Sunday, June 30, 2013

Celebrity News Coverage - Double Standards

Misery Loves Company

A couple of days ago, I went to print out some stuff at the local library. Before I went home, I dropped by Lidl to get a carton of milk. There was a very handsome guy at the cash register of the line I was waiting at. He was normal, really, but he had nice eyes. He also looked right at me. He even smiled a little. As he gave me the change, our hands touched.

He sits there all day, where people can see and talk to him. His job is in customer service. But he also smiled at me. I like that. I need that escape from the routine of daily life so I'll just focus on him.

I decided that, from now on, I will go there and hide somewhere where I can stare at him often. If other women go near, I'll feel hurt, but I'll let it pass, as long as nothing happens. He's not there all day though. I'll find out what he does after work hours or relating to them and follow him there as well. Maybe school? Grocery shopping?

I'll take pictures of him and video, when he's on the clock and not on the clock. I'll hire someone to keep an eye out for any wrong moves. He's so handsome and looks so nice, he's so good at his job, that I can't fathom him having flaws. If I ever find out he has a girlfriend or he cheated on her or something, I'll make sure to give him Hell about it. I'll write about this crime against me and all his customers! I'll tell the media about it so that we may all chastise him for betraying us by doing bad things in his private time! Why shouldn't we!? His job is about sitting in front of countless of people and smiling at them every day! Smiling at them and talking to them! He should expect my behavior and repent!

Are you freaked out yet? Put the phone down. I don't need a trip to the mental clinic or to be arrested. I was just proving a point. Does the above sound frightening to you? Does it sound like invasion of privacy and this cute cashier's rights? Would I be mentally disturbed if I did that and subject to psychiatric evaluation and maybe legal punishment? To my knowledge, yes.

Now replace said cashier with 'celebrity'. This is my problem.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Snowpiercer - An Addition to Korean Sci-Fi


The rarity of Korean science fiction movies is something I've talked about before and a topic I have strong feelings about. I like sci-fi as a genre and I really think Korean filmmakers could do it very well. For whatever reasons, the genre is not popular in Korean films. Hopefully, maybe, this will change in the future.

Director/writer Bong Joon Ho's 'Snowpiercer' is the latest addition to the genre. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, when the Earth is going through a new ice age and the few survivors are all living aboard a train powered by a sacred perpetual motion engine. The conflicts arise from the fact that there is a gap among the classes existing within, with the richest top class living in luxury while the lower classes suffer.

Co-written by Kelly Masterson ('Before the Devil Knows You're Dead') and staring Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and John Hurt (among others), 'Snowpiercer' is based on the French graphic novel 'Le Transperceneige'.

If you're thinking "Boy, that's very international", you would be absolutely right. It doesn't stop there either. The film was entirely shot in the Czech Republic and about 85% of it is in English. Due to a handy, albeit overly convenient device aboard the train, the Korean-speaking and English-speaking characters can understand each other. Given I hate dubbing, I'll take this with pleasure.

While this international nature can mean miscommunications and possibly risk the integrity of the work, learning to cooperate with others and create less culturally biased films is definitely a step forward in movie making. Clashing is inevitable, of course, but different cultures and mindsets can also bring valuable insight. What I am saying is, we all mostly watch Hollywood movies, made by and for Hollywood movie mentality. Imagine how much we are missing due to this.

While I have had my issues with Bong as a writer and the promotion for this has been extremely poor from the company's side, I am hopeful and thankful for 'Snowpiecer' and I am definitely looking forward to it.



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Orion Rambles About Orion's Ramblings - Liebster Award

Liebster Badge

If you've been around the blogosphere a while, you may have heard about the Liebster Award. It is basically an "award" given by people who like your blog enough to force you into a chain-letter-like deal, where you have to pass it along after obeying their every command and pouring your black heart out in writing.

I am of course joking with my unpleasant description. The Ichliebedich Award is a fun nudge for making an About page, which I should have done already.

For now, you can read more about my nickname and the blog's creation here.

Let's get to the Schiefspiegler Award, which is, within my circle, focused on blogs about Korean dramas, movies and generally entertainment, but not only.

Award Rules

The rules seem to differ from person to person, since many change things as they pass this along, so I'll just wing it as well.

  • List 10 random facts about you and your life. It's supposed to be 11, but my slightly obsessive compulsive brain says 10 is better.
  • Answer the questions of those who gave you the award. It says 'nominated you', but then nobody wins it, so let's all be winners.
  • Nominate some other bloggers or interweb people. The special ones.
  • Make some questions for said bloggers. 5 is polite, 10 is pushing it, over that is simply sadistic. Don't torture the folk. Unless they like it.
  • Notify them of their victory and link them to your post. If no one knows they won, things are not exactly fun, are they?
  • Display the Hasenpfeffer Award badge on your blog, to brag about not being hated by everyone and show appreciation for it to your friends.


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