[Album Review] Tasty-Spectrum

8 Aug

Woollim Entertainment’s new boy duo, Tasty,  finally released their debut mini-album yesterday titled Spectrum! 
I was disappointed to hear that they only released three full-length songs and an intro, but I’m still excited to hear their music. Woollim has made a name for themselves based on the quality of their artists’ music: Infinte, NELL, JiSun, and formerly Epik High. They are not the flashiest label, but they know how to foster some great artists. Continue reading

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Top 5 Dramas of 2012 (so far)

8 Aug

Hi Readers!

I just returned from the desolate land of West Virginia, so please forgive me for not blogging for a while. No offense to anyone that lives in that dismal state, but the severe lack of civilization, wifi, and level ground, made me to appreciate my lovely state of New Jersey a lot more.

Anyhoo, I haven’t had much time to catch up on dramas this year but I did find time for 5 remarkable KDramas. I feel like I say this a lot, but these dramas are literally some of the best that I’ve watched ever.

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The Drama Year So Far

7 Aug

Ah, this is my second year watching dramas (to think I only started last year!) and so far I’ve almost completed or completed thirteen dramas and less than halfway on at least two or three dramas. My goal this year is to watch at least 25 dramas this year and provide meaningful discussion about them. Thankfully, Dramabeans have been a huge help in separating the things I ought to watch and the things I should avoid. Hence, I’m not watching Dr. Jin or Operation Proposal because they’re both deemed terrible.

Since there are only so much hours in a day and only so much free time in a while, I obviously won’t and can’t watch all of the dramas that aired. My attention span for Korean dramas are much much shorter than my attention span for American shows since they’re two different things. Hence, I don’t watch shows that have more than (+ or -) 20 episodes. In other words, I’m only here to watch short-term dramas.

So this post here is to give you guys my brief (by my standards, at least) take on each of the dramas I’ve seen or I am currently watching. I have to leave some of my other analysis for my late-year listings and stuff.

I didn’t rate dramas where I’ve seen too few episodes to actually make a serious rating.

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What I Like About Reply Me 1997

4 Aug

Recently, I’ve had a sudden interest in watching Korean cable dramas because I found that they bear some semblance to the  cable dramas that air here in the States. While strict laws set by the FCC have limited the stories that broadcast TV shows can make, they don’t apply to cable dramas where nudity is much more common and violence is much more common. While nothing like that has ever appeared on cable dramas in Korea (not that I’m an expert or anything), the quality of the storytelling is markedly better in cable shows. Also, they’re easier to digest because their running time is at least 15 minutes shorter than normal broadcast dramas (trust me, those 15 mins take up a lot of time!). As a result, the writing is usually tighter and there are less filler episodes. This year alone, I’ve watched three cable dramas that rank among my favorite of the year: Queen In Hyun’s ManShut Up Flower Boy Band, and I Need Romance 2. Last week, the new TVN drama Reply 1997 or Answer Me 1997 made its debut and I have to say I have very high hopes for this drama.

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[Thespian Review] Jung Ryeo Won – History of the Salaryman

26 Jul

I have so many fond memories of The History of the Salaryman because it’s honestly my favorite drama so far of this year and is eternally watchable. It’s not your average Korean drama or comedy. There’s a lot of unexpected surprises in it and is packed with clever jokes and memorable scenes that I can’t believe how engrossing and damn near perfect it was. The writing was truly special but what brought those ideas and words onscreen to life were the ensemble cast who all perform at the top of their game–each and every member of this sprawling cast was really good and was really exciting to watch. I can’t wait until December when I finalize my list for favorite performances this year. I’m sure most of them will make it.

What made me even happier about this drama was how likable and how perfectly acted the four lead characters in this show. While I my favorite performance from this cast changes depending on when you ask me and I probably will write about all four individuals soon, I want to start by writing about a very memorable performance from Jang Ryu Won as Yeo-chi, the foul-mouthed chaebol daughter and heroine of this show.

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K-Pop Comeback: Why That is Misleading

25 Jul

Today I was perusing k-pop websites when I came across a picture of Teen Top’s comeback. I had to stop to think for a second because I was so sure that they just had a comeback last month and in January. Well they did have two comebacks this year already and after confirming it, I really got annoyed.

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[Thespian Review] Gong Yoo – “Big”

25 Jul

With Big finally ending and my anger still raging against that horrid ending, I want to revive a series that I dropped for reasons most likely attributed to busy schedule and reduced amount of drama viewing. But starting today and all throughout next week, I want to bring “Thespian Review,” where I analyze a specific performance from a drama, back with a bang–This week, there’ll be four performances that blew my mind away. I’ve been dying to write about these actors since I finished watching their shows: Gong Yoo in Big, Kim Soo Hyun in The Moon That Embraces the Sun, Lee Seung Gi in The King 2 Hearts, and Jung Ryu Won in History of the Salaryman. Today, let’s start with Gong Yoo’s performance.

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