Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Who's That Actor? Lee Sung Min

Back in high school, I used to have this skill where I could link any two actors--and I mean ANY two actors--based on the movies they shared.  It was like that "six steps to Kevin Bacon" game, except it didn't usually involve Kevin Bacon, and some of the more obscure ones took a little longer than six steps.

As someone who couldn't sing, dance, play the piano, or do anything else obviously impressive in front of a crowd, I was secretly a little bit proud of my random mini-talent, and so I cultivated it by reading all kinds of reviews for movies I never saw and memorizing the names of random bit actors.

The IMDB app on my phone has made my offhand ability to answer the question of "What else was that guy in?" somewhat obsolete, but I still have some affection for those side actors who appear in everything without anyone (ad by "anyone," I mostly just mean me) knowing anything about them.  I used to read the "Lawrence/Julie&Julia" blog from time to time, and he would occasionally spotlight random actors from Julie and Julia.  I've decided that I want to do the same thing here, but with kdrama actors who pop up frequently in side roles.  Because why should you have to Google things if I can Google them for you?

For the first kdrama edition of "Who's That Actor?", I'm going to spotlight Lee Sung Min:

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mini Reviews: A Werewolf Boy, Boys Before Friends, and Shut Up Flower Boy Band

Sometimes, I just don't have the energy to write a full review of something, but I also don't want to completely ignore it.  Instead of leaving these things on my "to review" shelf indefinitely, here are just a few mini reviews of the things I've been watching lately:

Mini Review 1: A Werewolf Boy (2012)

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AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Song Joong Ki's 2012 film A Werewolf Boy is finally available to stream on Netflix.  Huzzah!  So much rejoicing!

Given my love of Song Joong Ki in both Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Nice Guy, I was just biding my time until I could get my hands on a subtitled version of this film.  Thanks for making all of my dreams come true, Netflix!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Halfway Review: Miss Korea Korean Drama Episodes 1-8


(Update: Our review of the full series)

I don't usually do reviews halfway, but I just discovered that virtually no one on the internet is recapping Miss Korea.  Seriously, no one.  (Or at least no one who is easy to find in a Google search result.  Because I'm lazy.)  Dramabeans did one recap for the first two episodes, and then they didn't have time for more.

I know that Miss Korea isn't the hottest drama out there right now (and yes, I'm keeping an eye on My Love from Another Star and may actually start it if the rave reviews hold out past the midway point), but it still strikes me as sad that there aren't very many options to discuss this drama for the people who have been sticking it out.  And so, mostly because I want to hear other opinions on this drama, here are some thoughts up to the halfway point.  For those of you who held off on this drama, no spoilers here!  I'm far too lazy for recapping.  These are just some general thoughts.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cheongdamdong Alice Kdrama Review

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Confession:  I stopped watching Cheongdamdong Alice around episode 11, so maybe my opinion on this one isn't entirely valid.  As we've already established, though, just because I didn't finish doesn't necessarily mean that the whole thing was a train wreck.  Here are a few brief thoughts on the whole thing:

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