Archive for September, 2010

Artist Profile- Dong Bang Shin Ki (Update)

An official statement has been released regarding the three members of DBSK who left SM Entertainment: Jaejoong, Mickey and Junsu.

As I said before the three joined together in a new entertainment company to make a comeback as singers, and I have an update regarding that.

The three WILL MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT THE END OF OCTOBER. They will re-debut under the name “JYJ”, standing for Jaejoong, Yoochun (Mickey’s real name) and Junsu. Their album will be named “The Beginning” to symbolize the start of their new career.

They will be making their comeback in the Korean market, NOT THE CHINESE MARKET as previously announced.

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Announcement- I’ll Try for Tonight

I’m going to try and get the pinyin and English for Kangta’s “Love Frequency” to you tonight. If I can’t though I won’t be posting it until Sunday. I have a trip the next two days~ ^^

Like I said before it isn’t that the pinyin and English aren’t out there- they are just all attached to Music Videos, and for “Full Lyrics” I post text, not videos. I’ll copy everything and post before I go to sleep if possible.

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Harpers Island

Wow- first TV review in a while that’s for an English show!

Plot: 9/5
This is a really rare English show where it didn’t keep going beyond season 1. Ok, so that’s not that rare, but what’s rare here is that the producers actually intended for it to end so soon. The show has a defined beginning and end, much like the style of Asian dramas. There’s no space filler episodes, everything works towards one determined end.

The plot of Harpers Island can’t be explained before you know a couple of things: the first is that this is not a show for kids, on any level. It’s gory. If it were a movie it would be PG-13 no doubt, maybe even R. So before you run off and rent it or watch it on netflix remember to get the kids out of the room until you preview it and decide if it is too gory for them or not. The second thing is that there is a secret hidden in the episode titles themselves: each title (for those of you who haven’t seen the series) is onomatopoeic.. That’s my big word of the review. Basically each title is a sound effect (I’ll list the eps for you). That sound effect describes and hints at how someone in that episode will die. For example the episode Thwack. In Thwack the victim won’t die of drowning, since the sound doesn’t correspond to someone drowning.

Ok- now the plot! I don’t want to give anything away so I’m just going to type for you the plot description online with a few adjustments as needed.

The story is about the wedding of Henry Dunn and Trish Wellington, which takes place on Harper’s Island. One of the guests, Abby Mills, is still haunted by the murders that happened there seven years before, caused by John Wakefield. These murders claimed the life of her mother and eventually Wakefield was killed by her father. Since them the island has been calm and quiet, until suddenly the wedding guests begin to die one by one, and everyone is a suspect. The guests must unlock the secrets of Harper’s Island and of Wakefield himself to determine if he is back from the dead or if a copycat is among the group.

In each episode one more from the wedding party dies, and the survivors get closer to finding the truth, and becoming a victim themselves.

Directing: 6/5
The show had a pretty big budget, and you can totally tell that, but the director did an amazing job of keeping the effects where they belong. There are no useless shots in this show and the deaths are simple and quick, not over-emphasized or with too-strong effects.

Acting: 5/5
The cast was good, but for the post part they were either unknowns or backup characters from other TV shows, no major players other than Richard Burgi, at least not that I recognized. They all did a fantastic job with their characters, and you really get no hints as to who the killer is from the actors. But there is a reason for that: none of the actors knew who it was either. The director the single greatest thing a director can do when filming a show like this: he told the actors nothing. Each week of the shoot they were given their script and they found out that week who was leaving the cast and who was still employed. Only Richard Burgi knew when he would die, and that was because his death was seen as a turning point in the storyline. Christopher Gorham and Katie Cassidy (Henry Dunn and Trish Wellington respectively) revealed in an interview that each week the cast would place bets on who would be the one to die in next week’s shoot, and who the killer would be at the end.

If the actors don’t even know if they are the killers then they can’t drop little hints which give away the ending. You really don’t get any hints whatsoever, and that is why I like this show. After watching the first few episodes you can’t say exactly how it will end, you might be able to predict an episode ahead if you’re clever, but you can’t point and say “Ok, she (or he) is the killer)”.

Other Things
I don’t know if you can tell from my review, but I’m giving this probably the highest recommendation of any English show I have reviewed. I absolutely LOVE this show, even though frankly if it were a movie I’d never watch it. People die, but it isn’t a shock fest. It is a very thought out and planned story, and I think it is the best to ever appear. Making it a one season wonder was probably the best idea ever, and I don’t know how the producers talked CBS into funding it, but they should go for more things like this.

I read somewhere that there was a plan to make a kind of sequel to Harper’s Island. Not necessarily with the same characters (those that survive) or in the same location, but the same type of murder mystery storyline. There was something similar in the works, and if it pans out I hope they stuck with the same writer. I’ll post a couple of fan-made trailers below, they’re really the best work I’ve ever seen as far as summing up this show without giving it away and they give you a great feeling for how things progress. You can get it on iTunes, and I think it’s the only show I have in my iTunes where I bought every single episode, not just one or two.
I’m going to ruin the end for you: the dog in the trailer doesn’t die in the show (I know, I totally blew the ending, sorry!). That’s for those of you who, like me, get really nervous about cute fluffy pets dying in movies or shows.

This is the best fan-made trailer I’ve ever seen

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Bad Girl Good Girl- Miss A

My bad- I totally thought I’d already reviewed this one!

Lyrics:
The song is really unique. It’s not about being in love or meeting a nice guy. It’s a message to anyone who tries to judge them saying that that person doesn’t know them, so they should keep their mouths shut. They describe themselves a little and tease the boy for being an idiot.
hello hello hello/ if you have no self confidence/ can’t you just step back?/ why do you keep talking?/ do you know that I can see inside you clearly?/ on the outside bad girl/ on the inside good girl/ even when you don’t now me/ and you only see my external appearance/ the way you look at me/ like I’m a pitiful girl/ it makes me laugh/ when I dance bad girl/ when I love good girl/ when you watch me dance/ you’re dumbstruck/ and then you point your finger at me/ your hypocrisy makes me laugh

Dance
This song tends to a faster and slightly sexy dance (like most JYP groups). There are no slower moments and at one point they even lay on the floor for their dance. I think the dance allowed the song to gain more popularity than it might have on it’s own. Not that it’s a bad song or anything, it’s just one of those dances that you link directly with the song (like Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” dance).

Story
There is kind of sort of not really a story. At the beginning you see the girls entering their dance school. They run into a guy who is talking trash about them and keep going, leaving him to pick up his own books. They enter their dance room and that is where the performance in the MV takes place for the most part (some of it is out in the hall). So it’s kind of like the song is what they are thinking as they enter the room.

Other Things
I really like this group, they have a unique feel for girl groups comparable to F(x). F(x) is unique among girl groups for being an idol group with an overall tomboy feeling (no, it’s *not* just Amber). Miss A is the other end of that. They don’t have the feel of a group catering to teens like most of the idol girl groups, they have an older audience feel. I think they will be most popular with the college or late high school age, and adults could probably listen to them comfortably.

This MV comes before “Breathe” and so I am trying to hold it totally separately, but I just wanted to say again that “Breathe” totally destroys the image created by “Bad Girl Good Girl” for Miss A. They grabbed the older fans with this song, but “Breathe” might only find popularity with younger children, and they can’t hold both groups well without sacrificing a lot of the music style JYP groups tend to have.

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Breathe- Miss A

Um… yea… er… about that…

Lyrics:
The song is about how nervous the singer is around the man she loves. Whenever she plans to confess to him and he appears she can’t focus and can’t breathe anymore. It doesn’t have much depth, those two sentences pretty much sum up the whole song.
Because of you my heart keeps on… / because of you my heart keeps on… / every time you look at me/ every time I think of you/ because of you my heart keeps on…/ oh no oh no oh oh/ I can’t breathe/ no oh no oh no oh oh/ I can’t breathe/ no oh no oh no oh oh/ I can’t breathe/ no oh no oh no oh no oh no oh

Dancing:
You can’t say the dance in this MV is easy, that’s for sure. Even if each individual step seems pretty simple, they never stop moving. Even when standing still they are bouncing to the music. With what I’m seeing in the MV by the end of the song they probably really can’t breathe.

Story
There is absolutely no story to the MV beyond the song itself. The dance is performed on extremely colorful sets. There are some solo shots of the members, but it all on different colorful backgrounds meant to contrast with their clothes and make the singers stand out.

Other Things
Ok, I liked “Good Girl Bad Girl”, so don’t think I’m an anti-fan. This is just my honest opinion: I think this song was a TERRIBLE idea. If Miss A had debuted with this song they would have been run over by the other girl groups. I don’t even think it’s one of those songs that just has to grow on you, it’s annoying. I wish they had comeback with a song that showed off their vocals more, this one seems to just show some of their dancing skills.

The MV was sped up in parts to make the members move faster. With how fast and locked the dance is in the first place it just makes it look like a joke, like some corny comedy scene in a drama.

All in all I really don’t like this MV. It makes Miss A look like some jokey little kid group and kind of ruins the image they worked so hard to create with “Bad Girl Good Girl”. The song doesn’t show off vocals, the dance is too limited and repetitive to show off much other than their synchronization and the MV is too juvenile compared to their other works. That being said with the nature of the dance at the end of these promotions they are going to be in incredible shape, if they don’t completely wind themselves on stage.

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Reverse Stalking- Can’t figure out what it goes to?

I got a question for “Cause I can’t stop thinking ’bout you girl”. That’s really all it said. Were you wondering what song the lyrics go to? I’ve done that before- you can’t figure out the song so you look for the lyrics.

If it helps the actual line is “Cause I can’t stop thinking ’bout U girl”- that helps because the song title is “U”.

The Chinese version was reviewed under “U-Super Junior M” and the Korean version is “U- Super Junior”. Hope that helped!

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Announcement- Love Frequency Full Lyrics/ Show Reviews

I know I said in my last Reverse Stalking post that I would get the full lyrics to Kangta’s “Love Frequency” for you. There is a hitch though- I can get the Chinese lyrics no problem, but the Pinyin and English aren’t online yet. Well, kind of. I can get them off youtube videos, but I can’t find them in text, so I’m going to have to type them up myself for you. I probably won’t get to it tomorrow, maybe not tuesday. The earlier in the week it is the busier my university schedule is. I’ll try to get it out Wednesday night though. If not then Saturday or Sunday (I have an out of town field trip this weekend).

But anyways please be patient, I’ll get it to you within a week… I hope…

Also I’m sorry I didn’t post those show reviews I promised, I’ll do “Personal Taste” right after posting this and then I’m going to go back through and see what show reviews I’ve done. I’m also looking for recommendations on shows. I’ll watch anything in Taiwanese, Chinese or Korean. English shows are a maybe- I don’t want to watch anything that goes on for more than 2 seasons. English shows tend to go until they burn to ashes, and I don’t have time to sit and watch several seasons.

Thanks again to everyone for reading this page!!! When I started it I would get SSOO excited when even one person a day visited, and I still do ^^ Also whenever anyone leaves a comment or asks a question via the search bar it makes my day ^^ So please ask a lot of questions and comment on what you like, I always love to hear back and get to know who is reading my blog!

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