Beanie level: Errand boy

I know this question’s come up before but I’m still curious. Are characters in Hyena (and elsewhere) really dropping f-bombs or is Netflix taking liberties?

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Beanies—Following March’s focus on music, are we celebrating women this April?

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Squeezing in my only post on the last day of Music March.

Mom’s 6th death anniversary is in two days and I was reminded of a moment I realized Mom was more hip than I’d given her credit for. She really was one of the most culturally literate people I’ve ever known but when it came my music, I was certain she knew shite.

I was 14 years old in 1983. Y’all remember how synth-y music was then? We were riding in the car when Mom stunned me by singing the words to Naked Eye’s “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” as it played on the car radio.

I sputtered incredulously, “You know this?!” She snorted back, “Oh, this was a hit in the sixties.”

Mom’s favorite pop composer was Burt Bacharach but I’ll never know who did her favorite version. Lou Johnson? Shandi Shaw? Dionne Warwick? (And Mom was quite tight with Ms. Warwick.)

[tsutsuloo tosses back a shot of imaginary soju in Mom’s memory]

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Photos from The Guardian:
South Korea’s booming Dirve-Ins — In Pictures
Box office numbers for drive-in cinemas in Seoul, South Korea, are on the rise as people find a way to avoid crowds during the coronavirus outbreak

Drive-ins are always good opportunities to bring your beloved kdrama OTP closer together! Any Beanies ever go to drive-ins?

My only memory of going to a drive-in was shortly after immigrating to the States in the mid-70’s. I was in kindergarten when my mother and step-father took the Jeep to the drive-in, me snuggled in the back wrapped up in quilts. I never did know what they went to see because I zonked out soon after the show started.

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    My small town had a dive in until the late 90s, maybe. So all through my childhood and high school. I loved it and still miss it.

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      I just checked my state’s tourism bureau. There are only 9 drive-ins in my state, two within 25 miles of my city. They normally open on Memorial Day or thereabouts … if they’re able to open, I’ll definitely go this summer!

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    I wish we still had more than a few drive-ins here. It would be nice to get out for a few hours but still be away from everyone.

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    We went to drive-in a lot because it was cheap, two movies for $10, no matter how many people were in the car. Saw Kindergarten cop a lot while going to see the other movie.

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@linda-palapala—Have you checked out BELLA&LUCAS’s YouTube channel? I was charmed by their Crash Landing on You 4-hand piano OST medley. They do costumes from these OST covers. Too cute!

According to one of their “about us” videos, the platonic duo met a decade ago as composition majors at Seoul National University. Bella (Oh Young-kyung) and Lucas (Kim Dong-hyun) are in their late 20’s-early 30’s with day jobs in the music industry. Kim Dong-hyun, in particular, collaborates with k-pop artists. (He produced New Authors and played keyboards on this collaboration with Elaine. That woman’s voice kills me. If you watched Mr. Sunshine, she’ll sound familiar.)

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 12 It\’s fate, baby. Such a good episode! I love our resourceful ducklings and all the emotions! Who knew the sight of a woman bringing firewood would make me sob?

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 11 It’s just too cute watching Jung Hyuk pore over his thirsty posts. Yes, sweetie, you are a “babe magnet.”

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 11 Sure, he’s a scammer and thief but don’t you love watching Goo Seug Jun pine for Seo Dan?



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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 11 Goo Seung Jun asks, “Why did she smile?”

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PBS Studios | Sound Field: Why K-Pop is More Complex Think You Think
Nahre Sol investigates why K-Pop is different from other styles of Pop music, speaks to K-Pop producer and songwriter David Amber and attempts to create her own K-Pop track. Source: YouTube

While she’s not overly academic, Nahre uses and explains music theory terms. You’ll feel much smarter afterwards! Now you know the Phrygian mode is the most common mode in K-pop!

If you love learning about music, I recommend watching more of Sound Field, one of my favorite digital-first programs from PBS Digital Studios. Hosts Nahre Sol and LA Buckner are both musicians and music educators. This YouTube series explores all aspects of music, from “What is the Spotify Sound” and “What Makes Black gospel Musicians So Skilled” to “Why Does Sad Music Sound Sad?” and “Where is the Funk? How Prince Created the Minneapolis Sound.”

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    That was cool, thanks!

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    Just subscribed to the channel.
    To add on to this, I recommend the YouTube channel ReacttotheK. They’re all music students who listen and react to k-pop songs for the first time.

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    This is a really interesting channel, especially for music junkies like myself! Thank you for sharing. I just subscribed to the channel too.

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Crash Landing on You: I knew the actress playing Seo Dan’s mom was the Kim matriarch in Parasite. Just learned today Dan’s uncle played the housekeeper’s husband in the film too. ”Respect!!!

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    OMGGG I KNEW DAN’S MOM WAS HOUSEKEEPER KIM TOO BUT WOW DID I MISS THE UNCLE! HIS HAIR IS LONGER LOL #RESPECT

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    It’s like my brain just lit up! Thank you!

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 10: Kim Jung Hyun was splendid in this episode. I do love his Alberto Gu persona and his English was much improved here, with a winsome touch of Borat.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 10

This bed is not to be wasted.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 10

The dream:

The reality:

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 9 : Of all the mothers, I’m most curious about Han Jung Yun’s journey. She’s haunted by her past cruelty to Se Ri; will she finally embrace this unwanted daughter when Se Ri returns from the dead?

I wobbled a bit when I saw how that surreptitiously shot photo of Mom was the only “family” photo Se Ri had in the apartment.

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    i don’t understand this plotline..
    If seri is illegitamate child of her dad, she doesn’t seem to show affection towards dad (when we know that dad thinks very highly of her and always has)

    Mom i can understand, for all theoretical arguments that may exist out there, it is near impossible to actually be affectionate towards an illegitimate child .. one will always have strong negative feelings .. so what mom did, i can rationalize

    But, what totally baffles me is why Seri is hell bent on “winning” mom’s approval.. is it guilt conscious because her existence is living proof of how mom’s life was devastated.. and if that is the case then it is not pure love or respect from seri’s side towards Mom.. it is just pure guilt

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      I hope we’ll see more back story related to Se Ri’s childhood and how she broke away from the family. Will the story explore the state of her parents’ marriage?

      I think what Se Ri wants from Mom is love and acceptance, not approval. Children want the love of their parents, even when families are f*cked up.

      Look at the heartbreak work of Harry Harlow and the wire mothers. Debora Blum’s book Love at Goon Park brilliantly explores how Harlow’s work revolutionized our understanding of child development and legitimized the need for attachment between children and parents.

      A recent documentary my PBS colleagues did on our state’s foster care system observed a similar phenomenon. Kids in the system would rather be raised by their own families.

      It’s possible for some to genuinely recover from an affair—even one that produced a child—but I suspect Se Ri’s dad did little to repair his marriage. The mom seems not to have demanded a reset of their marriage and can only regard Se Ri as a reminder of her husband’s betrayal. What an awful burden for both mother and child.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 9 : The moms were so good today!

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    and a mention of mother in laws 😛
    this drama is so good in mocking itself in the most serious moment as well..

    SK fanboy’s commentary on how JH’s MIL must have kidnapped Seri (seaweed slap or water slap)..seri’s commentary of JH’s “Father in law” and understanding him ( and it is hilarious.. or maybe the best scene when she tells him how his son in law is basically incompetent and powerless in sending her back.. – he is the man she loves..and disses him in front of his “father in law” telling FIL that your daughter isn’t really marrying a “wonderful catch”.. and also telling JH’s father that your son really isn’t competent.. while harbouring the purest romantic feelings that she has ever had”
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    and i loved SD today.. specially her one sided love story too..

    can i plz have more of taeswoon.. i am not sure if he truly meant she is attractive or was trying to pacify her

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      Yeah, the scene at the hotel bar was great! It was good to see more of Seo Dan’s vulnerability. And how is Kim Jung Hyun so effortlessly charming? Ack!

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 9 : JH’s pop did excellent eye work today. (The actor, Jeon Gook Hwan, recently played Grandpa/Dad in Graceful Family.) This is the international macro-expression for “Oh … f***.”

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    This GIF will for sure come in handy and become a classic. 😂
    I absolutely loved him in this ep. I like his sassy side! 😏

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    He was so memeable today 😂

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    It’s even more memorable to me because this is the first time I’ve seen this comic side of him. All his previous roles were either evil/outrageous/authoritarian/uncompromising, like every time I saw him I was like “Ah shit here we go again” =))

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    I’m saving this! Loved this scene. I don’t know if it was meant to be funny, but I totally laughed!

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 9: Se Ri’s love note killed me! I’m dead.

Uri Jung Hyuk might lean towards the “dark and serious” but the few English titles I could discern reveals a man of electic tastes:

* Washington (can’t see the author)
* The Great Hunger, perhaps about Ireland’s famine?
* Secret for a Nightingale, a 1986 gothic romance by Victoria Holt (a nom de plume of Eleanor Hibbert). He reads bodice rippers!!!
* Girl, Interrupted, Susana Kaysen’s 1993 memoir about mental illness, later made into the movie where Wynona Ryder proved to be much less interesting than Angelina Jolie.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 4 Having finished Ep. 8, I’ve been thinking about the main characters’ moms and went back to Ep. 4 to for a closer look at Han Jun Yun, Se-ri’s (step)mother.

It’s a doozy of scene and feels all the more poignant now that we know more about Se-ri’s heartwrenching childhood. Beginning at 42:00, Se-ri’s dad instructs his second son to take over the company. No. 1 son immediately argues that he should have the company and launches into a tirade against Se-ri.

Mother, say something. You know what? Let’s all be honest here. Did anyone at this table consider Se-ri part of our family? You all treated her as if she was some unwanted stray dog. Mom, when Father brought her home, you probably wanted to abandon her if no one was looking.

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    Mother abruptly stands but before she speaks, she thinks of little Se-Ri counting to 99 and starting over, as she waits alone in the dark by the beach.

    Speaking in measured tones, Mother finally speaks in defense of her daughter. When she speaks of their “wrong decision,” is she also be thinking of her own failure to fully love Se-Ri?

    Do you want to hear my opinion? I think you made the wrong decision … We don’t know what happened to Se-ri yet. So finding a replacement for Se-ri is being too rash. That’s my opinion. That we don’t know yet. I believe Se-ri can come back.

    My eyes teared as I watched this scene again. Mom’s not just saying Se-Ri can come back. Se-ri has to come back if Mom wants a chance to repair their broken relationship.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 7-8: Anyone else hoping for a big payoff with the leads’ moms? I’m curious about all three.

Jung Hyuk’s mom, Kim Yun Hee, pushed back against her husband’s dismissive putdown. As a parent, I can barely imagine the pain they’ve suffered after the loss of their first son. Although she realizes that her son’s recent actions put the family in danger, she’s most concerned about her son’s wellbeing. Se Ri’s mom, Han Jung Yun, is a cipher. She was unable to wholeheartedly love her husband’s illegitimate child yet now doesn’t hesitate to call Se Ri “my daughter.” Will she step up to protect Se Ri from her odious brothers? Seo Dan’s mom, Go Ayung Eun, might be a gauche cartoon but she’s got deep reserves of grit and love for her daughter.

Gawd, I love Dan’s mom, superbly played by Jan Hye Jin, who recently played the shotput-throwing mom in Parasite.

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    I love Dan’s mom. I have never seen her act before but she is totally owning her scenes here.
    I like your write up.
    Am also very curious about Se-Ri’s step mom. I think she couldn’t love her but she is not evil to want her dead. She wanted to protect her sons because she probably knew the daughter was way smarter than her two sons combined.

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      Heh. It must suck to look at your family and realize you’ve raised a pair of sh*ts. If it’s really the case— as Se-ri’s team manager says—that the conglomerate cared more about stocks than making a family, the parents bare at least some responsibility in shaping such awful men.

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    Love your insight with the moms! I was surprised when JH’s mom snapped back her husband, she may look soft but can definitely stand strong for her son. JH’s dad also has a soft side too, hopefully he’ll eventually figure out a way for our poor couple. On another note, Dan’s mom’s English is so good, she doesn’t even have accent! I’m happy that Korean actors have been stepping up their language game <3

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