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Cloud 999 is better than 9

3 is better than 1


what. is. happening. to. shinee
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First there was this:
http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/10549322.html
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and now we have this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mOHk31lr0vw

It's pretty clear to me that SM doesn't know what to do with Shinee anymore. They obviously debut with the boys next door image. From what I could remember, it was the boys next door with a bit of sass kind of image. It kind of worked for a while, but then they got older and clearly was no longer comfortable with all the cutesy stuff. TBH, Key and Jonghyun don't even fit the BND image. I think Taemin, Onew and Minho can kind of pull it off, but Taemin so obviously dislike being young and cute. I don't know this whole image is just not working for them. And etude is just seems to have the whole cutesy vibe that they just don't do well with.

There music releases are becoming more sporadic. I don't keep up with their Jap stuff as much. From the songs I have heard, I do prefer them to the korean releases. I didn't really like Sherlock. It was a bit of a mess. They were really selling more of a concept than a song. I don't know, I just REALLY hope their next song will be better. THey're clearly losing their popularity in Korea, SM needs to step up their game man. And SJ are also losing steam with members going into military service. Exo clearly bombed by SM standards, I don't know why they debut with MAMA. Both their pre-debut songs were superior. GG is holding onto their popularity, but their new song was too much of a mess as well. F(x) is actually doing surprisingly well, if SM put more effort into them, they could do SO much better. But alas, they're putting all their money onto exo. CSJH is barely around anymore. MHJ and BoA are probably just living off their shares/royalties more than anything now.
BUt I guess they're still doing better than JYP. YG is the only one doing exceptionally well. SM really needs to look into their song choices!!! They clearly have potential to get good songs for their artists, but they keep coming out with weird shit. wth?

I don't get it
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Why does the CSI team never turn on the light when they go into crime scenes, but instead, chooses to use their little flashlights?? I mean, isn't there a greater risk of contaminating the crime scene etc if there's insufficient light? I'm sure it's mostly for creating atmosphere etc. but seriously, it's getting ridiculous.
Also, the amount of incorrect medical stuff they've been throwing in is also getting hilariously ridiculous. I can't quite decide whether they're deliberately trying to be funny or not.
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Just started watching this C-drama called Jade Palace Lock Heart cause i saw some good reviews of it when I was in China and it seemed quite popular. I was also REALLY in the mood for some historical-ish drama after going to beijing and learned some insteresting history.
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It just occurred to me...
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That Criminal Minds is full of plot holes. What really frustrates me is when they don't fully explain the unsub's reasons for doing what they do. I mean, isn't the whole show suppose to be about understanding the criminal's minds? How is that possible when they don't tell us the motivations half the time. Or do a half ass job in building a back story for the unsub. Another thing that ticks me off is their blatantly wrong use of medical terms. Like, there was this episode where the unsub supposedly paralyses all the victims and treat them as dolls, feeding them through a drip. Now I'm assuming the unsub is using a muscle relaxant or something, hence the paralyses. But once you give someone a muscle relaxant, they're not suppose to be able to breath, let along open their eyes in fear. Now I know that it's all for theatrics and suspense and what not, but it just irritates me.

A new thing that's popped up and annoyed me is how they always approach the unsub's house/workplace/hiding place with blaring sirens and storming troops. I thought the whole idea was a sneak attack? No wonder the unsub always someone gets away when they arrive to almost kill the next victim so the team can swoop in and save the victim in the last minute! Convenient!

Most of the time, it's still a fairly good show, but these kind of things just makes it hard for me to take this show seriously.

Star Trek and Thor
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So now that I've finished my psych term, am taking a day or two off to just chill out before starting GP...

Finally got around to watching Star Trek. Was it good? Yes. Would I watch a sequel? Sure. Will I be chasing down every episode of Star Trek now? No... It was an interesting enough universe, but nothing that I found groundbreaking or amazing. Maybe because I've never watched any of the tv shows, I don't get a lot of the references. As a stand alone movie, it still does pretty well. The story has a decent plot, some decent characters... But they all seem kind of bland and cliche. Maybe it's the limitations of the movie format, but I really didn't feel like they managed to portray any of the characters particularly well. Except Spock. Kirk was your regular street-smart, sassy, acts dumb but is really a genius type of guy who saves the day despite a less than stella start. Uhura was the quintessential girl-who-got-away, or the only girl not interested in your main guy character. The other guys hardly had more than 5 minutes on screen each. Even the relationships between the characters seem rather cliche. Having said that, it was a well told story, was very gripping. Just didn't manage to make me actually care about any of the characters.

Having been told that Thor is better than everyone expected, I decided to see it. But having said that, I think it says more about our expectations, or lack of, than the actual movie itself. While the movie is by no means terrible, it is still not brilliant. It's your run of the mills super hero movie. Nothing about it was really fresh. I think the superhero movie genre should just be buried now. It was fresh and interesting 10 years ago, with all the CGIs and fighting. But now it's just old and repetitive. Still, this movie is actually better than most of the other movies out right now, namely Sucker Punch and Red Riding Hood. Seriously. What's the movie industry coming to? No one takes any risks anymore. Everything is just so... safe.

Game of Thrones
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I've loved that series of books since like 7 years ago. And I've been looking forward to the new book for years! And it's finally going to be here next months!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yeah, now that there's a fairly successful tv show, there's a lot more interest in the books than there used to be. No more "what's song of ice and fire?" XD but oh gosh watching that show breaks my heart so much. I read the books a while ago now and tbh, I don't remember a majority of the small details.. mostly just get the gist of the story - who lives, who dies, who changes alliance etc. trust me, that's already a LOT. but oh god, the political landscape changes so drastically, and so many times during the books that watching the story from the beginning again... it's just so sad. like *SPOILER SPOILER* a lot of the characters we see now are either going to be dead or goes through some very drastic changes in a very short time. And honestly, everytime a book comes out, I hold my breath hoping my favourites make it through the book. And with GRRM, you never know when the characters will have their heads lopped off. That's part of the reason why his books are great, it's so unpredictable, and so heart wrenching. makes you question what is really holding society together. and how easily allegiances can be broken, kingdoms crushed, families destroyed. And the greatest thing is the characters. you really learn to love and hate them all in equal measures. non of them are perfect, they do terrible things to each other, to themselves, they're not nice people. but you can't not love them anyway. Tyrion is one of the greatest characters written. I really recommend this series to everyone. watching it is cool, but a lot of the back stories are lost because of the constraints of the format and time. The books are REALLY worth reading.

Sucker punch
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When I first saw a trailer, way back in December, I was so excited about this movie. As the reviews came out quite negatively, I lowered my expectations quite a bit. But even that didn't prepare me for the disaster that was Sucker Punch.

The storyline itself is actually not that bad. I mean, it wasn't anything ground-breaking, but it was a decent enough to carry a movie. The whole "fantasy vs reality" theme, though overdone in recent times, was still quite appealing to me. But my gosh, the whole movie was just so poorly executed. The camerawork and the editing in the non-fantasy bits were just... I don't know the right word for it, but there was something lacking. Those scenes are always so staticc. The camera hardly ever moves in those scenes, and the shots are never layered. it's so one-dimensional. Like when there's two people talking, the scene just cuts back and forth between two waist up shots. it's so... basic. It's like something I'd expect to see in a youtube production, not a multi-million dollar movie. Or they could be doing it as a contrast to the crazy swirling shots in the fantasy sequences... in which case... I don't know, it was still kind of bad.

The characters were terrible. Out of the five "main characters", only one had a discernible personality - Rocket. Sweetpea was just basically an extension of Rocket. Blondie and Amber had no personality. They were just there to fill up space. Blondie, from wikipedia, was suppose to be the "street-smart" one and there was no evidence of that in the film. Maybe this is a time constraint issue, because she was literally in 3 scenes that wasn't a fight scene. There was just no room for any character development. Most disappointing of all was Babydoll. I quite like Emily Browning because I liked her in Lemony Snicket's, and I was expecting something, anything, from her. But her character was just so dull and one-dimensional. Even though she's the main character, she also had no personality, she was just like a heroine-on-autopilot. She goes through all the motions of being the heroine of the film, but there's no life in that role. It could've been anyone. It's like, everyone in that film was just a plot-device to get to those fight scenes.

Now for the weird and not so wonderful bits. The film keeps on mentioning how Babydoll is suppose to be this great dancer, but there was not one scene where we actually see her dancing. You sort of see her sway a bit before they cut to the fight scenes. While this is all very well as she's suppose to retreat to her fantasy world every time she dances, if you're going to make such a big deal out of it THROUGHOUT the WHOLE film, there needs to be some sort of evidence to back it up. Also, how does that Blue guy fit into the whole thing in "reality"? why was he suppose to be so powerful when he's just an orderly? Who was that mystical white guy (who was dressed like an Asian person, residing in a Asian temple with Asian writing... I might add) who's also the bus driver? This whole movie is just so strange.

Honestly, I think this movie had potential, but they were too ambitious, and probably too preoccupied with the whole girls in skimpy outfits fighting thing to actually make anything substantial of it.

I also started watching Community yesterday and it is soooo funny! It's really quite smart the way the show is done. I already love it! Also am going to watch Game of Thrones now! So excited! but so anxious...

Finished packing.
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Am now panicking. aldsfkjfja;lfjaslfjdkvneskbvkdjn!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wow, a public post!
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Haven't made one of those in a while...

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More H/D recs from some of the more recent festivals
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Pomegranate by treacle_tartlet
Restaurant-owner!Mayfol and food-critic!Potter. I like fics with alternative career paths. especially when combined with food. =)

Little Red Courgette by blamebrampton
One of the funniest fics I've read. Draco works in the Department of Standards where they standardise vegetable sizes... This author does pretty good politicking.

Observations by penguin474
I believe this is a fic about Aurors Potter and Malfoy doing surveillance work together.

The Trouble with Good Sense by rurounihime
Funny little fic where Harry gives speeches and Draco is sulky.

For the Public Good by blamebrampton
(Hmm, didn't realise that the same author wrote this and Little Red Courgette! I guess I like their style. It's light hearted, funny and has just a touch of political intrigue. =)

For Whatever Ails You by frayach
Draco and Harry are fed love potions. And has disastrous effect. Not actually funny. Kind of intense and very hot.

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