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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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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 7: What is it about this show’s OST that makes it all so achey and wistful—especially in their quiet moments? And has there ever been a man in dramaland who can resist errant locks?

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 7 I haven’t laughed that hard at a fridge since Melissa McCarthy’s “gun fridge” in The Heat.

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    I’ve laughed so so much in this kdrama. The writing is excellent and the humor is exactly my style.

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 7 Beanies! How was Hyun Bin’s German accent? The only words I understood were “mein Bruder” and that sounded sharp to my unpracticed ear.

Is he believable as a person who’s lived in Switzerland for a long time? Perhaps better than our dear Alberto Gu, British Diplomat. 😉

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    It was actually excellent, i understood every word of what he said!

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      He was speaking Hoch deutsch (Standard German, not some Swiss dialect, which I don’t understand much either)

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    Hyun Bin speaking my native language totally caught me off guard. His pronunciation was perfekt, really natural, with a cute accent… and made me cry even more during the whole scene.

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      @oppafangirl & @willow—I’m cheered to have my initial impression confirmed by German speakers! Acting naturally with children is challenging enough, let alone in a second language. Bravo, Hyun Bin! 😀

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Crash Landing on You | Ep. 2 Don’t mind me. I’m getting ready for my new kdrama crush.

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    The ajhumma’s crush and jealousy is so funny!!
    No body is good for their Captain Ri!!

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The origin story of the written Korean language is often told. This upcoming movie tells the story of preserving the Korean language during the Japanese occupation. Will it be as good as the trailer?

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Crash Landing in You | Ep. 1 “You’re totally my type.”

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NYTimes.com: Manny Jacinto of ‘The Good Place’ Plummets to Earth
Best known for playing Jason Mendoza, a “hot life-size action figure,” Mr. Jacinto is ready for the big screen.

Can I just say if he and Dianne have children, their child will effectively eclipse the sun? Is that possible?

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Wow. The hype is real! I finally saw Parasite with my family this morning. At the end, my teen asked, \”Are all Korean films this good?\” Although I stopped caring about the Oscars years ago, I’m glad Korea has submitted this film for the Oscar best international feature. It deserves nominations for the top prizes too—Best Picture and Best Director.

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    I loved Parasite!

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      I somehow managed to avoid all reviews, trailers and thought pieces. *whew*

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        Same. I first heard about the film when it won an award at Cannes so I knew I had to watch it. I just watched the trailer yesterday to see how it was being promoted, it gives nothing away but still enticing.

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          I watched the trailers for the first time today. While they don’t give away the plot, they reveal other lovely moments I enjoyed in the film as they happened. I’ve always loved trailers but, unless I’m in the movie theater, I’m beginning to think I need to avoid them.

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Teen Vogue: Talking About Mental Health Is Still Taboo in K-Pop, But Things Are Changing
By Jeff Benjamin | Oct. 25, 2019


Image: Getty Images | teenvogue.com

As part of K-Pop Week at Teen Vogue, the magazine is exploring the popular music genre with articles that explore its origins, biggest stars, and intricacies. This article explores difficulties of living in the public gaze and how K-pop culture is slowly shifting taboos on talking about mental health.

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Graceful Family | Ep. 15 This scene captures my own reaction shots—and exhaustion— to the various surprises of Ep. 15 – 16. With all the birth secrets, I half expected Ms. Han to reveal herself to be her own grandpa.

Note to viewers catching Ep. 16: Watch all the credits to the very end. Feels like a trailer to a spin off.

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Even without English subs, Graceful Family | Ep. 14 is a delight. The explosive choral music gives me life! Such crackjang goodness. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Appa with the vapors. Plus, the OTP is adorable.

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    Stop it. Stop it stop it. I will not watch it raw. I will WAIT. Oh and flood the fanwall. Just try and stop me.

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      Am so excited after watching Episode 13. But I need to wait for subs for 14.
      Oh and the ship sailed. I hope we have a long drawn sweet revenge. We have endured 13 episodes of losing, I want to relish the victories!!

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        Big reveal at the end!

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          And now I have more questions. Can Choel-hee even conceive children? Or was was Soek-hee’s mom shutting it down because of Choel-hee’s affairs.

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            Interesting question.
            What’s the most over the top makjang answer?

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