I finally got around to watching Rough Cut, which has been sitting on my hard drive since the beginning of the year, I think. Mostly that is thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie for announcing her opinion on her journal last week. Apparently all the awards the film received (and Kang Ji Hwan's face) weren't enough to convince me. I've been burned too many time, but it my own damn fault. I watch movies and specials with actors I like before things that are probably better quality.

Rough Cut was an interesting movie, not exactly the genre I normally seek out (noir/action?), but I never that picky when it comes to stuff like that. The basic plot is Kang Ji Hwan is kind of an asshole actor who has sent his past two costars to the hospital after beating them. No one wants to work with his, so he get's So Ji Sub to step in. The only catch is that So Ji Sub wants all the fighting to be real, no pulled punches. So, people tend to get their ass kicked in this movie.

I viewed it as more of a character study than anything else (the sub plot with the gangsters was kind of a snorefest for me, but it set up the ending, so there you have it). Because, while both leads are violent, and share many similarities, they actually couldn't be more different. They both have many dimensions to their personalities, both hard and soft, but in the end the fact that one is an actor and the other is a gangster is undeniable.

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I need more Kang Ji Hwan on my journal, like NOW. Click here for larger KJH cap, muddy, bloody So Ji Sub, MR BRAIN episodes 7-8, and Buzzer Beat 2 PICSPAMS! :D )

Question for those of you who have seen Painter of the Wind (this may just be [livejournal.com profile] sailorgaia and [livejournal.com profile] darkeyedwolf): The subs I have for this are kind of awful. It's like they combined three different translations of a line for everything each character says, so I know I am missing some things. Or maybe I'm just not quick enough, this is totally a possibility. I just finished episode 9 and I can not for the life of me understand why the Dowager Queen and her political lackeys don't want the King to appoint a portrait artist. What is the deal?
I don't feel like writing a real entry, so how about some picspam! MR BRAIN episode 4 and Atashinchi Danshi episode 10. ENJOY:

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This shit is bananas. You'll see )
First - what the hell is with the Japanese and Colonel Sanders?!

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Second - A handful of random caps from Atashinchi no Danshi 8 & 9 and MR BRAIN 3 - No spoilers )

Other completely random news
1. I guess NEWS isn't going to do the theme for Pi's new drama Buzzer Beat. Instead it will be B'z, so it'll actually be good! I hope this drama will be decent or at least super cheesy. Anything but boring, PLEASE. And can Yamapi have an actual personality? That's be GREAT.
2. Tamaki Hiroshi is dating is co-star from Love Shuffle - THAT'S ADORABLE. Maybe she'll get him to eat a sandwich.
3. Some alley cat was screaming all last night, that combined with the fact I have all this drainage down the back of my throat I got ZERO sleep. Then when I went through the drivethru at Starbuck's this morning I asked for a pepperNUT latte, the employee made fun of me, and threatened to give me a pepperCORN latte. He was cute though, so it's all good.
4. IRAN.

ETA: Lavender looks like a total creeper in the new HBP posters.
rosdrise: (deerman - mirror)
I hate when I forget to bring new tea to the office. Because then I have to result to the instant tea selection in the break room, which would be fine if it didn't taste like ASS. I'm not really picky about tea, I like green, chamomile, and mint tea, and can't stand fruit tea. But the stuff in the break room marked "Green Tea" tastes like it's been steeping for five hours and then burned. It's nasty. But I have to drink something because I have all this crap running down the back of my throat.

non-spoilery talk about A2A finale, spoilery talk about True Blood premiere, and MR BRAIN )
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THIS IS EASY!

Sleeping Beauty.

Hands down. LOVE IT. Still do, despite having possibly the weakest female character ever created.

I was kind of obsessed with it as a child. I'd listen to the vinyl record my mother had of the Tchaikovsky ballet and dance around with the white blanket I slept with. I don't remember doing this, but I've seen the evidence and don't doubt it at all. I also made my cousins play Sleeping Beauty with me, which horrified them, because they were boys and it's about the girliest thing ever.

The Disney cartoon is one of my favorite movies, I love everything about it: the music, the animation, BASICALLY THE FACT THAT IT EXISTS. Which reminds me, I should totally rewatch it since it's been a few years.

I even wrote a paper on the evolution of the fairytale for an independent study I did on fairy tales as an undergrad.

When (okay - IF) I ever write an original story it's probably going to be a retelling of this tale, only severely updated to deal with the feminist issues I now have with it. (the heroine SLEEPS THROUGH THE CLIMAX. Not cool) confession time: I've already written a fanfiction version of Sleeping Beauty during my stint in the Draco/Hermione fandom. Don't look at me like that, rl friends... I never wanted to admit this to you, but I don't need to carry around this secret shame! You understand, right? Maybe you'll forget? *runs far away*

Drama Talk: Atashinchi no Danshi continues to be pretty cute, if underwhelming, but I'm totally just in this for the OTP of Chisato/Sho. I'm such a shameless shipper, it's not even funny. ([livejournal.com profile] sailorgaia! Hard Gay made a cameo appearance in episode 6 and I totally thought of you! OH DRAGON*CON)

MR BRAIN (I feel stupid just typing that, I'm glad I don't have to actually SAY it) is kind of awesome. I've always watched the first episode but I'm pretty sure I'll love it. KimuTaku's character is FANTASTIC. And is it just a fact of the universe that Mizushima Hiro has to have the WORST HAIR EVER. Ayase Haruka remains gorgeous, and her part it cute, but everyone else pales in comparison to KimuTaku.
I may have gone to see Star Trek twice this weekend. I may have LOVED IT and would totally watch it again if I could. That was just a fun, well-written, well-acted, thoroughly enjoyable movie going experience.

I do still find it a little funny that so many people are freaking out over this movie, when just a short time ago Star Trek was a giant joke. Which, yeah, it was, but the movies (at least the majority of the TOS ones and Generations) were quite good. But this one really toned down the camp factor. But it did it without losing the heart of the original. So many times when things are redone they suck all the fun out of it, and they so didn't this time. It was just a fantastic movie, I can't say enough wonderful things about it. If you haven't seen it, DO. I don't care if you're not a Star Trek fan because you will like this movie. I honestly don't see how anyone couldn't.

The rest of Memorial Day weekend was spent helping my mother garden. So my chest is nice and red (not really sunburnt, just a little toasty). It wasn't too insanely hot which was a bonus, but boy was it a lot of work. Digging and hauling clay, planting, mulching (WHICH I HATE. Lugging around twenty bags of sweaty woodchips is not fun), etc. etc.

I finished ToGetHer as well. It was a little difficult to get through the last couple of episodes after stepping away from the series for a few weeks. Momo and Mars were still adorable, but the majority of the story had been told. They just wrung out a few more pieces of unneccesary drama, so that was a little tiresome. It was Momo's fault, for as strong as she was in the beginning, she got a little wishy-washy. I found it tiresome because it was so obvious how completely in love with her Mars was, she was only trying to fool herself. I think Mars may be one of my favorite drama characters ever. He grew from the entitled, self-absorbed (but HILARIOUS) man-child into a grown-up, caring, responsible and loving young man. It was wonderful. How could you not love him?

Now I am just waiting anxiously for the subs for the last episode of Atashinchi no Danshi to come out (the subbers took a break for the long weekend) and the first episode of Mr. Brain. I think I am going to start Painter of the Wind next, since it got good reviews from several people whose opinions I trust. I also need to finish capping the last episode of Exhibition of Fireworks so I can start watching and doing recaps for Smiling Pasta.

Oh! I also introduced my mother to True Blood (which is a little awkward to watch with your mother, since Jason Stackhouse can't keep it in his pants). It was kind of a vampirey weekend, since we watched the second and third craptacular Underworld movies. Now I'm all anxious for the next season to start. I need my summer tv now!

ETA: Saw a preview for Blood: The Last Vampire which looks AWESOME. It looks like a mixture of Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, AND VAMPIRES. I am very excited.

ETA RETURNS: Totally just spoiled myself for AtaDan ep 7 (which isn't even the one I am waiting to watch) and OMG. Must watch it nooooow. Chisato/Sho FTW.

ETA THRICE: Apparently there is a possible new Buffy movie in the works, with no involvement from Whedon at all. I have my issues with the man, but that may be one of the worst ideas ever.
It's been dead quiet at work this week, and then out of nowhere two events drop into my lap that I have to cover. Thanks for the heads up guys! Too bad I can't be in two places at once. OH, WORK.

I mowed my lawn yesterday - the second time since I moved in - and bent the blade. I'm such a freaking genius. I took the time to walk the entire yard and pick up the sticks that they two big ass tress drop and then run over a root anyway. To be fair, I was very careful around the roots I saw. This one sprung up on me out of nowhere. It is beheaded now, so it deserves it.

The mower started working really hard, but it finished the job. At least it doesn't look like a crazy person lives there that only manages to mow the back half of her lot. I went ahead and mowed in front of the other half of the house. When my housemate mowed two weeks ago she only did in front of her half, which I thought was pretty bogus. And it looked really stupid.

So, now I have to take the blade off and bring it in to the hardware store to see if they can match it. I'm just glad I didn't lose an eye or something. Mowers make me a little squeamish if I think about them too much.

The latest Ashes to Ashes (ep 6) was a little disappointing for me. I can't really put my finger on it, but it just wasn't as engaging as the last 5 have been. I did enjoy Alex's interactions with the family (trying to stay away from spoilers here for those that haven't seen it).

Jotei continues to bring the trashy hilarity. Ayaka was shot defending a yakuza boss and is now blackmailing a politician with incriminating photos. Meanwhile more women hate her with each passing episode. Quality television I tell you. QUALITY.

Random links!

Missing Link Fossil Found! <-- This is cool. Thanks go to Google for informing me of it's existence. At one point I had wanted to be an archeologist/paleontologist/fossil-finder person. Then I had an anatomy class and had to memorize the different parts of all the bones. ... I ended up in internet marketing. So, I guess I took another direction.

Scrubs to return next season - WTF? Bad idea. I wasn't looking forward to this recent season, but the switch over to ABC seemed to have revived the series (more for the first half of the season than the second). The finale was great. Let the show die, it's just not that good anymore.

My Lovely Horse - With the random mentions of the Eurovision song contest around lj I am always reminded of Father Ted when they tried to write a song for the Eurosong contest. Here is a video of the brainstorming session when they are trying to write the song. And here is the BEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER.

Also? I want to see the new Star Trek movie. Maybe this weekend?

ETA: I'm kind of ridiculously excited for MR. BRAIN (my excitment could be based on the title alone) to premiere on Saturday. I've yet to see a KimuTaku drama (Pride is on my list of doom) so I figured I should start now. Plus, it has Mizushima Hiro and Ayase Haruka, both of whom I've come to adore. Normally I'd be turned off my the procedural aspect of it, but I'm promised comedy, so I'm hopeful. They are also starting to stack up some awesome guest stars (Kame! Koyuki! etc...)

ETA BECAUSE IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS POST: NAGASE HAS A DRAMA THIS SUMMER?!!!! [livejournal.com profile] uwasako describes it as a comedy spy drama, with Nagase as a master of disguise. So, it's Kurosagi only A MILLION TIMES BETTER?!!! ADS)(ASD)QE*UU:ROI!!!!

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