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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.

Dramas

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).
firthgal: (gaius)
So, I watched that film I was talking about last night (Our Town) where I thought Oh Man Suk's character was supposed to be a psychotic killer (because of this graphically violent clip), but it turns out that he wasn't actually a psychotic killer. Or, well, he was sort of, but not compared to the actual psychotic killer in the movie (that clip was just him imagining killing some people who pissed him off). Anyway, the film is basically about this serial killer and this writer (Oh Man Suk) who snaps and kills his landlord and makes it look like the serial killer did it, only he knew far too well how to model it after the serial killer, which clues us in to the fact that he probably has a past with the serial killer. And then a lot of brain wrinkling stuff is revealed and it all culminates in this scene in the end where it turns out that the kid killed all those people to be like him, and then he points the gun at himself and tells the the writer to shoot him and kind of taunts him, and the writer calls him a little freak and asks him if he's having fun, and then... this happens:




HE'S HAVING A FREAKING ERECTION.



And Oh Man Suk is just making a "WTF is happening right now?" face.




And then Serial Killer orgasms (his eyes even roll to the back of his head).





And they both have a post-sex look on their face. WHAT EVEN IS THIS MOVIE? WHAT DID I JUST WATCH? That was weird. Korean thrillers about serial killers pretty much all contain weirdness that involves being stark naked all the time and killing their pets and humming creepy songs, but this one just went one step beyond that. I... kind of like that it went there, though? I mean, in its own way it was this weird love story between the writer and the serial killer even though the writer had no clue that it was happening, and where most films just lampshade the homoeroticism in serial killer movies, this one just said, "Yep, it's all about the serial killer's big gay love for the dude who inadvertently taught him how to kill people." And what's weird is that the serial killer treasured the little, sweet moments between them before the moment that changed it all for both of them. I know that the general message of the film was that the sins of the heroes created a monster, therefore all of his sins were also their sins, but, you know, it was also about a very lost, twisted child placing all of his love and obsession on a dude who was nice to him a couple of times. And when they reunited, HE ORGASMED.
firthgal: (gaius)
Is it just me, or have k-dramas been featuring car accidents way too much lately? Like, not actual car accidents, but stupid people running into the street and then getting hit by a car. I realize that this is nothing new, because k-dramas insert those idiotic scenes quite often to create angst, but uh... What's Up did it with not one, but TWO freaking characters, though one of them was maybe not as much at fault as the other (seriously, Sun Woo Young's First Love, look both ways before crossing the street!). It happened in Padam, Padam, too. And today I was watching the first ep of Take Care of Us, Captain, because I was curious about it and could not wait for the subs, and the show itself is so super dramatic that I couldn't help but laugh at its ridiculousness, but there is one scene where the father is driving and he receives a text from the daughter, and when I thought he was going to die from texting and driving, he actually pulled over to text her back and I let out a sigh of relief, but then BAM! he gets plowed over by a truck. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN? WHY DID HE PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION? WHY DO KOREANS DRIVE SO FAST THAT THEY RUN EVERYONE OVER? It seriously is exactly like this:



Anyway, I love what What's Up has done with the Doo Ri/Sun Woo Young story, but I am sad that it seems to be concluded for now. I'll be honest, I really don't care about Tae Hee. I just don't. Out of all these characters she is the only one who does not feel real, and she's supposed to be the female lead. If she existed in the real world, people would probably assume that she's mentally retarded. She's likable in small doses (like when she accompanied Doo Ri to find Sun Woo in her hometown and wouldn't stop chattering), but when the ep focuses on her, I just want her off my screen. She is basically that manic pixie dream girl trope that I despise, so I am hoping that the show will give her some layers other than "quirky and more naive than a five-year-old." Ji-Hyun isn't doing much for me either, but I kind of like that he's more of a low-key lead since this show is more of an ensemble drama (but seriously, his neck? It's got a life of its own). Basically, I adore the supporting characters (namely Sun Woo Young and Oh Doo Ri and Do Sung and Byung Gun). I was enjoying the focus on them rather than the main characters, but, I guess the main characters had to come to the forefront eventually. Blerg. Luckily this show seems to know how to balance all of its characters. At least, it has up to this point. Final verdict next week.

Take Care of Us, Captain. I know that I'm pretty much the only person in existence that is excited about this show, but I'm going to blather on about it anyway. As I had mentioned, I watched the raw earlier today and I... kind of really enjoyed it? It was so over the top ridiculous in the drama department that I just couldn't resist. Heroine's mother dies, super dramatic funeral scene with some random hysterical-crying character. Five minutes later, father dies (in a very stupid fashion), super dramatic funeral scene with the very same random hysterical-crying character. Hero inadvertently caused the death of the heroine's mother and is the father's protege. He too had a hysterical crying scene (as did the heroine, natch). Both hero and heroine are pilots and yet somehow have never been introduced to each other. Skip ahead 7 years and heroine is plucky and well-adjusted and she has a typical meet-cute with the hero where he's kind of a jerk to her, neither of them recognize each other. Then they become colleagues and naturally they butt heads because she reminds him of himself when the whole trauma happened seven years ago. And all the airplane scenes? Extremely cheap CGI that makes me giggle every time the show cuts to it. Oh, this show, it's over the top and lame, but somehow that's what won my heart. Also, the hero is super dreamy.

I still find Color Of Woman addicting, even though I don't particularly find it to be good. It's just... I am terribly invested in Chan Jin's hopeless, unrequited love for Sora. Logically I know that his happy ending will not be with her, but oooooh my god do I wish the drama was about their love and not her love with Joon Soo. Blast it all, I do not usually fall prey to this second lead syndrome that everyone talks about, but Chan Jin is just so dang sweet and lonely and adorable and I just want him to spill his feelings to Sora, but I love him for not doing it because he knows that Joon Soo is the one that makes her heart skip a beat and he doesn't want to ruin that for her. He wants to remain being her best friend and giving her strength when he can, and he can't do that if their interactions become awkward (which they would, because she is so in love with Joon Soo that poor Chan Jin doesn't even have a chance). I do know that I don't want Chan Jin to end up with Jin Joo. I just don't, but I know that's where the show is heading since every single character has tried to push them together, and this show is big on clones of each other ending up together (as opposed to the typical k-drama staple of opposites being right for each other). I think that's what is throwing me off about this drama. I'm used to the opposites being the ones that end up together, so naturally I am rooting for Sora/Chan Jin, even though Sora will clearly only ever love Joon Soo. Hmph.

I watched the new ep of Sherlock last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yeah, it had its flaws, but I didn't seem to care all that much? I just enjoyed everyone and everything. I feared that I'd hate the Irene Adler story since I can't stand her in the films, but apparently I enjoy the character when she is not being played by Rachel McAdams (sorry, f-list, I know that you all adore her, but I just can't board that love train. I've disliked her in everything that I've ever seen her in, but especially the Sherlock Holmes films). I loved how everyone kept pointing out that John was Sherlock's boyfriend. I loved how stupid Irene's passcode was (I groaned and laughed at the same time). I loved the back and forth between Sherlock and Irene. I loved John's subconscious jealousy. I loved Mrs. Hudson. I... didn't love the ending, mostly because it made no sense. But that's my only real complaint.

Today I watched the second Sherlock Holmes movie and enjoyed it even more than the BBC Sherlock premiere. I love how this one didn't even try to subvert the homosexual overtones between Sherlock and Watson. Sherlock's heartbreak at Watson's wedding, Sherlock asking Watson if he's happy being with him instead of being in Brighton, the ending. Guuuuuuuh, the ending. So good. spoilers ) I loved it. A lot. And not just for the gay subtext. I also loved it for all the fighting and explodey things.

This past week I've also been catching up on this past season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and man am I glad that I picked it back up. The shushing episode was fantastic. I haven't laughed at IASIP that hard in ages. And then the ep where they made their own board game was just pure brilliance, and today I watched the ep where they get stuck in a house that they've broken into for a vase, and OMG, it reminded me so much of the glory days of this show. It was just firing on all cylinders and kept me laughing like crazy, and it totally evoked that season 1 love that I used to have for this show. The ending was especially hilarious. It definitely convinced me that this show hasn't lost it (even though I had thought that it lost it a couple seasons ago).
firthgal: (andy - cry)
Just finished watching "Leafie, a Hen Into the Wild" and cried my eyes out. Damn you, food chain! DAAAAAAAAAMN YOOOOOOOU!
firthgal: (andy - cry)
Just finished watching this movie:



I know that I am not much into the lady version of bromances, but OMG did this film make me bawl my eyes out while clutching a hand to my heart. It's not so much that I'm not into lady bromances, it's just that they are so rare, and usually they are pushed into the background by the main male/female romance, but this one was so breathtaking and very much a love story between the ladies. I think I am a sucker for any kind of story about finding such a deep, loyal love with anyone, be it platonic or familial or romantic, and this relationship kind of captured all three in one package. The story with Lily and Snow Flower moved me much more than the modern story, but I adored how both stories intertwined, and it was just beautiful how the film was edited in a way that made the two time frames blend together at certain points. Also, random appearance of Hugh Jackman was a bonus.

LOVE!!!

Oct. 21st, 2011 01:45 pm
firthgal: (ASH - sebastian pm)
Okay, Eternal Summer is officially the greatest film that I have ever seen about boys falling in love.



The preview does not do it justice at all. I think it's ultimately about friendship more than anything, but oh how it got the emotions going. And I am someone who really didn't care for Brokeback Mountain, because Brokeback Mountain was basically the gay version of The Notebook. So, here's a film that really gives depth to the love story, and the relationship is pretty even-footed even though one's gay and one isn't, and it manages to be adorable and angsty and heart-wrenching all at the same time. SO GOOD.
firthgal: (ksw - ripley 01)
But first, work angst. Or complaining, really. )

In happier news, I watched the 2011 release of Jane Eyre, and I loved it like crazy. The tension between the leads was AMAZING, and everything about it just worked for me. I have to admit, I'm not much of a fan of the BBC miniseries from a few years ago that everyone adores so much. Not sure why, but something about it just doesn't click with me, and I've never been able to get past the second episode (I even tried again not too long ago). The 1983 miniseries version has always been my favorite adaption, which is weird because it's kind of cheap looking, but I love the performances in that one so very much, and I particularly loved the chemistry between the leads. But the 2011 movie? Good lord, the chemistry between the leads was smoking hot. I could feel their connection and their passion so vividly, even though they had considerably less interaction than the characters do in the miniseries adaptions. And I loved how the movie presented Jane's early years, interspersing them with the present and keeping them fairly brief, but still powerful. And the mood of the movie was perfection. I loved it.

Also, I finally got around to watching the last two eps of Game of Thrones, and I actually think I enjoyed those the most out of the entire season. Episode 9 actually made me cry. I didn't even know that I was emotionally involved enough with these characters to cry over one of their deaths, but I did. The scene was just executed so brilliantly that it broke my heart. And I highly enjoyed the Sansa that was reborn from that whole experience. I loved it when her eyes were finally opened to Joffrey's awfulness, and how her cattiness came out (and how she almost pushed him off the bridge. Damn it, Sandor, why did you stop her?) Speaking of, I really, really love what they've done with Sandor/Sansa. I know that they've barely interacted, but what they have had has been so subtle and so oddly sweet that I can't help but fall even harder for the ship. I know that they have a whole storyline together in the books, but from the little snippets that I've read, Sandor kind of seems like a whiny emo jerk. So I like that he is more composed in the show. Older, less emotionally unhinged, but still a killer. The show hasn't explored him as much as I would have liked, but I love that every time he does get something to do, it usually affects Sansa in some way. The handkerchief bit especially got me. How he's kind of swooping in and fulfilling her romantic hero dreams in his bumbling way without meaning to, and how the fact that it's him is throwing Sansa off. She's in this terrible situation and surrounded by so many terrible people, and here's this big, gruff, scary guy showing her some kindness. So far his care for her seems almost fatherly, so I'm interested to see where the show goes with that, because in the books it's entirely not fatherly. Also, the show seems to be skirting around his joy in killing people. In fact, had I not read snippets from the books, I would have never known that he was a psychotic killer, since they've only shown him defending people and not killing anyone (though I suppose it was implied that he killed the butcher boy, but we didn't see it, and I didn't even realize he did it till I read my f-list after that episode). Anyway, I find it interesting that the show is cutting out the seedier aspects of his personality (though maybe they'll get to that in the second season. I don't even know how much of him there is in the first book), and I honestly don't feel like Sansa is scared of him. She seems more intrigued by him than anything, and I can easily them connecting in the future. Also, as much as I detest Joffrey, I can't help but enjoy the crap out of his scenes. He's so awful, but he's so damn fun to watch. Particularly when people insult him.

MEME TIME!

30 Day Kdrama Challenge
Day 14: Your Favorite Kiss

I think we all know the answer to this one.



Yeah, it was calculated on Miri's part, but damn was it hot. These two had smoking hot chemistry from the first episode, and it just felt SO GOOD to see it come to fruition. I honestly didn't expect it, at least not so soon in the series, but it was brilliant on the part of the writers, because Miri and Myung Hoon needed the more mature relationship and she needed to take things that far for us to be totally scandalized when she starts going after Yoo Hyun, and it's just a great contrast to the innocence of her relationship with Yoo Hyun (although, I'm pretty certain that had Myung Hoon not shown up in Jeju, she would have slept with Yoo Hyun too. But Yoo Hyun thinks she's as pure and virginal as he is). Anyway, Miri and Myung Hoon were smoldering up the screen for four episodes, and it was just such a wonderful release to see it actually amount to something.


Day 15: Your Favorite Ending

You know, if there's one thing that is always disappointing about k-dramas, it's the endings. I have trouble thinking of any drama that ended in a completely satisfying or entertaining way. They spend all of their energy on the penultimate episode and then have nothing left for the very last one. I... seriously don't know. Bad Family? Maybe? Yeah, I'll go with Bad Family.

Day 16: A Kdrama you started but can’t finish
Tamra the Island, My Princess, Athena, Lie to Me, 49 Days, 19 vs 30, My Country Calls. I'm sure there are more.

Day 17: A Kdrama you’ve watched more than once

I AM SAM. I've watched that one at least 7 times. I love it. It is like crack to me. Also, Beethoven Virus, which I have watched 4 times so far.

Day 18: The Worst Kdrama that you’ve watched until the end

Playful Kiss, probably (and I loved every minute of it!)

The Days )

Hee.

May. 31st, 2011 02:41 am
firthgal: (kmm - 02)


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.
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!

Bummer.

Apr. 9th, 2011 10:03 am
firthgal: (andy dwight michael - parkour)
When I saw the teaser for Crazy Stupid Love on TV, I thought that it was going to be a love story between Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, and I was really excited. I was like, "Finally! A romcom I actually want to see!" And then today the full trailer for the movie popped up on my flist, and through the first minute I still thought it was going to be a love story between them, but then it became clear that it wasn't. COLOR ME DISAPPOINTED. To the point where I now have zero interest in seeing this film. I love you, Steve, but come on. Star in something awesome, please! I guess it can't be any worse than Dinner for Schmucks?

In other news, yesterday I watched The Man From Nowhere (or Ahjussi, depending on where you look), and it was freaking awesome. So, so good. Gross in some parts, but still good. Especially the big knife fight, good god. And oh how the film made me cry. I love it when an action film manages to make me truly care about its characters.
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.

WHUT?

Jan. 19th, 2011 11:23 am
firthgal: (chow yun-fat 2)
Apparently there is a Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow:



And Chow Yun-Fat's role is played by the lead actor from My Princess. WHAT IS THIS CRAZINESS? I need to see this. IMMEDIATELY. Why why why are there no English subs for this? I'm interested to see the story with a slightly better production value, and the main dude seems way more badass than the main dude in the original. But nobody can beat Chow Yun-Fat (even if the dude playing his role is super hot). CYF was just a supporting character but he made the role so iconic that he's all anybody really remembers from the original, so I am already prepared to be disappointed with the remake on that account. Still though, I NEED TO SEE THIS FILM.

Also, MEME! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] dollsome:

Leave me the name of a character from one fandom, and I'll tell you who I could ship them with from another fandom.

Let's see if I can get some answered before I go to work. If not, then I will giddily answer them when I get home tonight (after Modern Family, of course).

WHUT?

Jan. 19th, 2011 11:23 am
firthgal: (chow yun-fat 2)
Apparently there is a Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow:



And Chow Yun-Fat's role is played by the lead actor from My Princess. WHAT IS THIS CRAZINESS? I need to see this. IMMEDIATELY. Why why why are there no English subs for this? I'm interested to see the story with a slightly better production value, and the main dude seems way more badass than the main dude in the original. But nobody can beat Chow Yun-Fat (even if the dude playing his role is super hot). CYF was just a supporting character but he made the role so iconic that he's all anybody really remembers from the original, so I am already prepared to be disappointed with the remake on that account. Still though, I NEED TO SEE THIS FILM.

Also, MEME! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] dollsome:

Leave me the name of a character from one fandom, and I'll tell you who I could ship them with from another fandom.

Let's see if I can get some answered before I go to work. If not, then I will giddily answer them when I get home tonight (after Modern Family, of course).

Hmm...

Jan. 19th, 2011 01:57 am
firthgal: (giles - intelligently sexy)
And now I've seen A Single Man. It... was kind of boring, if I'm honest. Not my favorite Colin film. I think Colin was brilliant, mind you, and I really, really loved the scenes between his character and Jim, and I found the scenes between George and the kid from Skins to be filled to the brim with ridiculously hot chemistry, but the film itself was just kind of weird. I get that it was trying to be dreary in parts and colorful/clear in other parts, and it's trying to realistically depict this grieving dude's last day on Earth, but it really does not make for an entertaining film, I guess is what I'm trying to say. It was pretty to look at, but hard to connect to (except for the George/Jim and George/Kid From Skins scenes). I really didn't like Julianne Moore in this (I'm not usually a fan of hers anyway, so not sure if it was her or the character that I didn't like). The highlight of the film was definitely naked Colin frolicking in the ocean with naked Kid From Skins. Now that was a sight to behold. But yeah, not a film that I'll watch more than a few times, probably, but this is what I expected since that is generally my reaction to most Oscar nominated films. Colin was super amazing in this, though, but I think he was way more enchanting in The King's Speech, which is probably why he's being noticed more for TKS than he was for ASM. Plus, you know, he doesn't have to compete with Jeff Bridges this year (seriously, Crazy Heart was so, so boring. SO boring. And gross. But Colin's role was very low-key compared to Jeff's role, so I guess I can kind of see why Jeff won instead of Colin. BUT COLIN WAS BRILLIANT. Oh well, this will be his year, definitely).

Hmm...

Jan. 19th, 2011 01:57 am
firthgal: (giles - intelligently sexy)
And now I've seen A Single Man. It... was kind of boring, if I'm honest. Not my favorite Colin film. I think Colin was brilliant, mind you, and I really, really loved the scenes between his character and Jim, and I found the scenes between George and the kid from Skins to be filled to the brim with ridiculously hot chemistry, but the film itself was just kind of weird. I get that it was trying to be dreary in parts and colorful/clear in other parts, and it's trying to realistically depict this grieving dude's last day on Earth, but it really does not make for an entertaining film, I guess is what I'm trying to say. It was pretty to look at, but hard to connect to (except for the George/Jim and George/Kid From Skins scenes). I really didn't like Julianne Moore in this (I'm not usually a fan of hers anyway, so not sure if it was her or the character that I didn't like). The highlight of the film was definitely naked Colin frolicking in the ocean with naked Kid From Skins. Now that was a sight to behold. But yeah, not a film that I'll watch more than a few times, probably, but this is what I expected since that is generally my reaction to most Oscar nominated films. Colin was super amazing in this, though, but I think he was way more enchanting in The King's Speech, which is probably why he's being noticed more for TKS than he was for ASM. Plus, you know, he doesn't have to compete with Jeff Bridges this year (seriously, Crazy Heart was so, so boring. SO boring. And gross. But Colin's role was very low-key compared to Jeff's role, so I guess I can kind of see why Jeff won instead of Colin. BUT COLIN WAS BRILLIANT. Oh well, this will be his year, definitely).
firthgal: (colin firth)
Okay, I have now seen The King's Speech, and OMG, LOVE LOVE LOVE! Mostly because of Colin. I will never get over how that man can emote so much with just his eyes. His beautiful, beautiful eyes. ♥__♥ Also, I adored the friendship between Bertie and Lionel. Colin was not kidding about the manlove going on in this movie. It was wonderful. So, yeah, Colin totally deserves like every award ever, but I am a little biased seeing as how I've thought this long before he ever actually gave an Oscar-worthy performance. I love the man, I'm sorry. I totally would have given him an Oscar for Bridget Jones. HE'S SO DASHING. I JUST CAN'T HELP IT.

Do you know, I still haven't seen A Single Man? I should correct that. I even have it on DVD! For some reason I just never got around to watching it. Now I'm curious as to whether I'll think that he deserved the Oscar more for that one or for The King's Speech (and, he's pretty much a shoe-in this year for best actor, so I'm just going to pretend that he's already won it).



*swooooooooooooon*
firthgal: (colin firth)
Okay, I have now seen The King's Speech, and OMG, LOVE LOVE LOVE! Mostly because of Colin. I will never get over how that man can emote so much with just his eyes. His beautiful, beautiful eyes. ♥__♥ Also, I adored the friendship between Bertie and Lionel. Colin was not kidding about the manlove going on in this movie. It was wonderful. So, yeah, Colin totally deserves like every award ever, but I am a little biased seeing as how I've thought this long before he ever actually gave an Oscar-worthy performance. I love the man, I'm sorry. I totally would have given him an Oscar for Bridget Jones. HE'S SO DASHING. I JUST CAN'T HELP IT.

Do you know, I still haven't seen A Single Man? I should correct that. I even have it on DVD! For some reason I just never got around to watching it. Now I'm curious as to whether I'll think that he deserved the Oscar more for that one or for The King's Speech (and, he's pretty much a shoe-in this year for best actor, so I'm just going to pretend that he's already won it).



*swooooooooooooon*

!!!

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.

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