Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Best Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen story.

I mean, it is basically perfection.

Since the novel’s debut 204 years ago (I know right!!), there have been countless adaptations and interpretations of the romantic tale. And with that we have been given many wonderful versions of the ever fascinating Mr. Darcy.

Here’s a look at the many Mr. Darcys to have graced the screen. You can vote at the end for your favorite as well!

#1 Matthew McFayden – Pride and Prejudice 2005
Talented actor Matthew McFayden does a wonderful job as Mr. Darcy. The take on the character is more misunderstood than prideful, with Darcy never intentionally doing anything hurtful. Whether this was chosen because of lack of screen time or just for a sweeter take on the character, McFayden won all our hearts with his perfect, darling smile. Yay for Mr. Darcy!

#2 Matthew Rhys – Death Comes to Pemberley
I didn’t expect much from this BBC take on the continuing story of the Darcys, but I was pleasantly surprised with an enjoyable story. Matthew Rhys’ Darcy is gruffer and more stern here, but he still has a heart of gold underneath all that. Definitely a swoonworthy Darcy.

#3 Daniel Vincent Gordh – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
A youtube sensation, LBD retells the novel in a modern format. The show is super adorable, fun and addictive. Daniel probably plays the youngest Mr. Darcy yet. He’s totally awkward, misunderstood, and stiff and, of course, watching him and Lizzie fall in love was so much fun!

#4 Martin Henderson – Bride and Prejudice
This is a cute little film, though I can’t say that Henderson’s Darcy is its finest point (it would be Aishwarya as Lalita). The film has a Bollywood twist on the original, with rich, rude and dorky Mr. Darcy falling for sweet, vibrant Lalita (Elizabeth). Despite his stiff acting, he was a decent rom-com lead.

#5 Laurence Olivier – Pride and Prejudice 1940
Definitely worth a watch for classic lovers! This film is hilariously influenced by the blockbuster film Gone With The Wind (which aired a year before) with everyone wearing 1860s fashion instead of Regency attire. Laurence is dramatically (and purposely) rigid and cold as Mr. Darcy. Still he’s fun to watch!

#6 Sam Riley – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I really didn’t expect to like this movie, but PPZ surprised me with a fun (though full of zombie gore, lol) take on the story. Riley’s Darcy is a great fighter (just like Lizzie) and has great chemistry with Lizzie. Here he’s a colonel obsessed with fighting off the zombie hordes. A great new take on the character.

#7 Colin Firth – Pride and Prejudice 1995
I can’t apologize. I love this version eternally and Colin Firth to me is as inseparable from Mr. Darcy as James Earl Jones’ voice is to Darth Vader. He’s both prideful and selfish, as well as compassionate and willing to change and learn from his mistakes. He’s the ultimate Byronic hero. Three cheers for Mr. Darcy!!!

So who’s your favorite Darcy?

The Best Mr. Darcy!

#1 Matthew McFayden – Pride and Prejudice 2005
#2 Matthew Rhys – Death Comes to Pemberley
#3 Daniel Vincent Gordh – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
#4 Martin Henderson – Bride and Prejudice
#5 Laurence Olivier – Pride and Prejudice 1940
#6 Sam Riley – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
#7 Colin Firth – Pride and Prejudice 1995

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Man Living In Our House Review

The Man Living In Our House Review
YEAR: 2016
My Rating: 4 out of 5

The Man Living In Our House, even with its unusual storyline, is a pretty typical rom-com adventure. But there’s something about this show that clicked with me. I really think it hinged on the fact that it had several tropes that I dearly love to squee over, which is why I fell so in love.

So this is going to be a hodgepodge review; a medley of feels and emotions that I’ve strung together on why I love this K-drama. And of course, I’ll acknowledge its flaws, which it had plenty of.

Summary: Hong Na-Ri returns home after her mother’s recent death to find a young man living in her house, claiming that he’s her stepfather. Na-Ri now obsesses over finding out if this stranger is a con-man trying to take her mother’s land or legitimately her mother’s husband.

First off, yes, the plot is unusual. He’s her step-father? I found the idea both amusing and obviously worrisome. There was definitely plot fodder for humor but was this going to get weird? Thankfully, there was actually nothing icksome in the story! Phew! In fact, the whole step-father plot brought a lot of fun and funny moments between our characters.

I loved the heroine, Hong Na-Ri! Compassionate, intelligent, and balanced, she often said what she felt and didn’t apologize for her honesty. She struggled in her life, particularly over her mother’s recent death. Na-Ri was relatable, fun, and classy, with funny side to her. I love how she aimed to be herself, often dressing in comfy sweats.

OMG I’ve in love with Go Nan-Gil! I’m a big sucker for the protective hero (yes, cliché but I can’t help it, lol!). But combine that with a guy who’s incredibly compassionate and gentle… and I’m TOAST! Not to mention… he cooks. And he has a bad boy past where he was forced into a gangster life when he was just a kid, but never lost his kind heart despite all the terrible things he’d been through. I mean, what’s not to love???

Nan-Gil and Na-Ri’s first meeting was so funny and cute! Nan-Gil finds her Na-Ri at her mom’s burial site (near a tree in the forest) where he overhears Na-Ri telling off her cheating ex over the phone. Haha, then he tries to sneak away unnoticed but she sees him. Little does she know that he’s her step-dad.

The second first meeting with drunk Na-Ri was hilarious. And then the scene when she wakes up in the morning with temporary blindness and he rushes her to the hospital – while carrying her the whole way. Yes, I was swooning.

Then their constant bickering over the “step-father” and daughter relationship, oh my word! I loved it, especially as I began to realize that Nan-Gil seemed to enjoy incessantly teasing Na-Ri like this. Basically he was a boy pulling a girl’s hair to get attention (i.e. Gilbert and Anne, hehe). It was hilarious how he insisted on speaking informally to her (like he’s her father and not a stranger) while she kept speaking formally to him, lol.

I loved Na-Ri constantly trying to figure out the mystery of whether or not Nan-Gil was s a con artist! So many funny moments. Especially the scene when Na-Ri tells Nan-Gil that if he’s really her “father” he should punch her fiancé for cheating on her, lol! Nan-Gil adorably tries to but nope, he ends up patting Na-Ri’s ex on the shoulder instead and nicely asks him to leave haha. Nan-Gil’s just too much of a softie.

OMG, the confession and first kiss! Seriously I replayed it so many times!

I also enjoyed their disagreements centering around Nan-Gil constantly taking responsibility for all the bad stuff going on (her uncle’s debt, protecting her mother’s land, etc). Eventually we learn that this is Nan-Gil’s way of loving Na-Ri and her mom, who unbeknownst to Na-Ri was like a mom to him. As an orphan, he didn’t have much love in his life. And he knew he could never be with Na-Ri, the older girl he had a crush on as a schoolkid; the girl who never remembered him.

And then on top of that, all of Nan-Gil’s puppy dog looks of love for Na-Ri. Gahhh I can’t!
Now for the cons…

I disliked almost all of the side characters, lol. Do Yeo-Joo, Na-Ri’s co-worker, who cheated with Na-Ri’s boyfriend, took the prize for most annoying. I never liked her character and felt like the writers didn’t know what to do with her. Kwon Duk-Shim, the high schooler with a crush on Nan-Gil, was annoying, especially when she screamed. Which she did too often. Oh my word. Lee Yong-Kyoo, Nan-Gil’s co-worker, was super annoying to me too. I felt like he was trying to act cute, but he wasn’t coming anywhere near it. Kwon Duk-Bong, the second lead love interest, was the best of the secondary characters but I felt like he was still poorly done as a character. Really a waste of Lee Soo-Hyuk’s talent.

Sadly, after halfway through the show, the plot seams started ripping apart, revealing the lack of plot the show had. Which meant the writers had to rehash problems and drag out things that could’ve been solved episodes ago. This isn’t uncommon in K-drama land and I’ve finished far worse train-wreck endings for dramas. The ending itself was happy and full of closure, just short on, well, big stakes or emotion. But it carried the sweet, gentle love story between Na-Ri and Nan-Gil to a happy ending, which I had no complaints about.

I will carry fond memories of this show that surprised me with a way-too-adorable romance that melted my heart. I loved the lead actors and felt that they shined in their respective character roles. And Go Nan-Gil basically won my heart.

Monday, January 2, 2017

News Train - Vampires, Mermaids, and Rogues

Welcome! It’s that time again – where I talk current shows and movies I’m watching at the moment!

Current Shows I’m Watching

Legend of the Blue Sea – I’m enjoying this sweet and funny fairytale retelling. This show may not be as addictive as My Love From Another Star (which starred the same leading actress Jeon Ji-Hyun and has the same writer) but it’s fun, silly, romantic and more heartfelt as the show goes on.

Hwarang – I thought I would hate it. I actually kinda love it. But not for the reasons I thought I would first. Initially I had hoped for a more accurate portrayal of the Hwarang, more in vein of Queen Seondeok (which wasn’t that accurate, but still). This show is more spoofy and silly, but it balances that well with intensity and emotion. I really like the three leads. Hopefully the show continues to be fun and funny!

Movies I Watched

Star Wars: Rogue One – not a bad film. Better than I expected. But I can’t imagine ever wanting to see it again, as it was rather boring and unemotional. I’ve seen mixed feelings for the movie; rave reviews or dissatisfied viewers. I thought the plot was well done. Just couldn’t connect with the characters.

Vampire Academy – this movie is pretty bad. And I still don’t like vampires, lol. But I did watch it all the way through. I didn’t think I would get past twenty minutes, but about that time the story started to pick up. Overall, a pretty lame movie. I liked the second lead romance a thousand times more than the main leads.

Lemmie know what you’re watching or excited about seeing soon!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

8 Swoonworthy Tropes To Love

I watch a lot of romances.

Fairly obvious since I’m an avid K-drama fan! And while my favorite genres are action-adventure and epic historical, I still want a good romance in every show I watch.

So whether I’m watching a rom-com like Runaway Bride or the latest K-drama or American TV show, there are romantic tropes that are universally used. While tropes can be hit or miss (it really depends on how it’s used), no story is without them. And some of these tropes, well, they get us more than others. Like we’re throwing our popcorn aside and screaming because a swoon-worthy moment JUST HAPPENED!!

So I started thinking about tropes/moments that I react to with the most swoony, happy feels. Here it is – take note drama writers. I’ll be watching and loving! Hehe

#1 The Kiss(es)
Yes, I’m like any romance watcher… on the edge of my seat waiting for the kiss of true love to happen. And the more kisses, the merrier. Even Confucius would have to agree with that one!

Worthy Portrayal: W – Worlds Collide

#2 Protective Hero
This one never fails to kill me. I’m SUCH a pushover for the hero protecting his heroine. While this trope might seem like a stereotypical “Alpha Male” move, even non-Alpha Male characters will protect the people they love. Listen even just STANDING in front of the heroine to protect her from danger is enough to take my heart out. JUST STOP (please don’t stop)!

Worthy Portrayal: Rurouni Kenshin

#3 Serious About Marriage
Well it doesn’t get more swoon worthy than this! Not sure why but heroines are more often portrayed as the one pining about marriage with an indifferent hero. Seeing the hero as just as eager (or more) is always a lovely change.

Worthy Portrayal: Oh! My Lady

#4 Cohabitation Hijinks
It’s bound to happen. The main couple will end up somewhere, just the two of them, lose their wallets, cellphones dead and they’re forced to stay in one room at a hotel. Yeah that’s just one of the many cohabitation hijinks moments and who doesn’t love this, okay??

Worthy Portrayal: Leap Year

#5 Jealous Heroes

You know, he doesn’t like the heroine (or doesn’t want to believe he does) until he sees another guy pursing her and then goes all Mr. Knightley from Emma on everybody acting snippy to his rival. This can be a fine line to walk though… as I’ve seen dramas turn the hero into a mindless temper tantrum throwing two-year-old which makes him look too dumb. You have to find the perfect balance; petty is cool, just avoid full-out stupid or weirdly controlling.

Worthy Portrayal: Healer, Protect the Boss

#6 Carrying the Girl

I’ve mentioned this before in my Romantic Moments Series. How am I not supposed to ship this?? It was clearly designed to take out my shipper heart!

Worthy Portrayal: The Man Living In Our House, Lois and Clark

#7 Supporting One Another

Instead of falling for the Dreaded Misunderstanding which leads to the Dramatic Breakup, the couple chooses to believe in one another because they’re amazing like that! Mind-blowing, right??

Worthy Portrayal: hmm… I know these couples exist somewhere. Just can’t think of one. Which makes me sad. :( 

#8 Fighting Back to Back

There’s nothing like fighting against the world with the love of your life at your side. And if you’re literally back to back, you’re practically invincible.

Worthy Portrayal: Fast and Furious 6

What are your favorite romantic tropes? The ones that make you swoon! Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

2016 Year In Review: Shows & Movies I Watched

I seriously can’t believe 2017 is almost here! How did this even happen??

No, really, I need scientific explanation of the increasing speed of time!

Looking over 2016, I have to say I watched a lot of enjoyable shows and movies. Some I was anticipating since 2015 and others I just decided to take a chance on and surprisingly fell in love. Sure, not every drama was great. Some were merely tolerable and I finished them for one reason or another (or dropped them, heh). Here’s a look at the movies and shows that captivated me this year (note: I’m only listing dramas that came out in 2016)!

2016 SHOWS

Cheese in the Trap -
How is this possible? It’s  (sorta) almost a year since I watched this immensely popular and heavily criticized drama! Cheese in the Trap’s imminent draw was how different it was from your typical K-drama. The first episode startled me with a hero that felt more like a villain (blame the danger music playing every time he walked onscreen lol); but that was also the show’s biggest draw. I enjoyed reading the endless comments on Dramabeans after each episode as viewers analyzed character behavior and morality. Was the love interest, Jung, a good guy or a bad one? Perhaps that was the show’s main purpose in pointing out perspectives, leaving us with so many different conflicting looks at Jung, and then finally leaving us to make up our own minds. I personally found Jung a good guy, just with some bad habits mainly influenced by his father. But most of the baddies had even worse habits, so it all balanced out, lol. Of course, if I had been Seol, there’s no way I would’ve dated Jung (or really any of the guys in the show)… but that didn’t stop me from shipping her with him!

Sadly, the second half of the show focused less on Jung and more on the second lead, In-Ho. I actually enjoyed In-Ho’s character, but after seeing Jung’s character slowly disappear and then learning that, for whatever unspecified reason, the director cut out important scenes with Jung nearing the end (many rumors flooded the internet, including insinuations that the director had a bone to pick with Jung’s actor), I grew annoyed and disappointed. Luckily I read the recap for the ending before watching it, which helped me emotionally prepare for an ending that was extremely hands off, horribly ambiguous, and very anticlimactic. Despite the show’s trajectory during the second half, I still have fond memories of Cheese in the Trap.

Descendants of the Sun –
The most anticipated K-drama of 2016. It broke record views and won the hearts of a vast worldwide audience. I initially worried about the writer (known for her dramas like Heirs, with loser male leads), but I totally jumped to conclusions on that one. The writer deftly side-stepped some of the most annoying K-drama tropes (the hero is faaar from a controlling jerk and he’s not rich either, haha, and the second leads have their own romance instead of trying to screw up the leads’ romance). The show had hilarious and epic moments and kept me riveted through its run. Near the end, I did wish there had been more emotion shown/conveyed… or real consequences so that it felt like there was actually more at stake. And the show did get sillier closer to the end (like Shi-Jin getting shot and then he’s fine like barely a day later). But overall it was a gorgeously shot, exciting and romantic story.

Daebak/Jackpot –
This was Jang Geun-Suk’s comeback drama after the army. I was super excited for this one and initially, I was quite riveted by the absolutely stunning cinematography and intriguing characters. Sadly, the show way overplayed the invincibility of the hero (basically, fate demanded he survive the most ridiculous things, i.e. shot with an arrow, beaten, stabbed, thrown over a cliff, fighting a tiger, etc) and then later on the invincibility of the villain, who could not be stopped no matter what crazy and ridiculous thing he did. What kept me around was Jang Geun-Suk and Yeo Jin-Goo’s characters and their precious, if sadly understated, bromance.

The Man Living In Our House –
I thought the premise of this K-drama was funny, albeit a little odd – a woman returns home to find a young man who swears he’s her stepfather. However, (spoilers, lol) there was really nothing weird in the story. I actually fell in love with the show because of the adorable leads. The first half of the show was my happy place; the second half faltered around with lack of plot, and not enough romance, but I love the hero Go Nan-Gil so much that I’ve basically forgiven this show for all of its glaring faults. Everyone has a drama that has all the “right” tropes that melts her heart, and The Mna Living In Our House was mine.

Cinderella & the Four Knights –
I wanted to love this drama! I definitely tried to. And I enjoyed it, or most of it, despite its meandering plot and boresville characters (I’m really looking at you, Park Hye-Ji). Ha-Won (played by Park So-Dam) was so adorable and I loved her cutesy romance with Ji-Woon. There was a lot that could’ve been better, but still a fun little watch.

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo –
My first K-drama to recap the entire series. Check it out HERE. I was thrilled when I learned about the remake of the Chinese show. And I really loved the new version… despite its later attempts to try and make me dislike it, lol. I wasn’t a huge fan of the director (choppy editing, horribly close-ups that never, ever ended, and unnecessary flashbacks for things that could’ve been shown one after another). I often understood the quiet tragedy and subtlety the drama was trying to convey, but felt like the writing, directing, and acting at times couldn’t reach the pinnacle of emotion that it needed to make the plot points not feel annoying or pointless (i.e. the time-gaps between Hae-Soo and 4th Prince’s romance, her loyalty to the princes and 4th Prince’s enemies over him). Still, I loved the romance and Lee Jun-Ki slayed it as 4th Prince, filling his character with pathos and empathy. The drama was stunning visually with gorgeous costumes and beautiful music. Overall, it was a fascinating and crazy ride that I was so glad I took.

Doctor Thorne –
A super sweet little period drama that reminded me why I love period dramas. Gorgeous costumes, STUNNING scenery, and a very innocent, sweet little tale that was fun to watch.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds –
This drama turned out to be an unexpected fun ride. The humor was what really caught me and I loved the show for that. The romance was super precious and the hero was all kinds of gallant and sweet. I liked the second leads as well (which is super rare in K-drama land, lol). I admit that my interest dwindled as the story became more politicky at the end. I would’ve liked a deeper ending (it was happy, though), so overall a super fun and funny romp.

Shopping King Louie –
Louie-ya! This show was cuteness overload and that’s what I loved about it. I was very grateful that the show focused more on humor and interpreting tropes and characters entertainingly because it was more fun that way. I think the story lagged a bit at the end, but I just skipped to all the Louie and Bok-Sil parts!

1 Percent of Anything
This was a remake of an early 2000 K-drama. I hadn’t planned on watching it but I saw reviews squeeing over the romance, so I gave it a chance. I loved the shorter episode format (not watching an hour long episode is life-giving, my friends). The romance takes some time to get started as the hero is a real jerkbag during the beginning of their contract relationship. But then he becomes all sweet and adorbs and I loved the show. Because the show is so short, the episodes really on focus on the romance and for a total-romantic-at-heart (yes, I’m here for the romance and I’m not ashamed to admit it!) it was perfect. The chemistry between the couple felt super real. Overall, a fun watch.

ITV Victoria –
I wasn’t planning on watching this. I just kept seeing gifs on Tumblr (darn you Tumblr!). And curiosity got me. I really wanted to see this show’s version of Albert. I’m a big fan of The Young Victoria film and wondered if the show could pull off a sweet romance like the film did. ITV’s Victoria feels very similar to the film, as it deals with many of the same plot points. However, ITV had more episodes and could delve more into Victoria’s past which was fun. I didn’t care for any of the servants’ stories, besides Skerrett. Albert was really the reason I kept watching the show! I love his character so much, despite his flaw of being exaggeratedly seriously, lol. Victoria and Albert chemistry was all kinds of romantic. I’m onboard for season 2 next year!

2016 FILMS

Hail, Caesar! 
I have a detailed review herebut my condensed thoughts were: a fun, enjoyable ode to the classic era presented in the unique story telling the Cohen brothers are known for. Big names like Channing Tatum as a “Gene Kelly” and Scarlet Johannsson as a “Esther Williams” character are a fun draw. Also
I adored Hobbie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) and all his hilarious scenes. Overall, it’s more of a look at Hollywood through the inaccurate, exaggerated, and very entertaining lens of the Cohen brothers.

Captain America: Civil War –
The movie we were all waiting for. Super epic, fun and enjoyable. I adored Spiderman. And enjoyed the angsty broken bromance between Tony and Steve. Also loved new characters like Black Panther and seeing all the characters come together. I also loved the ending, that side-stepped the typical boss fight and gave us a more heartfelt battle. Marvel really does no wrong.

Love and Friendship –
Based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen; Love and Friendship is a slightly different story than most of her usual books with a heroine that is more of an anti-heroine. The story focuses on the wit and comedy of manners, as a widowed lady easily manipulates everyone around her. Kate Beckinsale is charming, even if you can’t quite root for her character to win. Overall, a short, entertaining movie that reminds me why I love the Regency era and Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies –
I love Pride and Prejudice but I hate zombies. So I really wasn’t certain how I would feel about this film. While I still didn’t care for the zombie gore, I enjoyed this film! The new twist was a lot of fun and the actors playing Darcy and Elizabeth were great. There were definitely things I think they could’ve done better story wise, but overall I had a lot of fun watching this film. And my favorite scene definitely goes to Darcy’s first proposal. You have to see it for yourself!

The Legend of Tarzan –
I took forever to watch this one. I wanted to see it in the theaters, but I procrastinated and my sisters weren’t interested (they were adamant that the m
ovie would be awful, lol) so I put it on the back burner. Eventually it came out on DVD and I decided that I needed to watch this one as I’m a big fan of Tarzan, particularly the Disney film, though I’ve also read the book (and watched a terrible CW drama adaptation, but that’s another story, hehe). Perhaps my low expectations were the best thing for this movie because I really enjoyed it. I actually loved the casting; I thought Alexander Skarsgård was really excellent. He did a great job of balancing both sides of the character - John Clayton and Tarzan, making them feel like one man. Initially I didn’t think I was going to like Jane, but I thought Margot Robbie did a great job. I loved that they were already married and how their romance was portrayed onscreen. I loved the very period drama feel. Overall this was an extremely enjoyable film that I wouldn’t mind watching again. Which says a lot!

Okay, friends, your turn! Tell me what shows and movies you loved watching 2016! Or what were the biggest disappointments? Lemmie know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016 Year in Review: K-dramas Meet Fairytales

Looking over the year of dramas I’ve watched, I was struck by an undeniable theme: fairytales. I’ve always adored fairytales and finding that connection really excited me. Some drama had fairytale themes that were merely coincidental; others were intentional; but the motifs were hard to ignore in either. So I’m calling 2016 the year of the K-drama fairytale! Here’s a list of six popular fairytales re-imagined in K-dramas.


Scarlet Heart: Ryeo-
I was surprised it took me more than halfway through the show before I realized that this was obviously a Beauty and the Beast story with 4th Prince, the beast; hiding his unwanted “hideous” features (his scar) behind a mask. Hae-Soo is the gentle Beauty who loves him as he is and even becomes trapped in the palace. Her love helps him change and grow.


Cinderella and the Four Knights-
I mean Cinderella is in the title, haha. The Cinderella theme is really prominent in the first two episodes, complete with Hyun-Min being her fairy god-friend who gives her a dress and shoes to go to a rich party. The rest of the show deals with the sweet romance and obstacles that a rich and poor couple face (mainly grumpy grandfathers, lol).


Moonlight Drawn By Clouds-
This is a very loose interpretation of The Little Mermaid story, but the heroine, Ra-On herself, confirms it when she tells the mermaid fairytale story to the Crown Prince, subtly comparing their romance to the impossible love of a mermaid and a human prince. The Crown Prince is amusingly angered by the sad ending of the fairytale, but happily for Ra-On and her lover, their own ending is much happier than the fairytale.

The Legend of the Blue Sea-
The Legend of the Blue Sea is actually about a mermaid who becomes a human and falls in love. While technically The Legend of the Blue Sea is based on a classic Korean fairytale story about a magistrate who sets a mermaid free, the story is still vastly similar to The Little Mermaid, as the show asks the question – how can a mermaid and human ever be together?


The K2-
Shortly after starting The K2, I was reading the recap on Dramabeans where I saw commentators translating the dramatic choir music from German to English – which told of a girl running in the forest from an evil queen.  It wasn't hard afterwards to see this was a Snow White retelling: Choi Yoo-Jin was the queen, Je-Ha the huntsman and Anna the innocent Snow White. It was officially confirmed when Yoo-Jin herself spoke of her Mirror (her super information computer program) and Je-Ha “kissed” (CPR, lol) Anna to life after she was “poisoned” with a food allergy to “strawberry” (poisoned apple).


Mirror of the Witch – Rapunzel
Though I didn’t watch this drama, I heard good things about it on Dramabeans. The show was often compared to a Rapunzel retelling which I thought made a lot of sense.

Shopping King Louie – The Wizard of Oz
You can check out this Dramabeans post on the correlation between The Wizard of Oz and Shopping King Louie, which I thought was super cool!

Friday, November 11, 2016

News Train: Atypical Sci-fi's, Mermaids, and Intense Dramas

That part of the blog where I talk about shows I’m intrigued about and those that I’m watching at the moment. The news train!

Upcoming Shows I’m Anticipating

Legend of the Blue Sea - just five more days until this highly anticipated K-drama comes out! Starring Lee Min-Ho (Boys Before Flowers, City Hunter) and Jeon Ji-Hyun (My Love From Another Star) about a mermaid who has a romance with a con artist. The first trailer was pretty and intriguing but the second one sealed the deal for me with the hilarious fish-out-of-water rom-com vibes. I can’t wait!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet – Just watched the trailer. I’m intrigued. I like scif-fi shows though it wasn’t really the alien world that held my interest as much as the few moments we saw of the couple. They seem a bit atypical, almost like they were taken out of a Tim Burton film. I’ll definitely be on the look-out for the next trailer. This movie comes out July next year. <TRAILER>

Current Shows I’m Watching

Shopping King Louie – I’m almost to the end, and I admit I’m just skimming through the show. It’s mostly filler now. I still think the main couple is super cute but there’s just not much left to the show at this point.

The Man Living In Our House – I’m falling in love! The Man Living In Our House is by no means a unique drama; rather it’s very normal K-drama rom-com affair (though with a unique premise). But it’s hitting all my sweet spots and I adore the hero and heroine!

The Crown – Wow, I wasn’t expecting this much drama. I’m three episodes in and the show is wonderfully acted, visually pleasing and fascinating. But the intensity… in every single scene can be tiresome. For example, the scene when Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to the crowd after their wedding, and there’s intense drama music playing. Or every time the couple disagrees, all we get is unnerving stares and uncomfortable, intense silence. There’s not much balance, which is somewhat confusing to the viewer.

Lemmie know what you’re watching or excited about seeing soon!