Archive for October 2011

The Good Wife, baaaaby

If I haven’t stated it enough on all social media platforms, I’ve watched a. lot. of. The Good Wife. I am all caught up after a week (that’s 51 episodes, folks) and I have a lot to say.

What else is new?

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These dance room practices are my favorite

Someone’s getting fucking fired tomorrow, but lo and behold, Changmin and Yunho practicing to a 5-membered version of Maximum.

I love it when someone leaks new practice videos of SM’s army practicing in their famed sky-blue wallpapered dance room. These videos show works-in-progress and there are too many over-polished and over-gleamed appearances in K-pop — works-in-progress are much desired.

This version of the song proves one important thing to me.

I think Junsu, Yoochun, and Jaejoong’s singing is better when they sing SM produced songs. There is no hard and fast rule on this and it’s mostly my preference, but I just never really liked JYJ’s stuff post-split. Their JYJ song style is different: the dance tracks were a little too hip-hop-y for them, the ballads were a little too tragic and reeked too much of the an-idol-composed-this syndrome. (I still haven’t listened to “In Heaven” in full.)

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Look at dem misty orbs

I think I need to watch 2046 a second time to fully get all the nuances of the movie, but I bought this movie on DVD just because I loved this scene so much and I couldn’t find a high enough resolution version of the movie to screencap it properly.

Kimura Takuya’s role in this movie was criminally short and I find Tony Leung’s speaking voice to be unfit for movie narration, but that’s neither here nor there.

Margaret Howell Spring/Summer 2012

Is perfection. The silhouettes could be a little tighter but maybe t’is the British way. This can be a pretty “boring” collection but it’s incredibly practical and I would wear every single thing.

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Two Tone

I really wanna know why Yunho looks like an Angry Bird doing the Irish jig on the yellow cover.

All of TONE‘s covers are incredibly uninspired. They’re the covers you look at when you see them at the CD store (do these…still exist?) and you go, “…Okay.” And then you shrug before you put it back down and head on over to judge other CDs by their more awesome covers.

The covers actually match perfectly with the content of the album — both bland and possibly a regression in style and execution compared to past works.

Tohoshinki’s past albums have always been a great mix of everything. There were the uptempo ballads, the downtempo ballads (I call them the ‘weepies’), the dance tracks, the tea-time melodies, the jazzy lounge tracks, the randomly intriguing pop songs that have a very distinct J-pop feel to them. They were all really unique in their own way and I would be incredibly happy as a listener because I got a little of everything. Of course there were the one or two throwaway weepies that I just did not care for at all, but they were the minority and they were usually on the second disc of the album or something (and this distinction between material from the first disc and the second disc is a big one).

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