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10 January 2012 @ 12:33 pm
Instead of putting my holiday bonus towards some dull and reasonable like my student loans I went ahead and bought a new tv. It's a purchase I've been thinking about on and off for some time. With a little extra scratch in the bank and the fact I watch way too much tv for my own good, I decided it was time to take the plunge. So, I've upgraded from my old-timey 27" CRT to a beautiful 40" LED.

As an extra bonus, it's a Google TV. So, while Hulu is (obnoxiously) blocked, I can surf the internet. Which means dramas on the big screen!

All that's left now is to get my HD service turned on.

Nothing much else to report. My mother is in town for the week, so I haven't been watching dramas. Once the company is gone though, I'm definitely going to check out Wild Romance. What is everyone else looking forward to? As far as I can recall nothing on the jdrama schedule caught my eye, but it's been a while since I looked.

Oh! I also want to check out the twdrama, Skip Beat!. Who is watching that?
Current Mood: giddygiddy
05 January 2012 @ 01:47 pm
I've watched the first 10 episodes of What's Up and kind of love it. Well, maybe not love but I definitely like it a lot more than any other dramas I've watched recently.

Spoilers through episode 10 of What's UpCollapse )
Current Mood: excitedexcited
30 December 2011 @ 03:23 pm
I fudged a little when I did my 2011 drama countdown, since technically I wasn't done with City Hall or Flower Boy Ramen Shop at the time I created my list. I had 2 or the former and 4 of the laterleft. I figured that unless there was a Hong Gil Dong level of mood/plot change that my opinion probably wouldn't waver that much. And having finished them, I now know I WAS RIGHT. Both were pretty middle of the road dramas for me, with City Hall definitely being the better of the two.

City Hall

Spoilers for City Hall and FBRSCollapse )

Anyway, now I can catch up on What's Up, start Padam Padam, and wait for Wild Romance to start. Everyone else can check out that Moon-Sun saguek... let me know if it's worth it.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
06 December 2011 @ 04:13 pm

Currently I'm watching only one airing drama: Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. I was completely ready to drop it after the first two episodes because it just didn't click with me, but everyone else loved it so much I decided to give it another shot. And it was better! But now I'm ten episodes in, not invested at all, kind of hate the two male leads, but pretty much commited. I've passed the point of no return. I just can't bare to stop when I've already put this much time into a show. I just really wished I liked it better.

Spoiler through ep 10Collapse )

I went ahead and started City Hall... and it's kind of a mirror of my dealings with FBRS. Initially I wasn't enamored of it, but there is so much love for this show in drama fandom I gave it another try. And then it was good! For a while... Now I'm ten episodes in and the election has only now begun and I feel like it will never. end. Spoiler through 10, again!Collapse )

Either I just keep picking dramas that are wrong for me or I've become IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE. This could very well be the case.

I'm anxiously awaiting subs for What's Up. Given the writer I have ever growing hopes for this show. Is it only getting subbed on viki? That's a bummer.

Anyway, I keep trolling the What's Up tracked tag on tumblr and people are only posting caps of Daesung (from Big Bang). What's a girl gotta do to get some Oh Man-seok up in this joint? Apparently he plays a drunk music professor? Can the show just be about him? The kids can sing and dance in the background. I don't really care.

Maybe I'll just go watch The Vineyard Man. AGAIN.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
*Blows dust off of long ignored livejournal*

Long time no see, lj-dom! Kind of took an unexpected hiatus there, so my apologies. Didn't mean to, but work just kind of exploded in my face and is only now becoming a bit more reasonable. I've checked in here and there but haven't been spending any extended periods of time on livejournal. What down-time I have has mainly been spent over on tumblr, where it's really easy to look at pretty pictures and funny gifs and not have to put any real thought into anything. I kept meaning to make an lj update, but I knew I wanted to talk about the dramas I've been watching and the idea of doing a round-up post just became more and more intimidated. BUT I'M GOING TO DO IT.


Why? Because I haven't been that enamoured of the crop recently. I don't know if I've just been picking the wrong ones (mainly I've been picking the wrong ones) or the quality has just been sub-par. Nothing's been that great, but I've powered through some.

Shiawase ni Narou yoCollapse )

Ouran High School Host ClubCollapse )


City HunterCollapse )

Protect the BossCollapse )

Spy Myung-wolCollapse )

Scent of a WomanCollapse )

So, I guess there wasn't a whole lot that I actually watched. I think Protect the Boss and Myung-wol just made it FEEL like an eternity. Also, my sister is making me watch Boys Over Flowers again (she's never seen it and wanted to after we watched City Hunter) and it makes me want to die. I did watch a bunch of other stuff though, hence the next category

THIRD: NON-DRAMA-DRAMAS (or, everything else)

Downton AbbeyCollapse )

SherlockCollapse )

North & SouthCollapse )

MisfitsCollapse )

Young JusticeCollapse )

Doctor WhoCollapse )


What is everyone watching right now? I'm currently watching Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. After initally wanting to give it a pass after the first episode I'm glad I stayed with it. I'm enjoying Eun-bi more as a character and Ba-wool is pretty adorable. I don't think humor is Jung Il-woo's strong point, but he's doing a decent job as Cha Chi-soo (though I keep wondering when he's going to come completely unhinged). The only real problem I have is Kang-hyuk who I initally found amusing with the whole "too lazy to open his backpack" thing. But he quickly veered from cute to obnoxious when he laid that guilt trip on Eun-bi. She's not your wife, dude. Step off.

The only thing I have waiting in the wings is What's Up which starts in December. I'm thinking about watching something older, maybe City Hall or Story of a Man. Any jdrama suggestions?

Current Mood: weirdweird
11 July 2011 @ 12:12 pm
I watched through episode 8 of City Hunter. I was trying to play catch-up so I could watch this week's episodes with the rest of my flist, but I doubt I'm gonne make it. Especially because Spy Myung-wol premieres this week, and I'm pretty psyched for that.

City Hunter has been a very pleasant surprise, as I've mentioned before. For the moment it ranks right up there as one of the best dramas I've watched this year (behind SPEC, obviously - BTW HOW PSYCHED AM I THAT WE GET AN SP AND MOVIE? ANSWER: VERY.)

However, I made the mistake of starting season 5 of Dexter while also watching City Hunter. And man, what I had thought was pretty suspenseful in City Hunter kind of pales in comparison to Dexter. Luckily, for now, City Hunter seems to be leaning more towards the lighter side of things. I'm sure we'll start veering into more drama as the episode count gets higher, and by then I'll be done with Dexter.

Of course, this is the first season of Dexter I've watched... which means the rest of the seasons are now on my to-watch list after I finish this one.
Current Mood: amusedamused
01 July 2011 @ 09:03 am
Way back when City Hunter was first announced I had no intention of watching it, and then details about it were even more confusing so I figured it would be a mess, and I was a genius for ignoring it's existence. But then it began airing and people were like "...so this is pretty good?" and now 12 episodes have aired and my drama-watching flisties have ended up thus:

Anyway, I'm still over here thinking "Oh, it can't possibly be that good" while at the same time thinking "What if it is? But what if, like Orpheus, I look back and this amazing drama that everyone loves evaporates into a confusing mess? IT WILL BE MY FAULT". So... I might be a little dramatic, but the fact remains that it eventually got built up so much in my head I was positive it'd be a disappointment.



Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
30 June 2011 @ 12:15 pm
Where the heck have I been? Flist, I don't even know. Summer is getting away from me. I can't believe it's almost the 4th. Because that, as most Americans know, pretty much signals the end of summer. We're rounding the turn and headed down the homestretch. Way to be depressing, sorry.

Mostly I've been working. And I'm legitimately busy at work now (new job is going pretty well!), so I don't have the freedom to peruse LJ as often as I used (or would like) to. Plus, I'm kind of all about tumblr at the moment. I'm upsydownsy over there. CH-ch-ch-ch-check it out.

BUT, I have been watching dramas. I wrapped up Get Karl! Oh Soo-jung, Best Love, and Lie to Me in the last week. And I enjoyed them all for the most part, though none were spectacular. They are rom-coms, which is my go-to genre. I'm pretty much guaranteed to like a rom-com granted it's not exheedingly un-romantic or un-comedic. But there has to be something extra to push it over the top for me. And while I liked these three, none of them possessed that extra spark, they were always missing something.


Screencap courtesy of Koala's Playground

I actually don't have much to complain about with this little show. I went into it with very low expectations, because it was all thrown together so quickly. They didn't even start shooting it until a month before the air date, right? And casting was all kind of last minute. The entire thing just had disaster written all over it. And narratively, it was. The set-up was clunky to say the very least. Those first couple of episodes were pretty painful, but then ... spoilers for this show and then talk about Best Love and Get Karl!Collapse )

NEXT UP: What is everyone watching this coming season? Myung-wol the Spy is the only kdrama I'm going to be watching (at the moment). I'm definitely going to check out the Ouran drama (though I'm wary) and Arakawa Under the Bridge even though I've never read the manga or watched the anime, I just find Kiritani Mirei freaking adorable.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
06 June 2011 @ 01:26 pm
Saw X-Men: First Class this weekend and while I wasn't blown away by it or anything, it was a nice way to spend a Friday evening. It all felt a little choppy because there were about 20 different storylines going on before everyone finally started grouping together (and there was a fair bit of logic fail in a few plot points) but I give it a thumbs up if not for anything other than Michael Fassbender and his crazy ass smile, wardrobe of turtlenecks (I love them and I don't know why), and the way his accent (IRISH!) slips out when he gets worked up.

Spoilers if you don't know Magneto's deal... and then a few points about all the previous moviesCollapse )
Current Mood: predatorypredatory