Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Top, Middling, and Bottom: Dramas Review 2011


I don't profess to have watched many dramas, especially this year, as my patience and interest levels often led to abandoning ship early or never starting those with poor reviews. Despite that, I wanted to do a final recap for the year, synthesizing the separate experiences into a cohesive view.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Padam Padam: Episodes 1-4 Thoughts


I literally couldn't stop crying while watching this. Jung Woo Sung has gained me as a fan. He's still too much of an ahjusshi for me to love, but his nuanced, mutely tragic performance as Yang Kang Chil is just mesmerizing. I also adored Han Ji Min in Cain and Abel, although she looks so different here that I almost find it hard to believe it's the same actress. While she's a bit stiff, she has terrific chemistry with Jung Woo Sung and looks lovely in all the shots.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Me Too, Flower: Episodes 8-9 Thoughts


Why does this drama take so long to sub? It's been almost a week and I haven't seen 10 still. This review was meant to encapsulate that, but I got tired of waiting so here's 8-9 instead.

MBC better not shorten this, even by one episode. This is a gem of a show, right up there with The Princess' Man as one of the best dramas I've seen this year. It's genuine, complex, and so beautifully acted that even 16 episodes doesn't feel enough.

Monday, December 12, 2011

In Time with You: Final Review


Somewhere in the lengthy Ding Li Wei drama this show kind of lost me. I still followed it, but less and less eagerly as the plotline dragged out and the heroine made me want to smack her almost every other minute. Upon reaching the end, I found it to be nice and happy, but also a bit empty and montage-like.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Me Too, Flower: Episodes 5-7 Thoughts


Me Too, Flower remains by far my favorite drama right now, as the acting is fantastic, the romance a perfect mesh of humor and heat, and the characters almost all beautifully written. However, it also puts me in two states of minds. Certain parts are so nicely constructed, original, and funny that I can't step away, but others are overloaded with cliche angst and noble idiocy, making me want to slap the screen. Episodes 5-7 really encompass that. The purse-losing storyline was boring, unnecessary, and such a filler piece in 5. But then 6 came along, and we got some awesome development in the relationship between our leads, with the perfect mix of sizzle, sadness, and progression.

Me Too, Flower: Episodes 1-4 Thoughts


Unexpectedly, Me Too, Flower has rapidly risen into my favorite airing drama. I can't say that I love any of the characters yet, but I'm growing fond of each of them and am definitely invested in their development and road to self-happiness. They're each so quirky yet complex, with lives that are at one moment hilarious and the next heart-breaking. Lee Jia and Yoon Shi Yoon are excellent in their roles, and I'm eager to see how the story proceeds.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Movies I want to see: Winter 2011


Seems like a lot of films, especially family ones, are debuting for the holidays. While The Muppets was a sore disappointment (not that I expected much - just like with Moneyball I was unwillingly pulled into it), I'm hoping that some of the others prove far superior.