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Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 7 & 8
by | July 15, 2008 | 13 Comments
Where’s the beef? All in Episodes 7 and 8, apparently. These two installments were a little lighter on the food symbolism and more into character relationships. Which is totally fine by me — I think part of why I like Gourmet as much as I do is Kim Rae-won‘s portrayal of Sung-chan. It’s a good... More »


Drama Casting & News
Dennis Oh joins East of Eden, because it has credibility to burn
by | July 15, 2008 | 44 Comments
I mean, that must be it, right? For a series billing itself as a multi-generational saga full of revenge, action, and intrigue, casting an acting lightweight like former model Dennis Oh (short for Dennis Joseph O’Neil) is a gutsy move that must be the result of an excess of confidence, or optimism, or something. Then... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 9
by | July 14, 2008 | 8 Comments
No, these buffoons don’t really have much of a role in today’s episode — which is kind of awesomely convoluted — but I couldn’t leave that screencap out. And by awesomely convoluted, I mean that there are multiple parties all doing their own thing but involved in the same incident, each taking on the problem... More »


Celebrity News
Trying to match her pet, or provoke him?
by | July 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
‘Cause I’m pretty sure Gong Hyo-jin is made up as a cat, yeah? In any case, stars pose with pets for the Vogue Korea “Fashion Pet” photo shoot celebrating the mag’s 12th anniversary. Participants include Nam Gyuri, Lee Hyori, Kim Jung-eun, and Jo Seung-woo, pictured below. Other stars in the exhibition include Seo In-young, Chae... More »


Kpop News
Oh. No. They. Di’n’t.
by | July 13, 2008 | 71 Comments
Because it wasn’t enough to trot out fifteen-year-olds who can’t sing as sexually suggestive coquettes, now a nine-member “kiddie group” called Sweety is making its debut, with members ranging in age from 13 down to its 6-year-old “mascot.” (Btw, that’s eight girls, one boy. He be da pimp.) They’re being touted as a group with... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong wins at Roma Fiction Fest 2008
by | July 13, 2008 | 23 Comments
This is kind of random, but the recent KBS fusion sageuk Hong Gil Dong just won an award at the second Roma Fiction Fest on July 12. The competitive categories were TV Movie, Miniseries, and Continuing Series; Hong Gil Dong won for Best Miniseries. According to the Roma Fiction Fest site, “The Festival confirms and... More »


Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 9
by | July 12, 2008 | 20 Comments
This episode both exasperated me and provided some satisfaction. Warning: long rant ahead. SONG OF THE DAY Lee Ji Hoon – “Goodbye” [ Download ]   Tags: Choi Kang-hee, Lee Seon-kyun, My Sweet Seoul... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Dirty-dancin’ Kim Jung-eun
by | July 12, 2008 | 26 Comments
  Kim Jung-eun demonstrates some salsa and tango moves while recording an upcoming episode of her show, Kim Jung-eun’s Chocolate. (Other guests for this episode include actress Su Ae, pop diva Uhm Jung-hwa, Big Bang’s Top, and singer Kim Jin-pyo; episode airs July 16.) Seoul, July 12. Tags: Kim Jung-eun, variety shows... More »


Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 8
by | July 11, 2008 | 12 Comments
Episode 8 was cute, meditative, and full of quiet little moments. Lee Seon-kyun lovers, brace yourselves! He’s pretty adorable here, even if I can’t get over the nagging feeling that Young-soo is way too good for Eun-soo. (I’m trying REALLY HARD to like her, peeps. It’s hard. But Episode 8 did a decent job of... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #38
by | July 11, 2008 | 26 Comments
  Everyone have a good three-day holiday last weekend? (Anyone get caught with fireworks? The neighborhood was uncharacteristically quiet this year, I thought.) What’s going on? SONG OF THE DAY The Ditty Bops – “Sugar and Spice.” How can you not love The Ditty Bops? They’re quirky and offbeat but never in a way that... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 5 & 6
by | July 10, 2008 | 17 Comments
Again, I decided to summarize the episodes briefly, and spend more of my time talking about the food and the themes presented through it. This approach may be how I continue with Gourmet, because to me the highlight isn’t the drama’s plot or even the food porn (mm, food porn), but how well they’re telling... More »