Posts Tagged ‘Kim Jae-wook’

Best of Kpop 2010

If 2009 was the year of American crossovers, 2010 was definitely the year of scandal and bad music. Not that there isn’t always bad music in Kpop, but there seems much more of the bad this year than good. Still, not all was drab, there were some releases that felt nice and different.

I can’t complain about the dramas. I watched a buttload of dramas this year and it was a pretty satisfying year of dramas. It wasn’t all great, but there was enough good all around to make this a pretty decent year in dramaland.

This post will be divided up into music and dramas, though I concentrate mostly on music, since I will go much more in-depth for dramas in my upcoming monstrous review post.

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Mary Stayed Out All Night, episodes 1 to 4

Apologies for the inactivity. Life is very all-consuming right now.

I feel like most people who I’ve talked to, when they’re busy and they watch a drama, it’s easier to enjoy it because watching a drama is obviously a source of entertainment and it’s serves as a way to escape temporarily. But I feel like for me, when I’m busy and cranky and exhausted and I have some downtime to relax in front of the computer and I watch a drama, it’s even easier for me to dislike one because I don’t try to make excuses for it, nor do I try too much to reason out why a drama is this way.

Maybe I’m just cranky because this is not turning out the way I want it to, but “Mary” is not working out for me. I am not enjoying any part of this, despite Kim Jae-wook’s overwhelming hotness.

I feel like this is the kind of drama “norm” for Jang Geun-seok — light and funny romantic comedies — but completely a step back for Moon Geun-young and Kim Jae-wook. It’s good that they get to show they have a range in their acting, but their characters are driving me up the wall, and neither one of them so far has allowed the actors to give a more nuanced and subtle performance, which is my biggest problem.

(And just as an aside, I’m not doing caps for this series. Recaps are not my thing, I’ve learned. As someone on my Formspring so nicely coined it for me, I do opinioncaps. And I will probably do opinioncaps til the end of time, so no turn-by-turn episode recaps from me!)

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Luv Business

When I’m 50 years old, I hope I’m not still blogging, but if I am, I hope I’ve migrated from this blog, because then I can look back fondly at this one and see that it was basically a Song Joong-ki/Yoo Ah-in/Kim Jae-wook shrine and revisit it from time to time when I feel down. Sometimes I get a little embarrassed that “Song Joong-ki” is the most searched term that got others to this blog.

I think at the moment, Yoo Ah-in is inching out just. a little. bit. more in my personal Kpop ranks-that-don’t-even-matter. But don’t tell Song Joong-ki when you see him.

And then I’m afraid if you stack “Mary” on me, before long, Mr. Kim enjoy his spotlight on this blog.

Every time I see a new KJW photoshoot I just cry a little on the outside because of 1) how good a model he is, 2) how fucking hot he is. There’s just something about him that’s really raw and intense. I totally dig.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

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(Why must they make all my favorites the second fiddle? Why! Why! WHY? WAE.)

This is the year of the best casting news ever. Moon Geun-young is the fucking icing on the cake. I’m so stoked that I’m *almost* okay with Sungkyunkwan Scandal ending and not seeing my babyfaces so that we can get Mary Stayed Out All Night pronto.

I’m so spoiled now that my mind is starting to wander.

Imagine a drama with Lee Min-ho and Kim Jae-wook.

Or Jang Geun-seok with Lee Min-ho.

Or Song Joong-ki as best-buds turned rivals with Yoo Ah-in?

Oh god, I’m getting feverish just thinking of the possibilities. If those don’t work, can we at least get Song Joong-ki/Yoo Ah-in/Kim Jae-wook a lead role sometime within the next half a year? Make it happen, Drama Gods.

(And wait until Joo Ji-hoon comes back from the army. PARTY, LET’S PARTY, IT’S PARTY TIME.)

Bad Guy, episodes 1-5

So far, the only thing that’s really keeping me invested in this drama is the acting from Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook. The story is been-there-done-that-and-better and I shrug constantly when Han Ga-in or Oh Yeon-soo are on screen.

(P.S. Already groaning at the fact that this is going to be 20 episodes long. By about episode 14, I’m going to start cursing excessively at illogical plot turns and ridiculous lapses in judgment.)

(P.P.S. Is it weird that I find all of the characters’ names really pretty? Tae-ra, Mo-nae, Jae-in, Gun-wook.)

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