The level of difficulty in finding an appropriate song for this ship has not yet been invented!
Hopefully people understand my reasoning to use the final song. There is a deeper meaning in there than just it being about flowers and blossoming…and me associating it mostly with Kate…*wink wink*
Oh boy, South Korean really started something with that magical piece of web gold that is Lily Fever. First Japan rose to the challenge with Futari Monologue and now it seems that Thailand is up to the challenge as well with this little gem of web mini series, music videos and a short movie!
Yes, this is not just a series. The series is only four episodes, really short episodes (hence mini) but in addition there is also two music videos, one official and the other unofficial. In addition to that there is also a short movie of the series. But the best news? The second season is already in the works, with a teaser for it already dropped online!
Of course all these links will be provided after the jump.
But there is a small catch here! Or big, depending on how you look at things from an overall point of view. You see almost all three mediums are different but at the same time there is an overlap there with the characters. Now, I am not really sure if all three take place in the same universe and by that I mean that all these actors play the same characters in all three, but at least the series and movie are more connected.
Let me explain further. You see in the series the guy that falls for Mean is a different guy to who falls for her, or more like who she falls for in the movie. In the movie, the guy that Mean falls for lost his girl to the Dude that fell for Mean in the series but it is not known if it is the same character since that character from the series actually turned out to be gay in the end. Meanwhile the guy Mean fall for in the movie was in love with a girl (a different girl) that Nim was in love with in the unofficial music video.
Still with me? Okay then.
The official MV meanwhile is all about Mean and Nim, who are obviously our official main couple as in both cases where a guy shows up, both in the movie and the series, in the end Mean always chooses Nim over the boy. I am not sure where the girl in the unofficial music video fall in terms of the overall story. Maybe she was Nim’s previous girlfriend? But if so then Nim should have known the guy in the movie! Then again it is a UNOFFICIAL MV so…
But enough of the explanations. What of our ship! Where do they stand relative to Serang/Kyung-ju and Hinata/Mikage? Well, it goes without saying that Lily Fever is still the Queen of Web-Dramas so that is that. Lily Fever had it all – The awesome comedy, the awesome yuri and then some (Vampires?! Princesses?! Mysterious Butlers?!”) so I guess we should compare it to Futari Mono instead.
G i r l f r i e n d and Futari Mono unfortunately all excel in one aspect of both sides and both don’t bring anything extra our of the norm. Where Futari delivered great comedy but fell short on the yuri side (too light!) meanwhile here G i r l f r i e n d delivers the yuri but falls short in comedy. The movie tries to inject some bit more than the series but it is still not enough. And all the comedy came from other characters not our girls.
Speaking of the title for this, be careful not confuse it with the earlier web series of the same name Girl-friend or the British drama that also started airing this year Girlfriends. This is G I R L F R I E N D, with spaces between each character (for some reason).
As for what I think of this entry from Thailand? Well dear Readers, Nim is up there on the list of favourite characters with Serang. I just lover her! She is at a perfect balance of being cool, taking no shit but never crossing the line! She has these moments where you think she is going psycho-lesbian but she never gets there (thank God).
Meanwhile Mean is also very likeable, though I don’t like that cliché trait of hers where she falls for every guy that approaches her, even though in the end she comes to her senses and chooses Nim. Though too I have to say that I respected her in the movie during that scene where she chose Mean. She said something along the lines of choosing to follow her heart instead of her desires which was why she chose Nim over the guy!
1billion points right there!
This being Thailand of course the quality is top notch, seriously the movie is in frikkin 4K!!! Nim’s character design is to die for and the two have so many great, cute moments that there is no reason to complain. Best of all they actually kiss, more than once! Season 2 teaser has them kissing for crying out loud! And speaking of season 2, I am kind of worried. That kiss was a bit…off! Nim’s reaction during and after it very alarming! What is going on here?! I mean it was initiated by Mean, where all previous kisses had been started by Nim so she should be happy so…
I am worried.
But I am not missing it for the world. Subscribed already to the official channel so as not to miss it for the world!
Anyway, enough talk, jump over for the vids and caps galore…
I’m sorry. I’m so sorry but that would have been an appropriate title for this movie were it to not be as serious as it is.
Oh God, I am going to hell for this, aren’t I?!
The real title of the movie is – NOVITATE. The movie is about a convent and follows the life of young Cathleen (Margaret) and her falling in love with God. At 17 she signs up to be a Rose and well, Celibate life happens!
It is a hard life!
But let’s put facts here on the table. The movies tries to make the sexual acts less…vulgar to fit the context of the movie but come on, it is sex and in this case, that saying of more being less actually is very applicable here! Seriously, they tried to make the scenes asexual but the effects were the exact opposite, well, for me! I guess it depends on how much experience you have in the matter because in trying to hide them the intensity was actually multiplied!
And the acting didn’t help at all! The actresses all were superb. A scene that is supposed to go over the heads of those less experienced is actually very visible because of the great acting! There is like, two scenes of Nuns touching themselves and unless you were born yesterday, there is no way you would miss what was being implied! Even in Cathleen’s case where she was having a wet-dream, you definitely knew what was going on without the visual assistance.
That all being said, watching this movie was like re-living my young life! When I was in primary school and the first two years of High, I was in a boarding school. Those who have, especially if those schools were catholic, you will also feel the same way. This movie was like walking down memory lane! Actually it was kind of worse for me because in secondary school I was in mixed school, meaning there were both boys and girls! Unlike this movie and my Primary school years, the temptation was multiplied by 100 with the opposite sex around! At least in this movie there were only girls there but imagine being surrounded with both sexes and having those very strict ‘no fraternising’ rules!
And they were serious! Breaking those boarding school rules meant a punishment so severe not even masochists could entertain the idea of breaking them again! And so seeing this movie and the girls being so strictly disciplined felt like I was reliving my life past!
And so, while many other viewers are seeing this for the first time and can’t understand our girl Cathleen being so starved of affection that she literally almost snaps (invades Sister Gabrielle’s quarters to have her itch scratched be comforted) I am here just nodding my head and crying some tears for our girl because I so feel for her! I was there. the hunger is really devastating, especially if you are innocent on the ways of sex as Cathleen was here, having never fallen in love and joining the convent at 17.
The best moments of course come in forms of two scenes. One was literally a gift from God to me (no pun intended here, forgive me God) when the new arrival Sister Gabrielle (Rebecca Dayan) visit the sickly Cathleen for the second time. Our girl had gotten so bad that when she simply heard Gabrielle’s voice so close to her she broke down in tears and bit her fingers to stop the cravings from over-taking her. But that is not what is important here in that scene.
What happened there was that Sister Gabrielle tries to comfort Cathleen (she was crying) by touching her hand which Cathleen had stretched in between them as she pleaded for Gabrielle to just continue reading to her. Gabrielle touches Cathleen’s hand, an action to which she so strongly reacts that I was even given a scare, the way that she pulled away so fast as if she had been burned! That is how badly she had gotten!
The two sit there in silence, the air in Cathleen’s room so thick you could see it! Cathleen soon extended her hand again, not daring to even look at Sister Gabrielle! Sister Gabrielle once again reaches for Cathleen’s hand and I swear to God I could hear the music in my heart and in the room as the two had dance with their fingers! It was so perfect…
And their reactions…Cathleen of course was in heaven but Sister Gabrielle was not unaffected. The two were so connected to one another in that moment they even lost sense of their surroundings as you saw them close their eyes with their everything at that one point of contact! Of course Sister Gabrielle soon realised what a bad idea she had just created before she pulled away just as hard as Cathleen had done the first-time they had touched!
That one scene was enough for me, but the movie was so not done with me! After that taste of the forbidden fruit you knew something else was coming. Something else had been born in that moment!
Cathleen finally broke!
She sneaks into Sister Gabrielle’s quarters next and one of the most emotionally and sexually charged scenes I have ever seen, without even either of the two being naked, hits and I knew I was done for! If Cathleen had been a Vampire, in that scene she would like, and I hate to bring this up, Jacob from Twilight being dumped in an Operations room with a patient being cut up!
Thank the Lord though this was no such gruesome scene but more like, expertly put together sex scene but without the sex! I swear I have no idea how the Director did it and this is her first Directory debut in feature Film! The way Cathleen was so desperate for contact, for comfort, and the way Sister Gabrielle found herself in an impossible position, and then the…MY GOD…The inevitable contact…
I can’t explain it with words, I put some caps down below to help but you gotta watch the movie yourselves to really feel what I am trying to convey here. There is also a good MV on YouTube that I will add in below. You should check it out!
Seriously, this movie did those two scenes so well that it actually combated my inflection and won. This has never happened to me before! You know what I am talking about! Just like clockwork, this time too of course I shipped the wrong people in the beginning. I was all over Cathleen and Sister Sissy so hard that when Sissy left I stopped that movie the first watch day and had to come back to it on another day!
Seriously those two even had the cliché anime meeting of fated lovers where Cathleen bumped hard into Sister Sissy (Maddie Hasson). They even had a moment where Sissy came out to Cathleen when she confessed that she did not feel completely faithful to God. I wish Cathleen fought for her to stay. I don’t know how, maybe mention what Faith really is? tell her how even Jesus Christ had a moment of doubt when he was on the cross?
God, they had the potential to be that relationship that got development from the start to finish and Sissy really had that Alpha vibe so there was potential there for groupie leader too but alas. Even Sister Gabrielle didn’t show up until way passed half way mark after Sister Sissy was long gone!
Oh well, like I said, my anger was completely snuffed out by the Hand Sex scene and the Not-Sex scene!
Seriously, you all have got to watch this movie! it might be boring in some parts but it is a movie about Nuns in a convent so…
And that is all for today.
Best day over here in Ireland.
Meanwhile it seems St Patrick is on our side in the 6 Nations too seeing as we are looking to win against England, which if we do, we are the Grand Slam winners. It is still early but things are looking good so far.
It can’t be helped dear Readers, it can’t be helped! This is The HANDMAIDEN we are talking about here! Of course every other movie released in 2016 (Except 1) was over-shadowed by Ahgassi!
It can’t be helped!
So you will forgive me for completely over-looking this movie that came out in the same year, right? In fact I actually remember seeing this already as I was watching it this time. Seriously, 2016 was just not friendly to movies that were not the big two! Now of course the other one was not talked about here but anywhere else, hohoho. Two movies took over my life in 2016 that anything else just had no chance.
This is one of them!
Seeing what type of movie this is actually just goes to show how important those ‘two’ movies are to me. I mean this here is actually quite my cup of tea. It does not have a GOOD END but really, my Ten Commandments have only a few on it that actually have a GOOD END! I don’t care what type of END I get as long as the story there was worth it!
And dear Reader was this story here worth it! I mean when you look at it from the surface, it is something we have seen many times before in gay movies. That one most important reason that ships never make it – FEAR! Fear from society, fear from family and friends and fear from within oneself! But where most other movies that deny our couple a GOOD END, this one here put in the effort and delivered those causes for fear quite expertly.
Seriously, I don’t think there was a moment in this movie were I rolled my eyes at how cliché a decision was. Now this of course doesn’t mean that I could escape some negative feelings towards Sasha (Brianna) for the way she was treating Anne. Nope! There were moments there that I think were un-called for and really, Anne was just so lovable in her efforts and despite also being just as fragile and vulnerable as Sasha!
Really, Anne (Dylan) had the most on her plate because she came out in the end and I think that takes more effort and risk than to keep hiding and avoid. Now for sure her Mom was one in a dime so I guess the fact that she was behind her daughter did help Anne in pushing through everything but still, I think we can all agree that the most pain she felt was not from the ‘coming out’ side of things but rather from heartbreak.
That scene at school towards the end was just so powerfully emotional, put together with such masterly, acted so well from all parties that I just…I can’t…Ah there goes the tears again!
Everything was out on the table (well done Dick, you redeemed yourself in that scene) and it was a make or break for Sasha. Now of course when I said I felt a bit of anger towards Sasha, this was not the moment. Not at all. Those were earlier and the way she treated Anne then but here, I understood her position!
Everyone played their part so well. Despite Sasha’s Mom coming off as a complete Bitch, you totally understand her side, especially since Sasha supported her case with keeping quiet. Meanwhile Sasha was at a crossroad. She is a promising athletee, her family is obviously very homophobic and she has a lot of weight on her shoulders. You get a sense of this way early on when the two first meet for that school project at Sasha’s home. So she can’t just come out and say she is gay and in love with Anne!
Meanwhile on the other side of ring, Anne’s heart is on the line. This is it. The moment where all the pain Sasha has caused her since the dance would fly away once Sasha admitted that she loved Anne too. Right in front of everyone. Their parents, their teachers, their Dick. Surprisingly Anne’s Mom actually did not even know of any of this until that meeting so for her to come to Anne’s rescue despite the info dump really showcases her motherly love. But really, is it so different from Sasha’s Mom’s love? Anne’s Mom was in the dark about everything, she brought up Anne as a carefree spirit meanwhile Sasha was different.
Then there is the other side, the observer’s side with Dick. Dick knows that Anne loves Sasha, he took their photo of them together so he knows Sasha loves Anne too. He tries to tell everyone that Sasha loves Anne but she is denying it. He sees her denying her heart and sees his best friend Anne being torn to shreds because of it and the Adults that don’t understand the weight of it all. He tries but with Sasha not budging and her Mom being on fire in her support, well, things don’t go anywhere positive.
That moment where Anne’s Mom decided she had had enough and leaves with Anne, the moment where Anne looks back at Sasha one last time, begging her with her soul to say something, to say it, the desperation of hope and then you look at Sasha across the room, her eyes kind of (not sure if bad acting or great acting to seal her emotions from those present) filled with sorrow and cruel fate she can’t fight against, before she turns away from Anne, from true happiness, from her other half, because her life is more than just hers.
God, I am trying so hard not to cry right now just remembering everything!
So let’s switch gears instead. let’s talk about the good, in fact let’s go for the best…
Oh! My! God! That kiss should make everyone’s list, in the Top 10 for all time Best Kisses! That kiss was just so grand! I don’t even know how many times they separated for air before diving back in for more! The way their lips would stretch as if they too did not want to let go just yet as Anne and Sasha separated, the different angles, the lighting….perfection!
And let’s not forget Anne’s reaction after said kiss. Seriously, I am shocked she did not collapse on that dance floor once they were done! And Sasha, so Alpha as all hell >.<
What a Kiss!
And so after the jump, now you know why there will be so many kiss caps…it was magical!
Speaking of jump, time to do just that.