Monday, December 24, 2012

MUST SEE DRAMAS: 2012

Alice in Cheongdam-Dong
It gets better and real in every episode of this not-quite-fairy-tale. Park Shi Hoo aka Cha Seung Jo aka Jean Thierry Cha aka Secretary Kim is hilariously looney, knocking out every scene with stars, sugar and spice with the adorable Moon Geun Young. Our boy shows us what thumping heart means in this post tension scene.


Arang and the Magistrate
A masterpiece rendition of a Korean folklore, Arang. An intelligent plot, clever twists, a sassy girl and a complex magistrate makes this one of the most enjoyable drama. Nice spot here - Arang gives multiple dimensions to its cast.

Queen In-Hyun's Man
A fantasy sleeper hit, the protagonist is a thoughtful super-time-traveling man. Defying time, space and logic, Queen In-Hyun is a classic. In an era of Google and smart-phones, the library scene is a dinosaur but not to the leads here as they discovered the best and the worst of what history recorded and about to write.

 

Game of Thrones
The epic adaptation of George R.R Martin's book, Song of Ice and Fire series is dark and dramatic.
Like both in drama and book: Cersei, Tyrion, Jaime, Samwell, Davos, Sansa, Littlefinger
Like in drama but don't quite like in book: Arya, Joffrey
Don't quite like in drama but loved in book: Daenerys, Jon, Mellisandre


Faith
Another time-travel piece, Lee Min-Ho depicts General Choi Young, the military genius during the Goryeo period and Kim Hee Sun plays a fictional modern day doctor. No they didn't kiss, but this is a cutesy scene so this is why it ends up on the list.

The Moon that Embraces the Sun
The fantasy Joseon adaptation (from same novelist of Sungkyunkwan Scandal) bull-eyed the 40% rating, marking it as a national drama in the league of Dae-Jang-Geum. It also cements Kim Soo Hyun, in an earnest King role, as a serious lead, and shaman Han Ga-In who should have more roles like this...

The King of Dramas
To all die-hard fans of comedy, this is an extra-ordinary show for three reasons. First, good girl will triumph, bad guy needs a bad break to be good and diva boy can be funny. Jung Ryeo Won symbolizes a too-good-to-be-true idealistic scriptwriter, alternatively viewed as plain gullible. Kim Myung Min is a heartless producer who stumbles and redeems the day. And Choi Si Won, Super Junior K-Pop artist, ends up as an unlikely comedy star along with Park Shi Hoo.  

Zenkai Girl
Okay, it is a 2011 drama but the little breakout star, "Hinata" is simply too amazing and irresistible to miss out a spot. In a role reminiscent of Alice in Cheongdam-dong, Aragaki Yui's Wakaba is a much more interesting character than her previous outing in Code Blue.

Nice Guy
A melodrama, Park Shi Yeon is bewitching as a scheming and manipulative woman. Although it is not my favorite genre to begin with, Song Joong Ki shows off versatility and depth. Henceforth, it is worth watching. 

Alice in Cheongdam-Dong
I believe it is perfectly alright to be bias, so the final stealing scene has to be this lunatic moment between Cha Seung Jo and his best friend, Dr. Dong Wook. Hip-hopping and grooving to a Barbra Streisand number by Duck Sauce, Park Shi-hoo locks down the funniest scene of K-Drama year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Great Void between Beautiful and Ugly

LOOKS DEPARTMENT

1. When BEAUTIFUL speaks, she is bold. When UGLY speaks, nobody listens.

2. When BEAUTIFUL gets invited to a function, she gets PAID for her time. When UGLY goes to function, she has to pay for her seat.

3. It is okay for a BEAUTIFUL to be sexy and shows cleavages in functions and churches. An UGLY who does the same is a harlot.

4. A BEAUTIFUL gets gifts - branded items by her boyfriends. An UGLY needs to buy gifts for her BF.

5. A BEAUTIFUL is surely on the worship team even when she can't crack a note. An ugly needs to be a soprano to qualify for the same opportunity.

6. A BEAUTIFUL is adored by both handsome and ugly men. An UGLY is bullied and insulted by ugly men.

7. A BEAUTIFUL is allowed to be bad. An ugly who is bad can go to hell.

8. Those who flash boobs to get favors and promotions are considered BEAUTIFUL. Those who don't are deemed as UGLY and will be demoted.

9. A BEAUTIFUL gets PAID to appear in charity functions while already paid as wannabe models, air-hostesses and beauty pageant losers/girls. An UGLY who sincerely helps people is only a social worker.

10.A BEAUTIFUL has enough brains and wiles to seduce men while UGLY is stupid coz she doesn't know how to make herself BEAUTIFUL and drop her clothes.

Original publication@Adrienne. Not to be duplicated without prior written consent.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Great Disparity between Male and Female: Looks Department

LOOKS DEPARTMENT

1. When he ages, he matures and looks prosperous - an enlightened person. When she ages, she is not worth a cent, in character, looks and mind.

2. Not having branded attire means he is being spiritual, prudent and unfazed by the commercial peer pressure. However, in her case, she is unattractive and not attentive. Hence, not worth a second look and consideration.

3. When he is neat and tidy, that is more than sufficient for looking after his appearance. When she does the same, she still lacks manicure, pedicure, hair care, facial care, spa care and etc.

4. Even though he is ugly, he is homely looking and still has something to offer - surely one can't judge a book by its cover. An ugly woman will never get a second, third or...a trillionth look. But fear not, God looks after Leah.

5. When he eats well, he needs it for energy and health. When she eats well, she better watch out for her diet.

6. When he does not exercise, he is simply too busy to have the time to do so. When she does exercise, she is gonna be flabby and ugly soon.

7. When he gives an opinion about her looks, he is being insightful, considerate and constructive. When she comments about his looks, she is shallow and superficial.

8. When he can't accept her comments about his looks, he either couldn't care less or finds her repulsive. When she can't accept his judgement on her looks, she is not receptive, graceful and willing to change.

9. When he refuses to change his wardrobe, he is a good man. When she refuses to upgrade her wardrobe, its time to find a new girlfriend.

10. When he does not want to go on a diet, why should he? He is a not fat, just stout-looking. When she refuses diet, she is ugly, ugly, ugly.

11. When he does not go for manicure or pedicure, he is not a sissy. When she does not do the same, she should be buried alive coz she is ugly.

12. When he gets pimples, acne and boils, he is having stress. When she gets a breakout, if she's lucky, she just need to stay indoors. Alternatively, he finds a new and beautiful girlfriend.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Ten Commandments (1956)



The Ten Commandments, a 1956 biblical epic, was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is one of the most financially successful films ever made, grossing over $65 million at the US box office. Adjusted for inflation, the film would be the sixth highest-grossing movie domestically (in the US), with an adjusted staggering total of $1,025,730,000 in 2012. Key casts include Charlton Heston in the lead role, Yul Brynner as his adoptive brother, Pharaoh Rameses II and Anne Baxter as Nefretiri.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (E.T.) (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (E.T.), an American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg famed for its emotional appeal and special effects. E.T. was a timeless story about a boy and his siblings who befriend a stranded extraterrestrial (E.T.) and assisted him to return home. With a budget of US10.5 million, the film was shot from September to December 1981 and became a blockbuster to be the most financially successful film released of all time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Raved by viewers, this hot drama is making waves. An unusual blend - it is a marriage of philosophy and adventure. Find out more...


Tamra the Island
A delightful Chosun period drama, this is a gem among all the Korean offerings. Almost perfect cast and rich in history, Tamra may turn out to be a cult favorite. Find out more...

Vampire Knight (ヴァンパイア騎士)
Dark and thoughtful, this anime is a hot favorite among manga (and anime) lovers. Needless to say, vampires are hot favorites among supernatural lovers or fools. Find out more...


Mononoke (モノノ怪)
Mononoke refers to Yōkai (妖怪) a type of spiritual beings i.e. demon, spirit or monster or a form of creatures in Japanese folklore. The titled anime is a psychedelic fare, strange and stimulating.



Seirei No Moribito ( 精霊の守り人)
A splendid mix of adventure and supernatural, Seirei No Moribito is a charming epic on human values and principles. This anime is an absolute rare find..


A Series of Unfortunate Events
A dark comedy, this film tells the story of Count Olaf (acted by JimCarrey) who viciously craved after three orphans' fortune left by their deceased parents. Wicked and addictive.


The Twilight - Ten Things To Love
Can't say the same for the other sequels. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart lived up to the hidden cravings of young teens for cold blooded sensitive vampires.

Howl's Moving Castle
Handsome wizard, flying castle and a clever damsel. This Oscar nominated blockbuster owes much to the whimsical author, Diana Wynne Jones and visionary direct or, Hayao Miyazaki.

Top Twenty Fictional Heroes
Find out more about top twenty heroes - why they are worth watching and the world is worth saving..



Dororo
A Japanese apocalyptic epic is a bloody fare involving a female warrior who joined a young samurai to recover his body parts from demons.


Blood +
Blood+ (ブラッドプラス or Buraddo Purasu) is an anime series inspired by the 2000 anime film Blood: The Last Vampire.