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Watched, Watching, Watch List 2018

Netflix has a whole bunch of Disney/Pixar AND Marvel movies!!! *shriek!*

Edit (4 Jul 2018): Ogodogodogod… so this is where all my time went… >.<

Watched (and rewatched):

Movies (not in the cinema):

  1. Bad Grandpa (so much poop)
  2. Lord of the Rings I – III
  3. Men in Black 1 – 3
  4. Pacific Rim (interesting premise, but oh, so many fighting scenes… *fast forward *)
  5. Avengers 1 (fun popcorn flick with some plot)
  6. Real Steel (sweet father-son flick)
  7. Zootopia (nature vs nurture)
  8. Confessions of a Shopaholic (wouldn’t a jumble sale to clear a shopaholic’s debt create more shoppy nuts?)
  9. Enchanted (I feel more for the second female lead, Nancy, played by Idina Menzel. She didn’t do anything wrong, but her dumbass boyfriend just got his stupid heart stolen by a more cheery and naive singing bimbo. That she also got her happily-ever-after is besides the point.)
  10. Iron Man 1 (such a well done fun flick with heart, pathos and plot. Excellently acted by Robert Downey Jr, who got a second wind in his career from this iconic role.)
  11. Iron Man 3 (trying a bit too hard but still somewhat enjoyable)
  12. Pretty Woman (it’s… well, you know … never mind…)
  13. How to Train Your Dragon (Toothless!!!)
  14. Mulan
  15. Aladdin
  16. Toy Story
  17. Up
  18. Set It Up (only because I love Lucy Liu)
  19. The Incredibles
  20. Kungfu Panda 3

Stand-up specials

  1. Fakkah Fuzz: Almost Banned (almost head injuries from banging head on table from unfunny jokes; he tried too hard; will probably be better with more experience)
  2. Harith Iskandar: I told you so (a lot tighter)
  3. The Honeymoon Standup Special (Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher were funnier together than separately.)
  4. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (hilarious!!! don’t watch if you get insulted easily)
  5. Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (excellent follow up to Baby Cobra)
  6. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (still good after a thousand years; the red suit is quite something)
  7. Nanette (Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special defies categorisation; more theatre than comedy, elements of standup, confessional, biting social observations, and call for change make this one of the most electrifying, contemplative, and difficult things to watch. To paraphrase her badly, tension lies at the heart of comedy, and she’s tired of being punched. Definitely watch it if you can.)

Series:

  1. Friends (would have been great if they’d stopped at season seven or so; Big Bang is going the same way – sigh)
  2. Big Mouth (subversive fun!)
  3. Star Trek Discovery (I want more Michelle, the boy wants more Lorca)
  4. Oh My Ghostess (Would have been great if it were 12 eps instead of 16)

Read (/red/):

  1. A Korean Odyssey (meh… rich source material was so underutilised)
  2. Mother (seems to be an all round well constructed show)
  3. Misty (what kind of eff-ed up ending is this after an excellent season of fantastically controlled and nuanced acting?!?)
  4. Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (dumbass noona)

Watching:

  1. Black Mirror (this needs mind space)
  2. The IT Crowd (erm… one ep so far it’s funny! Season 3! But I have to concentrate a bit more cos of the accent)
  3. Mindhunter (a bit slow; may give up)
  4. Master of None (funny first season, but in light of recent controversy, has soured my opinion of Aziz; unfair, I know)
  5. Dirty Money
  6. Suits (debut was such fun! Why is he still not fired yet? The excuses are thinner than a G-string…)
  7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (zippy goofiness – the writing feels quite Tina Fey; sometimes the era in which she was stuck at feels a bit off though: it wasn’t quite as innocent in the early 2000s)
  8. Project Runway Season 7 (my favourite reality show of all time – divas bitching it out while churning out gorgeous gowns? What’s not to love? I love so many of their styles and creations – Seth Aaron’s gothic punk eccentricity, Maya’s cool chic, Jay’s edgy vibe, Emilio’s elegant gowns, and Mila’s highly constructed colour blocks. Skip Season 8. It is so meh compared to S7.)
  9. Vox (Good for staying current and learning snippets about real stuff)
  10. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (fluff, fluff, fluff!)
  11. The Legend of Fuyao (only cos I love Ethan)

Reading:

  1. Greasy Melo

Dropped:

  1. Radio Romance (nothing fresh or interesting; lead’s nuanced acting can’t save the weak writing)
  2.  Woohoo Waikiki (too kooky for me at the moment)
  3. The Break with Michelle Wolf (Er. I’ve done my time – three eps, but I don’t think I can take so much shrillness.)
  4. The Good Place (interesting premise, but once the cat is let out of the bag, where’s the draw? may give up gave up)
  5. My Ahjusshi (too dark and melancholic)

To watch/re-watch?

  1. Frankie and Grace
  2. Big Fish
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Up
  5. Wall-E
  6. The Danish Girl
  7. The Dictator
  8. Disjointed
  9. Sausage Party

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Descendants of the Sun Fanfic List

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Er. There’s only been four fics so far, but I’m hoping to do one fic a week. So starting a list to be kiasu.

Update (29 May 2016): Right, so the tenth fic is finally up. Thank you for being on this journey, and suggesting great ideas! I hope to get down to writing them sometime before the end of the decade millennium. =p

  1. Netflix (Dae-young & Myung-joo)
  2. Blackout (Dae-young & Myung-joo)
  3. Absence (Dae-young & Myung-joo)
  4. Compassion (Ki-bum & Min-ji)
  5. Ritual (Dae-young & Myung-joo microfic)
  6. Date (Shi-jin & Dae-young)
  7. Blocked (Myung-joo & Dae-young)
  8. 157 (Dae-young & Myung-joo)
  9. Bouquet (Dae-young & Myung-joo)
  10. FEO (Dae-young & Shi-jin)

I’m very thankful that the fics are getting read, especially since I hadn’t done prose for quite a while. (Random ranting unfortunately doesn’t quite count.) Would really appreciate any feedback on how to improve my writing. Is it too lame? No payoff? Weird phrasing/anything? Also, if you’d like to be a beta reader, please drop a line. (I know there’s fanfiction.net, but there seems to be a number of hoops to jump through before stories can be posted.)

Update (17 April 2016): Thank you all for reading the fics.  There are a few ideas I have in my head at the moment, but may not have time to do.  If anyone should write them, please leave a link – I’d love to read them!

  1. Myung-joo meeting Dae-young’s mom for the first time
  2. The guys finding Min Yoon-gi, the sunbae that their girls had fought over, I keep thinking he’s not quite what they expect him to be.
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Drama Roundup 2015

Rats!

It’s almost the end of 2015, as per tradition, nothing much has been accomplished.  Well, I did get some stuff done, but that’s for the PMP, and another post.

Anyway, here’s a list of the dramas that I’ve watched/read/dropped online and off this year.  Refer to previous post for stuff that I’m still watching.

Read & Watched (and were good)

  1. Ho-Gu’s Love
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Twenty Again

Read (and were decent)

  1. Angry Mom
  2. Kill Me, Heal Me
  3. Last
  4. Mask
  5. Oh My Ghostess

Read (and were so-so)

  1. Oh My Venus
  2. Orange  Marmalade
  3. The Producers
  4. Sassy Go Go
  5. She Was Pretty
  6. Yong Pal

Read (and were disappointing and/or dropped)

  1. Bubblegum
  2. Ex Girlfriends’ Club
  3. Girl Who Sees Smells
  4. High Society
  5. Hyde, Jekyll and Me
  6. Let’s Eat 2 (dropped)
  7. Masked Prosecutor
  8. Persevere, Gu Hae-Ra
  9. Punch (probably ok, but not my genre)
  10. Spy (dropped)
  11. Superdaddy Yeol
  12. The Time I’ve Loved You
  13. Warm and Cosy (dropped)
  14. Who Are You?

Not read, but possibly promising

  1. D-Day
  2. Hidden Identity
  3. Six Flying Dragons

Not read, but probably not a priority

  1. Awl
  2. Falling for Innocence
  3. Village: Secret of Achiara

Recaps to these dramas can be found at www.dramabeans.com.

Other sites for recaps:

Watch at dramatv.tv and www.tiveee.com.

That’s 23 drama serials just from the K-canon.  With Candy Crush, no wonder so little has been accomplished…

(And I’m ashamed to report that the one book a month has failed spectacularly too.  Have only managed to read bits of Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning.)

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Drama mama

Dramas I’m following (i.e. reading about) now:

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Bad Guys – Not to be confused with Bad Guy, this gritty crime thriller pits an unorthodox police chief with his crack team of hardened criminals against the most heinous serial killers. And the reason why criminals are working with the man in blue? They get time off their sentences for each sick bastard they catch. But what’s their connection with each other? What’s the deep dark secret that will eventually turn them on one another? Why can’t the dishy serial killer remember what he did? Mysteries abound…

Post-show comment: Thrilling to the last!
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Squee Time

Maybe it’s the escapism talking, but when not Candy Crushing, Frozen smashing or homework/housework avoiding, I’m mad following Marriage, Not Dating and It’s Ok, It’s Love. Kinda written off Trot Lovers for being play-by-number, and High School King of Savvy for having a weird 18-28 relationship and both look like they’re running outta steam in terms of plot.

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