firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
Master's Sun and The Good Doctor are the only dramas that I've been able to get into so far this past year. I've finished a couple others, but it was kind of a chore at the end. But Master's Sun and Good Doctor were both excellent from start to finish. Master's Sun had me involved with the OTP in a way that hasn't been done in a long freaking time. They made this drama for me. But it also helped that the plot stayed entertaining. I never really tired of the ghost schtick, and the side players were pretty funny. So, excellent drama, by far my favorite thing that the Hong Sisters have ever written. And So Ji Sub totally won my heart. He should do more comedy. As for Good Doctor, it was just beautifully made all around. Joo Won was excellent with his portrayal of autism, and as the audience we were on his journey and felt his every feeling through and through. Wasn't big on the OTP in this one, but it didn't detract from the drama at all, so no real problem there.

And now I'm left with nothing to watch. I tried Heirs, but it's just so boring. I see potential in a few of the side characters, but the main couple is a freaking snooze fest. I like Lee Min Ho, I'm neutral towards Park Shin Hye, and they aren't lacking chemistry, just... it's one of those stories that have never appealed to me. The drama feels very old school, and I am just not a fan of the Winter Sonata type dramas.

Anyway, I recently rewatched King of Dramas, which reawakened my Kim Myung Min obsession and I am now rewatching every drama and movie of his that I have, which leads me to Beethoven Virus. Just finished watching it for the 7th or 8th time (possibly more), and it still gives me all kinds of emotions when I watch it. Like the scene where Kang Mae tramples all over the bouquet that he had sent to Ru Mi. I think I like to block this moment out of my memory because it’s such an asshole thing to do, so I’m always shocked every time I see it. He couldn’t just let her have that moment? He couldn’t be a good boyfriend for just that once? Just… augh, it frustrates me! And I hate how they only got about one scene where they get to be a cute couple and then the rest is him being awful and her not telling him things because she doesn’t want to lean on him and I’m just like, “Argh, Ru Mi, he’s the man you love. You’re in a relationship with him. You’re supposed to share your burdens with him. Avoiding him does not equal dating.” I mean, it’s hard to blame Kang Mae for being self-involved when she never lets him know what’s going on with her. But he’s also not the world’s greatest boyfriend, and they were adorable before they got together but then it was nothing but problems after that because she was just waiting for him to run away and he was just getting more scared the deeper he fell for her, and… AUGH, SO DAMN FRUSTRATING. And yet I love their love like crazy. BUT THEN HE LEAVES. And tells her to wait for him. And I just want to strangle him and tell Ru Mi to go fall in love with someone else while he’s off satisfying his ambitions. Hmph. But the ending kind of implies that he stays. But kind of not since the last shot is of him and Thoven walking off by themselves. IDK.

As for King of Dramas, this was my first time rewatching it as a whole (while it was airing I watched most of the eps 5 times or so, but never had a big series rewatch). I remember being so in love and swept up with this drama that I thought it was utter perfection, and… well… I can see its flaws now. I still think it’s one of the best dramas out there and very, very underrated, but now I can see where it dragged and how certain storylines were dropped without any explanation. But overall, it was still one kickass ride. I forgot how it made epic excitement out of the most mundane things (and used every drama trope in the book to great affect). And Si Won was so freaking hilarious. And Anthony was such a magnificently well done character. A lot of people said he was too much like Kang Mae, but after watching the dramas back to back, I can see how much more developed Anthony was as a character. He got to slowly change and become a better person by the end of the drama, whereas Kang Mae pretty much stays the same. He gives a little once he starts caring about the orchestra members, but by the end of the drama he’s still pretty much the same Kang Mae that he always was. Anthony, on the other hand, learns how to accept love and trust someone other than himself, and this in turn makes him better at what he does for a living. Anthony did despicable things with very little remorse, whereas Kang Mae just had a difficult personality. Anthony knew how to charm/seduce people, Kang Mae just didn’t give a damn.

IDK, I adore both characters, but I think I love Anthony just a little bit more. He feels more complete than Kang Mae, and quite a bit darker. Kang Mae liked to play at being this awful, indestructible figure, but was actually very sensitive and took everything to heart. His prickly personality was his way of keeping the world at bay so that he didn’t get hurt. Anthony, on the other hand, was a very jaded character without shame, able to do anything to achieve his goals. He didn’t actively push people away, he just… rubbed them the wrong way. But then he found Go Eun and he started trusting her and he became loyal and good and heroic and awesome. Oh, oh, interesting parallel between BV and KoD: they both have scenes where the female lead falls into a body of water, and neither Anthony nor Kang Mae know how to swim. Anthony jumps in to save his lady (but ends up being saved by her), Kang Mae gets someone else to save his lady.
firthgal: (alan denny - arm in arm)

Thank you for being the awesomest drama of my life. You never once disappointed me, and I will love you forever. Thanks for giving me an ending that made me swoon, laugh, cry my eyes out, and then laugh and swoon all over again. Thank you for giving me such delightful characters. Thank you for giving me Kim Myung Min at his best. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE GREATEST!

With much love,

firthgal: (kmm - kang mae)
I am basically just modifying the 30 day k-drama meme and some year end memes to suit my needs, because if I was to talk about every drama of 2012, it would take too damn long. And, really, there were only a select few that I actually stuck with all the way through. It seems that I was super picky and quite fickle this year. I'd start out loving a drama and then promptly drop it a few episodes later. So, let's see how this meme turns out:

The dramas that you stuck with for better or for worse until the finale did you part

Dream High 2
I Do, I Do
King of Dramas
Take Care of Us, Captain
Rooftop Prince
Answer Me, 1997
The 3rd Hospital/The Third Ward
What's Up
Can Love Become Money

Dramas that you never quite finished

Wild Romance
The Moon that Embraces the Sun
The King 2 Hearts
Arang and the Magistrate
History of the Salaryman
Full House Take 2
Shut Up, Flower Boy Band
Padam Padam
Fermentation Family
Color of Woman
Operation Proposal

Your Favorite Kdrama of 2012

King of Dramas, hands down. It hasn't finished yet, but I think it's pretty safe to say that nothing will beat my love for this one unless Anthony happens to randomly die in the end (I'm looking at you, Sign. And considering this drama is by the same writer, nothing's impossible). Anyway, this drama had the best acting of any other drama I watched in 2012, and while the writing isn't exactly flawless, it's damn good. They've managed to take some pretty boring subject matter and turn it into high stakes drama. It's just as if not more exciting than all of the action dramas that I've watched in the past, and the main characters are so beautifully fleshed out and complex and they actually get to grow as people, and I basically love everything about this drama.

Your Favorite Male Lead Character

Anthony Kim from King of Dramas, no contest. First, he's played by Kim Myung Min, so of course he's going to be awesome, and KMM has this way of adding layers to a character that aren't necessarily there in the writing, but the writing in this drama is so great that it's worthy of KMM's devotion to the character. It's all in the details with Anthony. He's seemingly cold and heartless and devoid of morals in the beginning, but you can always see his vulnerabilities. It's mostly KMM's performance there, because by all means I should have hated him in the first couple eps, but you can see hints of this hidden desperateness in him that makes him do the things that he does, and the scene in the first ep where he goes to the funeral of the motorcycle guy that died and is clearly brooding over the man's death showed that he does have plenty of humanity hidden behind his heartless facade. He does what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals, and if that means ruining somebody else, well... he'll do it without blinking. But he's perfectly aware of how horrible he is, and he doesn't really blame anybody but himself for his downfall, even after he learns that it was Oh Jin Wan who was responsible for it. He's aware that he's horrible, but he also believes that he has to be that way in order to survive, in order to not be trampled on, in order to be something in this dirty, despicable world. But then he meets Lee Go Eun and her presence in his life slowly changes his outlook on pretty much everything. He starts to learn that the world isn't so dirty and despicable when he's surrounded by people who are truly on his side and genuinely care about him. He starts to get back to the man that he was before he became Anthony, and it's just a really beautiful thing to watch.

I also want to mention Yoo Bang from History of a Salaryman. While nowhere near as complicated as Anthony, he was definitely just as hilarious, and I loved how even though he was a bumbling hero, he was also pretty intelligent and always managed to succeed.

Your Favorite Female Lead Character

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firthgal: (true blood - bill sookie)
Please stop eating my brain! Or, you know, don't. But stop it with these epic fake-outs, would you? WOULD YOU?

Ep 11 had fake-outs galore, so I should have known that the cliff-hanger would end up being a fake-out, but then you give us this in ep 12? OMG, DYING RIGHT NOW. Do you see how he backs her up into the wall and just goes for it? Did you hear that deep, sexy voice when he said that this is how he's thinking about her? DO YOU SEE THAT INTENSE STARE? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, DAMN IT, SHOW! I hope that their actual, real life kiss is that full of sexual tension. Though I suspect that their actual kiss will be soft and meaningful and all that jazz, which is good, but dayumn. I love that Anthony is a total sexbomb in Go Eun's imagination. And Go Eun being all fluttery over him after the dream was hilarious, especially when Anthony ruined it by being his usual arrogant, blunt self. Go Eun's face was priceless.

When he walks in and rattles off about the ratings:

She is practically drooling right along with me. And then after he concludes that she's never had a boyfriend before because no man can put up with her temper:

HEEEEEEEE, how quickly the crush dissipates. I ♥ them.
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)


I nearly died when he suddenly grabbed her by her scarf and said "What do you think of me? What do you think of me as a man?" EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Of course, knowing this drama, it'll be undercut by Anthony passing out before anything happens (including a reply from Go Eun) or else one of them will say something that ruins the moment, but OMGOMGOMG!!!!! I can't believe how invested I am in these two. Well, actually, I can seeing as how the drama is keeping this as one of those slow-burning, subtle, subtexty romances that I am such a sucker for. Foes to begrudging work partners to genuine friends to can't live without each other to totally secretly in love with each other to thinly veiled confessions to frustrating obliviousness to ridiculously hot awkwardness. I LOVE THEM. SO DAMN MUCH. And the plot is still exciting and the supporting characters are still lovable. My only real complaint is that the drama should have left behind everything with Empire after Anthony defeated them for the umpteenth time during the whole Kenji incident. Just get over it, Empire dudes! Anthony is better than you in every way! Just leave him alone! Seriously, the conflict within the making of the drama is enough to carry KoD, along with the love story. Let the repetitive machinations of Empire die and focus on the people that we actually care about. Ep 11 had minimal Empire stuff, thank goodness, which is why I think I so thoroughly enjoyed it (well, that and the fact that this ep really upped the tension between Anthony and Go Eun).

That being said, the show still manages to make all the conflicts exciting even when we know that Anthony will always triumph. I guess because he is put into these impossible situations and it's just impressive to watch him find his way out of them. And with each experience he grows just a little bit, just enough for him to open his heart a little more each time to Go Eun and his team.

I am also loving Si Won in this. I never expected to love him so much in anything, let alone a drama where he is acting next to absolute pros. But he is totally stealing pretty much every scene he's in, and I will never cease to be amazed at his charm as Hyun Min. Hyun Min is such a harmless goofball that you can't help but love him. The scene where he's making faces at Min Ah to throw her off during the filming of Kyeongseong Morning, OMG!!!! I love it. Especially his satisfaction at her being reprimanded. I love that he ruffles her feathers and brings her back down to reality. He's a big kid, and Min Ah is like a child who tries to act like an adult, and just... I'm pretty sure I ship them. They are like a childish version of Go Eun and Anthony. I feel like Hyun Min can bring out Min Ah's more human side and Min Ah can help him mature a little bit. I doubt that the drama will go there, though, because it's pretty set on Hyun Min forever being shallow (and you know what? That totally works for him).

I don't care, as long as my Anthony and Go Eun get together. I was squealing during the scene where Anthony makes her act out the scene with him where he wants her to insert a kiss. OMG, THE TENSION! THE TENSION!!!! And Anthony was totally into it, too. Gaaaaaaaah, I love them. I was kind of on the fence about the extension, mainly because I fear that it will extend the focus on the Empire nonsense and therefore hurt the momentum of the plot, but if it gives us more Anthony and Go Eun scenes in the same vein as today's ep, then I 100% want an extension. I just won't be ready to leave these characters behind after only 16 episodes.
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
First off: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony is totally a goner. He can hide it all he wants, but he is so secretly enamored with Go Eun. There isn't even a question about it at this point. And Go Eun's playful smiles towards him definitely showed that Go Eun feels a new sort of camaraderie with him, and she can see past his gruff exterior to that soft heart of his, and she feels special for being able to see it. It'll be interesting to see her reaction to the "other woman" now that she feels a little closer to Anthony. I don't think she's into him just yet, but I think she's on the precipice of being interested in him. What with his intellect and melancholy past... He is so her type.


ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Somebody just had to get hit by a car, didn't they? DIDN'T THEY? Augh, I swear, of all the drama tropes to take seriously... WHY was she standing in the middle of the road talking on the phone? Why was a car speeding around the corner when there was a cop car right there? WHAT THE FREAKING HELL? ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!! Based on the preview it looks like it's leading up to a play on the amnesia trope, so I actually am looking forward to that (I have a sneaking suspicion that Go Eun is just messing with him in the preview).
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
Okay, I just have to express my love for ep 5 of King of Dramas. Just... EPIC. EPIC EPICNESS. I love this show so damn much. Satire is my thing, especially when it uses the tropes that it's making fun of in such a flawless way that it just blends into the story itself. It's not a set of one-off gags, every parody is essential to the plot and characters and keeps the story moving forward. The political machinations of Anthony were just plain scary, and very much like that of a saeguk. The evil smirks from Anthony, the extreme close-ups of the villain and his crazy angry face, the epic music, the shot of Anthony on his knees through the little window on the office door, the scene where Anthony triumphs over the new station director (a scene that made me realize how anti-hero Anthony really is. In any other drama, he would be the relentless villain trampling all over the noble hero. But you know what? I'm still rooting for him. You just can't help but want him to succeed because he wants it SO BADLY).

And then there are the scenes between our two leads. Just when you think that Anthony and Go Eun are going to have a classic rom-com moment, the romance is completely taken out of the scene. When it looks like the male lead is going to rescue his drowning damsel in distress, he ends up drowning instead. When it looks like he's going to turn to goo at the sight of Go Eun sleeping, she chokes on her snore and he rolls his eyes. That being said, I am still seeing subtext in their interaction, especially since he lied about the reason why he rushed back to her to rehire her. And the fact that he denied trying to save her when she fell into the water. For some reason he is determined to hide his humanity from her, but it's clear that he simply likes having her around. He likes having someone as invested in the drama as he is. Unfortunately, they are invested for very opposite reasons and they fight the second they start working together again and I just want to strangle them both. Just... compromise a little, you two, you hear me? Anthony did go overboard with the script changes, but he wasn't entirely wrong. Go Eun needs to budge a little bit, because, well, it is a business. If a drama doesn't make money, it's considered a failure no matter how good the script was. She doesn't have to change it as much as Anthony wants her to, but she should at least listen to him and try to make it work for both of them (she didn't have any trouble writing in a product placement in the first ep when it wasn't her own script).

Anyway, much of this episode had my stomach twisting and turning, especially that very end scene. Oh man, the intensity! DON'T SIGN IT, GO EUN! Not that Anthony is any better as an alternative to Oh Jin Wan, but at least now he realizes that Go Eun isn't expendable to him. And, quite frankly, now that he knows she means business, she can probably get Anthony to agree to not change the genre of her script.

Basically, I love that this episode solidified Anthony's attachment to Go Eun. It wasn't obvious about it, because I don't think even Anthony understands why he wants to keep her on board, but at least now we know that he genuinely wants her there for more than just serving a purpose. He could have found a different writer who would follow his vision, but he wanted Go Eun, who does nothing but fight with him over every little detail and makes the job of creating a money-making script a whole lot harder for him. I loved his face when she walked out the door after he introduced her to the script supervisor. He honestly didn't know what he did wrong there and his confusion just makes the very last scene all the more gut twisty. Like, with everything that he's done to her, he just didn't expect this minor (to him) thing to make her jump ship. And OMG, I NEED THE NEXT EPISODE NOW. NOOOOOOOOW.
firthgal: (kmm - kang mae)
So, I'm obsessed with King of Dramas. Like, watching the second episode 5 times already kind of obsessed (and three of those times were before the subs were finished). Just... I love it. I love Kim Myung Min. I love Jung Ryeo Won. I love the script, the editing, the direction, everything. But mostly I love Kim Myung Min, which of course has set me off on reliving my KMM obsession.

Right now I am in the middle of rewatching Bad Family, and OMG I forgot how wonderful that drama was. And, you know, as brilliant as KMM was in Beethoven Virus and White Tower, he was just so perfectly cast in Bad Family. Like, for once people can't criticize his looks because his looks fit the character magnificently, and it proved that he could be a wonderful romantic lead. He is just so dang adorable in this. A big, lovable lug (he so rarely plays characters that I can say that about!). I mean, look at him here:

The turmoil on his face! The RAGE mixed with confusion and relief and love and WANTING TO KILL HIS EX HYUNG-NIM. He's fighting between what he is and what he wants to be and it's all right there in those beautiful eyes of his. I couldn't help but dreamy sigh at this scene. HE'S JUST SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL, I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS. Luckily Kim Myung Min is so dang good that people end up loving him for his charm if not his looks. BUT HE REALLY IS BEAUTIFUL.

Also I will forever identify with the second female lead (Bu Kyung) who so innocently and hilariously chases after him. Her awkward undying devotion to him despite his gruff/uncouth demeanor is adorable. I love the scene where she first sees him in Sokcho and runs up to him and slaps his chest several times and then engulfs him in this big hug and Dal Gun just has this "WTF?" face on the whole time. She is just so genuine and truly believes that they are carrying on this epic romance and Dal Gun is just continuously baffled by her. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. And if he had met her before he met Young Ah, I think she could have nabbed him. She probably would have dragged him to the alter without him ever figuring out what was going on. *sigh* My heart will forever break for her. I wish more dramas had second female leads like Bu Kyung, where she is super lovable and her scenes with the male lead are highly entertaining without ever taking anything away from the OTP. I root for Bu Kyung, but at the same time I love that Dal Gun will forever be devoted to Young Ah, and his scenes with Bu Kyung emphasize this. Unrequited love can be innocent and fun, k-drama land. No need to make the spurned half jealous and petty and conniving every freaking time.

Anyway, I love Bad Family. I adore all the characters and pretty much every episode makes me cry because it always manages to touch my heart. This was definitely one of Kim Myung Min's greatest dramas, but sadly it gets no attention. I can see why, though. This one was an ensemble piece, whereas his other dramas are all about him and his awesome acting skills. But seriously, he was awesome in this one, too, and it's one of the rare instances where he gets to play a genuinely nice guy who isn't really talented at anything and is not all that intelligent (he's not dumb by any means, but it takes him awhile to pick up on what's going on/what people are talking about. He's more naive than anything else despite his gangster lifestyle). Gaaaaah, I ♥ him.

I almost forgot to comment on the end of Third Ward! I waited all day yesterday for it to be posted to Viki, and then stupid Viki had it on "processing" for ages (I don't think it was viewable until after midnight), so I had to search for a way to download the torrent without my ISP finding out and that took all damn day and most of the night, so I was going crazy waiting for this damn ending. And then... the ending was anti-climactic. Especially after all the trouble I went through to see it. The subs aren't out yet so I'm still not exactly sure how it all ended, but based on the scenes alone it looks like it's implied that my OTP ends up together, but there were no dramatic confessions or reunions or what have you. It was very low-key, which I guess I should have expected since Do Hyun and Hye In never had an expressive relationship, but... well... I WANTED A KISS. Or a hug. Or something. I guess we at least got a very tragic yet bittersweet handshake. I am not sure what happened with Seung Hyun and Eui Jin, but at least Eui Jin got to live. But yeah, the ending focused way too much on the father, which, pfft, who the hell gave a damn about the father? That was screentime that could have been spent on Do Hyun and Hye In, gosh darn it! I'm kidding, but seriously, they spent way too much time on the father's story. He was unlikable from the get-go and no amount of apologies and backstory was going to change that. But I enjoyed everything else. I also appreciated that the show moved away from the week to week medical stories as the show went on and just focused in on the characters that we knew (though it was a little ridiculous that everyone around the lead characters ended up getting sick and needing a brain operation, but, whatever, it worked).

Overall, I adored this drama to pieces. It had its flaws, but the good far outweighed the bad. Kim Seung Woo was amazing and lovable as always. He plays stoic in such a charming way, IDEK how. Especially with this character, who is terribly blunt and lashes out in childish ways and is sometimes just plain mean, KSW played him with such vulnerability and heart that you couldn't help but love him.
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
So, King of Dramas is the greatest, most fantastic, super duper awesomest, most perfect show ever. KIM MYUNG MIN. BEING EPIC. ALL THE TIME. That's all I need, really.

But seriously, the drama is actually really, really good, and I am SO relieved, because the summary of the show never made it sound all that great, but in actuality the show is exciting and it's sometimes subtly and sometimes not so subtly playing with different drama genres and it is basically a political meets underdog meets revenge meets rom-com meets action meets workplace drama. There are even a few moments of classic melodrama in it (usually played for laughs, though. Although the scene between the lead girl and her mother where they are talking to each other in their heads was actually played quite serious, even though it seemed a little loony for the drama to go so serious all of a sudden). The only thing it's missing is the procedural drama, though they did a bit of a medical one in the first ep. And there are Japanese triads! I'm loving it. It's ridiculous yet somehow very, very well done.

Obviously my favorite thing about the drama is Kim Myung Min. He is completely inhabiting the character of Anthony Kim, and Anthony Kim is already this complex mix of epic asshole robot and terribly vulnerable human being. He'll do anything to make his drama successful, to the point of letting someone die and possibly dying himself just to get it done. And of course this causes his downfall, and because he's such a control-freak asshole who spent his career using people for his own gain, everyone is waiting to crush him (and the one who brings him down is the only one that he had trusted with all of his vulnerabilities). It's just... gah, it's epic. The music is epic, his outlandishly expensive suits are epic, his downfall is epic, his undying desire to gain back his empire is epic, and OMG, I LOVE HIM. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Not only that, but Jung Ryeo Won is matching KMM scene for scene. Her character isn't as memorable as KMM's, but she actually has the acting chops to keep up with KMM. As much as I adored Beethoven Virus and shipped the heck out of that OTP, it was clear that Lee Ji Ah was quite outmatched in acting skills by KMM (as was a very young Jang Guen Suk). With this one, though, the characters are so evenly matched and the actors are playing off of each other so perfectly that their scenes are just electrifying. And I adore how JRW has played her character as kind of being breath-taken by Anthony in the first episode when he is offering her so many things and showing her the dedication that he has and the excitement that comes with it, but then he throws her away when he no longer needed her and she just made the largest impression on him than anyone ever has when she dumped a bucket of orange juice on him. SO AMAZING. LOOOOOOOOOVE. I love her temper. I love that she doesn't just sit back and blame herself for all the injustices that happen to her. She either gets what she wants or she gets revenge. Either way she gets people to see things from her perspective, which is exactly what Anthony needs. And I love that Anthony's downfall came with him causing her downfall, which in the end makes her the only person that can help him climb back up to the top. I can't wait to see how she changes Anthony's views, and I really can't wait to see him put her before a drama (if he'll put her before a drama. KMM's characters have this bad habit of being SO dedicated to their work that they give up everything else even in the end).

Anyway, I'm excited about this one. Everything about it is amazing so far. I am so hoping for a bromance once Choi Si Won appears. Anthony Kim is at his best when his feathers are being ruffled.

Also, tomorrow and Thursday are the last eps of Third Ward. If Do Hyun and Hye In don't end up together, expect me to throw my computer out of the window.
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)

LOOK AT HIM!!!! He looks kind of ridiculous but hot at the same time. This is a different look from the initial pics, and he somehow looks younger here, which makes me think it's a flashback/earlier part of the drama (where the two leads first meet and clash). Dudes, I so can't wait for this drama. I know that I'm the only one, but damn, it's Kim Myung Min and it's by the same writer that did Sign. I CAN'T HELP IT. Though if this drama has an ending as craptacular as Sign did, I will be angry (not that the ending to Sign was bad, just heartbreaking. But King of Dramas is supposed to be a comedy, therefore no heavy ending is allowed. You hear me? DON'T KILL THE LEAD CHARACTER). I am still confused on the romance aspect of the drama, though. The setup sounds typical enough in that the two leads would get together, but there's never been any actual mention of romance between them, while it mentions romance with other people for both of them, which would suck because Kim Myung Min and Jung Ryeo Won would be awesome together (well, you'd think they would be. Guess I have to actually see them act together first)


May. 22nd, 2012 10:06 pm
firthgal: (kmm - i loba you)
How... what... how am I just discovering now that there is a Taiwanese version of Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy? AND IT STARS JERRY YAN. This... will probably consume my life for the next two weeks. I just got finished watching Down With Love, and I adored it like crazy. I think it kind of lost some of its spark about halfway through, but mostly because it became an entirely different drama once the nanny aspect was gone (I couldn't believe that they had gotten rid of the kids so early on in the series). But anyway, Down With Love was freaking hilarious and the female lead was so damn lovable and Jerry Yan is so very good at portraying unrequited love, so much so that he can make the jerkiest of jerky characters lovable just from being so damn adorable with his puppy-like ways. Luckily in Down With Love his character is actually super sweet and it doesn't take much to humanize him, unlike Meteor Garden where you just want to punch him in the face 80% of the time (but like I said, he can take a jerkass like that and make you care about him). The stuff that he's not great with is the angst/dramatic bits. It's just hard to take him seriously, I guess. He's great with the comedy and he's great with the giddy moments that come from having a crush, but when things turn epically ~serious it's just hard not to laugh. But anyway, Down With Love was cute, even though I was desperately hoping for the female second lead to get hit by a bus (somebody did get hit by a bus (OF COURSE), but it wasn't her). Also, I loved all the meta references to Meteor Garden and Jerry Yan.

I also tried watching Fated to Love You, which is touted as one of the greatest TWdramas evaaaaaar, but... it was kind of awful. I made it through ep 7 and then I was done. I just couldn't take it anymore. The female lead is such a pushover that she takes all the blame for everything ever and paints her jerkass "husband" as some kind of flawless saint (as does everyone else, except for his own grandmother), and I just can't. I can't take it. The damn husband goes from helping her to treating her like shit in 3 seconds and it's just not justifiable. It's not. You'd think he'd be perceptible enough to realize that she was not in on causing the scandal, nor did she have any intention of trapping him (which was fairly obvious when she went to the hospital and was right there on the operating table about to get an abortion before HE ran in and stopped it). It just didn't make sense that he'd blame her after all that, and that he'd go from being somewhat decent to being an absolute bastard for such a flimsy misunderstanding. So, I just couldn't take all the hero worshiping going on for that douche. Ugh. Especially whenever he was like, "And you can't fall in love with me!!! I know you will, so just put those thoughts out of your head right now!!!!!!" Please. Aside from the characterization flaws, I was just finding the entire execution of the plot to be rather boring. So, I fail to see why this one is always in everyone's top ten list. I expect it gets better as it goes on, but I would think that if it doesn't grab me after 7 episodes, it probably never will.

Also, I finally managed to see Pacemaker (Kim Myung Min's latest film) today with English subtitles, and it was better than I had expected. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but it ended up being really sweet and emotional and it was another classic character for Kim Myung Min. Ju Man Ho was just so lovable and simplistic and inspirational, and I loved how there was such a contrast between his attitude and the attitudes of the young athletes. He was experienced and confident and he didn't let the petty comments phase him, while the young ones were insecure and unsure about their place in life. Man Ho just wanted to run for himself for once in his life, and when he finally does it's the most beautiful thing ever. And I really loved the relationship between Man Ho and the young girl. She was intrigued by him from the get-go and she did all the chasing despite him being less than desirable by society's standards, and he never really showed an explicit interest in her but had these adorable moments with her where he would inspire her and vice versa. And then there was the super adorable "If you win I'll call you oppa" thing and he got all bashful (hee!). There was nothing groundbreaking or ambitious about the film. It was just like its main character: easygoing, sweet, lovable, and surprisingly insightful.

I have also been rewatching Beethoven Virus during my lunch breaks at work. Clearly my Kim Myung Min feelings are having a resurgence, especially after being reminded of how much he encompasses his characters (it's hard to accept the fact that the same man who played Kang Mae also played Man Ho, because the performances are so drastically different, and yet they are both so flawless, so clearly it's Kim Myung Min. That dude will forever leave me in awe of his talent).
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So, has anyone else checked out Brain? I was desperate for a new k-drama to watch last night, and that one popped up on my radar, and... I kinda like it? I mean, it's nothing fantastic, but it's trying so hard to be this weird mixture of White Tower and House and Grey's Anatomy and every silly rom-com in existence. And somehow it works. At least for me it does. Or maybe I am just so desperate to relive the awesomeness that was White Tower that I am just latching onto this thing blindly. But seriously, the main dude in this is basically an exact copy of Kim Myung Min's character from White Tower, only with a slightly bigger conscience and a more involved backstory that stresses his ~vulnerability~ and makes him ~sympathetic~. But for the most part he is an arrogant douche, and apparently that's how I like my anti-heroes. Also, on the romance side of things, I am totally enchanted, because while they have this very angry relationship, you can tell right off that he's totally into her but doesn't know how to express it, and the fact that she doesn't respect him hurts his pride massively which also attributes to his douchiness, and she just genuinely dislikes him because he's so damn arrogant, but at the same time she is slowly starting to see why he does the things he does. She wants to like him, she wants to get along with him and understand him, but he's making it so difficult for her.

According to the summary for the drama, the lead character eventually gets over himself and realizes that the patient is more important than ambition, but I never know whether to trust k-drama summaries or not. I'm hoping that this dude can learn from his mistakes, because it would be too much like White Tower if it remains a story about a man's ambition and how he alienates everyone around him.

But anyway, so far so good, and I'm actually surprised at how comical the show is turning out to be, because the beginning leads you to believe that it's going to be super serious business with super serious medical scenes, but it's not. The show is not White Tower, even though it's got the arrogant, conniving surgeon as its star and it's trying to emulate the exact same office politics.


Jul. 15th, 2011 04:50 pm
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Work blah blah blerg blah work. THAT IS MY LIFE. *sigh* Luckily I still manage to squeeze a few k-dramas in between all those blergs and blahs.

30 Day Kdrama Challenge
Day 19: Your Best Actor

Dudes, don't ask me to choose between Kim Myung Min and Kim Seung Woo. Kim Myung Min has the better acting chops for sure, but Kim Seung Woo is just so dang charming that I can't not watch him in anything (well, except for Athena, because I can't manage to stay awake long enough to see his seconds-long scenes in each episode. I am being 100% serious when I say that. If you are suffering from a bout of insomnia, watch Athena). Kim Myung Min is epic levels of talented and he is CRAZY into his roles where he will lose a dangerous amount of weight or he'll study to be a legit surgeon or he'll run half a marathon every morning, and he really does transform into whatever character he is playing. He's an oldschool method actor through and through, and I am a sucker for such dedication to one's work. Probably because I lack such dedication. So, I guess actorly-wise it's Kim Myung Min, but Kim Seung Woo could easily charm the pants off of me.

Day 20: Your Best Actress

Probably Yoon Eun Hye. I'm not even sure why, it's just that I always love her in everything that she does, and she tends to do projects that I thoroughly enjoy (Lie to Me being the exception. I was neutral towards that one at first, then I loved it, then I hated it, then I loved it again, then I didn't care about it again. So. Hmm). Kim Sun Ah is another actress that always charms me and tends to do projects that I adore. But if we're talking about truly outstanding performances, there really aren't any actresses that stick out in my head. Of course, the more meatier roles for women can probably be found in the historical dramas, and those have way too many episodes, so I haven't watched many of those.

Day 21: Your Worst Actor

Hmm, if I don't like an actor, I generally just try to forget that he exists. The only one that comes to mind is Lee Jun Ki (the second lead from My Girl). He was awful at the angst, and not all that great at the comedy, and mostly I just wanted him off my screen. I don't know if he's improved since then, but if I hear that he's the lead in something, you can bet that my interest in the movie/drama is instantly gone. I don't think he's terrible, it's just that he has trouble conveying emotion in a convincing way. He is definitely an actor who gets by almost purely on his flawlessly pretty face (seriously, dude is prettier than most of the women).

Day 22: Your Worst Actress

Kim Tae Hee. So wooden. So very wooden. But she's exceptionally beautiful, so she tends to be cast as the unattainable girl with no real personality to speak of, and she makes it work. She tried to give herself some range in My Princess, and I actually think she did a decent job in that one, but it was still a little forced and lacking in emotion in some parts, but that was definitely her best performance (it helped that she had amazing chemistry with Song Seung Hun, another not so great actor who is exceptionally beautiful).

The Days )

Warrior Baek Dong Soo is still my new favorite drama. It is perfection in every way, and you all should be watching it. LOOK AT THE EPICNESS!

Miss Ripley is just disappointing me with every new episode. Somehow it became the Yoochun/Lee Da Hae show and forgot about everyone else. And it's being way too easy on Miri. I wanted suffering, gosh darn it! For once, for once I actually want destruction and tragedy and deceit and betrayal and to see the heroes fall, but instead we get everyone taking the blame for Miri's actions and Yoochun angsting in the shower. WHY? Ugh. This show started off so awesome. I still fail to see how Miri sincerely fell in love with Yoo Hyun. No matter how many times the show tells me that she did, I won't believe it until the actors make me feel it (and LDH is way more convincing in her love for Myung Hoon, and apparently her character never loved him. WTF? WTELF?) Augh, I knew the ending would disappoint me, but I didn't know that absolutely everything after the ultimate climax would disappoint me.
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30 Day Kdrama Challenge
Day 11: Your Favorite Dialogue

This meme is way too obsessed with dialog that I CAN'T REMEMBER. Because I can't speak Korean. Hmm... Can I just say like every bit of dialog ever from Beethoven Virus? Because I seriously loved that show's use of language. Every single inspiring speech from Kang Mae, every witty back and forth between Kang Mae and Ru Mi or Kang Mae and Gun Woo, the ahjumma drunkenly taking out all of her frustrations on Kang Mae and telling him that she can play the cello beautifully, Kang Mae defending the orchestra from the mayor, Kang Mae teaching the orchestra how to play Nella Fantasia from the heart, Kang Mae arguing with the little kid and telling him that he would burn inside the flames of Hell if he didn't listen to adults and call the Art Center the Classic Nara, the dialog between Kang Mae and Ru Mi in the last episode when she's laying down on the stage and tells him to say something honest, Ru Mi telling Kang Mae that she likes him (both times). I LOVE THIS DRAMA.

Day 12: Your Favorite Story

Now, see, this is a tough one because most k-drama plots are terribly contrived and unoriginal, but I think that's why I like them. No, seriously. I like it that way because it allows the characters to become the focus rather than some exuberant plot. While I loved IRIS, its plot was terribly confusing and I still don't even know what that show was about, but that's one where they tried to have a fancy plot and kind of failed, because that show was at its most awesome when it figured out that the characters were more important than the conspiracies. 49 Days had a great plot to start off with, and I think it would have been my answer for this one had it not focused so much in the end on the love stories. I hated the love stories in that one, which was a switch since I usually watch these shows for the romance, but I actually think this show would have been better had it focused more on the familial and platonic relationships, and went into more detail on the workings of the afterlife (I guess I was wanting a Korean take on Dead Like Me). So, yeah, that one had a lot of potential but went far too off course for me. And then there's White Tower, which had a very detailed plot and really delved into the psyche of its seedy anti-hero and the people who supported or opposed him, but I think this one had way too many scenes dealing with politics, which we had to watch in order to keep up with the plot, but were rather boring. So. But I loved the idea of this seemingly unstoppable man being taken down by the very disease that he had spent his career getting rid of in other people. And I loved how his ambition just drove him to spin so many lies and cover up so many things, to the point where he actually became a worse surgeon because of it. I like that he was unapologetic. I like that he was so amazing that he had all these admirers even though they knew that he fought dirty. I like that the show made us fall in love with such a dastardly doctor. So... yeah, White Tower. But I also want to say Bad Family, simply because that's an example of a ridiculously contrived plot that ended up being fantastic.

Day 13: Your Favorite “I Love You”

Oh gosh, do you know what's sad? Even with my k-drama OTPs, my favorites are the ones who never actually say the words "I love you" to each other. It's just, you know, implied. I guess if we're going with outright confessions, then I think it might be from Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Sun Joon confessing his love to Yoon Hee when he still thought that she was Yoon Shik. Just, the courage that took. He's a man telling another man that he loves him in a time where that was strictly forbidden. Not only that, but he's telling his best friend that he loves him, and that's what worries him more. He doesn't want to lose that friendship, but he also thinks that something is wrong with him and he doesn't want to alienate Yoon Shik, so he promises to go away, and just... that moment is filled with so much naked honesty and it's beautiful. Oh look, it's on YouTube!

I forgot that it even contained the ever popular single tear of manpain.

The Days )

In other news, everyone who watched Secret Garden should watch this video. Or if you just like watching cute boys kissing each other, then you should watch this video:

[ENG] Secret Big Bang (Secret Garden Parody) by vvipjamie

I suddenly understand the popularity of k-pop boybands now. THEY WRITE THE SLASH THEMSELVES.
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Guys guys guys! Remember this post where I was pondering what the heck happened to Kim Myung Min's mouth? I remember my initial thought being false teeth, but then I was like, "Why on earth would he be wearing false teeth? Maybe he got plastic surgery!" Well, anyway, I am happy to report that this video has confirmed that it is indeed false teeth and not plastic surgery. THANK GOODNESS. Because his face is perfect just the way it is. ♥ But aww, his character has donkey teeth! I feel his plight already. :'(

Miss Ripley is taking forever to get subbed (not really. It just feels like it is, because Lie to Me got subbed in like 4 hours flat or something. I'm not sure, I just know that it was 100% subbed by the time that I got home from work, whereas Ripley is at 47%. Last week it was the opposite. Hmph). Anyway, I watched the raw, and even though I have NO CLUE what is going on, Kim Seung Woo and Lee Da Hae still managed to have wicked hot chemistry together. I am still angry that quite a lot of the fandom doesn't get Kim Seung Woo's appeal. Pfft, whatever, he's sexy in a beautifully manly kind of way where he just exudes confidence and charm and badassery without even trying. It's more about his attitude than anything else, I think. AND HIS SUITS. And his voice. And his eyes! Mostly it's the suits.

Anyway, Lie to Me. Why do I keep watching this show? It's bad then it's good then it's bad then it's good then it just stops trying altogether. But damn do I love the chemistry between the leads. *dreamy sigh* Even if the angst is starting to get a little ridiculous.

City Hunter ep 4 was okay, but not great. I don't know with this show, man. I don't know. I think I am doomed to only love the odd numbered episodes, because so far the even-numbered ones have too much romance and aaaaaaaangst. I just want explosions and martial arts and witty forms of revenge, damn it! Also, the faux father is getting on my nerves. I mean, he was pushing it when he kidnapped his dead best friend's baby in order to raise him into a killing machine, but now he's basically saying "Avenge your father's death MY WAY. If you don't, I'm going to do it first, and if you get in the way, I WILL KILL YOU. Oh yeah, and, your mother totally abandoned you. Yep! No kidnapping happened here. *whistles*" Eesh. Crazy Faux Daddy is crazy.

Kim Myung Min decided to interrupt this post. I COULDN'T STOP HIM, OKAY?

30 Day Kdrama Challenge
Day 08: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Lead Character

I don't even know. Which is sad, because kdrama heroines give some pretty insightful/inspiring/heartfelt speeches. And yet all that pops into my mind is Best Love with Go Ae Jung telling Dokko Jin to shut his butthole because poop keeps falling out of it (dongko = butthole, and she's referring to his mouth). It's funnier in context, I swear. Is it weird that all my favorite quotes involve poop in some way?

Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

Well, technically he's not a third wheel, he's more like a fourth wheel who gets a kick out of tormenting all three participants of the main love triangle, but I loved it whenever Goo Yong Ha from Sungkyunkwan Scandal would defiantly say, "I'm Goo Yong Ha." It was all he needed to say to get people to trust him/be scared of him/love him. I also loved his rare serious moment where he tries to stop Jae Shin from going out:

GAAAAAAH, I forgot how epic their love was! Oh god, the bit where he's like "If living is worth no more to you than death, then... what am I to you who's by your side?" HE LOVES HIM. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

Erm... pretty much everything that Bu Kyung said in Bad Family. Seriously, I loved her. A lot. But I especially loved her line to Yong Ah about her friendship with Dal Gun lasting a lifetime while Dal Gun could easily divorce Yong Ah later. I don't know, it managed to be adorable instead of bitter.

The Days )


Jun. 3rd, 2011 03:24 am
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Tonight I:

1) Dropped the register gun on my foot at least 5 times. When will I ever learn to just put it back in its charger after I ring something up? WHEN WILL I LEARN?

2) Dropped a trash can on a customer. No, seriously, A TRASH CAN. That's why people should just leave the big items in their cart and let me get it with the gun. BUT THEN I'D JUST DROP THE GUN ON MY FOOT. This is what happens when you make me work past 10:00pm.

3) Came home, ate, and as I was about to go upstairs, I filled up my metal tumbler with ice water and set it down to clean something, and somehow, some way, the stupid thing FELL ON MY FOOT. Augh, my poor foot. It's now got a goose egg on it and I am baffled as to how I will get my shoe on tomorrow, and I have to work from three to midnight. MIDNIGHT. Auuuuuuugh.

Tonight was not my night. But do you know what was awesome? Surprise Kim Myung Min on Best Love!

♥ ♥ ♥
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So here's the short version (caps courtesy of Dramabeans):

Miss Ripley episode 2 )

Oh, oh, I just have to add this scene:

Because it was strangely sexy. Especially when he reached over to unlock the security thingies without taking his eyes off of her. OMG, I LOVE THEM. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I hope they get to kiss at some point, because their UST is smokin'. I don't want a cop-out just because of their age gap. It's not like this is an innocent romcom, so, hopefully we'll get something, though I suspect that their romance will be very restrained (which is actually what I like, but still. I need a kiss!)

In other news, Lie to Me has turned up the angst, and I like that very much. Finally the stupid lie plot is out of the way and we can get to the real romance. Problem is, there's no plot anymore, but the plot was stupid, so maybe that's a plus. WHAT IS THE SHOW EVEN ABOUT? I don't know, but I like the kissyfuntimes and the stomach curling angst. But yeah, this drama goes from meh to good to huh? to meh to YAY! to hmm to ouch to YAY! to *cries*, so I don't even know what to expect next.

30 Day Kdrama Challenge
Day 07: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Lead Character

"Dang. Dung. O. Ri." ~ Kang Mae from Beethoven Virus. It means "piece of shit," and he says this to a housewife who is playing the cello, and she's quite lovable and sympathetic and you know she's doing this to make herself feel significant because she's unappreciated at home, and here she is being called a piece of shit just because she's not a professional cellist. It was harsh and it makes you gasp, but the delivery was so freaking hilarious that I couldn't help but laugh. And it's probably the only line in any k-drama that I can actually remember. Kang Mae gets a lot of great lines, and he actually says a lot more brilliant insults than that, but that's the one that sticks with you, just because he said it in such a unique way. And his face. OMG, the way he curls his lip and turns up his nose as he says it. Oh, I love him.

Another memorable line is from Bad Family (not surprisingly, another Kim Myung Min drama) where Oh Dal Gun keeps saying "Do you want to smell dirt?" (meaning "I'm going to bury you alive.") It kind of becomes his catch phrase and he says it so often that it loses its initial intimidating effect, to the point where even the little kids are saying it back to him.

The Days )


May. 31st, 2011 02:41 am
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KMM was pretty badass in Open City. I am now convinced that he needs to star in an epic action drama as soon as possible, because dude can bring it. Although, most of the fight scenes could very well have been a stuntman... but KMM is big on authenticity, so I'm sure it was him through some of it. Anyway, I want more badass KMM in a suit.
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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!


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