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,... 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... 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... 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),... More »

Drama Casting & News
Waving both his hair and the conductor’s wand
by | July 10, 2008 | 20 Comments
Kim Myung-min unveils his new curly-top hairstyle for his upcoming role as an orchestra conductor in Beethoven Virus. The classical-music-themed drama also stars Lee Jia as a violinist and Jang Geun-seok as a trumpet player; not loving the casting, but Kim Myung-min will blow them out of the water anyway.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Monday-Tuesday ratings analysis: One hit, one cult following, one flop
by | July 9, 2008 | 23 Comments
When Night Comes, Strongest Chil Woo This is interesting because I’m actually watching all three Monday-Tuesday dramas right now, and I agree with the general points made, and yet find the outcome curious. Gourmet is the undeniable winner, consistently earning more viewers than When Night Comes and Strongest Chil Woo... More »

Drama Casting & News
Casting roll call: Iljimae, Triple
by | July 9, 2008 | 14 Comments
Lee Seung-gi has left the cast of MBC’s upcoming Iljimae, only to be replaced by… Jung Il-woo? On July 9, his management issued the reason: “Because Iljimae kept being pushed back and will film in China for a month, it will add difficulty to his shooting for 1 Night 2... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 8
by | July 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
The bad news: No Magical Hour today. The good news: Still, we get horse chases, whip action, matching Scars of Childhood Trauma, a near face-shooting (insert your own Dick Cheney joke here), impostor assassins, and, oh yeah, DRAG QUEENS. (I should’ve known Chil Woo wouldn’t be complete without drag queens.)... More »

Drama Casting & News
Park Jin-woo plays second fiddle
by | July 8, 2008 | 26 Comments
Remember the cute baseball-playing kid who played Moon Geun-young‘s age-appropriate boyfriend (before she hooks up with Kim Rae-won) in the cute 2004 romantic comedy My Little Bride? Well, the two are pairing up again, because Park Jin-woo has just been cast in SBS’s upcoming high-profile sageuk drama The Painter of... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 7
by | July 7, 2008 | 9 Comments
Most of the time when music is used to tell you how to react to a scene, I find it annoying and a mark of poor writing, or poor music direction, or both. Because while music enhances a scene, the moment shouldn’t NEED a song to tell me when to... More »