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Movie Moxie’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Horror Special Presents ‘Bulgasal Immortal Souls’: Curse you, Destiny!




Spoilers endure for thousands of years!

As the Covid pandemic rages on with no end in apparent sight, the thought of romance and spending time together with the vestiges of humanity makes Moxie’s scrubbed skin crawl, so instead we’re diving into a story of Korean monsters, mythology, murder, and redemption over a thousand years in the making!

Most people are familiar with the semi-standard tropes of monsters known more or less around the world – vampires, shape-shifters, and the like – but with all the popularity South Korean television has garnered in the last decade, the rich monster mythology Korea has to offer has yet to be explored – til now!

As the show readily explains more than once, a Bulgasal is a vampire-like being, forced to feed on human blood and cursed with immortality, for a monster with no soul simply cannot reincarnate. Our primary Bulgasal is Dan Hwal (Lee Jin-wook), though it does take him some time to give his name, for when our story begins in the modern era, Hwal is effectively running around as the monster who kills other reincarnated monsters, nameless. Hwal doesn’t need to eat, not people food anyway, he gets regularly scheduled deliveries of beef blood from adorable Ajumma Lee Hye-suk (Park Myung-shin) whom he saved from a different monster when she was a girl, Hwal barely sleeps or even rests, he’s simply waiting. What’s he waiting for, you ask? For a woman, for the woman, specifically the reincarnation of the woman who killed Hwal’s family and made him into Bulgasal, some 600 years ago. Yes, Bulgasal is big into themes like reincarnation, fate, and destiny.

Then there’s the woman Hwal’s been waiting forever for, Min Sang-woon (Kwon Nara), and by extension, her sister Min Si-ho (Gong Seung-yeon). Her childhood was forever shattered when her parents were slain by, what else, a monster of the Bulgasal variety, yes, but why? Because some six hundred years ago, when Sang-woon was a terror herself apparently, she purportedly slew Hwal’s adoptive father Dan Geuk (Jung Jin-young), his wife Dan Sol and their poor blind son, and to add insult to injury, stole Hwal’s soul and turned him into Bulgasal. Inevitably here in the modern world, Hwal’s adoptive father, wife, and even son have all reincarnated and are about to get themselves involved in the hunt for the real Bulgasal boogeyman! Did I happen to mention that Bulgasal is huge into, like, inevitable destiny?

So if it wasn’t an appalling Sang-woon from a previous life or any of these other reincarnated humans with monstrous ancestry that Hwal happens to be interim killing while he waits for his intended to reincarnate so he can kill her yet again, who’s the really-real villain of this story? Rich and powerful and effectively immortal, his name is Ok Eul-tae (Lee Joon), he’s been associated with Bulgasal and Hwal in particular for a long time now, and has been holding a grudge against Sang-woon for pretty much this entire time. The why of his grudge against both Sang-woon and Hwal, the gaping void hole in his chest, the miserly way he hoards secrets only to deploy them like a bomb for max effect decades later, all conspire to demonstrate how unstable and volatile Ok Eul-tae really is. Like the brutal and atrocious consequences of a disastrous decision made a very long time ago, Ok Eul-tae glories in bringing maximum destruction to those he considers secondary roles in Hwal’s life, which is pretty much everyone, but especially that damnable woman that keeps reincarnating and getting in the way of him and Hwal going off into the darkness together forever! (Sure sounds an awful lot like a previously scorned lover to me!)

Sure, there’s plenty about the fate and destiny of love, even hundreds of years and lives lived later, but what makes Bulgasal Immortal Souls different is showing the consequences of the hurt and pain we cause those we claim to love around us, sometimes even decades or lifetimes later. Some people hold grudges tighter and more precious than Faberge eggs, especially against those they claim to love, and the ripples that spread out from that have a tendency to affect those only innocently associated on the periphery, too. Hwal finds himself shocked and horrified to see the reincarnated versions of his loved ones be hurt and even die as a direct result of his actions, and we feel every single second of his immortal suffering with him. (In case it wasn’t obvious, Bulgasal is also big-big-big into suffering – physical pain, emotional torture, mental agony, seeing our loved ones tormented in our own place, etc.)

The show also emphasizes the thought that true families are made, people gather ‘round each-other and choose to be together, to call each other ‘brother’ or ‘auntie’ or ‘Ajumma’, to chide each other over not eating, to share in heartbreaks and triumphs with people you chose to love, not because destiny said you shared blood ancestry and therefore have to care about them. In particular the performance of modern-day Detective Kwon and previous-life General Dan Geuk, the man who rescued a cursed, nameless boy from the machinations of a shaman and the idiocy of villagers and helps Hwal run around investigating Ok Eul-tae in the modern world, and the love and care of Ajumma Lee Hye-suk, who was that same shaman who cursed Hwal in a previous life and could be accused of starting this entire cycle of suffering and pain around him, in this life she became the Mother figure of the strange little family Hwal gathered ‘round himself.

Bulgasal Immortal Souls breaks the chains of destiny, and proves that real love – familial, platonic, romantic, whatever – is something you fight for, with your own hands and heart and mind! Catch the blood-drenched struggle against the madness of fate on Netflix now!

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Frogfathers lessons from the Normandy surf



Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

The film’s strength lies in its raw emotional impact and historical significance. It blends personal narratives with archival footage, offering a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought on June 6, 1944. The veterans’ reflections and the cinematography effectively capture the solemnity and reverence of their pilgrimage.

While the documentary focuses primarily on the veterans’ experiences, it also serves as an educational tool, highlighting the strategic importance of the Normandy invasion and its pivotal role in shaping modern history. The film’s respectful approach and engaging storytelling make it a compelling watch for anyone interested in military history and the enduring legacy of the D-Day heroes.

Overall, “Frog Fathers” is a powerful and heartfelt documentary that honors the past while inspiring present and future generations to remember the sacrifices made for freedom 

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American Horror Story: Delicate



As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

Meet Anna Victoria Alcott (Emma Roberts), former young ling star of Hollywood now struggling to recapture fame as an adult, who wants a baby, very very badly. Bad enough to drive herself and her husband Dex (Matt Czuchry) through multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), bad enough to keep trying no matter how crushing each failure turns out to be, bad enough to involve her purported best friend and bougie publicist Siobhan Corbyn (Kim Kardashian) in her struggles, and maybe, just maybe, bad enough to give up on a burgeoning resurgence of her career after interest in her comeback role for The Auteur begins garnering her Oscar-worthy attention. 

So, Anna and Dex are going to go through yet another round of IVF, likely one of their last attempts at it, from a different doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill (Denis O’Hare), and clinic based on Siobhan’s recommendation. And already, strange things are beginning to happen to Anna – her appointments that she set herself begin springing up incorrectly, a doom saying woman called Preacher (Julia White) shows up spouting warnings about trusting no one, dire warnings appear in unlikely places, and BTW, it seems as though long-suffering but good-nurtured Dex has a side-piece too. It doesn’t help that Dex’s new partner at his art gallery, Sonia Shawcross (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), bears a striking resemblance to his dead ex-wife Adeline, either. Those spiked emerald heels start appearing weirdly too, and it seems as though no one will listen to Anna as she grows more and more suspicious that some sort of sinister cult has designs on her as-yet-unborn baby. At the same time, Anna tries to live the life of a successful returning actress, attending parties and gallery openings while draping her rapidly-expanding middle in shimmering fabrics and actively ‘campaigning’ for that little golden statue that most actors covet. Competition is fierce, even among her co-stars of The Auteur, and while Anna wants to be supportive of her fellow entertainers, she clearly appears to be incapable of doing both at the same time – wanting the baby and the little gold award at the same time is too much to ask, apparently. 

Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

As with any season of AHS there are a great deal of statements that could be implied just under the skin of the season – the canker way of ambition, the millenia-old pain of a woman giving birth, the savagery and bloodshed that comes with bringing forth life, pushback against both the patriarchy and ultra-feminism, the absolute desperation of humans wanting to have a child, and perhaps strangest and most open to interpretation of all, what it means to be feminine. The worlds population of women who can’t or don’t or simply won’t have children, for any reason or none, are relegated to servants, expendable servants at that, for this new world order that Siobhan is proposing, and that is far too close a comfort to things like outright slavery. A dictator is a dictator, no matter how great she looks in those emerald spiked heels. 

It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!



Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

Picture this: a world where survival isn’t just about avoiding sharp-toothed predators but also navigating the treacherous waters of human greed and deceit. As our resilient heroes reunite in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching tragedy, they quickly realize that danger lurks around every corner, and trust is a luxury they can’t afford. 

But wait, there’s more! Prepare to embark on a globetrotting adventure like no other as the Nublar Six find themselves thrust into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens not only the fragile balance between dinosaurs and humanity but also their very existence. From the lush jungles of Isla Nublar to the bustling streets of bustling cities, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions as our intrepid group races against time to uncover the truth about one of their own and, ultimately, save both dinosaur and humankind from certain doom.

So, dear readers, if you thought you’d seen it all in Jurassic Park, think again! With heart-stopping action, pulse-pounding suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations, this latest installment promises to be a game-changer in the Jurassic universe. Get ready to roar with excitement because Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery is about to take a bite out of your imagination and leave you hungry for more!

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