Bestselling Korean Language Fiction in 2020
Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language (Volume 1) (Korean and English Edition)
Practical Korean: Speak Korean Quickly and Effortlessly (Revised with Audio Recordings & Dictionary)
2, O Heavens Ttangyiyeo (in Korean)
Instant Korean: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! (A Korean Language Phrasebook) (Instant Phrasebook Series)
Korean Slang: As Much as a Rat's Tail: Learn Korean Language and Culture through Slang, Invective and Euphemism
Human Acts: A Novel
Learn Korean Language with K-pop Song Lyrics! Volume 2
Am I small? / Jega jagnayo?: Children's Picture Book (Korean and English Edition)
In here, out there! Igos-eseo, jeo bakk-eulo!: Children's Picture Book English-Korean (Bilingual Edition/Dual Language) (English and Korean Edition)
Please Look After Mom (Vintage Contemporaries)
Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins and other Favorite Songs and Rhymes [Korean-English] [MP3 Audio CD Included]
Boxer and Brandon: Korean Language Children's Book (Korean Bedtime Collection) (Korean Edition)
The Top Action Movies of 2020
The top action movies coming to theaters in 2020, including previews of Thor, Captain America, part two of the Deathly Hallows, the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, and X-Men: First Class
The anticipation for Thorhas been building for an exceptionally long period of time, owed in part to the teaser scene that appeared in the closing credits of Iron Man 2 that had Agent Coulson of SHIELD finding Thor's legendary hammer in the middle of the desert. Ever since the appearance of that easter egg, internet movie forums have been abuzz with speculation about the next film to feature one of the "avengers."
The excitement surrounding Thor continued to build with the announcement of Kenneth Branagh as the director. Branagh promised that he would provide an interpretation of Thor with Shakespearean influences. Branagh also raised eyebrows with some unorthodox yet inspired casting choices, including African-American actor Idris Elba.
Captain America: The First Avenger
When a movie centers around a hyper-patriotic crusader adorned in red, white, and blue and armed with nothing more than a giant shield, it's somewhat difficult to imagine a "serious" treatment of the subject matter. But the very wise decision to make Captain America a period piece that links back to the character's genesis as a World War II icon makes me optimistic that the film's developers know how to make this a quality flick. Some of the early stills have the kind of earthy, somber visual aesthetic that worked so well in Watchmen.
While I was initially disappointed by the selection of Chris Evans to play the lead (his turn in the Fantastic Four was rather uninspired), the choice of Hugo Weaving as the head villain assuaged a lot of my skepticism. It wouldn't be surprising if Captain America ended up as the most critically acclaimed of the last several superhero films.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Based upon the narrative structure of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one could make the case that this film doesn't even belong on a list of upcoming action movies. But Director David Yates has promised fans that the second installment of the final book is far more action oriented. Remarked Yates to Wired magazine, "It's much more of an action picture than Part 1, which is quite intimate."
Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows took a bit more criticism from the press than it deserved given how difficult it was to cleave the final book in half in a way that offers two functional plot arcs. Expect the final chapter to live up to the expectations of all but the most picky Potter fans.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Of all the summer action blockbusters coming in 2020, I'm the most skeptical about the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Even if Johnny Depp carries the show, it's always difficult for an ongoing series to withstand the departure of primary characters (this edition will not include Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley).
The series is also be handed over to a new director. The original creative mind behind Pirates, Gore Verbinski, has been replaced by Gary Marshall. Marshall is best known for dramatic pieces like Chicagoand Memoirs of a Geisha. It's always intriguing when a director opts to break out of his comfort zone and switch genres, but there may just be too much change going on right now in the world of Pirates.
X-Men: First Class
It seems as if reboots are happening earlier and earlier when it comes to the comic book sub-genre of action films. The X-Men series will see a return to the beginning, to a time when Charles Xavier (the Professor) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) were still friends. The X-Men chronicles have such a robust backstory that it seems odd they waited until now to explore the historical aspects of Professor Xavier and his mutant pupils.
The casting for X-Men: First Class inspires optimism. They resisted the temptation to cast big name stars in a script that is more conducive to an ensemble. It will, however, be intriguing to watch Kevin Bacon play off type (he portrays Sebastian Shaw, the film's primary villain).
You'll notice that there's one major action film that is conspicuously left of this list, Green Lantern. Early indications from the trailer indicate that Green Lantern may be devoid of the kind of realism that has become an increasingly essential component of superhero films. If there's going to be one giant bomb this summer, it may very well be Green Lantern.