Chungmuro/Film News
Tazza and Le Grand Chef sequels in the making
by | January 23, 2009 | 3 Comments
Uh, do we really need this? Both Le Grand Chef and Tazza were originally manhwas that were turned into movies that were turned into drama series. Now, both franchises are getting a movie sequel. A rep from the production behind Le Grand Chef 2 said, “Currently we’re busy working on the screenplay. New director Baek... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding merit in the mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A grump reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Witterings on 2008 dramas [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2008 | 49 Comments
[And thus begins the year-in-review series for 2008 dramas! This’ll be a four-part series, and I’m honored to have three lovely bloggers — Sevenses, thunderbolt, and Dahee_Fanel — offering up their reviews in addition to mine. Hope you enjoy! –javabeans] Year in Review – 2008 – In which I practiced my ?? face a lot.... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 24 (Final)
by | September 29, 2008 | 48 Comments
Instead of another foodpr0n montage, I thought it would be fitting to do something a little different for this last episode. Gourmet really has been, all along, more about execution than inventiveness (ordinary events, but depicted well), and this is once again exemplified in Episode 24. To wit: I could sum up the episode in... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 23
by | September 22, 2008 | 7 Comments
As though to make up for the lack in recent episodes, there’s lots and lots of food in this episode. And that means lots and lots of food analysis! Mmm, my favorite kind of analysis. Apart from actually eating. SONG OF THE DAY Gourmet OST – “그대 좋아하는 계절이 와요” (The season you like is... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 22
by | September 21, 2008 | 23 Comments
Not as much foodie talk today, as you can see. Or, I should say, there’s not as much literal cooking going on, although food is still our main source of concern, what with Oonamjeong’s fate hanging in the balance. Also, is it me, or are Kim Rae-won‘s shirts suddenly a lot tighter? Not that I’m... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 21
by | September 8, 2008 | 20 Comments
Oh, Bong-joo. You’ve made quite a swift decline over onto the dark side, haven’t you? And to think, at the beginning of the series I thought there was hope for you and your thick-headed, belligerent ways. Also, the romance takes two steps forward (and one step back). But hey, that’s better than one step forward... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 20
by | September 1, 2008 | 13 Comments
It seems as though every episode puts Oonamjeong on the brink of certain disaster, doesn’t it? It’s one of the inevitable byproducts of adapting a manhwa — what seems plausible in the pages of a comic book doesn’t always correlate perfectly to real life. For instance, how is it a restaurant (even a high-class one)... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 19
by | August 28, 2008 | 13 Comments
Really cute episode. Kim Rae-won is particularly fun to watch as he blunders through courtship, which is both cute and amusing, because he reminds me of so many hapless guys trying to figure out women and faltering badly, even though the answer seems so obvious from an outside perspective. (Women aren’t really so complicated, guys!... More »