Archive for November, 2010

Announcement- I’m Bored…

I’m bored. This site is boring me (visually).

So I just wanted to announce I’m going to start putting pictures to reviews again. If I don’t have reviews to post I’ll go back and update old reviews with pictures and check to make sure the MV links still work.

Basically I’m going to go back through and do maintenance to improve the site for you all. We have been seeing INCREDIBLE traffic here the last few days and making this site prettier for you is my way of saying “Thanks for stopping here” ^^

Have a great week!


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Reverse Stalking- A question

This is all I will post still, I’ll get back to reviews as soon as things calm down a bit in Korea… As some of you know I am living there now and I am very worried for my friends…

But anyways, the question I got was “What programs have SNSD been in”.

Other than guesting on an episode or two of variety programs i am aware of the following shows featuring SNSD:

Factory Girl:
SNSD members become guest editors of a magazine to learn about fashion and the fashion world.

Girls Go to School:
Following the Girls from pre-debut to post-debut as they appear repeatedly on the Variety show “School of Rock”. Narrated by Super Junior’s Sungmin.

Hello Baby: Season 1
SNSD raises an infant to experience the world of parenthood.

Horror Movie Factory:
SNSD tests their ability to act in Horror flicks and trains to be horror movie actresses.

Invincible Youth: Season 1
Sunny and Yuri join members of other girl groups to learn how to run a farm.

We Got Married: Season 1, 2
Taeyeon, along with several other celebrities, forms half of a fake married couple and must live life as though she *were* a bride. In Season 2 Seohyun makes up half of the “Sweet Potato Couple”.

Those are the only programs I have that SNSD are a part of. If they have been regulars in others (I don’t count hosting gigs on music programs, just FYI), then please let me know.

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Announcement- Hey Guys/Girls

By now you’ve definitely heard about the attacks on South Korea by North Korea. I’m keeping a particularly close eye on the situation (kind of have to being an American in South Korea).

I won’t be reviewing anything in the next few days, if the UN decides to promote retaliation against the North the US will probably pull all citizens from the country.

North Korea is a government of supreme dumb asses.

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Artist Profile- Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK) Update

SM Entertainment has announced that DBSK will make a comeback in early 2011.

Don’t get excited though, Jaejoong (Hero), Yoochun (Micky), and Junsu (Xiah) will not be with the group, they are still embroiled in a lawsuit with SM (as soon as one is decided a new one starts…).

The re-packaged DBSK will consist of Changmin (Max) and U-Know Yunho. SM said they are not ruling out any changes to DBSK, so I’m not sure if that was supposed to be a hint at some new members or what.

SM said that they intend to un-disband DBSK, and since only 2 of the original members are left and have been pushing to make a comeback they will be allowed to do so.

If TRAX can manage to make a comeback with a fraction of their original members, maybe DBSK can too, what do you think?

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Mystery 6

This is a TV show, for those of you who don’t know.

From what I’ve come to understand about “Mystery 6” the show is actually just called “Mystery”, the “6” is the season number. I guess each season has it’s own story, I don’t think it’s on anymore though…

Plot: 6/5
The story follows (drum roll) Super Junior ^^

It’s filmed like a reality investigation, but it was all scripted (how closely the members stuck to the script is unknown). The show was filmed after “Miracle” promotions began, but before “U” promotions, so there is no Kyuhyun (I don’t think the members even knew at this point that there would *be* a Kyuhyun).

So here’s the story: Donghae has been having nightmares (I love how when they do a movie or show it’s Donghae who is the lead, not one of the actual actors). Only these aren’t normal nightmares, he can’t get up after waking from them and his health is failing fast from lack of sleep and illness. The “Mystery” staff decide to set up a series of video cameras in Super Junior’s dorm to investigate the issue, and on their first night the shadow of a girl appears huddled in the corner of the room.

Over the course of 6 episodes Super Junior must figure out why there is a ghost in Donghae’s room, the story behind the horrible event which occurred in their dorm, and figure out what the spirit wants with Donghae. The members’ investigation reveals a previous owner of the house who also began to see ghosts and have nightmares, and their experience ended when a crazed father beat his daughter to death to stop the visions. While Donghae’s condition deteriorates and the members start to see ghosts around them the whole story slowly comes to light.

I didn’t mean to be so DVD cover about it, but it was kind of hard to describe the plot without giving anything big away.

It’s a scary show, but it’s also a show with Super Junior, so it all balances out. Whenever there is something terrifying they bring in the members to try and make things better. Little corners include Reporter Kim’s feature story on the event in Episode 1 (Heechul steals a camera and a spoon microphone and goes on a rampage) and Kangin’s Cooking Show where they attempt to make some food for Donghae to help him get his strength back (and which involves a very foolish Eunhyuk being made to taste Vinegar and Sesame Oil among other things to check their freshness). There is a great story running through the show, and the funny detours are just that, funny tiny little detours, so they get back to the story quickly.

Acting: 5/5

It seriously entertains me how the “Actors” of Super Junior don’t do much acting in their feature shows (this and “Attack on the Pin-Up Boys”). It tends to be Donghae (who is making his big debut as an actor TONIGHT with his solo role in “It’s Alright Daddy’s Daughter”, in fact it should already be about over). The acting is great, and a lot of the show is informal, so other than Donghae the other members don’t really appear much. Don’t get me wrong, there are always 2-3 members in almost every scene, but no member other than Hae is really heavily featured. Ryeowook, Sungmin, and Yesung even catch a few lines here and there (they tend to be the quiet ones)! Ryeowook plays a bigger role later on in the show.

I’m not giving a numerical score here. The show is filmed guerrilla-style and is VERY informal. It really does just look like a camera crew sent to film Super Junior while SJ is distracted trying to help Donghae with the ghost that is trying to slowly kill him.

I HIGHLY¬† recommend checking this show out. It’s funny and it has a good plot. I’m currently watching it for the 4th time. Just a warning though: in the first episode you get some of the typical scary ghost-jumps-at-camera (beware of the scene with the girls in school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! scared the crap out of me…), but that happens maybe 2-3 times in the entire show, and usually they don’t dwell and try to be funny as quickly as good writing allows.

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Diva- After School

I don’t like arrogant songs, and this one makes up for the lack of depth in the chorus with the verse. It is a bit disjointed, but it was a good debut song for After School.

The song is about being with the guy you love. They know he’s the one and are just saying they constantly thinking about them and they are also thinking of the guy. The words are a little disjointed, so I can’t really say much about it…
Tonight, tomorrow night/ I keep thinking of you/ I’m your diva diva d-d-d-diva/ tonight, tomorrow night/ this electric moment/ I’m your diva diva d-d-d-diva

The dance is upbeat and preppy. It kind of looks like a cheerleader thing

The set is all natural. They film in a parking lot, an alley, on the road, and mostly at a tennis court. It is kind of reminiscent of H.O.T.’s “Full of Happiness”. You also see badly jointed shots of them in the recording studio which really have no purpose whatsoever.

Other Things

Expression patrol: UEE needs to work on her faces. She tends to have one great expression that quickly falls into a blank stare, she needs to continue the emotion longer.

One member left after this song was released and After School added 2 more, so far I think just about every other MV features new members of After School…

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I My Me Mine- 4 Minute

Another 4-Minute song about the same exact thing, who would have guessed???

As you can tell I have a little issue with 4-Minute. They sound good, they can dance, but their songs are extremely shallow. And every single song is about the same thing. It’s obnoxious. This song, like all the others, is about being the best, being on top of everything, and wanting to reset so you can have whatever you want… Yeah, any other 4-Minute song is about the same thing so I don’t have much to say.
I’m on top top top/ now for me to reset/ I-I My Me Mine/ I-I-I My Me Mine/ I can’t stop stop stop/ now for everyone to reset/ I-I My Me Mine/ I-I-I My stop stop/ re-re-replay (click click click click)/ re-re-return (click click click click)/ re-re-re-re-reset (click click click click)/ my mine my mine/ I My Me Mine

Like I said, the dance is good, kind of common, but they definitely worked hard on it. They seem to have a continuity issue within their dances. You can tell who the singing members are and who the dancing members are just by looking. They also seem to disagree about the level of popping involved in the song. That is a definite issue, they should try to match up everyone, but they do fine with other songs, so it isn’t a fatal flaw or anything.

The set is just a bunch of abstract lit sets, there isn’t anything really to get from the visuals. It’s just meant to show off the dance, not add anything to the story.

Other Things
4-Minute seems to be trying to attract their fans through the arrogant songs, sexy dances, and always having at least 1 member who is wearing practically nothing… The members are talented, that is not in question at all, but honestly the group concept isn’t one I would go for. There is no depth to their songs or anything like that. I would be surprised if, the way they are going now, the group made it past maybe 4 years. They need to vary it a bit and attract a more solid fan base.

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