Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Happy 1st Birthday!❤

생일 축하합니다! 
I almost missed my blog's birthday! :) I can't believe it has been a year since my very first post. It's been quite a journey! This started out as a movie blog but I'm glad that so far, i have also blogged about other things! Though I may not be able to update as often I hope, it's still pretty nice to know that there's one place online where I can rant as much as I possibly can!

This is just a short post, though, because I'm feeling sick and I have to rest since i have a pretty important appointment tom. Heehee. But I have many wishes for this blog!
  • I wish to update at least twice a week!
  • I wish to earn through blogging so I could further support my fangirl-ing needs. Wish me luck! Haha
  • I wish to meet more people, through this blog, who likes the same things I do.
  • I wish to blog for as long as I possibly can!
Honestly, I never thought I'd be a fangirl for so long. When I started as a Cassie in 2004, I wondered if I'd still be a fan 10 years later. And well, it has been almost 10 years and I'm still a hardcore fangirl. I won't have it any other way. Haha.

To the dear readers of this blog, thank you for sticking around and for tolerating my random outbursts. Haha. :)

Much love,

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

[ENG SUBS] KBS's Cool Kiz on the Block

Title: Cool Kiz on the Block
Alternative title: Our Neighborhood's Masters
MCs: Kang HoDong, Shim ChangMin, Lee SuGeun

Let's start with a disclaimer: I DID NOT SUB THESE VIDEOS. :)

As much as I want to sub them, I do not know enough Korean. Haha. Anyway, here's a compilation of all the subbed episodes out there. I'm just hoping that they'll continue to sub this, or at least continue to upload the subbed one from KBSWorld.

So far so good! It's a lot more entertaining the now defunct Moonlight Prince, but then again, this is really more like a variety show than the other one. I'm happy that it's gaining good ratings every week! If you're looking for a new variety show to watch, give this a shot. :)

  • Episode 1: Part 1 | Part 2 (table tennis)
  • Episode 2: Full (table tennis)
  • Episode 3: Full (table tennis)
  • Episode 4: Full (table tennis)
  • Episode 5: Full (table tennis)
  • Episode 6: Full (bowling)
  • Episode 7: Full (bowling) The First Away Game: Cool Kiz vs Wolseon United
  • Episode 8: Full (bowling) Cool Kiz vs Wolseon United
  • Episode 9: Full (bowling) Hardcore training
  • Episode 10: Full (bowling) Cool Kiz vs Dolseon Heroes
  • Episode 11: Full (bowling) Cool Kiz vs Shinhwa
  • Episode 12: Full (bowling) The Second Away Game
  • Episode 13: Full (bowling) The Last Bowling Match
  • Episode 14: Full (badminton) Badminton School with 2PM
  • Episode 15: Full (badminton) First Badminton Match
  • Episode 16: Full (badminton) Practice
  • Episode 17: Full (badminton) Second Badminton Match
(Last update 08/17/13)

I'll update this once new subbed episode comes out.

Cool Kiz hwaiting! :)

I'm liking the chemistry of these three. :)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

GTH's Amazing 2013

2013 is an amazing year for GTH fans (e.g. me). If you must know, GTH or GMM Tai Hub is a film studio in Thailand. It produced ALL of my favorite Thai movies. And when I say all, I mean ALL OF MY FAVORITES. So when I saw this promotional video, I flipped. And to think that I first watched it without subtitles.

Basically, there are three important projects this year.

HORMONES (The series)

I liked the movie, and I want to see how they'll adapt the concept on screen. I know they'll be following different storylines but I think it's interesting! And I'm amazed how they're taking such a liberal concept on the small screen. In a teen show at that, too. In my country, that'll be censored. Haha.

And like what I said in my review of the Hormones movie, it's refreshing to see so many teen-oriented movies from Thailand! They seem to have many actors and actresses in their teens who are given appropriate roles for their age. It's nice to see teens taking on roles that fit their age. It's quite hard to explain but it's just rare in my country to have teens in the same age range as the ones in the series and the movie to take on roles in which they act their age and not as 20-something's.

Sad news: I probably won't be able to see this. I don't know where I can watch subbed lakorns! :(


I am most excited for this one! Though I'm not as hooked as I was before with Thai movies, I'm still in love with them, okay!

So they'll be making side stories for 8 movies listed below in no particular order:
  1. Suck Seed (KILL ME NOW!!!!)
  2. Phobia
  3. Phobia 2
  4. Bedside Detective
  5. Little Comedian
  6. Bangkok Traffic Love Story
  7. Ladda Land
  8. Dear Galileo

I confess that there was a time that Suck Seed was my world, and my world pretty much revolved around it and Kao Laongmanee. Though the side story will focus on Khung and Kae, I don't mind. I just love this movie so much and yes, I'm biased.

I haven't watched Phobia 1 & 2, Bedside Detective, and Little Comedian, so I should probably start downloading them now. Heh. Anyway, I hope someone would sub this! I'm crossing my fingers and toes! PLEASE THAI MOVIE FAIRIES!!!!!

Sad news: No Hello Stranger? :( But that's like the best Thai movie ever!!! And that's the one in most need of a side story, because don't you remember the ending? </3


Hello, first Thai movie that I actually watched in the theaters! :D Though it's not my favorite GTH film,  I think they have some nice plans for the sequel! They'll be tackling their life after marriage and that'll be exciting because they made quite a racket in the first film. Heh. Also, I'll watch anything with Chantavit Dhanasevi in it.

Sad news: Weird though how I'm not that excited? Well, I want to see the gang again!


And that is all! I'm thinking of making a list of my favorite GTH films. I'm not good at making lists but for this one, I think I can do it. :)

Can We Get Married? (2012)

Can We Get Married? (2012)
Truth be told, I only watched Can We Get Married? because I am helpless when it comes to Bang SungJoon. I just want to watch everything he's in. You can say he got me wrapped around his fingers, heh. But sadly, he's pretty much the only reason why I stayed, too.

Don't get me wrong, I like this series. In fact, I think it's one of the rare ones that deal with situations so realistically. It's also rare to find a series in which we start with a boy and a girl and the marriage proposal. We don't meet them when they're just starting out. We meet them when they're about to start a married life, and this is pretty much what happens after the closing credits rolled after every korean drama.

It's so fresh for me, especially when we have Jung SoMin and Bang SungJoon, playing HyeWon and JungHoon respectively, leading the drama. They have been around Kdramaland for quite awhile now, but both of them haven't been on that many dramas yet. I think that's what's amazing about cable channels, they give chance to talents that haven't been tapped into much and end up giving us some of the freshest performances of the year. They are seriously one of the most adorable on-screen couples.

However, this drama made me realize something, and that's I'm not much into family dramas. Though Can We Get Married? focuses mostly on JungHoon and HyeWon's engagement, we also get a shitload of side stories focusing on the sister, the in-laws, the friends, the cousin, etc. This is why it's 20-episode long, this is why I felt like it it is too long.

At first, I enjoyed watching HyeWon and JungHoon struggle with the wedding preparations. Meeting the parents is no joke, and having both sides of the family agree on one thing puts the couple in awkward situations. They have crazy fights that they didn't have before the engagement, and it's interesting what it does to them. They show sides of themselves that wouldn't have been revealed if they weren't engaged.

Then it got too repetitive. The parents fight. One of them get hurt or arrive at a conclusion. They break up. They get back together. Repeat until fade.

It was tiring. I got tired of the mothers-in-law fighting all the time. I have more to say about this, but I think I'll keep it to myself since I don't have enough knowledge about the Korean culture. I do love JungHoon and HyeWon, but not even my love for them kept me from getting bored. Way too much time is spent dwelling on HyeWon's sister's divorce and the aunt's love life. It's okay at first, then about half of the episode is spent on them. Uhm no, I'm not here for them.With all that said, I still have to say that the theme of the drama's pretty consistent. Though they have tackled way too many side stories for my taste, they maintained it consistent all throughout the end. This is quite a feat because for a drama this long, it's supposed to lose footing by episode 16. Though it does get a bit dragging, it at least makes sure to stick to the main theme.

But then again, it's really the length that becomes its downfall. I guess when you have more hours to fill, you also feel the need to make sure that it reaches that number of hours, despite knowing that you can pretty much make it a lot shorter.

Can We Get Married? could have been a really strong drama if only it focused more on the lead and gave less time for the side stories. But I guess it all depends on who you ask.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Bokura ga Ita Kohen (2012)

Months after I watched the first movie, I finally got to download the second part, thanks to the free leech days of Asiatorrents for the Songkran holiday! Good thing I liked the first movie that I didn't forget anything important to confuse me while watching this one. Though I can say that I generally enjoy it, Bokura ga Ita Kohen confuses me. It's so beautifully-shot, and Yano and Nana-chan, played by Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko respectively, have so much chemistry. But it confuses me, and I still don't know whether I liked it or not.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie. It covers the parts of the manga that I read, and I thought it was a pretty good adaptation. But I haven't read the manga or watched the anime that the last part covered so I cannot talk about its adaptation.

Bokura ga Ita Kohen covers Yano and Nana's story after they parted ways. It has been years since they last saw each other, since they bid farewell in that train platform. So how's the long distance relationship working for our love birds? Well, they're as love struck as ever. But you know how it doesn't always work as well as they hope, and distance has a way of separating two couples and not just by distance.

I always feel like Yano didn't fully express his love for Nana in Bokura ga Ita Zenpen, but for the second movie, we get a closer look at who he is as Yano and as the Yano who loves Nana. I pretty much feel like he goes through way too many hardships for someone his age, and I understand why he does what he does. But that doesn't stop me from feeling sorry for Nana.

Honestly, I somehow felt like it got a tad too dragging in the middle. Or maybe too depressing stories don't sit well with me. However, this little slip doesn't stop me from enjoying it still. There's something about the chemistry between Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko that makes me love them. Obviously, I love screencapping all their scenes together!

It's weird because there's really nothing that different about this story. But it's really the character of the bubbly and strong Nana and the troubled Yano that make this story work. I guess the two just fit like a puzzle. Nana's bubbliness isn't annoying or overly done. She's optimistic but she also knows how to complain and she definitely knows how to make a stand. Yano seems like any other manga character out there. He's smart, good-looking, popular and has a good personality. He also has problems that he learned to hide behind a smile. But these two go out of their usual mold and become two characters who become different once they're together!

And obviously, I ship them.

But you see, there's something that makes me uncomfortable here. Whenever Yano leaves or plans to leave, he asks Takeuchi, his best friend who has a one-side love for Nana-chan, to take care of Nana. And Takeuchi takes on the task as if Nana wants him to take care of her. These two guys are foolish enough to think that Nana can't take care of herself! From what we see in both movies, she's a strong person who may get sidetracked by love, but of all the characters in this movie, she's probably the one who knows herself the most. She's probably the strongest, too. That's why I was happy that she moved on. That's why I was happy that she had the heart to reject Take and stopped waiting around for Yano.

That's why I don't really understand why I love these two very, very much. Usually when the guy gives no credit for the girl's own strength, it's enough to turn me off. But argh, they're just so adorable, I cannot not love them.

And that ends my rather bipolar rant about this movie. I was bored, I was entertained, I got annoyed, but I loved it anyway.

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