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Jul. 16th, 2015 | 10:06 pm



Physically incapable of tearing myself away.
The MV is a little hard to swallow, but the song coupled with the visuals - just heartbreaking, and gorgeously so.
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Jul. 4th, 2015 | 10:11 pm


Coffeeshop music at its best.
(and a worthy entry in the discussion on covers that are better than the originals, haha)

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so this was meant to be a 'recent movies' post...

Apr. 8th, 2015 | 01:05 am

but real life has a knack for hijacking things.

Still.

First, the unimportant.
Watched 6 movies en route to London (clearly, attempts at avoiding jetlag be damned lol):
-Whiplash (EXCELLENT - a little more on this later okay),
-Parasyte (improbable and squicky and fun),
-Kenshin movies 2-3,
-Hunger Games - Mockingbird Pt 1 (fastforwarded), and
-The Giver (memorable for the questionable distinction of having turned gorgeously understated source material into -
of all things - a YA romance flick(??? where is the logic in that...)).

OKAY. LOVED WHIPLASH.
Loved the acting, that ending. THAT ENDING.
-Did Fletcher really believe in the 'testing by fire' shtick? Or was it just a front to get Andrew to buy in to his idea?
-How great was it that Andrew 'succeeded' in the testing EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T ACTUALLY A TEST??
-And, of course: Was it worth it?
Was Andrew a genius, or a victim of abuse trying to satisfy his abuser? Or a madman?
I also liked the way Andrew was pretty much a douche, lol.
I couldn't sympathise with him fully, which made the proceedings slightly uncomfortable.

Then, on the way back:
-Jellyfish Princess (Literally my only takeaway: Suda Masaki is prettier crossdressing than I am not-crossdressing.),
-Imitation Game (Pretty good, but also pretty standard fare; doesn't beat Whiplash),
-Kami no Tsuki (YES ERM THIS WAS GREAT?? FANTASTIC ACTING AND NARRATIVE. HEARTSTOPPING MOMENTS ALL OVER.
DOES DAIHACHI YOSHIDA EVER MISFIRE?)
-First 5 minutes of Kin Kyori Renai (before I decided that this excuse for a movie wasn't worth sacrificing sleep for).
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Mar. 29th, 2015 | 01:13 am

Scared... shitless, pretty much. It's not the most welcome feeling, obviously, but there you have it.

God, please overrule. Please.
Please.
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weaknesses

Jan. 7th, 2015 | 05:18 pm

-scones
-bran flakes
-cheese
-bread
-baumkuchen
-dark chocolate
-matcha-flavoured desserts
-home-cooked curries, stews, soups, porridges
-pumpkin
-popiah
-North/South Indian food
-unagi
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Oct. 22nd, 2014 | 09:16 am


A bop in every sense of the word!
Ugh this makes me so happy.
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when your heart is aching, when no one is there for you/ just come here

Oct. 12th, 2014 | 12:05 am

This folksy simplicity ;;

Less immediately arresting/singable than his first album, perhaps,
but more intimate -
alternately tender and bold, draws from deeper,
speaks straight to the heart.
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more jdrama ramblings

Oct. 4th, 2014 | 03:02 pm

Two recent dramas,
vastly disparate in tone but equally excellent
(well, I say "equally", but how do you compare, really?).

The Long Goodbye:
Two words: Tadanobu. Asano.
Being an amazing actor (and showing up Ayano Go in the process, lolol. Poor dude).
Banji the character is never all on the surface,
but this just proves that that is no excuse to be wooden.
Even quirks of an eyebrow hold meaning
(I actually remember thinking this during one of the eps, hahaha),
and every action and expression of his embodies the persona.
ON-POINT

Then the cinematography.
The noir trappings were taken a bit too literally... but that's a pretty minor quibble.
Breathtaking shots (that image of fireworks exploding behind Banji needs to be immortalised),
gorgeous settings and imagery and sounds. *O*

And this is purely a personal thing,
but I enjoyed watching a femme fatale (in the most out-and-out, unambiguous sense of the word)
in action.
Haven't encountered the trope in a while.
(Though it did make me wonder - yet again - what Koyuki in a properly non-ice queen role would be like.)


Oyaji no Senaka:
I'm actually only 3 eps in, l-lol,
but the quality of writing and acting on this series is so rock-solid
(I guess that's the benefit of being able to draw on different writers/actors each time,
though this could easily have turned out the opposite way),
I needed to at least write this down SOMEWHERE.
Lovely, lovely drama with a huge heart.
Cannot recommend it enough.
I actually thought the Sakamoto Yuuji/Yakusho Koji/Mitsushima Hikari arc
was the weakest of the three stories I've watched so far -
and that's not an observation you'd get to make very often.

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Sep. 27th, 2014 | 01:02 pm



WOW (no pun intended)
It's not just the vocal talent -
it's the amount of effort that goes into the singing,
and the fact that Eunkwang is constantly monitoring the mix and giving musical directions.
Hats off.
I mean, I'd always known they were a good group,
but I never loved most of their original music so I didn't bother looking further.
I HAVE OFFICIALLY SEEN THE LIGHT.

/brb, making up for all that lost time
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sending some belated love Ha:tfelt's way -

Sep. 7th, 2014 | 01:53 am

Naked and unflinching; it hurts but it hurts so good.

From Ye Eun to Younha, to Gummy and IU and Lim Kim (maybe Ailee too, though I'm not a fan),
solo female artists are the saving grace of Kpop at the moment.
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