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Jan. 26th, 2013 12:13 pm
firthgal: (christoph)
I did nothing yesterday except watch Korean dramas and read Christoph Waltz porn all night. OMG, I LOVE THE PORN BATTLE. Do you know how devastated I was when there wasn't a summer one? But OMG, it was so worth the wait. Though I do feel weird for so thoroughly enjoying the Django/Broomhilda/Schultz fics. I mean, I didn't ship Schultz with either of them while watching the film, and I still don't ship him with them in a sexy way (I kept giggling during the sex scenes in the fics), but ooooooooh how happy they could have been together! Schultz could have been the lovable, goofy uncle that always had an awesome story to tell while Django and Broomhilda were the kickass parents with the most epic love for each other and their family, and just... *sniff* And yeah, naturally Schultz would get lonely being around Django and Broomhilda, but that's when he can meet me, see, and we fall in mad love and have a bunch of babies together and our families live together in happiness forever. I am not usually a fan of self-insert fics, but apparently when it comes to King Schultz, I so am. My two favorites from the battle:

California by transmacabre (angsty and guuuuuuuh and I feel like they could have been this way for real, only, you know, without the Django/Schultz/Broomhilda kissy times, although this fic came very close to making me believe in that aspect of their relationship, too)

Dead or Alive by malkontent (Schultz/OFC, the Schultz dialog in this is flawless. I wish the author would write a full-length Schultz prequel to the film, OMG).

I am kind of shocked at the lack of Candie/Django fics. I was basically shouting, "Just make-out already!" in my head every time they had a scene together, but I guess people are too afraid to broach that in fic (way too offensive, but, you know, Django would be the dominate one, always). Or even Candie/Schultz fic, since Candie's final confrontation in the film was with Schultz. Or Django/Broomhilda, because their love truly was epic. IDK, but I love the fact that most Django fic is all about Schultz.

Also, there are two Hans Landa/Bridgette Von Hammersmark fics that are SO FREAKING GOOD, OMG. I died. They killed me with their dirtybadwrong sexiness.

Play Dead by lion_heart (Bridgette getting sweet, sweet revenge)

Lying Eyes by lion_heart (Hans is scary sexy. Literally).

On the Korean drama front, I checked out Level 7 Civil Servant and I am quite enjoying it. I mean, I wouldn't call it good considering there are many bits that I ended up fast forwarding through, but the bickering chemistry between the main couple is enough to keep me coming back for more. They are just so damn entertaining together, I can't get enough of them. But when they aren't together, the flaws of the show are too much to take. The parents of both of them are annoying and need to go, the female lead's over-the-top Candy characterization doesn't work for her in the least, the supporting characters aren't very interesting at this point (the parents, the teacher, the bad guys), and the damn show takes way too long to set up a premise that we knew from the beginning. It should have gotten to the bickering hijinks a lot sooner. On the upside, I am digging the spy school stuff, and I am loving Gil Ro's rival (I forget his name, but the dude that got shot by the little girl). And as I said, the two leads are highly entertaining together, so I quite love them (except, you know, when they're apart. Gil Ro is okay on his own, but not very interesting. The girl is annoying/kind of weak on her own, but awesome and strong and witty when she's with Gil Ro). There's a scene in the preview for next week where Gil Ro is yelling at her and says, "Why do you let yourself get treated that way?" and I really have to agree with him. She doesn't let him get away with treating her badly, and yet she's letting the other recruits walk all over her. Grow a spine, damn it! It's just frustrating that she sometimes has one and sometimes doesn't. A lot of people are complaining that Joo Won is too over the top, but I actually think he's done exceptionally well with the material he's been given. In fact, I am enjoying him much more here than I did with Gaksital.

I am still very much enjoying Flower Boy Next Door. I am so, so happy that we are finally getting some decent rom-coms again.
firthgal: (comm - dean)
My reaction to the latest Best Love (besides my high pitched "Why" scream): HAAAAAAAART BRAAAAAAAAKE. Damn it, show! Damn it! Why do you make them so irresistibly adorable only to CRUSH OUR AZALEA PETALS in the end? *sniff* Oh gosh, the back and forth with these two. You know I am a sucker for unrequited love. But two-way unrequited love really gets me. Just, can't these two ever be on the same page? Psh. I love it, but I hate it. But I really love it. AUGH, THIS SHOW. Also, I cracked up laughing so freaking hard during the scene where Dokko Jin was "zooming" past Ae Jung to show her that he didn't care about her anymore. OMG, greatest manchild in the universe.

City Hunter - The first ep was super awesome and incredibly well done. It got me crying for characters and relationships that were just briefly introduced, and it really sold me on the revenge story, and it looked to be shaping into a truly epic drama. But then the second episode happened, and it tried way too hard to be a quirky romcom. Problem is, after all of the drama and epicness of episode 1, ep 2 just felt frivolous. The romance isn't strong enough to carry the show, and the only time the show was interesting was when it went back to the revenge plot, or when it amped up the drama. So, yeah, I think this drama just needs to figure out what it wants to be. The chemistry between the leads isn't strong enough to be a romcom, and if I'm honest, the lead characters aren't charming/interesting enough for it to be one. Revenge dramas get away with less interesting heroes because the plot makes up for it, so, I'm hoping this veers away from the romance and focuses more on the revenge aspect. Or make the romance dramatic? Which I'm sure it will be when it gets to the point that he has to kill the president and she's protecting the president, so in essence he'll be killing her since she'll give her life to protect him, but, well, at this point it's just weighing the show down. Especially since they are making it the Cold Playboy Falls In Love With Spunky Innocent Girl and Slowly Grows a Heart dynamic. We saw in the beginning that he is actually quite playful and openly loving, so this romance dynamic just doesn't work with them. I don't know, I don't know. I just feel like ep 1 and ep 2 were completely different shows.

On the Kim Myung Min front (come on, you knew I couldn't get through a post without mentioning him), I watched Man of Vendetta the other night. It's also less commonly known as The Demolished Man, which I think is a way more apt title, because it was in no way, shape, or form a tale about revenge. It was about a minister whose daughter gets kidnapped, and he's unsuccessful in getting her back, and he loses his faith and is just going through the motions in life. Now, the movie's not bad, but I think it would have been better had it focused on him slowly crumbling and turning into a completely different person, but instead it just flashes ahead 8 years and we don't see any of that, so it's hard to connect with him since he is basically an entirely different character than he was in the first 5 or so minutes. And it's kind of boring for awhile simply because we can't connect to him, and he's emotionally deadened to life anyway (which is emphasized in a sex scene where he is just so not into it, and it just feels dirty and wrong, but OMG, he's so beautiful that I can't help but love it), but then he kind of has a run-in with this really creepy dude and right away you know it's the kidnapper, and he calls KMM's character and FINALLY the movie gets started. Apparently it was a psychological thriller, but damn if you could figure that out from the first 30 minutes. Anyway, once it got to the crazy kidnapper dude (who was played by the teacher from Dream High!) the movie got pretty exciting, and I loved how KMM's character came to life again. And for the most part it's just Crazy Kidnapper Dude killing innocent people and making the little girl lure little kids into his car so that he can get money from their parents and then kill the kids, and him sitting in a room butt-naked listening to classical music, but KMM was awesome at being the desperate father just trying to get his baby back. Like, you could feel his desperateness and his worry and his blinding hope. And then in the end, when he clutches her to him as she screams and he cries out "I'm sorry, I'm sorry I took so long," I just started bawling. OMG, that scene was so well done. KMM is awesome, is what I'm saying.

Also, last night I watched Water for Elephants. Christoph Waltz and Kim Myung Min still remind me of each other. Anyway, the movie itself was just kind of blah, but Christoph was his usual amazing self. He is just so awesome at playing these quietly psychotic characters who seem so put together on the surface. And oh how he makes you feel for them. Seriously, dudes, I knew that August was bad bad bad, but I still felt his every emotion. Everyone else was pretty unremarkable, except for Camel and Walter. And Rosie the elephant!
firthgal: (kmm)
But first:

1. Watched the first ep of Baby-faced Beauty. It was pretty meh. I guess I had higher hopes for it than I should have. I fear that, much like My Country Calls, I will end up rooting for Ryu Jin to get the girl and then I will lose interest halfway through since I know he won't. *sigh* Damn it, Ryu Jin, why do you have to be so awesome? Seriously, why is this dude never the first lead? He's always cast as the eccentric/difficult second lead who outshines the first male lead every damn time. I don't know, man, I don't know. But he's super gorgeous AND he's a fantastic actor. This just spells trouble for whoever is up against him.

2. Best Love/The Greatest Love/Whatever the hell they're calling it now. LOVE! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I can't even think of another drama where I have so thoroughly enjoyed the first episode before. OMG, it was just delightful in every way and the leads have fantastic chemistry that is this great mix of subtle and HAWT, and GRATUITOUS CHA SEUNG WON SHOWER SCENE, and I am already in mad love with both of the leads and can't freaking wait to see what happens next. Seriously, great opening episode. I have a feeling that this will be my favorite out of the new crop of dramas this month, unless Lie to Me can manage to woo me just as quickly. Although, seeing as how Best Love is a Hong Sisters drama, I am guessing that I will adore it until about episode 10, and by then the obstacles will get so ridiculous that I'll just be watching for the heck of it (that's what happened with You're Beautiful and My Girl, but in both of those I loved the main couple so much that I just stuck it out. With Delightful Girl Chun Hyang I just couldn't bring myself to finish it, mostly because the second male lead grated on my nerves). Actually, the second male leads in You're Beautiful and My Girl also drove me nuts. Augh, I hope the second lead in this one doesn't turn out whiny and/or persistent to a creepy degree. That is usually the main flaw of the Hong Sister dramas. I only watched through about episode 4 or 5 of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. For some reason that drama just never managed to pull me in. But Best Love? So far so good. I hope it stays awesome and delightful.

And now the love letter:

KIM MYUNG MIN. He is the best. The best! So, I've maybe spent most of my free time this week rewatching all of the Kang Mae scenes from Beethoven's Virus (over and over and over again). And then I watched various interviews with him on YouTube and fell even more in love with him. And then I watched a documentary about him, Kim Myung Min Was Not There, and, OMG, I am a total goner. Just, he's amazing in every way. With the way he totally embodied the character of Kang Mae, I kind of figured that he was a method actor, but good lord, dude's crazy. Crazy in an awesome way, of course, but still crazy. His dedication to his job astounds me, and all the little details that he puts into his performance makes me as a viewer feel special and appreciated, because it just makes the character so complete and so real for me. I love that he researches his roles so thoroughly and wants so badly to give the best possible performance that he can give, and he challenges himself with every new role. And god, the scene where he breaks into tears after explaining how he was replaced in the first project where he was finally going to be a lead, OH MY HEART. I could actually feel how cruel that experience was for him just from seeing the pain in his face. God, how could they not even tell him until he got on the set? WTF? He excitedly picked out his wardrobe and researched and rehearsed and THEY DIDN'T EVEN TELL HIM. And the only reason why they replaced him was because they found someone more conventionally attractive to play the part. BASTARDS! KIM MYUNG MIN IS A GORGEOUS BEAST, OKAY? He depends on his talent and dedication rather than his looks. Excuuuuuuuuse him! *hmph* Seriously dudes, I was so offended on his behalf that it's sad. But you know what? He is now super successful and truly appreciated for his talent. I loved the bit where he said that he wants to be known as a great actor, not a star. It's all about the performance for him. Gaaaaaah, I love him.

Anyway, the first time that I watched Beethoven Virus, I kept thinking that Kim Myung Min reminded me of someone. I think it was the "Dang. Dung. O. Ri" scene that made me go, "Christoph Waltz! That's who it is!" I have no idea why it was that scene that made me realize that he reminded me of Christoph Waltz, but, stylistically they have very similar approaches to their characters, and even lookswise, when KMM is being Kang Mae, he even resembles Christoph a little bit. Just a little. I think it's just the stilted way of talking and the way he carries himself and the wardrobe. I DON'T KNOW. But after I realized that, I had wondered if KMM was a method actor, too, and... yeah, he most definitely is. They both do the research thing, but I think KMM takes it even further than Christoph does. KMM is more like oldschool Robert DeNiro. Case in point, he lost an insane amount of weight to play a character who was dying of Lou Gherig's disease (and I watched that movie last night, and good lord, he was scary amazing. He totally disappeared into the role, same as he did with Kang Mae).

Basically, Kim Myung Min is an amazing human being and I would put him in the same acting category as Robert DeNiro and Christoph Waltz. Few can compare with those guys in my eyes. In fact, no one can. Except for Kim Myung Min! Oh, I love him.
firthgal: (christoph - landa pipe)
So, I just watched The Green Hornet. NOT ENOUGH CHRISTOPH. Otherwise it was okay. Highly entertaining and/or hilarious in some parts, boring in others. I am not a fan of slow motion action, so that kind of bugged me, but it was totally worth it for that one scene near the end. I loved Brit's love for Kaito. I loved Chudnofsky's attempts at being more relevant (that hilariously backfired, OMG). I really loved how Chudnofsky was so naturally badass but nobody appreciated it. And oh how I enjoyed his neurotic moments! No one does neurotic bad guys better than Christoph. God, he made me love him so freaking much that I may have screamed in horror when he got his comeuppance. OH, DEAR GOD, HOW COULD THEY DO THAT TO MY CHRISTOPH? I had a lot of trouble falling in love with Brit and Kaito, I have to say. Brit was a douche and Kaito was so wooden that I just couldn't care for them. But then, after their big fight? It felt like Brit grew up a little, and Kaito was actually having feelings, and suddenly I found myself loving them, so, it all worked out in the end. Still though, I loved Chudnofsky more, especially when he was being Bloodnofsky (Christoph looks smoking hot in a red suit, by the way). Conclusion: I am way too in love with Christoph Waltz.

I also watched the latest ep of Skins today, and I did not enjoy this one very much. It was too isolated, especially considering the fact that the show never managed to make me care about Liv in the first place, and then they throw in a new character that we don't yet care about, and it just made for a boring episode. It at least brought more depth to the Liv character, though. But, yeah, without Grace and Franky and Rich and Allo, the show just wasn't any fun. And the random bit with the perverted guy just reminded me of the things that I hated about series 3 and 4. Blah, not my favorite episode.

Bleurrrrg, I have to work all weekend again. And it's another holiday weekend! KILL ME NOW. Though, to be fair, it's not a retail type holiday, but I'm sure it'll be slightly busier than a normal weekend. UUUUUUGH.

!!!

Jan. 10th, 2011 09:23 am
firthgal: (christoph - landa bingo)


CANNOT FREAKING WAIT. Gaaaaaah, look at Christoph! He is so neurotically badass! OMG, I love him. And I totally appreciate his suit.

!!!

Jan. 10th, 2011 09:23 am
firthgal: (christoph - landa bingo)


CANNOT FREAKING WAIT. Gaaaaaah, look at Christoph! He is so neurotically badass! OMG, I love him. And I totally appreciate his suit.
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff hug kiss)
There's nothing better than a really out of style reference to a Budweiser commercial, am I right? I think I remember this being all the rage when I was in middle school, and yet I still apply it to every day life, particularly when I am talking/pretend talking to my nephew on the phone. Technically though, it's kind of hard to resist when he answers the phone with "What's up?" I'm sorry, it's just impossible.

Anyway, I am back from vacation, though I doubt that anyone noticed I was gone. I've been sporadically MIA all summer anyway (as has most of my f-list. LJ has never been so quiet in the past three (four?) years that I've been using it). Anywho, my brother's family is finally moving into their new house and out of ours, so I will soon regain a peaceful living space! They're not completely moving out until the new baby is born though since I have to watch the kids while their mom is in the hospital (so, hopefully, if all goes well, they'll be out of here after next weekend). Not that I don't love them and all, but it'll be nice to walk around the house and not feel a shooting pain in my foot as I step on a particularly pointy toy that makes me jump up and down while shouting curse words. And oh how lovely it'll be to not wake up to the sound of my nephew screaming. And my bathroom will go back to being mine! Mine mine mine! That's what I miss the most. I knew I would, and going on vacation just made me used to having my own bathroom again. When we got back, of course there was someone else in my bathroom at the exact moment that I needed it! *huff* The house will be eerily quiet without those little buggers though. I do enjoy them when they're giggling and being little angels and saying/doing the most adorable things ever, so I'm sure I'll miss that. But... it'll be nice to have the house go back to normal.





LOOK AT THAT DASHING GENTLEMAN! ♥



So, before vacation, I managed to finish watching You're Beautiful, and it was absolutely delightful. It was certainly no Coffee Prince, but OH did I enjoy it. I even enjoyed the totally cheesy Korean boyband music! One thing I particularly loved about this one was that it sort of celebrated the craziness that is fandom, particularly in episode 14 where they play out a fanfic of the three boys being in an incredibly dramatic yet completely hilarious love triangle, and the boys' reaction to it made it even more awesome (especially Jeremy being delighted that he got his man in the fic, and Tae Kyung being excited about what the fans would write about his little airport escapade with Go Mi Nam). Anyway, this one was super adorable and pretty darn hilarious, and since I enjoyed both this and My Girl, I've decided that Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang will be my next drama since it's written by the same people.

Now, during vacation, I downloaded City Hall to keep me occupied, and OH MY GOD is this one brilliant. So, so incredibly hilarious and well-written and well-acted, and while it definitely brought the hilarity, it still had these beautifully poignant moments that just got you right in the gut, and the romance was adorable yet kind of messed up and sort of heartbreaking at moments, and the characters were just wonderful to watch. Of the main characters, I loved them all, even the ones that were kind of evil. What really surprised me though was how good of a commentary it was on politics. I'm not a political person, and quite frankly, I don't even know who the mayor of my city is, or any of the surrounding cities for that matter, and no one really cares about local government all that much, and this show points out how easy it is for politicians to take advantage of this, and it also showed how superficial the voters are, with no one really caring about the policies but being more into judging the personal lives of the politicians. I love how the show starts with Shin Mi Rae being a person who's afraid to choose. She's afraid to have an opinion, basically, because she just doesn't want to get involved in politics (even when it comes to choosing lunch), but right from the start she is a person who will fight tooth and nail to get benefits for the people who need them. She's always helping out her neighbors and her friends even at the expense of herself. The people she works with think she's a pushover and they look down on her because she couldn't afford the same education that they got, but Shin Mi Rae knows her talents and she knows how to get what she wants. And then she meets the Deputy Mayor and hits on him constantly and hilarity ensues, and she manages to get accepted into a beauty pageant despite the fact that she's 36 and some shady dealings were happening between the mayor and the governer and Shin Mi Rae didn't get the money she supposedly won and Shin Mi Rae inquires about it and gets fired, and this is when she finally takes a stand. And when Shin Mi Rae takes a stand, she does not back down. It starts out as revenge but ends up being about what is right the more she learns about what the mayor has been doing for the past 7 years. And as the show goes on, Shin Mi Rae gains more and more confidence, mostly from her relationship with the Deputy Mayor, who starts out trying to take advantage of her and ends up learning from her instead.

Basically, Shin Mi Rae is the single most inspiring character I have ever come across, and yet she's still your everyday woman. She worked so freaking hard to prove that she was capable, and this is eventually what won everyone over (even the people who had literally thrown her out of the building and pushed her down repeatedly). I love her to death, by far my favorite female character ever. I definitely rec this drama to everyone simply because of Shin Mi Rae (played by Kim Sun Ah, who also played Sam-Soon. She pretty much rules at being awesome). Oh, also? This show contained quite a few references to Boys Over Flowers, so I was quite pleased that I had seen that one before I watched this one (but obviously it's not required, it just made it easier to understand those jokes).



And now, another 30 day meme, because it's pretty much the only thing that will keep me posting regularly at the moment:

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 01 - What is your current favourite ship?



JEFF/ANNIE!!!!! So much so that I am even in the process of making a super cheesy fanvid for them (that will probably never see the light of day, because the vids for this fandom are pretty amazing (see above) while mine... isn't. It's just really, really cheesy. I'll probably give up halfway through). But anyway, I love these two because they just make each other better people without even really having to try. Jeff does things for Annie because he genuinely cares about her. He gets involved in her life, something that he is very expressly against doing for anyone else. She guides him into being a decent person rather than telling him what he needs to do to be a better person. She doesn't judge him, she accepts what he is and what she knows he can be. With Annie, for as much as Jeff tries to deny her adulthood, he's one of the few people who actually does treat her like an adult (unless it's more convenient for him to treat her like a child, of course). Just as she guides him into being a less self-centered person, he guides her into being a more relaxed person. He allows her to step out of her comfort zone and helps her to realize who she is beneath her uptight exterior. On the surface they are complete opposites, but when you really delve into their characters, they're both in the same place in their lives, and they get each other more than they get anyone else in the group for this very reason. They've both lost the lives that they had envisioned for themselves. They're both quite selfish and manipulative when they really want something, and yet they're both genuinely good people at heart. But at the same time, Jeff is completely jaded while Annie still gets excited about life, and that excitement rubs off on Jeff (as much as he tries to resist it). Jeff is irresponsible while Annie is so responsible that she worries too much about things, and they seem to even each other out here. For as much as people complain about the age gap, there are plenty of canon examples that show how equal Jeff and Annie really are. They're relationship has been give and take from ep 6, and they just work. Annie is exactly what Jeff needs, and vice versa. Of course, they both still have a lot of growing to do, and we don't really know if they'll still be what each other needs in 3 years, but OH how I'm hoping they will be.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff hug kiss)
There's nothing better than a really out of style reference to a Budweiser commercial, am I right? I think I remember this being all the rage when I was in middle school, and yet I still apply it to every day life, particularly when I am talking/pretend talking to my nephew on the phone. Technically though, it's kind of hard to resist when he answers the phone with "What's up?" I'm sorry, it's just impossible.

Anyway, I am back from vacation, though I doubt that anyone noticed I was gone. I've been sporadically MIA all summer anyway (as has most of my f-list. LJ has never been so quiet in the past three (four?) years that I've been using it). Anywho, my brother's family is finally moving into their new house and out of ours, so I will soon regain a peaceful living space! They're not completely moving out until the new baby is born though since I have to watch the kids while their mom is in the hospital (so, hopefully, if all goes well, they'll be out of here after next weekend). Not that I don't love them and all, but it'll be nice to walk around the house and not feel a shooting pain in my foot as I step on a particularly pointy toy that makes me jump up and down while shouting curse words. And oh how lovely it'll be to not wake up to the sound of my nephew screaming. And my bathroom will go back to being mine! Mine mine mine! That's what I miss the most. I knew I would, and going on vacation just made me used to having my own bathroom again. When we got back, of course there was someone else in my bathroom at the exact moment that I needed it! *huff* The house will be eerily quiet without those little buggers though. I do enjoy them when they're giggling and being little angels and saying/doing the most adorable things ever, so I'm sure I'll miss that. But... it'll be nice to have the house go back to normal.





LOOK AT THAT DASHING GENTLEMAN! ♥



So, before vacation, I managed to finish watching You're Beautiful, and it was absolutely delightful. It was certainly no Coffee Prince, but OH did I enjoy it. I even enjoyed the totally cheesy Korean boyband music! One thing I particularly loved about this one was that it sort of celebrated the craziness that is fandom, particularly in episode 14 where they play out a fanfic of the three boys being in an incredibly dramatic yet completely hilarious love triangle, and the boys' reaction to it made it even more awesome (especially Jeremy being delighted that he got his man in the fic, and Tae Kyung being excited about what the fans would write about his little airport escapade with Go Mi Nam). Anyway, this one was super adorable and pretty darn hilarious, and since I enjoyed both this and My Girl, I've decided that Delightful Girl Chun-Hyang will be my next drama since it's written by the same people.

Now, during vacation, I downloaded City Hall to keep me occupied, and OH MY GOD is this one brilliant. So, so incredibly hilarious and well-written and well-acted, and while it definitely brought the hilarity, it still had these beautifully poignant moments that just got you right in the gut, and the romance was adorable yet kind of messed up and sort of heartbreaking at moments, and the characters were just wonderful to watch. Of the main characters, I loved them all, even the ones that were kind of evil. What really surprised me though was how good of a commentary it was on politics. I'm not a political person, and quite frankly, I don't even know who the mayor of my city is, or any of the surrounding cities for that matter, and no one really cares about local government all that much, and this show points out how easy it is for politicians to take advantage of this, and it also showed how superficial the voters are, with no one really caring about the policies but being more into judging the personal lives of the politicians. I love how the show starts with Shin Mi Rae being a person who's afraid to choose. She's afraid to have an opinion, basically, because she just doesn't want to get involved in politics (even when it comes to choosing lunch), but right from the start she is a person who will fight tooth and nail to get benefits for the people who need them. She's always helping out her neighbors and her friends even at the expense of herself. The people she works with think she's a pushover and they look down on her because she couldn't afford the same education that they got, but Shin Mi Rae knows her talents and she knows how to get what she wants. And then she meets the Deputy Mayor and hits on him constantly and hilarity ensues, and she manages to get accepted into a beauty pageant despite the fact that she's 36 and some shady dealings were happening between the mayor and the governer and Shin Mi Rae didn't get the money she supposedly won and Shin Mi Rae inquires about it and gets fired, and this is when she finally takes a stand. And when Shin Mi Rae takes a stand, she does not back down. It starts out as revenge but ends up being about what is right the more she learns about what the mayor has been doing for the past 7 years. And as the show goes on, Shin Mi Rae gains more and more confidence, mostly from her relationship with the Deputy Mayor, who starts out trying to take advantage of her and ends up learning from her instead.

Basically, Shin Mi Rae is the single most inspiring character I have ever come across, and yet she's still your everyday woman. She worked so freaking hard to prove that she was capable, and this is eventually what won everyone over (even the people who had literally thrown her out of the building and pushed her down repeatedly). I love her to death, by far my favorite female character ever. I definitely rec this drama to everyone simply because of Shin Mi Rae (played by Kim Sun Ah, who also played Sam-Soon. She pretty much rules at being awesome). Oh, also? This show contained quite a few references to Boys Over Flowers, so I was quite pleased that I had seen that one before I watched this one (but obviously it's not required, it just made it easier to understand those jokes).



And now, another 30 day meme, because it's pretty much the only thing that will keep me posting regularly at the moment:

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 01 - What is your current favourite ship?



JEFF/ANNIE!!!!! So much so that I am even in the process of making a super cheesy fanvid for them (that will probably never see the light of day, because the vids for this fandom are pretty amazing (see above) while mine... isn't. It's just really, really cheesy. I'll probably give up halfway through). But anyway, I love these two because they just make each other better people without even really having to try. Jeff does things for Annie because he genuinely cares about her. He gets involved in her life, something that he is very expressly against doing for anyone else. She guides him into being a decent person rather than telling him what he needs to do to be a better person. She doesn't judge him, she accepts what he is and what she knows he can be. With Annie, for as much as Jeff tries to deny her adulthood, he's one of the few people who actually does treat her like an adult (unless it's more convenient for him to treat her like a child, of course). Just as she guides him into being a less self-centered person, he guides her into being a more relaxed person. He allows her to step out of her comfort zone and helps her to realize who she is beneath her uptight exterior. On the surface they are complete opposites, but when you really delve into their characters, they're both in the same place in their lives, and they get each other more than they get anyone else in the group for this very reason. They've both lost the lives that they had envisioned for themselves. They're both quite selfish and manipulative when they really want something, and yet they're both genuinely good people at heart. But at the same time, Jeff is completely jaded while Annie still gets excited about life, and that excitement rubs off on Jeff (as much as he tries to resist it). Jeff is irresponsible while Annie is so responsible that she worries too much about things, and they seem to even each other out here. For as much as people complain about the age gap, there are plenty of canon examples that show how equal Jeff and Annie really are. They're relationship has been give and take from ep 6, and they just work. Annie is exactly what Jeff needs, and vice versa. Of course, they both still have a lot of growing to do, and we don't really know if they'll still be what each other needs in 3 years, but OH how I'm hoping they will be.

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (christoph - landa bingo)
The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 25 - Favourite film villain

HANS MOTHERFLIPPING LANDA



Never has there been a villain that has intrigued me more than this bastard. He's just so intense and creepy, but at the same time he is incredibly quirky and intelligent and well-mannered and hilarious and I can't help but love the dude. Actually, now that I think about it, I should have probably listed him as my favorite film character of all time. But oh well, not listing him for that allowed me to list him for this. Anyway, I love that there isn't any explanation of why he is the way he is. No talk of a troubled childhood or love gone wrong or any of that crap. He's just a calculating, selfish, proud bastard who doesn't care who gets killed, as long as it's advantageous to him in some way. I love that in the end, it's ultimately glory that he's seeking, and he even goes about getting that in an underhanded way. And he succeeds, but, naturally, he gets punished in the end, and it's glorious.

Day 26 - Favourite film poster

Hmm, if we're talking ones that I own, then it would be this one:



Day 27 - A film that you wish you had seen in theaters

Um... for some reason, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, just because I really loved it and I feel like it would have been even more awesome had I seen it in the theater (most especially the epic battle at the end)

Day 28 - Favourite film from your favourite director

I honestly don't pay much attention to directors. The only ones that I really notice are Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarrantino, and John Woo, and that's mostly only because they tend to work with my favorite actors. I guess out of those three Scorsese is my favorite (maybe?), and I suppose my favorite film from him is Goodfellas. Again, I just really love that film. Okay, looking at their lists of films, Quentin is the only one where I've seen everything he's done, and clearly my favorite thing from him is Inglourious Basterds, but I don't really consider myself a Tarrantino fan, per se . For John Woo, my favorite is definitely The Killer.

the days )



In Jeff/Annie news, I find these two fics by [livejournal.com profile] shan21non to be absolutely phenomenal:

Sink or Swim - This is actually a really great group piece with a Jeff/Annie slant. The group interaction is so freaking hilarious, particularly any part with Pierce, and the Jeff/Britta friendship is written so incredibly perfectly and the beginning literally made me laugh out loud, and Abed was pretty spot-on which is hard to do in fic, and Troy, oh, Troy, he was great. And the Pierce/Britta arguing made me giddy. I find myself shipping these two in fics where people really had no intention of making them shippy, but hey, when a fic resembles the show this closely, it's gonna happen. As for the Jeff/Annie, GUH, so beautiful. That's the only part that I think departed from feeling like an actual episode, but only because the show would never focus that closely on any of the romantic relationships, but they remained in character, and it was angsty yet so very them. Love love love. As for the actual plot of the fic, the whole gang is gathered at Pierce's lake house for a 4th of July barbecue, Troy and Abed decide to make a horror movie about vampire mermen, and Jeff and Annie get stranded together on a boat after spending most of their time trying to avoid each other. It is brilliant, just trust me on this one.

Truth or Dare - This one is a pre-established relationship fic, but at the same time, we get these little flashbacks that give us an idea of how they've gotten to where they are now, but it's mostly commentary in Annie's mind as she's playing Truth or Dare with Britta and Shirley. Britta and Shirley don't know about Jeff and Annie, and... things come out, and there's awkwardness, and hilarity, and angst, and confusion, and fluff, and OH how I loved this one.
firthgal: (christoph - landa bingo)
The 30 Day Film Meme
Day 25 - Favourite film villain

HANS MOTHERFLIPPING LANDA



Never has there been a villain that has intrigued me more than this bastard. He's just so intense and creepy, but at the same time he is incredibly quirky and intelligent and well-mannered and hilarious and I can't help but love the dude. Actually, now that I think about it, I should have probably listed him as my favorite film character of all time. But oh well, not listing him for that allowed me to list him for this. Anyway, I love that there isn't any explanation of why he is the way he is. No talk of a troubled childhood or love gone wrong or any of that crap. He's just a calculating, selfish, proud bastard who doesn't care who gets killed, as long as it's advantageous to him in some way. I love that in the end, it's ultimately glory that he's seeking, and he even goes about getting that in an underhanded way. And he succeeds, but, naturally, he gets punished in the end, and it's glorious.

Day 26 - Favourite film poster

Hmm, if we're talking ones that I own, then it would be this one:



Day 27 - A film that you wish you had seen in theaters

Um... for some reason, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, just because I really loved it and I feel like it would have been even more awesome had I seen it in the theater (most especially the epic battle at the end)

Day 28 - Favourite film from your favourite director

I honestly don't pay much attention to directors. The only ones that I really notice are Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarrantino, and John Woo, and that's mostly only because they tend to work with my favorite actors. I guess out of those three Scorsese is my favorite (maybe?), and I suppose my favorite film from him is Goodfellas. Again, I just really love that film. Okay, looking at their lists of films, Quentin is the only one where I've seen everything he's done, and clearly my favorite thing from him is Inglourious Basterds, but I don't really consider myself a Tarrantino fan, per se . For John Woo, my favorite is definitely The Killer.

the days )



In Jeff/Annie news, I find these two fics by [livejournal.com profile] shan21non to be absolutely phenomenal:

Sink or Swim - This is actually a really great group piece with a Jeff/Annie slant. The group interaction is so freaking hilarious, particularly any part with Pierce, and the Jeff/Britta friendship is written so incredibly perfectly and the beginning literally made me laugh out loud, and Abed was pretty spot-on which is hard to do in fic, and Troy, oh, Troy, he was great. And the Pierce/Britta arguing made me giddy. I find myself shipping these two in fics where people really had no intention of making them shippy, but hey, when a fic resembles the show this closely, it's gonna happen. As for the Jeff/Annie, GUH, so beautiful. That's the only part that I think departed from feeling like an actual episode, but only because the show would never focus that closely on any of the romantic relationships, but they remained in character, and it was angsty yet so very them. Love love love. As for the actual plot of the fic, the whole gang is gathered at Pierce's lake house for a 4th of July barbecue, Troy and Abed decide to make a horror movie about vampire mermen, and Jeff and Annie get stranded together on a boat after spending most of their time trying to avoid each other. It is brilliant, just trust me on this one.

Truth or Dare - This one is a pre-established relationship fic, but at the same time, we get these little flashbacks that give us an idea of how they've gotten to where they are now, but it's mostly commentary in Annie's mind as she's playing Truth or Dare with Britta and Shirley. Britta and Shirley don't know about Jeff and Annie, and... things come out, and there's awkwardness, and hilarity, and angst, and confusion, and fluff, and OH how I loved this one.
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff)
COMMUNITY. THIS SHOW IS STILL THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Oh god, the Jeff/Annie moments were pure adorableness. They really do see through each other's defenses better than anyone else. Is it weird that I kind of ship Shirley with Abed's dad now? They had some sparkage going on. Really. They did. And Shirley's kids are so freaking adorable! And Britta and Troy continue to be hilarious together. Troy's grandmother is a total HBIC. And she would order me to get a switch if she heard me say that. PICTIONARY WINDMILLS ONLY LEAD TO VIOLENCE. Ahahahaha, OMG, that was the greatest thing ever.

Parks and Rec! Loved it. April totally owned this ep, she was so, so wonderful. And Leslie was adorable, as always. And Ron! Getting pwned by Mark! That... was kind of awesome. I always take a weird pleasure in seeing Ron get knocked off of his high horse. It's glorious.

The Office! Okay episode. That talking head where Michael says something like, "Let's examine this. Jo likes Michael. Jo invites Michael to her house. Jo doesn't like Michael anymore," and he has that completely vulnerable look on his face, that lost look where he just doesn't understand, and then he buried his face in his hands like he was about to cry, that is a perfect example of why I love Michael as much as I do. He just... he means well. He always means well, but he always screws everything up by trying way too hard. He goes overboard and it freaks people out and he doesn't realize this because he is SO socially stunted that he can't read the signs, and OH how my heart aches for him. It was just one of those moments where he was a fragile child that really needed a hug. MEGADESK. Also, Kevin's talking head was excellent. As was Andy's "kilt" (I totally ship Erin with her foster brother, by the way. OMG, I CAN SHIP HER WITH ANYBODY BUT ANDY, APPARENTLY. I could feel my nose turning up during their "kiss" or whatever. I hate that they nauseate me. "Andy" should never be thought of in conjunction with "nauseate").

30 Rock! Okay dudes, I am in love with Liz's new man. All it takes is an English accent to win me over, I admit it. I AM TOTALLY OKAY IF SHE MARRIES HIM. And... I feel weird saying that, but seriously, IT'S THE ACCENT. And I am so worn out on the whole Jack/Liz issue that I think I am finally coming to terms with the fact that they will only ever be bros, no matter how perfect they are for each other. They get emotional completeness from each other, and seek out physical completeness with other people. I guess I'm becoming okay with that. It's just, you know, they should have both with the person that they end up with rather than splitting it between two people. That's all I'm saying. BUT ANYWAY, I APPROVE OF BRITISH DUDE. I am still meh about Avery, but she is twenty times better than Elisa.



Obligatory Christoph Waltz Discussion



So, you know how he was going to be Freud, but now he's not? Okay, 1) I am sad that he had to grow that massive beard for nothing, and 2) as much as I don't want him to end up being typecast as a villain, I am kind of happy that he chose Water for Elephants over The Talking Cure. From what I've read, The Talking Cure sounds like it's mainly a sexual romp between Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley with a few occasional appearances by Sigmund Freud, whereas Water for Elephants sounds like it contains a more interesting role for him, and Christoph has admitted that he's more drawn to darker characters, and... well, I don't blame him for choosing the psychopath over the psychiatrist. I just don't. The thing is, The Talking Cure will probably get way more attention than Water for Elephants will. And people will roll their eyes at Water for Elephants when they learn that RPattz is the main star. *guilty* But again, August sounds like a way more interesting character than Freud, so I am very much looking forward to this. [sidenote: I totally ordered Water for Elephants from Amazon the other night, so he better not drop out of this one] Even worse? I am seriously psyched to see The Green Hornet. He was so excited about it on Leno (or Kimmel)! He kept professing his undying love for Seth Rogen! So, I am eager to see it (and he is bearded for that film, so I suppose the beard wasn't all for nothing).
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff)
COMMUNITY. THIS SHOW IS STILL THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Oh god, the Jeff/Annie moments were pure adorableness. They really do see through each other's defenses better than anyone else. Is it weird that I kind of ship Shirley with Abed's dad now? They had some sparkage going on. Really. They did. And Shirley's kids are so freaking adorable! And Britta and Troy continue to be hilarious together. Troy's grandmother is a total HBIC. And she would order me to get a switch if she heard me say that. PICTIONARY WINDMILLS ONLY LEAD TO VIOLENCE. Ahahahaha, OMG, that was the greatest thing ever.

Parks and Rec! Loved it. April totally owned this ep, she was so, so wonderful. And Leslie was adorable, as always. And Ron! Getting pwned by Mark! That... was kind of awesome. I always take a weird pleasure in seeing Ron get knocked off of his high horse. It's glorious.

The Office! Okay episode. That talking head where Michael says something like, "Let's examine this. Jo likes Michael. Jo invites Michael to her house. Jo doesn't like Michael anymore," and he has that completely vulnerable look on his face, that lost look where he just doesn't understand, and then he buried his face in his hands like he was about to cry, that is a perfect example of why I love Michael as much as I do. He just... he means well. He always means well, but he always screws everything up by trying way too hard. He goes overboard and it freaks people out and he doesn't realize this because he is SO socially stunted that he can't read the signs, and OH how my heart aches for him. It was just one of those moments where he was a fragile child that really needed a hug. MEGADESK. Also, Kevin's talking head was excellent. As was Andy's "kilt" (I totally ship Erin with her foster brother, by the way. OMG, I CAN SHIP HER WITH ANYBODY BUT ANDY, APPARENTLY. I could feel my nose turning up during their "kiss" or whatever. I hate that they nauseate me. "Andy" should never be thought of in conjunction with "nauseate").

30 Rock! Okay dudes, I am in love with Liz's new man. All it takes is an English accent to win me over, I admit it. I AM TOTALLY OKAY IF SHE MARRIES HIM. And... I feel weird saying that, but seriously, IT'S THE ACCENT. And I am so worn out on the whole Jack/Liz issue that I think I am finally coming to terms with the fact that they will only ever be bros, no matter how perfect they are for each other. They get emotional completeness from each other, and seek out physical completeness with other people. I guess I'm becoming okay with that. It's just, you know, they should have both with the person that they end up with rather than splitting it between two people. That's all I'm saying. BUT ANYWAY, I APPROVE OF BRITISH DUDE. I am still meh about Avery, but she is twenty times better than Elisa.



Obligatory Christoph Waltz Discussion



So, you know how he was going to be Freud, but now he's not? Okay, 1) I am sad that he had to grow that massive beard for nothing, and 2) as much as I don't want him to end up being typecast as a villain, I am kind of happy that he chose Water for Elephants over The Talking Cure. From what I've read, The Talking Cure sounds like it's mainly a sexual romp between Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley with a few occasional appearances by Sigmund Freud, whereas Water for Elephants sounds like it contains a more interesting role for him, and Christoph has admitted that he's more drawn to darker characters, and... well, I don't blame him for choosing the psychopath over the psychiatrist. I just don't. The thing is, The Talking Cure will probably get way more attention than Water for Elephants will. And people will roll their eyes at Water for Elephants when they learn that RPattz is the main star. *guilty* But again, August sounds like a way more interesting character than Freud, so I am very much looking forward to this. [sidenote: I totally ordered Water for Elephants from Amazon the other night, so he better not drop out of this one] Even worse? I am seriously psyched to see The Green Hornet. He was so excited about it on Leno (or Kimmel)! He kept professing his undying love for Seth Rogen! So, I am eager to see it (and he is bearded for that film, so I suppose the beard wasn't all for nothing).
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
PSYCH! OMG, PSYCH. I JUST CAN'T QUIT YOU. Awesome finale. For once the serious bits actually entertained me (although, you know, Shawn still sucks at being angsty, but everyone else was awesome). I kind of hated Yang during the season 3 finale, but she was so, so wonderful in this ep. In fact, I hated just about everything about the season 3 finale, whereas this one totally kicked ass. Especially two very specific moments, and if you can't guess which two moments, then clearly you don't know me at all.

Spoilers )

Ugly Betty was pretty lackluster tonight (I am lucky that I didn't fall asleep). It's only got, what, 5 episodes left? And they give us that? Ugh. This show has a bad habit of completely pooping out at the end of its seasons, but I was hoping they'd go out with a bang this time since it's their last season. I did love that Daniel/Betty moment in the beginning though. They are always lovely when they're awkward around each other. I am still hating this Daniel/Amanda nonsense, though. Way to regress them both, show! If they become a legit romance, I will puke. Just... no. No way. I don't think I will ever forgive him for his treatment of Amanda in the past enough to accept them as a legitimate love story. I just can't, and if the show decides to go there, I will be livid. Livid! Because hey, even though he's actually trying to treat her as a person now, he still kind of only sees her as a sex object. And Daniel calling her instead of Betty during his family drama just felt wrong. ON WHAT PLANET DOES HE NOT LOOK TO BETTY FOR CONSOLATION? Yeah, Betty's not his assistant anymore, but is she even his friend anymore? Does he even bother confiding in Betty anymore? Or are we just supposed to assume that the entirety of their friendship now takes place offscreen? Because that's just not good enough for me. If I don't see them being friends, then I am left wondering what the heck they are to each other. They've gone from being inseparable to being mere acquaintances, and I think this kills me way more than the fact that they never got to have their love story. And, to be honest, I can't find the strength to care about Betty's life when she is not interacting with Daniel. I've never cared for her personal life plots unless they involved Daniel in some way, and now even her work plots don't involve him (except for the one where he belittled her accomplishments). It's frustrating! The show feels so aimless when Daniel and Betty are leading completely separate lives from each other. I did love the Suarezes in this ep, though (minus Betty. She is getting back to the point where she's annoying me). And Wilhelmina was pretty awesome. But the ep as a whole was so, so boring.

Modern Family was hilarious as usual. PHIL! CAM AND MITCHELL RE-ENACTING A FAUX PAS! ♥ Oh, I love this show. It never fails to bring me glee.

The Middle! Also hilarious, but not at the top of its game tonight (actually, neither was Modern Family, but I enjoyed Modern Family more than I enjoyed The Middle).

Human Target. DEAR GOD, WHY IS EVERYTHING ON ON WEDNESDAYS? Anyway, Human Target was also not at the top of its game tonight. I don't know, dudes, somehow, some way, Psych beat out all these shows tonight in the awesomeness department. I did enjoy this episode though, just... it wasn't as quippy as it usually is? Or... something. I don't know. OH, I TOTALLY KNOW. THERE WAS NO KUNG FU! WHAT IS THIS SHOW WITHOUT ITS KUNG FU? A bunch of explosions, that's what. But Chance was his totally dreamy self. And Winston was his delightfully grumpy, put-upon self, and Guerrero was Guerrero. During the plane scene, I totally thought that Guerrero was going to confess his love to Winston. All throughout Winston's tirade I was waiting for him to say something like, "Jeez, I was just going to tell you that I love you, dude, but forget it."

CHRISTOPH WALTZ. He was on Jimmy Kimmel again tonight, and the video clip of his method acting was so, so brilliant. Who knew that the word "dill pickle" could evoke so much emotion? Oh man, I love him. Cutest man in the world. Pretty much every time they showed Christoph I kept saying (out loud, to no one) "Oh my god, he's so cute! Soooooo cuuuuuute! So cute!" I can't help it, he's really cute! And apparently he was on Jay Leno sometime this week, and I know that I vowed to not watch Jay again (although, I rarely watched him in the first place, so it's not like that was some grand gesture of defyment on my part), but it was Christoph. And baby animals!



How am I supposed to resist that? I mean, honestly. Also, Jay was a much better interviewer than Letterman was. Dear god, Letterman was such a dick. Jay actually bothered to, you know, learn where Christoph came from. ALSO, CHRISTOPH WAS EXCITED ABOUT MEETING ROBIN WILLIAMS. CLEARLY I WAS MEANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN. And he loves Morgan Freeman! He wants to give him a big hug every time he sees him! Is that not the most adorable thing ever? And he mentioned Jodie Foster, too. I love his taste so very much. His Jimmy Kimmel interview was not as good, sadly. Jay definitely conducted the best interview out of all the late night hosts. And I have yet to see Christoph's appearance on Oprah. I didn't even know that he had been on Oprah! Man. I've been missing all of Christoph's appearances. Thank god for the internet.

Also, yesterday I watched Das Jüngste Gericht, which was yet another detective show/movie that Christoph was in, only this time he was a good guy! Sort of. I don't know, I can't speak German, but he was not the killer for once! Sadly, he got killed by the killer near the end, and this was the first thing I've watched where his character dies, and I got way too emotional about it. He was so adorable! Yeah, he was cheating on his wife, and the killer chose him because he committed adultery, but still, NOT COOL. I wasn't ready for that! Although I sort of was when I figured out that the Ten Commandments had something to do with the murders. And I shouldn't have been that disturbed since plenty of my men like to star in movies where they get killed (Chow Yun-Fat, I'm looking at you), but... oh, I can't take it when it's Christoph. He's too adorable for such an ending! Even when he is being despicable, I still find him to be too adorable to die. That's just a fact. But anyway, I am kind of thankful that like half of Christoph's past work is bit parts in procedurals, because procedurals are so much easier to follow than the rom-coms and other non-procedurals. Plus, this one was pretty interesting. I bet it's even more interesting to people who can actually understand the dialog! Schimanski: Blutsbrüder is still my favorite German thing that he's done though.
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
PSYCH! OMG, PSYCH. I JUST CAN'T QUIT YOU. Awesome finale. For once the serious bits actually entertained me (although, you know, Shawn still sucks at being angsty, but everyone else was awesome). I kind of hated Yang during the season 3 finale, but she was so, so wonderful in this ep. In fact, I hated just about everything about the season 3 finale, whereas this one totally kicked ass. Especially two very specific moments, and if you can't guess which two moments, then clearly you don't know me at all.

Spoilers )

Ugly Betty was pretty lackluster tonight (I am lucky that I didn't fall asleep). It's only got, what, 5 episodes left? And they give us that? Ugh. This show has a bad habit of completely pooping out at the end of its seasons, but I was hoping they'd go out with a bang this time since it's their last season. I did love that Daniel/Betty moment in the beginning though. They are always lovely when they're awkward around each other. I am still hating this Daniel/Amanda nonsense, though. Way to regress them both, show! If they become a legit romance, I will puke. Just... no. No way. I don't think I will ever forgive him for his treatment of Amanda in the past enough to accept them as a legitimate love story. I just can't, and if the show decides to go there, I will be livid. Livid! Because hey, even though he's actually trying to treat her as a person now, he still kind of only sees her as a sex object. And Daniel calling her instead of Betty during his family drama just felt wrong. ON WHAT PLANET DOES HE NOT LOOK TO BETTY FOR CONSOLATION? Yeah, Betty's not his assistant anymore, but is she even his friend anymore? Does he even bother confiding in Betty anymore? Or are we just supposed to assume that the entirety of their friendship now takes place offscreen? Because that's just not good enough for me. If I don't see them being friends, then I am left wondering what the heck they are to each other. They've gone from being inseparable to being mere acquaintances, and I think this kills me way more than the fact that they never got to have their love story. And, to be honest, I can't find the strength to care about Betty's life when she is not interacting with Daniel. I've never cared for her personal life plots unless they involved Daniel in some way, and now even her work plots don't involve him (except for the one where he belittled her accomplishments). It's frustrating! The show feels so aimless when Daniel and Betty are leading completely separate lives from each other. I did love the Suarezes in this ep, though (minus Betty. She is getting back to the point where she's annoying me). And Wilhelmina was pretty awesome. But the ep as a whole was so, so boring.

Modern Family was hilarious as usual. PHIL! CAM AND MITCHELL RE-ENACTING A FAUX PAS! ♥ Oh, I love this show. It never fails to bring me glee.

The Middle! Also hilarious, but not at the top of its game tonight (actually, neither was Modern Family, but I enjoyed Modern Family more than I enjoyed The Middle).

Human Target. DEAR GOD, WHY IS EVERYTHING ON ON WEDNESDAYS? Anyway, Human Target was also not at the top of its game tonight. I don't know, dudes, somehow, some way, Psych beat out all these shows tonight in the awesomeness department. I did enjoy this episode though, just... it wasn't as quippy as it usually is? Or... something. I don't know. OH, I TOTALLY KNOW. THERE WAS NO KUNG FU! WHAT IS THIS SHOW WITHOUT ITS KUNG FU? A bunch of explosions, that's what. But Chance was his totally dreamy self. And Winston was his delightfully grumpy, put-upon self, and Guerrero was Guerrero. During the plane scene, I totally thought that Guerrero was going to confess his love to Winston. All throughout Winston's tirade I was waiting for him to say something like, "Jeez, I was just going to tell you that I love you, dude, but forget it."

CHRISTOPH WALTZ. He was on Jimmy Kimmel again tonight, and the video clip of his method acting was so, so brilliant. Who knew that the word "dill pickle" could evoke so much emotion? Oh man, I love him. Cutest man in the world. Pretty much every time they showed Christoph I kept saying (out loud, to no one) "Oh my god, he's so cute! Soooooo cuuuuuute! So cute!" I can't help it, he's really cute! And apparently he was on Jay Leno sometime this week, and I know that I vowed to not watch Jay again (although, I rarely watched him in the first place, so it's not like that was some grand gesture of defyment on my part), but it was Christoph. And baby animals!



How am I supposed to resist that? I mean, honestly. Also, Jay was a much better interviewer than Letterman was. Dear god, Letterman was such a dick. Jay actually bothered to, you know, learn where Christoph came from. ALSO, CHRISTOPH WAS EXCITED ABOUT MEETING ROBIN WILLIAMS. CLEARLY I WAS MEANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN. And he loves Morgan Freeman! He wants to give him a big hug every time he sees him! Is that not the most adorable thing ever? And he mentioned Jodie Foster, too. I love his taste so very much. His Jimmy Kimmel interview was not as good, sadly. Jay definitely conducted the best interview out of all the late night hosts. And I have yet to see Christoph's appearance on Oprah. I didn't even know that he had been on Oprah! Man. I've been missing all of Christoph's appearances. Thank god for the internet.

Also, yesterday I watched Das Jüngste Gericht, which was yet another detective show/movie that Christoph was in, only this time he was a good guy! Sort of. I don't know, I can't speak German, but he was not the killer for once! Sadly, he got killed by the killer near the end, and this was the first thing I've watched where his character dies, and I got way too emotional about it. He was so adorable! Yeah, he was cheating on his wife, and the killer chose him because he committed adultery, but still, NOT COOL. I wasn't ready for that! Although I sort of was when I figured out that the Ten Commandments had something to do with the murders. And I shouldn't have been that disturbed since plenty of my men like to star in movies where they get killed (Chow Yun-Fat, I'm looking at you), but... oh, I can't take it when it's Christoph. He's too adorable for such an ending! Even when he is being despicable, I still find him to be too adorable to die. That's just a fact. But anyway, I am kind of thankful that like half of Christoph's past work is bit parts in procedurals, because procedurals are so much easier to follow than the rom-coms and other non-procedurals. Plus, this one was pretty interesting. I bet it's even more interesting to people who can actually understand the dialog! Schimanski: Blutsbrüder is still my favorite German thing that he's done though.

!!!

Mar. 8th, 2010 05:34 pm
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
Honestly, I should just get a tumblr account and abandon LJ since I keep making posts purely for pics, but seriously, THIS NEEDS TO BE SQUEED OVER.

Spoiler pic for Psych finale )

Anyway, more in-depth thoughts about The Oscars:

-I think I'm the only person in the world who does not find NPH to be all that funny. That opening mainly just made me raise my eyebrow and turn up my nose. I don't know, something was off about it. But I don't really blame NPH for that, I blame the people who write the lameass jokes for The Oscars.

- I love Steve Martin, I love Alec Baldwin, I love them together, but I did not love their jokes. Again, I blame the lameass writers. I did, however, cackle at the damn/dame joke. And I thought they both were really handsome, so I enjoyed looking at them. But I still miss the days of Billy Crystal hosting The Oscars when he actually got to do Billy Crystal-like bits instead of just popping on every now and then and reading the teleprompter. Also, no one else ever does the movie parody things. THESE USED TO BE THE ONLY REASON WHY I'D WATCH THE DARN SHOW AT ALL. For some reason the Full Monty parody sticks out in my mind pretty well. I guess Billy Crystal dropping his pants was a big deal to me? I don't know. Also, the Titanic parody where a bird pooped on him (that one still cracks me up so ridiculously hard). Erm... anyway, I think it's just a given that The Oscars will always be lacking in the host department since they keep cutting down the amount of bits that the host can do. But seriously, I always judge the host by the opening, and that was just... ugh. But they were cute. I think I finally have motivation now to actually watch that copy of It's Complicated that I've had in my possession for awhile now.

- Inglourious Basterds was totally robbed in the Best Original Screenplay bit. If there's anything it should have won (besides best supporting actor, obviously), then it should have been this award. Also, best director, though I am not quite sure how one goes about judging best director without having worked with them, but everyone always talks about how wonderful and visionary Tarantino is as a director. I haven't seen Hurt Locker, so... no comment there. But script-wise, even just in the little excerpts they showed, Tarantino's script was more engaging, more descriptive, more awesome.

- I am so, so happy that Precious won a few awards, especially best adapted screenplay. I am so in love with that movie. My mom watched it and thought it was weird (and it was probably way too sad for her), but, whatever, I loved it. Despite its harshness, there was this beautiful running theme throughout it about hope.

- Even though I wanted Gabourey to win best actress, I was happy that Sandra won, because she gave the best speech of the night and she never fails to charm me. Ever. I'm not sure that I would have called her performance in Blind Side Oscar-worthy, but, I sort of see why she won. She really did carry that movie, and she really did tug at my heart-strings and the story between her character and Michael was so very moving and the movie was kind of beautiful, so, I'm glad she won. She probably would have been my second choice (or Meryl Streep, because, well, she's Meryl Streep).

- I am sad that Colin Firth didn't win. It was expected, but I was still sad. I did highly enjoy seeing his lovely face so much throughout the night, though.

- Tim Robbins' speech about Morgan Freeman made me laugh quite a bit. I ♥ Morgan Freeman quite a lot.

- CHRISTOPH WALTZ. EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM IS LOVELY. The teary eyes, the shaking, the giddy smile! Oh, I love him. And I love that his character montage was quite focused on Landa homoerotically stroking Aldo's knife. Also, was it just me, or did that montage kind of mislead you into thinking that Landa was a good guy? If I hadn't seen the movie beforehand, I probably would have thought so.

- Tina Fey/RDJ = Oscar night OTP. I have come to the conclusion that if Liz can't end up with Jack at the end of 30 Rock, then she should end up with Robert Downey Jr. I don't care how it happens, just get him on there and have them be snarkishly adorable together.

- Did I mention Colin Firth and his face? Because I love his face. And the rest of him is quite lovely, too.

Oh crap, today was my day for the [livejournal.com profile] mary_marshall Month of Mayhem! Crap crap crap! Why am I on here instead of doing something for that? Crap! Let's see if I can get something in before midnight.

!!!

Mar. 8th, 2010 05:34 pm
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
Honestly, I should just get a tumblr account and abandon LJ since I keep making posts purely for pics, but seriously, THIS NEEDS TO BE SQUEED OVER.

Spoiler pic for Psych finale )

Anyway, more in-depth thoughts about The Oscars:

-I think I'm the only person in the world who does not find NPH to be all that funny. That opening mainly just made me raise my eyebrow and turn up my nose. I don't know, something was off about it. But I don't really blame NPH for that, I blame the people who write the lameass jokes for The Oscars.

- I love Steve Martin, I love Alec Baldwin, I love them together, but I did not love their jokes. Again, I blame the lameass writers. I did, however, cackle at the damn/dame joke. And I thought they both were really handsome, so I enjoyed looking at them. But I still miss the days of Billy Crystal hosting The Oscars when he actually got to do Billy Crystal-like bits instead of just popping on every now and then and reading the teleprompter. Also, no one else ever does the movie parody things. THESE USED TO BE THE ONLY REASON WHY I'D WATCH THE DARN SHOW AT ALL. For some reason the Full Monty parody sticks out in my mind pretty well. I guess Billy Crystal dropping his pants was a big deal to me? I don't know. Also, the Titanic parody where a bird pooped on him (that one still cracks me up so ridiculously hard). Erm... anyway, I think it's just a given that The Oscars will always be lacking in the host department since they keep cutting down the amount of bits that the host can do. But seriously, I always judge the host by the opening, and that was just... ugh. But they were cute. I think I finally have motivation now to actually watch that copy of It's Complicated that I've had in my possession for awhile now.

- Inglourious Basterds was totally robbed in the Best Original Screenplay bit. If there's anything it should have won (besides best supporting actor, obviously), then it should have been this award. Also, best director, though I am not quite sure how one goes about judging best director without having worked with them, but everyone always talks about how wonderful and visionary Tarantino is as a director. I haven't seen Hurt Locker, so... no comment there. But script-wise, even just in the little excerpts they showed, Tarantino's script was more engaging, more descriptive, more awesome.

- I am so, so happy that Precious won a few awards, especially best adapted screenplay. I am so in love with that movie. My mom watched it and thought it was weird (and it was probably way too sad for her), but, whatever, I loved it. Despite its harshness, there was this beautiful running theme throughout it about hope.

- Even though I wanted Gabourey to win best actress, I was happy that Sandra won, because she gave the best speech of the night and she never fails to charm me. Ever. I'm not sure that I would have called her performance in Blind Side Oscar-worthy, but, I sort of see why she won. She really did carry that movie, and she really did tug at my heart-strings and the story between her character and Michael was so very moving and the movie was kind of beautiful, so, I'm glad she won. She probably would have been my second choice (or Meryl Streep, because, well, she's Meryl Streep).

- I am sad that Colin Firth didn't win. It was expected, but I was still sad. I did highly enjoy seeing his lovely face so much throughout the night, though.

- Tim Robbins' speech about Morgan Freeman made me laugh quite a bit. I ♥ Morgan Freeman quite a lot.

- CHRISTOPH WALTZ. EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM IS LOVELY. The teary eyes, the shaking, the giddy smile! Oh, I love him. And I love that his character montage was quite focused on Landa homoerotically stroking Aldo's knife. Also, was it just me, or did that montage kind of mislead you into thinking that Landa was a good guy? If I hadn't seen the movie beforehand, I probably would have thought so.

- Tina Fey/RDJ = Oscar night OTP. I have come to the conclusion that if Liz can't end up with Jack at the end of 30 Rock, then she should end up with Robert Downey Jr. I don't care how it happens, just get him on there and have them be snarkishly adorable together.

- Did I mention Colin Firth and his face? Because I love his face. And the rest of him is quite lovely, too.

Oh crap, today was my day for the [livejournal.com profile] mary_marshall Month of Mayhem! Crap crap crap! Why am I on here instead of doing something for that? Crap! Let's see if I can get something in before midnight.
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He is the best. THE BEST! ♥



(it's a parody of this kooky thing, by the way. That alone is pretty hilarious, but obviously Christoph made it better).
firthgal: (christoph - landa creme)


He is the best. THE BEST! ♥



(it's a parody of this kooky thing, by the way. That alone is pretty hilarious, but obviously Christoph made it better).
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HELL MOTHERFUCKING YES!
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HELL MOTHERFUCKING YES!

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