I have two memes to offer you today. Want to know my opinions? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.

First, one I stole from [livejournal.com profile] shineaurorarose. The 30 Days of Kdramas meme.

Check out the list behind the cut here )

I can already tell you that for a lot of these I won't have clear cut answers. I'll just go with whatever pops into my head at the time. But I'll still do it! Besides, the first one is easy

DAY 1: Your Favorite Kdrama

Capital Scandal




I doesn't take much for something to become a favorite of mine. It just has to contain exactly everything that I love. Capital Scandal does just that. It's funny, poignant, clever, exciting, romantic and possesses an excellent wardrobe and soundtrack. There wasn't a chance in the world that I would love this series. It's the same reason that Utahime is my favorite jdrama.

I've heard people snipe that it's too slapstick, which I honestly don't get. I've never been a huge fan of physical comedy (unless it's done really well) and I never had an issue with Capital Scandal. What is does have is a wonderful cast of characters who are strong and care about each other.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it. And if you don't... I just don't know if we can be friends anymore.

ANOTHER MEME, this time from [livejournal.com profile] beckerbell:

- Comment with "Hit me!"
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people.


1. What attracts you to any given series, whether drama or tv or anime or manga, etc.? - SEE ABOVE! :D

2. By the same token, what is an absolute dealbreaker in a series? - I don't know that I have an absolute deal breaker, because there always seems to be an exception to the rule in a lot of cases. What it usually comes down to is if enough of the characters annoy me enough I'll stop watching, which is pretty subjective. There are things that annoy me sometimes, but in other instances I find tolerable. But I don't think there are any plot points or genres that really rub me the wrong way.

3. Which actors do you follow/would you watch a drama specifically for them? - Right now I think the only one is Kang Ji-hwan. I watched Exhibition of Fireworks for that man and it nearly put me in a mental hospital by the end. But I'm not completely faithful since I seriously doubt I'll be touching 90 Days with a ten foot pole. There have been a few western actors that I've watched some pretty terrible things for, like Nicholas Lea (Krycek of X-Files fame). I tracked down a bad Lifetime movie and watched Xtro II: The Second Encounter (DON'T ASK) for him.

4. What's the worst thing you've ever read/watched? - This is pretty much impossible to answer! Usually my default answer for worst book is Dive from Clausen's Pier because I raged against the main character for the entire book. But it's not like it was poorly written, I JUST HATED HER. But I've read any number of bad romance novels (and usually finish them since I stay away from the Old-School romances as a rule after my first taste). I'm totally drawing a blank on tv/movies right now so we'll just go with something I just watched: Tron: Legacy. OMG SO BORING. I NEARLY DIED.

What is your absolute favorite series right now? - EASY. Parks and Recreation. It so funny and off-beat and sweet. I'm incredibly happy I gave it a second chance.

ETA: ALSO! I'm pretty bummed I can't watch Best Love on Viki. Who knows when WithS2 are going to get subs out D:
Pick 4 TV shows you like (I'm going with shows that are currently airing)

1. Community
2. Being Human (UK version, please and thank you)
3. V
4. Pretty Little Liars

Q and A time )

here we go

Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:55 am
This entry is going to be a collection of random things.

First: A MEME!

I promise to send something handmade to the first 6 people who leave a comment here (and say they want something). They in turn must post this statement and send something they make to the first 6 people who comment on their blog post.

The only other rules are that:

1) it must be handmade by you and,
2) it must be sent to your 6 people sometime within 2011.

Note: It'll probably be something made with yarn.

Second: A TUMBLR

Last year I randomly started a tumblr because I kept seeing silly knock-off versions of Made-For-TV products around. But recently I decided that I wanted a tumblr for things like dramas and Community gifs. And because you can't make a secondary tumblr on the same account the primary one (which is what I'd want the drama/gif one to be, rather than the products one), I've just gone ahead and decided my first tumblr is going to be a dumping ground for all and sundry. Long story short, here it is:

upsydownsy.tumblr.com


Who else has a tumblr?

Third: A COMPLETION

FINALLY got around to watching the Nodame Cantabile movies. And... they were about what I expected, which was not much. I didn't like the SPs and that's pretty much what the movies were. How many times does Nodame need to recommit herself to piano? APPARENTLY MANY TIMES. I never took to the new cast members and the dubbing bugged me SO MUCH. I mean, they were cute and kinda funny, but NOWHERE near the brilliance of the series.

Fourth: A TRIP

SO, I'M GOING TO SPAIN AT THE END OF THE MONTH :D


THE PRONOUNCIATION MEME
Make a voice post with the following things so that your F-list can hear how you pronounce them (and laugh at you, of course):

  • Your name and/or username

  • Where you're from

  • The words "roof", "aunt", "direction", and "naturally"

  • Your favorite song

  • Your favorite character

  • A word in a different language


Cut for youtube vid )
rosdrise: (firefly - grr)
While waiting in line at the grocery store (SIDE NOTE: I always pick the wrong line. This woman had 3 WIC checks, so I knew it was going to take longer than it should since they all have to be separate purchases. Too bad I was already committed to the line :/ But I've been a cashier before, there is no reason it should have taken THAT LONG. I don't think the cashier was the sharpest tool in the shed. It's some milk and cheese, RING IT UP. OMG) I picked up a magazine. I think it was Woman's World. Anyway, they had an article on belly fat, the worst kind of fat. It's genetically different from other fat because it's under muscle instead of between it and the skin, and is trying to strangle all of your internal organs. It's a bitch to get rid of, but they had tips like interval workouts and walking backwards. I can get behind that. But one of the suggestions for dealing with belly fat is eating a cup of red cabbage everyday.

Now, I like vegetables. I always feel better when they are part of my daily consumption. I'm even OK with green cabbage (I am part Irish, afterall), but I really can't get behind this red cabbage nonsense. I pick around that shit in salads. There is no way I can do a cup a day. Gross. I just forced myself to eat what little red cabbage was in my broccoli slaw salad. One step at a time.

I'm trying to gear myself up to do a colon cleanse. I've cut sugar out of my diet, but there are still plenty of processed things that I eat. The anti-candida diet is such a bitch, I don't want to commit myself to three months of that nonsense. So, I'm eyeing a 5 day cleanse. There are some prep days, but then it is just 5 days of only liquids (water, apple juice and psyllium shakes). I just don't know if I have the psychological strength to pull that off. It's just going to be so booooooring. But the idea of pounds of waste just sitting around inside my body is just as unappealing.

SIDE NOTE: Don't look at the testimonial photos for colon cleanse products. Just. Don't.

Kind of disappointed by last night's Community. I'd been looking forward to the space episode since I heard it mentioned way back before the season started. I just thought it was kind of lackluster. Troy was probably the highlight, the rest felt a little tired? Still laughed plenty though.

30 Rock's live show was aaaaaawful. What happened? Andy's Pros and Cons list on The Office was probably the highlight for me. Michael's final call to Holly was pretty sweet, but I wasn't impressed by the rest. Outsourced actually made me laugh a few times. I pretty much actively hate Todd (Another joke about funny Indian names AND calling a bindi a 'spiritual cork'? REALLY, GUY? OMG). But I thought Manmeet, Madhuri, and Gupta's antics were pretty amusing. Better than 30 Rock which is just... depressing.

ETA: One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear a woman say "I'm not a feminist, but...". Guess what, YOU ARE.

Also: Female Icon Meme! Icons of all the awesome ladies... )

ETA the second: L.O.L. Chilean Miners were out-tweeted by Super Junior
Random meme pilfered from [livejournal.com profile] ladysaotome.

Photo Meme
01. Answer each of the questions using the flickr search engine here: flickr.com
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos to make a mosaic here: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
04. Then share with the world. [SAVE, then upload]

01. First Name
02. Favourite Food
03. Hometown
04. Favourite Colour
05. Celebrity Crush
06. Favourite Drink
07. Dream Holiday
08. Favourite Dessert
09. What I Want To Be When I Grow Up
10. What I Love Most In The World
11. One Word That Describes Me
12. My Nickname

So maybe I tried to be as nonsensical as possible...BIG ASS PICTURE )
I finished my TV meme and now I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. So, I suppose I can give a few quick updates on what I'm watching at the moment.

Leverage - Good fun! Leaps of logic abound, but it doesn't really matter as long as you have the crew :)

Mad Men (4x04 "The Rejected") - I think the show has been aces since it started back up. I'm looking forward to a possible Don Draper breakdown in the future. The man's life is in shambles. The shit has to hit the fan AT SOME POINT. Maybe more secretaries need to through things at him.

True Blood (3x09 "Everything is Broken") - I love you Jason Stackhouse. Your idiocy is just too endearing, but your storyline this year IS BORING ME TO TEARS and YOU'RE BEING KIND OF A DICK. I liked that mildly self-aware speech he gave to the high school QB a few episodes back, and I like that he's recognized he needs to do something worthwhile with his life. But the way he's going about it is just so self-absorbed and, I guess, VERY Jason-Stackhouse. Regarding Tara: I KNEW FRANKLIN WASN'T DEAD. I really wish Tara had been the one to kill him :/.

Hotaru no Hikari 2 (Episode 5) - WTF BUCHOU? Take it back!

Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (Episode 7) - Finally an OTT manga drama I can get behind. It's actually funny, thank goodness. Though subs seem to have stalled on it :/

Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child (Episode 6) - I feel like the show had been treading water for sometime. There are only so many times I can watch people search for Yeon Yi before I start ffing. But finally we got some movement with the Lady finding out what the Lord was up to, Yeon Yi's boyfriend seeing her Gumiho fur, and Momma Gumiho getting smacked with some kind of binding charm by the demon hunter who then proceeded to THROW HER INTO A LAKE. Right on show.

And because I'm having meme withdrawal:

5 Things Meme from [livejournal.com profile] geewhiz

Ask me my Top Five whatevers. Fannish or literary or RL or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what -- fandoms, characters, ice cream flavours, cartoon moments, women/men in my fandoms, OTPs, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs, etc. And I will answer them all in a new entry.
Pick 10 movies/anime/video games/literary works, post their summaries from Better Than It Sounds, and have your friends guess
WITHOUT CHEATING
.

Some of these are pretty darn easy...

  1. People stuck in a place where weird things happen and no one has any idea what's happening. Not even the producers. Also features a soap opera set in East Asia. (Lost - [livejournal.com profile] ladysaotome)
     
  2. A super-strong cheerleader, a Jewish computer nerd witch, a goofy slacker, and the school librarian fight undead (mostly) monsters of the week while their personal lives turn into a soap opera. Beloved people die with depressing regularity. (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - [livejournal.com profile] boycottbananas)
     
  3. Time-Traveling George Carlin ditches his stand-up career to help two So-Cal losers cheat on their homework. They meet in the parking lot of a convenience store and, well, you can imagine where it goes from there. Napoleon is a fat bastard who eats too much ice cream and cheats children in meaningless competitions. Well, at least that part was accurate. For some reason, Neo doesn't save The Matrix. (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - [livejournal.com profile] scanky_chops)
     
  4. A schoolgirl avoids living in a tent by moving in with an incestuous family with intimacy issues. Not a porno. (Fruits Basket - [livejournal.com profile] boycottbananas)
     
  5. An embezzler, a simpleton and an alcoholic all live under one roof with their insane housekeeper, and they all live in fear of their boss's psychopathic rages. (Father Ted - [livejournal.com profile] scanky_chops)
     
  6. The man in the grey flannel suit commits identity theft, votes for Nixon, and provides an object lesson in why the women's movement was a Good Thing. (Mad Men - [livejournal.com profile] insipid_paragon)
     
  7. A paranoid nerd and an attractive doctor (who may or may not be sleeping with each other) spend a lot of time trudging through forests and other out-of-the-way places in search of the truth whilst an elderly government employee smokes a lot. (The X-Files - [livejournal.com profile] scanky_chops)
     
  8. Uptight but independent teacher falls for mopey rich man. (Jane Eyre - [livejournal.com profile] tehboypop)
     
  9. A reclusive, unloving hermit is forced to go on a quest to rescue the rest of her kind after a jive-talking butterfly hints that they've been taken prisoner by a lightly carbonated energy drink. Over the course of her adventures, she learns how to love, but eventually gets better. (The Last Unicorn - [livejournal.com profile] lil_senmurv)
     
  10. A squadron of insane soldiers try to not die in the war. Paradoxical bureaucracy gets in the way of that. (Catch-22 - [livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter)


I watched several movies this weekend: The Princess and the Frog (The animation was great but all the songs were pretty lame. It made me want to watch some old-school Disney), The Informant! (I thought it fell pretty flat. Go dramatic or comedic... I don't know what it was trying to do. Although, I really only watched it to spot the scenes filmed back in my home state), and Inglorious Basterds (Cristoph Waltz was FANTASTIC and by far the best thing about the film. Still, it was a good time and served as a reminder that I still need to watch Pulp Fiction)

My entire bottom lip and tongue are completely numb thanks to my morning visit with the dentist.  Oh the joy of fillings.  Hopefully I'll be talking normally soon.  Let me tell you, putting chapstick on numb lips is a very bizarre experience.

Flist, I am WORN OUT.  I spent the entire weekend doing a hard clean of my house.  Saturday was devoted to window washing.  This means the inside and outside, all the storms and screens, plus the nastiness that has collected in the window sill.  This is one fo the things I hate about renting: living with other peoples filth.  I still can't get one of my windows open and it makes me claustrophobic. 

Sunday was spent cleaning woodwork, mopping, dusting, etc.  Of course, my vacuum broke so the rugs still need to be cleaned.  That's annoying.

ETA: Um, duh, I also REFINISHED A DRESSER this weekend. Expect a picspam this week.

My cats slept all weekend.  I find this annoying as well.  Now all that is left is to clean out all the crap I don't need that I've just jammed into the hall closet.

Plus, I'm fighting this cold which has basically left me with no energy and a throat that feels three times too big.  I did get some good sleep though, thanks to Nyquil.  Ahhh, drugs.

No drama watching this weekend D:  I only have two episodes left of IRIS and I need to watch them.  I'm worried about Seung Hee's secret.  Finally, this show has me on the edge of my seat!

Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] dangermousie and [livejournal.com profile] princess_dexter, I've compiled a list of my top 10 personal favorite dramas by country.  What it boils down to is that I like romantic comedies, but I already knew that.  I also don't mind a good cry now and then, but I don't want a drama steeped in angst.

JDRAMAS

1. Utahime
2. Nodame Cantabile
3. Hana Yori Dango
4. Bara no nai Hanaya
5. Nobuta wo Produce
6. My Boss My Hero
7. Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi
8. Pride
9. Hana Kimi
10. Tiger & Dragon

KDRAMAS

1. Capital Scandal
2. Coffee Prince
3. Legend
4. The Vineyard Man
5. Fantasy Couple
6. Hong Gil Dong
7. Bad Family
8. The Painter of the Wind
9. Smile, You
10. Goong

TWDRAMAS: I've only seen one, so you win ToGetHer!  Congrats!
 

<3

Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:23 pm
OK, so I'm pretty excited with THIS news that Kimura is going to star in an upcoming romantic drama. I'm on a serious romance kick recently so this was VERY well received. It also reminds me that I need to get back to working my way through his catalog of dramas. Though after Long Vacation I've cooled a little on the idea since it was kind of 'blah'. Anyway, YAY!

I've made it through ep 17 or 18 of Dal Ja's Spring. I honestly can't remember right now since I never really paid attention to begin with >_> . ANYWAY, it still continues to be cute and fun. Dal Ja and Tae Bong are fantastic as a couple. How can they be so precious?

HOWEVER, there have been some reactions on the part of the mothers that have kind of taken me out of the story. Both of the mothers find out that Dal Ja and Tae Bong have been living together... AND DON'T GET OUT OF BED FOR TWO DAYS. REALLY? That just seems like a smidge of an overreaction. I get being traditional, but did it truly shake your world THAT MUCH? I just couldn't buy it so I found that whole plot point tiresome and I'm hoping we'll soon move on. Get over it.

From the look of the previews, there is going to be some trouble in paradise and I am less than excited about it. Maybe I need to take a break from this drama. I've been going full steam and just want everyone to be HAPPY already, so the episode count has gotten to me. Maybe watching 40+ episodes of Smile, You has destroyed my tolerance for the length of kdramas at the moment?


LOST tonight. I'm fully prepared for some real answers and no more pointless Jack's alternate reality son storylines. We get it: EVERYONE HAS FATHER ISSUES.

Also, I'm sick of this dull headache plaguing my days... DX

ETA: A meme courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sailorgaia since I filled it out on her journal:Read more... )
rosdrise: (mad men - betty is PISSED)
My Nano month is off to a very disappointing start given that I haven't written ANYTHING. Not great. Work has been keeping me busy the last three days and when I get home all I want to do is lie down. So I do, because I'm super lazy.

I'm almost down with Return of Iljimae and while I still enjoy it for the most part I really hate what has happened to Wol Hee's character. What I thought was supposed to be a strong, independent young woman has turned out to be incapable of doing anything except moan about Iljimae abandoning her. Whatever.

Soo Ryun, the police woman, is way cooler. Plus, I think her actress is gorgeous. I remember her as Chae-Gyung's teacher in Goong and she was cool then. She is completely kickass in RoI. This is a woman who knows how to deal with her grief productively (...kind of XD). Speaking of which (spoilers for episodes 22 and 23): DAMN the body count exploded in these episodes!.

Also, V was pretty good (and kind of a Firefly reunion. I had no idea Alan Tudyk was going to be in it! That was an awesome suprise. Though it shows how little attention I pay to things). I'm excited to see what happens next week.

And now, a meme (as assigned by [livejournal.com profile] sodahands):

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
  • I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

  • Update your journal with the answers to the questions

  • Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

1. Favourite ice cream flavour? Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Other brands of mint chocolate chip I can take or leave, but if it's Breyers you can count me in. The texture of the ice cream is better, the mint is fresher, and the chocolate chips are bigger. YUM. Damn, now I want some ice cream.
2. Favourite sports team? Indianapolis Colts. Besides NFL football, I really don't follow sports that much. My college was tiny, so sports wasn't a big deal there thus I don't have any collegiate affiliation to any team. I think baseball is dullsville and I just never got into basketball (or soccer for that matter). But I do enjoy football, especially if it means watching a game with family and friends.
3. Best use of chocolate? Umm... EVERY USE? Seriously, I love me some chocolate. Some excellent examples are my dad's chocolate chip cookies, Texas Sheet Cake, and Fannie May trinidads. NOW I WANT CHOCOLATE.
4. Favourite band from the '90s? This is hard for me, because I've never really paid very close attention to music. I just could never get as invested in it as other people seemed to. I never bought music when I was younger, I'd just listen to whatever was on the radio. To this day I still rarely buy music. But, I guess I'll go with Barenaked Ladies... though I haven't bought an album of theirs since "Maroon"
5. Favourite Asian movie? For all the dramas I watch, I really don't watch a lot of Asian movies besides Miyazaki films. I think it is a toss up between Princess Mononoke and Spirited away. Live action wise, I guess I'll go with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon since that's the only one I can really remember right now.


My answers... The Utahime pic is relevant )
So I started Pride and it's TOTALLY THE BEST THING EVER. I don't think I've ever fallen so hard and fast for a drama before. Even my two favorite dramas of all time, Capital Scandal and Utahime, had false starts. Capital Scandal's beginning really confused me for a while and Utahime's first episode was just kind of dull. Not Pride. I loved it from the get go. Plus, Aki and Haru are just DARLING. I INHALED the first three episodes last night and it kills me that I won't be able to watch anything for the next two nights. I may die. It could happen.


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And since it's been making the rounds on my flist (though I'm super late to the party) a meme!

Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.

I'm really awful at making these types of list, but I'll give it a shot if anyone is actually interested.

PS - LJ IS BEING A TOTAL BITCH
So everyone else has been doing the "Dream Drama" meme, I thought I would throw my hat into the mix. I'm not particularly inspired by any original plot at the moment. But, what I would love to eventually see is a drama based off of my favorite anime of all time: Fruits Basket

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I know, given the transformations, that this is highly unlikely to ever happen. But I would totally be down for some crappy CG and bad puppets. I love Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi, and the deer in that is HILARIOUS to look at. Really, if it means I get a Furuba drama I'll take what I can get.

Given the length, a drama would probably take it's lead from the anime. But, I've read the first 10 volumes of the manga and know the summary of everything else. Plus, it's more fun to cast EVERYONE. I totally failed when it came to casting the younger kids... and some of the older ones. I just ran out of ideas and I know some of you guys would have some awesome thoughts on the subject.

I'm going with an all Japanese cast, since the manga is Japanese and the actor I wanted for Shigure (my favorite character) immediately sprang to mind and he was Japanese.

Without further ado, here is my live action Fruits Basket j-drama cast (aka - "that's a lot of good lookin' people" OR "DO YOU ONLY KNOW IDOL ACTORS, [livejournal.com profile] cranberrysheep?!"). CASTING CALL... )

ETA: Just a quick note to say I updated my drama rankings. I think I want to tackle the rest of the episodes of Painter of the Wind next, but soon I'll need to pick out another older series to binge on. I'm still in the mood for Kimutaku, so it'll probably be Pride.

Meme!

Dec. 19th, 2008 04:10 pm
"I will sketch for the first five people who comment with their request. Simple sketches only. The catch is that you must put this up in your journal as well. If you absolutely do not draw, go for drabbles, etc."

In other news: The Colts clinched a playoff berth last night! It was a close game, a nail-biting, stomach churning game, but we did it!

ETA: Or if you don't have time to put this up on your journal, just go ahead and post anyway. Tis the Christmas season!

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