I realised I haven’t been blogging about mah dramas for ages, since forever! I’ve been trying to piece something up for ages, but it never came thru.
Been catching up with ILICDD, which continues to warm my fuzzy heart with its genuine take on everything about life that matters. All the characters continue to invoke the zaniest and stupidest reactions from me, my parents thought I was in some trance when I was just there in front of the PC laughing like a loon watching the characters embarrass themselves, 2nd hand embarrassment is part of the fun. And I’ve also managed to persuade my normally no-K-drama sista to watch it, which is so very awesome because I finally have someone to ramble and rave abt drama over with, you know in RL noone cares and when someone does, it’s a huge deal for me. Doesn’t matter that she’s on Ep 20 and I’m on Ep 140, we KNOW what the deal’s about.
Can one not laugh at how Hye Ja continues to lie masterfully to her Gloria friends? Can one not glee triumphantly when she achieves something in life, no matter how small? Can one not love how genuinely lovable and realistic Hyun Woo and Ji Eun’s relationship is, with Sang Yeob’s adorable jealousy to add? What would life be without the 3 stooges, I cannot imagine! And Manager Jo, I wait for the day you’re able to finally move on from your craving for food and confess to Bo Hee once and for all (though I’m not sure his craving would ever cease LOL).
Watching Queen In Soo Ep 30, and the drama continues to rawk with its tight and solid storytelling. Unlike the first 2o some eps which moved faster and were more exciting to watch, the current I’m on seems to be taking things in slower and pacier stride. But a lot of stuff happens with meaningful conversations and actions, I think they may not matter now but may come to be of great importance in future episodes.Though it’s slow and slightly lull if I may say so, something happens that matters. My attention is full on and I never NEVER stray away, more like drama doesn’t make me.
Chae Si Ra is wonderfully gripping as adult Queen In Soo. She’s a character I can never fully support or emphathise with, but I do not hate her, and I can understand why she is the way she is. The more I watch, the more obvious is revealed, drama isn’t about Queen In Soo in derivative context. Narratively it is, but if you dig deeper, it’s a somewhat faint research on human complexities and weakness, on insecurities that plague human nature. There were instances in the drama which confused me as to the characters’ intentions and motivations, characters switch sides so easily, motivated by reasons that are not entirely spelled out. But on the other hand, the intrigue lies there when things aren’t defined as black and white. It’s the greyish of areas that make the drama a lot more intriguing and compelling to watch.
Jo In Sung oh Jo In Sung, how I have missed you!
I’m such a sucker for melodrama and angst done good, not just for the sake for it, but for something that’s worth my time and energy. I’m not gonna waste my time on something that insults my intelligence (get a hint Yawang!). The concept of That Winter, The Wind Blows is more than heard of and used of before, like all other melodramas, the pattern and trajectory is there, we know what’s gonna happen. But Noh Hee Kyung, like Jung Ha Yeon, takes on writing characters masterfully, giving characters something more than just a shell, deeper than caricatures of sorts that we’ve seen before. I like that her characters have voices and thoughts that make an impact, actions that have an influence on people. I like that she makes them think, not just for the sake of thinking and for drama effect, but think, like how we human humans do.
Take for instance IRIS2, it has a lot of action dialogue and kaboom blingy stuff, but the characters feel empty soul-less, nothing substantial HAPPENS! Moments that are supposed to sweep your feet away fall to nothing, scenes that are supposed to pump up your adrenaline fall flat, there is no hook, no emotional grip at all. That’s not to say TWTWB is doing a perfect job at that, but at least every dialogue makes for meaning worth pondering, and characters are dear in our heart, they make up laugh smile weep for them. Oh Su and Young’s relationship cannot be more controversial and complex and yet you want to see how they evolve, as a pair of torn-cannot-be-together lovers. Faux-cest is always a tricky thing to tackle in dramas, but so far Noh has handled it pretty decently, without taking things too far or too out of context. It’s a tad uncomfortable, but the storytelling is so honest (and isn’t afraid to be) that it makes you want to see more of them together.
Jo In Sung is as intense and charismatic as ever, though slightly OTT and awkward in some, Song Hye Kyo is giving the best I’ve ever seen of her, illuminating with fire and elegant beauty that can melt any guys’ heart, Kim Bum and Eun Ji, less compelling yet doing the best they can. Cinematography is overwhelming and lovely and yet can be so distracting I don’t know if it’s a good or bad point. The over-emphasis on close-ups reduces the excitement and needs to be toned down before I throw something at my screen, I don’t need to be reminded of how pretty these people are, or how good the make-up team is!
So far, love but not all out devoted.
And now for the stars!
Can anyone NOT LOVE THIS GIRL?!!
I don’t know if it’s even possible. But this girl rawks, and she rawks like no other I have EVER seen before in Hollywood. I normally do not do girl fandom thingy, heck I don’t even men crush that hard, but Jennifer Lawrence is one of the least kind! She’s genuine, sassy, honest, unafraid and unabashedly so herself in every situation she’s in (even when holding Oscar the lil man). She’s so awesomely REAL it’s so impossible to find one this so on TV!
I’ve been youtube-ing the past few days, yes, youtube-ing her interviews and stuff. I don’t know whether she’s all truthful (can never know), but her jokes are so genuinely hilarious and all so spontaneously blurted out every single time. Either she’s born with more wit than others, or she’s one damn hard-working girl who works on her swearing and jokes every night before she goes to sleep. You don’t blurt out a joke or something not meant to be funny but comes out funny just like that. Either you’re JenLaw, or not.
Look at her when Jack Nicholson dropped by, who does that?!
And THIS, mention of another awesome Emma Stone who does real like a champ!
Can Jen Law continue to be this awesome? Hollywood please stay where you are, you don’t get to Jen Law EVER!
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