• @oystergirl True and I kept reading how Disney's making profits off these movies, even though they suck. Maybe a reason why they just don't care how their productions are reviewed; they know they're going to make a quick buck regardless, like you said. Blatant disregard for quality. There was also criticism that there has been very little originality in the film industry for the past 25 years. Everything is just a copy or a remake of previous ideas. It really makes me wonder on where the market is heading in the future. On the other hand, I am half curious to watch Mulan, if only to see how badly they developed the movie lol. The choreography looks half-decent, but still, it's LYF. She makes everything look boring and dull. I hope she improved. If not, it's a guilty pleasure to say she still sucks.
  • @coralie Perhaps not "successful" by your standards or mine, but definitely successful in terms of box office sales. Maleficent grossed over 700 million, and both Alice in Wonderland & Beauty and the Beast hit 1 billion each in worldwide sales, with the recent Aladdin trailing slighting behind at the 900 million mark. Pretty sure the new Lion King will fare even better than these. So from a numbers perspective, Disney's live-action films have been very successful, which explains why they're constantly churning out more. That said, I, too, hate how much the remakes deviate from the originals, and resent the fact that we're paying Disney so much more for making these amazing movies WORSE. Then again, we're all familiar with the corporate greed associated with their brand. Like TVB, these people couldn't care less about adding heart and value to a production, so long as they're able to make a quick cash grab. I mean, why waste effort on new, quality content when everyone will pay to see lackluster versions anyway? The only difference between TVB and Disney is that the latter operates on a much grander scale, so they can afford to get away with these lazy film-making tactics while still making a decent buck, whereas the former's market value is rapidly declining. Disney can throw dead grass into a cereal box, wrap it up in some pretty packaging and people will still eat that stuff like no tomorrow. Not quite the same for TVB. Anyway, I have zero expectations for this Mulan adaptation, and will likely skip it, especially now that I know there won't be any singing involved (which is basically the heart and soul of any Disney production, IMO).
  • @oystergirl Yeah, exactly. I mean, I have no interest in people I've grown up with, family or friends-wise. It feels too familiar. I think if you met your s/o after age 6 or something, it's okay. But not true for Tracy Chu and her fiance, it seems. Looks like their parents knew each other when they were born, so they must've interacted before then. @potatochip Right, GSA occurs because families never had that sexual desensitization period during childhood: https://www.e-counseling.com/relationships/is-genetic-sexual-attraction-real/. But that's family. While Tracy and her fiance doesn't have any genetic relation, the fact they grew up together from birth to now should also stoke some anti-GSA feelings. Like I read how some Chinese families back then will buy child brides for their sons. Those kids grow up together and they end up being repelled by each other because of that childhood history (desensitization at work.) They view each other like family, so most end up not getting married at all =/. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect
  • @oystergirl they are talking about one of the parents would need to be a US citizen in order for the baby to become a citizen when he or she was born in the US. A ton of countries have been doing that for years. The States needs to do that as well.
  • @daisy2019 Yep, I live in Irvine and one of our neighbors across the street actually runs a “maternity hotel” aka birth tourism business. They’ve been raided/reported on several occasions, but somehow always find a way to come back. For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why there was such a huge influx of Chinese people moving into Irvine over the last decade, but now I know. Lol Apparently, it’s a more well known city in China than it is here in the US. Anyway, I agree that it’s shameful and unethical, but I don’t see how the government could effectively put a stop to it, considering there’s no law against expectant mothers traveling to the US. Only solution I could think of is that they start requiring for babies to spend the first 5+ years of their lives in the US before offering citizenship, but I don’t exactly know how the logistics of that would play out.
  • @wm2017 lol you mean Michelle Chen? Yeah, talk about a total miscast.
  • @coralie Familiarity usually breeds contempt. You always see them romanticize this type of relationship in the movies too, but I’ve always found it a bit unsettling as well. How can you be attracted to someone with whom you practically grew up with? Not that it’s wrong, since they’re not technically related, but it’s definitely very odd still.
  • @oystergirl Yeah, I though I kinda wanted Sisley & Matt to get together, I felt like the only reason why the writers did was to get more sympathy for Matt's death. But honestly it felt strange. Sisley is earning my respect though! She did really well in the series but her character made no significant impact. I never really thought her acting was THAT bad but she used to have the tendency to scream her lines which is annoying if you have a whiney voice.
  • @jimmyszeto Yup, made no sense. Especially considering that the first thing to come out of his mouth when he woke from the hospital was, "Did they catch the criminal?", rather than inquiring about her well-being. From the look on her face when he asked, I thought for sure she would leave him for good this time around. But I guess the writers were trying to convince us that she had come to terms with the fact that his job will always take precedence over his personal life, and that she was finally willing to love him in spite of it. That, or she just stuck around more so out of pity than love.
  • @jimmyszeto True, the ending was very rushed (and anti-climactic, typical TVB). The Matt-Sisley story arc felt very choppy as a result. I agree that she's more watchable than a lot of the recent Miss HK contestants, which was why I had such high hopes for her in this series. Was expecting it to be her breakthrough role.
  • @oystergirl Couldn’t feel any connect between Ben and Grace and it didn’t make sense for Grace to accept him back when Ben hadn’t even slightly changed his attitude on his work. Quite crazy to have 2 characters who really wanted to die for their jobs...
  • @oystergirl I thought Sisley’s performance was decent and had chemistry with all 3 Ben, Matt and Oscar. There wasn’t enough time in the rushed ending for Sisley to grieve though so I felt she recovered too quickly. She definitely is more watchable than all the recent Miss HK contestants...
  • @kaylkuo @eleven I think the lack of quality time spent with his daughter and complete disregard for his health were more than sufficient to show his dedication to his job; no need to add Grace into the mix. In fact, I kind of wish they had paired him up with Sisley instead, since these two actually shared a mutual understanding for one another. Both bonded through having similar goals and were passionate about contributing to society, whereas he and Grace had little common ground, making their relationship feel very forced. The fact that they had nothing in common (aside from sharing a daughter) was probably the reason why they had zero chemistry.
  • @jimmyszeto lol, yeah, the writer was really grasping for straws with that comment. Guess I'm part of the minority who thought Sisley and Ben had better chemistry/connection in the show than she and Matt, perhaps because their scenes together were so limited. There wasn't much romantic development, aside from the repetitive flashbacks, so can't say I was sold on this pairing. As far as her performance, her crying scene was good, but that alone, isn't enough to warrant praise as an actress. After all, both Linda and Eliza have received the same praises in the past. So aside from that one scene, I still found the rest of her performance rather lackluster. I never got the sense that she was completely submerged in her role. To this date, Legal Mavericks remains the only series in which I think she truly shined.
  • @oystergirl I agree with @kaylkuo. He adds to Ben's character development. But it's true that she had no chemistry with Ben, making it feel boring to watch.
  • @oystergirl I wouldn't say that she was completely unnecessary. Her role served to highlight how committed Ben is to his work, to the point where he would drop his family with no hesitation whenever he is called in. Plus, with his daughter, we get to see his fatherly side, and the daughter gets involved with Philip's kid.
  • @coralie Not only the scene, but her entire role was unnecessary. They could eradicate her character completely from the show, and it would take nothing away from the story/plot. Her whole on-again, off-again relationship with Ben was so pointless and boring.
  • @oystergirl fortunately they do not have any kids. however her medical condition is worrying. depression is not easy to handle.
  • At least they don't have any children together, which makes a divorce/separation a lot less complicated (albeit, not any less painful), should she decide to go that route.
  • @oystergirl Cheating is by choice.. If one really listened to the clips.. the person who left the car wanted to send Jacqueline home first... IT was definitely by "choice!!" I agree hope both Sammi and Kenneth have the support system to carry through this situation. Hopefully, media will rest the case soon.
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