Twice – Yes or Yes, and the visit on Knowing Bros

My beloved Kpop group returned with yet another EP this November, entitled Yes or Yes. Twice had an admittedly intense year, with a release after release and busy performances schedule. I can only be happy, as their songs tend to get stuck in my head for a long time and the new one is definitely no exception, but I do hope the girls get some well-deserved rest. The music business is pretty fierce in South Korea and it’s all about the timing – Twice along with Blackpink do enjoy plenty of spotlight right now, but how long can this last? From JYP or YG’s perspective they probably can’t afford to slow down, but let’s not go overboard…
Having said that, Yes or Yes? Totally yes. The new tune is surely another success for the band. Continue reading →

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Shiina Ringo 2018 – the tribute, the 20th anniversary, the Russia trip

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How relevant Shiina Ringo exactly is in 2018? Some gave up, some chose Seiko Oomori, I largely listen to Ayano Kaneko now, though she’s someone completely different. Hence, my answer – Ringo continues to be fairly relevant on my playlist, but that’s about as much as I can say, other than that the opinions of the rest of Ringo fans community vary greatly.

This year marks Ringo’s 20th anniversary since she debuted in the music industry, and as such it came with a new tour, a tribute album, and oddly enough, she paid a visit to Mother Russia (?!). What can we make out of it all? Will an apple and a cat be replaced by the hammer and sickle? We can only speculate. Continue reading →

The Best of Knowing Bros

The best TV talk show I’ve ever seen? Sure, I enjoyed Mock the Week, back when Frankie Boyle was ripping everyone and everything to shreds. I laughed hard at Dave Letterman’s attempts to make guests feel as awkward as possible (to lesser extent, Conan O’Brien sometimes does the similar shtick). Graham Norton had me cracking up many times. There’s also Polish Kuba Wojewódzki show, where the titular host is joined by guests for the no holds barred chat. It was kind of fresh and unusual at the time over here, but I feel it became just crass with no subtlety, and the guy got way too political, instead of staying a goofball. Then, the hope was gone with Letterman’s retiring (he’s back though!!!!), and all that could be heard was the fake-ass giggle of Jimmy Fallon. I sought relief and laughter in the world of Korean variety shows, Running Man and New Journey to the West standing out as genuinely hilarious shows. But the truly unrivaled show came in the form of Knowing Brother aka Knowing Bros aka Ask Us Anything. Continue reading →

Winona Babelicious Ryder

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Winona Ryder quickly rose to become one of the biggest movie names back in the late 80s/ early 90s. Her collaborations with Tim Burton – Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands were enormous hits, Heathers became a high school comedy classic, and The Age of Innocence and Little Women got Ryder Academy Award nominations. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she used to be incredibly hot as well (to be honest she still is) – if I were several years older she’d totally has been among my childhood crushes in the 90s. Those adorable eyes and a lovely smile are exceptional. Continue reading →

We need more of Better Off Ted

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Office Space started it all, (the original) British version of The Office perfected it, and IT Crowd played around with the idea. But when it comes to corporate/office environment shows there’s one often overlooked gem – Better Off Ted. Ricky Gervais’ The Office was absolutely hilarious, but underneath the comedy, there was something extremely dark about it.

On the contrary, Better Off Ted is an upbeat, rather lighthearted take on the genre, with some really witty quirks thrown in here and there. Recently I re-watched the two seasons which came out, and it really left me craving more. It’s not an ‘ambitious’ kind of show, with the word used in the meaning the critics use it, but it has plenty of clever jokes and running gags which will make you laugh your ass off. Continue reading →

11 reasons you miss The O.C.

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Ryan, Seth, Marissa and Summer. Such an awesome and diverse bunch of kiddos. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since The O.C. went off the air, after 4 seasons of teenage (and adult) drama rollercoaster ride, bolstered with a solid dose of humor. While the acting wasn’t exactly the forte of this show, folks like Adam Brody (Seth), Peter Gallagher and Kelly Rowan as Sandy and Kirsten Cohen, or Melinda Clarke as Julie Cooper gave strong performances that really stuck in my mind to this day. While the series at times plunged into the ridiculously soapy turf, soon enough it always rebounded back on the right track. The direction of the plot was often questionable, but you enjoyed watching these great characters and how they deal with their problems. Here’s the top 11 reasons why you wish The O.C. kept going. Continue reading →

The best 7 Korean dramas of 2015

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Time goes by very quickly, especially if you’re always watching dramas. There are already plenty new shows running and others are on the horizon, but I’d like to take a moment and look at my favorite titles from last year. I always find it odd that each drama cycle brings two or three shows of similar theme or main motif – so in 2015 we had the abundance of studying moms, chaebol identity disorders, vampires and ducklings-turn-princesses. Continue reading →

Barney Stinson’s Playbook

barneyLately I’ve been feeling a bit down to be honest. In your mid-20s you begin to notice that surnames of your female friends on Facebook begin to change into different ones, and your feed is flooded with photos from weddings or pictures of newborn babies. I mean, some girls marry even earlier, but now it really starts to sting. There’s the group that will say, ‘you never know, love is just ‘round the corner’, or the peeps who’ll go on and claim that there’s nothing wrong with being single and you shouldn’t be ostracized for that. I can’t quite agree with either of those opinions. So who do I turn to for some help? Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother, and The Playbook. Continue reading →

Dave wrapped up his dog and pony show and we’re left with unicorns

billThe moment I dreaded over the last dozen of months came on May 20th – David Letterman retired, and after a bittersweet final show, he left behind emptiness and sadness. It may sound exaggerated but I do feel down because I’m sure we won’t see much of him from here on. Despite saying otherwise, Dave is a recluse and doesn’t let many people into his private world. 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 →