My first steps into the realm of Kpop

tts featureI really didn’t want to do it. I tried not to give in to the craze. But there is no way in the world I would not accept the cuteness overload of Korean pop.
With very few exceptions, songs featured in dramas never really clicked with me – it was a mall music – played somewhat in the background, with me paying little to no attention to it. Why the change of heart? Two reasons: Wonder Girls and Running Man. Although I’m not completely sold on kpop, these two contributed to my growing interest in it. Continue reading →

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Electric ladies of music: Janelle Monáe, Danielle Brisebois

riotgrrrlWomen in the music scene can rock and surely they do, and I can’t stress this fact enough. It bothers me that lots of guys are still like, ‘she’s a girl so she can’t play heavy metal’, ‘she should stick to pop’, ‘it doesn’t fit her’. As if music genres were gender-bound, limited to specific race or sexual orientation. Just look at rap culture and the way white artists continue to be perceived. Beastie Boys were a sensation back in the day and more recently so was Eminem, but they had to fight lots of negative preconceived notions to achieve success and gain appreciation. People still go, ‘wow she’s a female, yet she raps as good as man’, or ‘I don’t listen to George Michael, coz he’s gay’. Music is all matter of taste, but the issues mentioned should never play a role in deciding whether you like an artist or not. Times surely change for the better, but the music fascism remains, I have no doubt about that. Riot grrrl movement of the early 1990s, with bands like Bikini Kill, Le Tigre or Sleater-Kinney, addressed the problems of the male-centered society and the place of women in music, yet the mainstream culture still did not get this memo. Continue reading →

'I'm a cop. From the future. I need your help.' Kung Fury will rock you like a hurricane!

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David Hasselhoff together with his chest hair was a big part of my childhood, however nasty it sounds. Both Knight Rider and Baywatch had me glued to the screen; the first one because of the talking, multifunctional car, and the latter because of all the babes running on the beach in slowmo (giving me kiddy boners). Dave Hasselhoff is not Daniel Day-Lewis when it comes to acting, but he did fit into his uncomplicated roles perfectly, and I don’t have any bad memories related to them, so props for that. Continue reading →

‘I’m a cop. From the future. I need your help.’ Kung Fury will rock you like a hurricane!

kung fury featureDavid Hasselhoff together with his chest hair was a big part of my childhood, however nasty it sounds. Both Knight Rider and Baywatch had me glued to the screen; the first one because of the talking, multifunctional car, and the latter because of all the babes running on the beach in slowmo (giving me kiddy boners). Dave Hasselhoff is not Daniel Day-Lewis when it comes to acting, but he did fit into his uncomplicated roles perfectly, and I don’t have any bad memories related to them, so props for that. Continue reading →

Cartoons as social satire: Beavis and Butt-head and South Park

featurebnbI did previously mention that the television of today basically sucks and dumbs the nations down. Tons of TV series are produced for the sole purpose of providing lousy entertainment to the masses who for inexplicable reason buy it, no questions asked. On the other hand, once in a while we can see a show pop up which will only point out how we’re getting more and more thick-headed. I would say South Park is the leading example of the latter. This adult-themed cartoon, full of crappy graphics, toilet humor and vulgar dialogues, is simultaneously the quintessential social and political satire of our times. Continue reading →

School bullying and new MBC’s drama ‘Angry Mom’

KimHeeSunAngry Mom is the most recent 10 PM MBC drama which started airing on March 18 this year.

Jo Kang Ja (Kim Hee Sun) discovers that her daughter, Oh Ah Ran (Kim Yoo Jung) is being bullied. The mother decides to take matters into her own hands and enrolls in the same school as Ah Ran, in order to teach the tormenters a lesson… Continue reading →

The best 5 Korean dramas of 2014

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I found last year’s Korean programming exceptionally interesting. Obviously I had no time to watch all of the shows nor has every drama been great, but still, most of the series I did manage to see represented high level of quality and entertainment, and few of them became some of my favorites. Making a best of list in April is also hilarious but I’m gonna go with it anyways. Continue reading →

Shiina Ringo – Sunny era

Ringo FeatureShiina Ringo has been quite busy last year. In May we saw the release of the self-cover album Gyakuyunyū: Kōwankyoku, in June there was NIPPON single which coincided with FIFA World Cup, finally on November 5 we got the first ‘proper’ full-length album from Ringo in 6 years, Hi Izuru Tokoro named in English as Sunny. Opinions among the fans varied, and it was understandable, as the singer included not one or two, but 6 previously released singles (Ariamaru Tomi dating back to 2009 and Sanmon Gossip recording sessions!), which left us with only 7 new songs.  Continue reading →