Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Minami Shineyo - You're Beautiful

Cute boy index rating: 3 out of 4
Apocalypse index rating: 1 out of 4

So this is my favorite Korean drama* of all time. Minami Shineyo (“He’s Beautiful”), a.k.a. “You’re Beautiful”, is a story about an orphan girl named Go Mi Nam (“mi nam” means “handsome”, and obviously the title is a play on her name) who’s a novice nun who gets called to impersonate her twin brother as the newest member of a pop band. Hijinks ensue, of course, and her three bandmates end up falling for her.

(This was actually the first Korean tv show I’d ever finished watching. The honor was initially going to “Iris“, but somewhere after the first couple of episodes, I checked out You’re Beautiful, and couldn’t watch anything else until I’d finish it. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t do anything until I’d finished it — work, sleep, go out. Korean dramas are made to be addictive, so consider this a warning to anyone who’d attempting to watch one for the first time.)

Yes, this is a comedy. The plot is ridiculous, but the script and the characters were so well-written, the show was so much fun to watch. It also featured some fine performances from everyone from the leads Jang Geun Suk (Hwang Tae Kyung), Park Shin Hye (Go Mi Nam), Jung Yong Hwa (Kang Shin Woo) of the kpop band C.N. Blue and Lee Hong Ki (Jeremy) of kpop band F.T. Island, to the supporting cast, particularly Uee of kpop idol group After School who plays Mi Nam’s romantic rival Yoo He Yi.

{Read the full blog post on A Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.}

“One thing this job has taught me over the years: Don’t eat the f*cking candy.”
— Hansel (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)

Sometime before he shot the then-hotly-anticipated Bourne Legacy and future blockbuster Avengers, Jeremy Renner did Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It’s coming out later this month. And it looks terrible.

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

“I signed on to this because it was my first chance to be the lead of a big Hollywood movie. But I think I just realized this script is stupid. Is there any way I can get out of this contract?”
“Hmmm. No.”

Sadly, I may have to watch it. Or do I? Yes, I cannot resist JRen in black leather. And his pretty blue eyes almost — ALMOST — distracted me from cringing while I watched the trailers. However, as my friend Sheila says, by watching our favorite actors’ bad movies, we are only enabling them to make bad career choices.

And almost as though Hollywood wants to mock me even harder, Famke Janssen shows up.

(I hate you, Hollywood.)

Look, it’s already been established that all those “witches” people had been hunting down and burning for centuries were really just women who lived alone, and were maybe a little odd. Some of them may have even just shunned society because of its prevailing mandate that women should live to serve their husbands. Or just didn’t feel like going to Church together with the rest of the community. Hipsters, in other words.

{Read the full post at A Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.}

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