My current drama plate

I watched NG 15, 16 last wk asap, loved it so much but totally forgot I did and was going to drink up its delicious angst,enjoy someone with amnesia and kinda hoping she can choose and pick what stays forever lost, and 2 messed up ex-lovers chewing each other’s head off……just to find out I’ve seen it.   Am I so fascinated with EunGi and gang it’s seeped into my RL as well?

So before I’ve completely lost it, I  still have a rave, or a rant, or 3.

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Now watching (Finally!)

Finally.  I was scaring myself having no urge or I should say no patience to watch anything.  I’m still in shock what is tickling my fancy to watch this though…surely I have way better quality fresher stuff screaming at me and the fact I haven’t seriously started a drama in gosh…2 months?! should make me crazily hungry for something, anything.

Even the place it’s from is quite down there on my drama-list.  I can’t make sense of myself.

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Crystal Boys

I no longer know how to phrase these coincidences happening around me, serendipity? Is there still any surprise left to accidental surprises if it’s for the nth time?  Whatever it is, I’ve been watching a drama with a TWexiled KMT veteran Dad.

I started Crystal Boys, a 2003 PTS 20 eps drama, a few weeks ago.    PTS used to be the only source of TWdramas I watch.  I’ve read the novel it’s based on by Pai Hsien-yung but somehow missing this.  It can easily be labeled an LGBT gem, which it is rightfully a seminal piece.  What gets me squarely in my guts so far though are the FatherSon and MotherSon family dynamics.

A quote from the novel fr googlebook reviewer Tze-Wan:

“When I went to bed I thought of my own father. I recalled the time he’d pinned his Order of the Precious Tripod on my lapel, so seriously, so grandly. He probably thought I looked a lot like him, too. Too bad he had to go and pin all his hopes on someone like me. […] No, I think I knew how much Father had suffered. In the months since I’d left home, my knowledge of the terrible agony he was enduring pressed down more and more heavily on my heart. That unbearable agony was probably what I was trying to hid from. […] I had to keep away from Father because I knew I couldn’t bear to see the look of anguish on his devastated face. – Crystal Boys“

Fan ChiWei’s A-Qing:

The story is set in 1970s Taipei.  Our hero is the teenager A-Qing (adult by Fan Chi-wei, spot-on awesome) living with his nuclear family in the poorer quarters of  the city.  His father is a strict army man, a wrongfully dishonored and dismissed KMT veteran who fought valiantly in the civil war, being the lone survivor of his brigade….but he was held captive as prisoner of war and mistreated all around.  He’s living off sympathy of other old comrades, with a low-paying job, barely scraping by.  Mom is much younger, clearly attractive when she’s a young woman, now trapped in a dead-end marriage where her husband is more an authoritative daddy figure, to cope, she focuses all her energy in doting on her younger son, biased against A-Qing ‘responsible’ for her near-death labor during his delivery, leaving A-Qing squarely in the middle getting no apparent physical affection, through it all he’s a gentle, warm, sensitive, caring soul who loves his family as much as he can.   I thought he’d be broken beyond repair at times, but he soldiers on.

A Qing with his younger bro, growing up.  He is his primary care taker, I’m such a horrible evil big sis by comparison.

Don’t count this as spoiler because it’s crystal clear in the opening sequence starting every ep A-Qing is gay and will be disowned, banished by his dad, beaten out of their home.  The next phase of his life happens around New Park, a notorious gay hangout spot where he finds his new make-shift family and struggles to find his own identity while being filial, combating the marginalization and trepidations being openly gay in a conservative TW in the 70s.   New Park is where we meet all the other characters, all having their own journeys,  Tony Yang‘s Zhao Ying and Joseph Chang‘s Wu Min to name a few.  tbh I’m not as rabid now after the first arc focusing on their family because the pace is a bit snailing even for a PTS masterpiece production (ie Not!idoldrama).

There is also the fact I enjoy the out of this world amazing performances of the veterans esp Dad by 柯俊雄 and Mom by Ke Shu Qin much more than all the young hot gay men combined.  They are very far from perfect parents, esp Mom, but we see how strugglingly they tried.  Whenever Dad is nostalgic, reminiscing the hard battles he’s fought, all the brave noble deeds of his youth, of his bold, briskly dry homeland ShanDong…and we r fed the visual of this defeated yet proud old stately man still with a fight or 2 in him, but life and fate keeps beating on him HARD,  I can hear my heart shatters.  The style is stark, crude and real, the farthest of spectrum in cinematography as a LoveRain, I can almost smell the dinginess and feel the always humid damp moldy walls of their cramped squalor while I take the journey in time to the outskirts of the poorer 70s Taipei.

For those interested in the meatload,  there are a number of frank, appropriate hot steamy scenes, done with nice control, nth exploitative. I very welcome them not from the usual pervie side of me, but it’s real and right for the ambiance and tone of the drama.  No cop out here.  They really kiss and make out,  It is a drama done with so much respect despite some artistic liberties for the beautifully sensitively written novel (which is translated to multiple languages), it’s been on the top of many TWdrama lists from my critic friends.  There may be J subs coz I saw a trailer in Japanese, but other than that it’s a rarer non-mass breed, so I expect eng subs nonexistent, there is never a bigger shame.  *sigh*

Try it out if you are a fangirl of any of the long list of hotties (if you haven’t already seen it).  Try it out if you are in the mood for some slice of life trip back to the gay community in 70s Taipei.  Try it out for the acting alone (there are so many familiar supporting faces, many I’ve last seen in Office Girl)

The trailer:

It’s grand taste to seriously love Office Girls (and chocolate cakes!)

I've been babysitting most of last week, what an experience.  I hope the child is enlightened with the following nuggets of wisdom: age is a mere number more puzzling than π;  Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader can be pitched as a killer funnier crappier reality show casting Aunt (moi) and herself;  she's not too old to WANT! a dino plush, nor is her aunt; chocolate cake for dinner can be followed by chocolate icecream for dessert and finished by a cuppa hot chocolate as nitecap; Office Girls is the best drama ever and has higher priority than homework.  Deep thoughts aside, I'm procrastinating on presentation 7am and I'm still playing with Venn diagrams with not one constructive word on page written

I WAS planning of drawing some bright happy useful charts myself for work, splashing all colors of a rainbow every chance I could to spice up boring layouts, I ended up forwarding these to friends and family:



I vividly remember Loverboy responding to this Men VennDiag claiming he's somewhere in the white space. Such a lovely creature.

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Why there is a roaring YangTze river btn Me and YC : HUGE TWYL3 picspam rant

your_insomnia, you ask why and here I'm, case in point.  This is all ep3, the not really plotty parts, the really hell breaks loose is more so in ep 4, <5<< 6<<<7. Traumatized.

Frankly, up till ep2, I get where YouChing and the drama going. I just don't care for what I'm seeing. This ep on, I'm offended.

picspam! RANT!!!

In Time With You: As if I need more proof I’m a heterosexual

*SIGH*  I hate to be so weird, but I don't like it, and it makes me doubletriple sad I think Ariel is not the best fit and performing the worst out of the cast.  I can't engage coz I don't feel it's organic when typically this type of drama is absolutely my thing…and *SSIGH* tbh, I feel the drama veers towards pretentiousness and everything is too scripted/forced.  Some speeches r too preachy, sappy and hammering too hard the point for me, and I wander off.  I tried very hard to love it and not nitpick, but I just can't lie to myself.  It's very clear and well thought out every step of way what we audience should feel for every line and every scene,  it's full of dedication and hard work, but tried as I might , as hard as the drama and Ariel are trying tooooooooo hard to sell it to me, it fails to click with me.   As far as hitting the big 3-0 dramaladies r concerned this feels so much like DalJa (bugged me at the first sight, scared me running after couple eps with the pretentiousness every second of it) vs KimSamSoon (my forever dramaBFF)

I don't need to have my heroines likeable, I love them more being flawed and ordinary (case in point, KSS), but Ariel is giving me the thought I've overrated her as an actress, and every additional scene in ITWY, I can't shake it off.  She's exaggerating every emotion and it snaps me out believing any of the dilemma the BIGDEAL 3-0 entails as real as the issues at play should be.  That and also she's still much more convincing playing a highschooler or in college than her real age. Unless her character has multiple personalities, how she's switching fr being this (we're told) feisty middle management lady to one with an IQ and EQ of an entitled princess-complexed 16 yo, affected, provoked and acting out by a youngling chatting her hearts out in an elevator (which frankly is not most polite but really not outrageously offensive, I cringed at finding Ariel the offensive/rude/bratty/overboard one), silly but harmless friendly emails and making a big deal out of every tiny thing.  I just felt her characterization disjointed and all over the place without being better laid-out. So yes, her character annoys me unintentionally, but not so much I'm 'amused'.  Ariel is extremely competent in role playing characters remote from reality (wuxia, period fantasy, manga…) but for sth a bit more slice of life, she's bugging me to no end with how aware and conscious of her 'acting', it may work in a play, but NOT for TV, not this drama at least.  I felt every bit of her overacting and her character feels like in a constant make believe she's trying hard to convince even herself but even she is wavering when saying every word and acting out every expression.  She's been in lousier productions, way more out of this world characters, but here for a character that is typical, she made it caricature.  The OTT is so jarring esp when she's with Bolin, who is pinch perfect AWESOME. Objectively his character is of course so much more likable a doting loyal puppy, the caring BFF in love with our heroine, but still, it's to his credit he didn't overdo it to boring.  His character feels natural and real to me, I just don't get what he really sees in Ariel's character esp when she's shoving him away at the most appropriate hinting.

And I dun really care for the MarySue-ing with the 25yo looking12 cutie smittened at first sight with Ariel.  OK, I'm 2 eps in, he's definitely batting for the other team if this is RL or up to some slysly manipulating game if this is HKdrama.   I'm just not buying.

So LONG ranty rant aside, I've watched 2 eps.  This is odd when I've been rolling eyes/ things not clicking fr the get go.  WHy?!  Bolin Chen.  Every time he's on my screen since he's been in the biz, my eyes r drawn to him….he gives me that exact enigmatic boyish charm of a VERY young not as perfectly pretty Takeshi…who is so natural on screen…so so natural.  

I've never seen him showing his seams as an actor, even if everything is not up to his par round in the production.  No exception here.  And mesooosad esp when Ariel is coming across (to me) very hammycampy.

I'm still watching, but solely for Bolin and these gifs:

I know drama will get 'better', it's the opposite of bad,  it may very well deservingly be a crowd and critics' fav……just not mine. 😦

It doesn't help every time I felt a bit bored watching ITWY….I have to stop myself being a silly bad addict rewatching OfficeGirl11.  This gif helps, 'Yes, I'll listen to all ur orders, officer!'

 
This is just some fangirl gushing of OG: it is so perfectly sweet a slice of Tiramisu for unwinding.  IF not for OG, I would think I'm hitting premenopause way too early, being cranky at everything I've seen.  (even DowntonAbbey, my most dependable engaging show,  has annoying plots happening, Homeland is also losing a bit of intrigue and this early.. both r a bit too soap opera-ish, I'm not feeling TPM 2 eps in, a case of not in the mood)  OG, OTOH,` It's been the longest time I've been loling fr the bottom of my heart, thoroughly entertained then squealing and squeeing at the ridiculous cuteness of our OTP it makes me weep so sated.  And as gorgeous as Roy has always been in my eyes, hisZX belongs with hisXR. And amidst the fluffy goodness, it's apparent Alice Ke is so freaking talented she's bringing so much nuance and realness to her character, it's really a delight seeing the proper movie acting training at work in an idol drama.  I actually love this stage of the OTP the most, when both of them has some realization of their tangled up feelings, air is zapping, breathing is difficult all around for them and us, yet they r not yet official.  I love those uncontrollable butterflies in tummy moments <3333333  It's not the same once it's 'settled' , the security takes away a bit of that edge of jitters.  Ah….to be kids falling in love again!

my fangirling beast is baccckkkk kicking and romping

I was planning to start TPM, and rewatch BBJX (coz my rushed live watch has missing HUGE chunks of eps) but both HD downloads are taking up very precious time.   And in the mean time the shallow end of my brain is screaming and thumping me to give me some RoyQiu (he's been my guiltiest pleasure numeroUno TW crush for the longest time, I'm conditioned to watch his unmentionables like a Pavlovian dog), and as if the orbits are aligned, OG ep1 took FOUR! mins to magically appear on my living rm TV!!!!!!

And now I've stopped all other dls just to speedily gets myself up to ep9 in record time.  IF u do not go batshxt droolzing when the mention of RoyQiu, you will never get the prettiest crack trip I'm going through, feasting my eyes atm. 

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A picspam nightcap of the Sunny Happiness pretties!

Just saw these @ weibo, ahhh the lovely Sunny Happiness OTP reunited with our insanely viable HOT Guy2 Li YiFeng.  It just makes me so deliriously happy. 

Sunny Happiness is an anomaly of just a handful of TW idoldramas that stole my heart and threw away the keys.   I kinda wanna rewatch bits of it, seeing these happy pics that makes me smile, it’s summer and I always love to revisit some lovely fluffy sweet things.

TOO MUCH PRETTINESS!


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preview and some drama doom

Ripley 9:

SHHHIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTT!  THEYYYYY KNOWWWW!!! It’s nth unexpected, but I was expecting it to drag out at least a few eps.  And I dunno why I still wanna see it all unravel every step of the way although I’m not really that engaged w/ drama after I’ve stopped rooting for MR to get whatever she wants.  hmmm, I hope we get to really see MR liking YH the person a tiny bit instead of seeing a walking ka-ching, coz I genuinely felt if only talking about matters of heart, she’s leaning more MH>YH last episode.

And arghhhhh, I’m hiding in my little secret closet watching MarryMe! (still), very very very slowly, and strictly the OTP scenes…and  I can already sniff the doom still miles away.  me think. 

spoiler vids and ramblings…

A big everything goes, mostly a big lump of gooey love fr me! MUAK

Where did this wk go?!  Seriously!!! But really it is F.R.I.D.A.Y.  It’s not a complaint,  I scare myself when I can’t recollect what booboos I’ve done in life for DAYS.

I babble all messily, esp here when I feel I’m in 4D, talking to myself juxtaposed by time much more consciously than other medium, a time traveling.  I’m still groggy.  I’ve just told my boss sth to the effect the most smashing date rape drug targeting me is Benadryl/Claritin/any antihistamines, and I pulled my MOST cognizant face.  Boss patted my shoulder with a fatherly care/concern and wisely walked away.

So… I’m not a good water cooler conversing buddy for my own sake this afternoon.  I usu do try to thread coherent thoughts when it’s written down for all to see (honest).  This afternoon though, I’m hecking it and I’ve just wandered off to my beloved weibo, uploaded bunch of pix to my photobucket and here we go, care for a ride?! I have purrtttyyy PICTURES! XDDDD  I just wanna see how ridiculous a post I can make it.

I had no substantiating food in tummy.  Starving, munching a muffin, 20 oz of 4 shots of espresso and here I am. my thoughts bouncing off where else but my studmuffins?!

My binnie, I’ve abstained fr thee, ma love for the Holy month!!  HOW I MISSEDDD YOU!!

I’ll try to stay my most positive fangirl self because the sight of your long long lonnnnnggggg legs in your Marine outfit is bringing out my happy chipmunk voice!  I hope u r ok with Marines allocating u to do PR (as if u haven’t been doing a yr’s worth last month) instead of real army stuff, because this still looks amazingly challenging physically even if it’s for a photo op. *hughughug*

I love you so very much, lazylazy me even did a collage for you (of a collection of awesome fanart I grabbed/stole). I still dunno how to resize stuff when posting in LJ, THAT lazy. 😉

Late Autumn will be showing at the Taipei Film Festival in Jun/Jul.  When clicking into its webby, I’m annoyed of the pimping of both ManChu and SHK’s Camellia in the same breath and linked by one hugeass headline of their love affairs.  I’ve lost respect of TPFF just like that. *pfffff* www.taipeiff.org.tw/Public/Content.aspx

These OTOH, make me VERY happy 🙂
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