Tuesday, October 29, 2013
About two weeks ago, I stumbled across Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night and found myself enjoying it. Which was a huge surprise. Because the promos were so shitty, I was sure it was going to be just one huge sitcom DOA.
Let's be clear though: the setup is pretty lame. Wilson is a lawyer named Kimmie. Why lawyer? Because Wilson has a law degree, according to IMDB. She's in love with a co-worker. It's not clear whether the likable guy is into Wilson's sweet, odd lawyer character. But they have a good rapport, so hey, at least that's something. That's the setup. Now let's get to the heart of the show, which is the tone: rather sweet. Plus, everyone is pretty fun to watch. Especially Kimmie's roommates Helen-Alice and Marika, played by Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash. Helen-Alice is mousey and nerdy, Marika freakily tough, physically and mentally. Together they're a nice Greek chorus for Wilson's Kimmie.
Liza Lapira is quite interesting. I mean, the woman is never without a job. Every season she's in a new series. To tell you the truth, I've never liked her work before. In Traffic Light she was a slightly bitchy wife. In Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 a nerdy psycho stalker. Helen-Alice kinda combines the two and really showcases Lapira's talents. Let's hope Super Fun Night lasts longer than the other two series. Now that I'm no longer having much fun with New Girl and starting to lose interest in The Mindy Project, Super Fun Night fills my need for quirky comedies.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
This is such a fun K-drama. The premise is, of course, completely zany: an idealistic lawyer decides to turnaround one of the worst high schools in the country. But the writing is sharp and the actors, including all the kids, totally adorable. It's best not to think about the plot too much and just enjoy the ride as one hysterically weird teacher after another is introduced.
God of Study is also known as Master of Study and Lord of Studying. Yeah, the English translation of the Korean title doesn't really work.
Update: The Economist has an interesting interview with Korea's Minister of Education Seo Nam Soo. It explains a lot of what's going on in God of Study.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I really enjoyed Last Tango in Halifax, purely because of Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi. They absolutely sparkle as long-lost lovers. In fact, I wish the show had been an hour-long TV drama with just the two instead of a 6-part series focusing mostly on their dysfunctional families.
Monday, October 7, 2013
I don't know why but I'm totally into NHK's Lunch ON! It's a half hour program that features nothing but interviews of ordinary Japanese people having their lunch. The narration is totally amateurish, but that only adds to the charm. Sadly, I couldn't find a video but check out the link!