Category Archives: dialog

This Week’s Pick: “My Ajusshi”

I wasn’t expecting to like this one.

My Ajusshi is good. Very good.

I had absolutely no expectations. There was some online buzz about viewers being turned off by the age gap between the two lead actors, Lee Sun Kyun and IU, however the show’s premise was never touted as a romance to begin with, so maybe people just assumed incorrectly?

At any rate, I began watching, and was swiftly caught up in the melodrama’s speedy pacing. It felt like one of those company-man- takes-down-the-corporate-greed-villains narratives, a David vs. Goliath story.

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And then you hit Episodes 3 and 4, and damn. The show’s genius slowly reveals itself.

The writing is thoughtfully crafted and well-orchestrated. The characters are well-drawn. The plot lines flow with excellent pacing and unexpected twists. The dialogue is gritty, real, as are the jobs, environments and family lives of our characters. I’ve been there; we’ve all been there. Dragging ourselves to that job we hate. About to buckle under a stack of family burdens. Financial stress. Relationship stress. Work hierarchy.

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IU’s Ji An is sharply perceptive, calculating, a bona fide criminal mastermind hidden under the guise of a lowly office temp. We don’t know if she’s a heroine or a villain, can we trust her? We want to, but we just can’t get fully on board.

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I quietly tuned in to this story of deceit, betrayal, and extortion, and through it find the glimmer of humanity trying so desperately to find its way back into our characters’ lives.

From the director of Signal and Misaeng, and the writer of Another Oh Hae Young, the show’s in incredibly good hands.

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I just finished Episode 5. And I got that feeling.

It’s the kind of drama so good you wish you wrote it.

My Ajusshi. (나의 아저씨).
Wed-Thurs.
Network: tvN.
Director: Kim Won Suk.
Writer: Park Hae Young.
Cast: Lee Sun Kyun, IU, Park Ho San, Lee Ji An, Song Sae Byuk, Kim Young Min, Jang Ki Yong.
Available on DramaFever.

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Jughead’s Best Lines On “Riverdale”

Just sayin.’

Or, rather, Jughead’s sayings. Ha.

Season one brought us the brilliantly dark Riverdale on Netflix, in which Jughead (Cole Sprouse) dishes out some of TV’s finest (lines). Here are some of my favorites.

Episode 2

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“Look, it’s the rich kids from the Goonies.”

Episode 6

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“They’re parents. They’re all crazy.”

Episode 8

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ARCHIE: “War is hell, Jug.”
JUGHEAD: “No, Archie. Hell is other people.”

Jean-Paul Sartre is smiling somewhere right now.

It solidified my suspicions that Jughead gets all the best lines. No wonder he’s the most interesting, charismatic character in that sinister Norman Rockwell town.

Episode 10

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“Now we’re here. In the middle of a Seth Rogen movie.”

Quite possibly my favorite one.

The most perfect line delivered when the entire school shows up at your house to party.

Best Writing: “Because This Is My First Life”

Fuck, this show gets it right.

For every struggling writer.

For every starving artist.

For everyone pursuing something they don’t even want to say out loud.

“Because This Is My First Life” renders kdrama’s frivolities into  distant memory when it blazes with the sobering clarity of truth: the reality of a writer’s life.

Enough to put this writer in tears.

From the voice of someone who respects it, undoubtedly. Yoon Nan Joong, I heart you.

“My Dad said that I would starve if I chose this path, and I guess he was right.”

Ji Ho (Jung So Min) has always had the dream of becoming a successful writer. It was never supported by her father, who would not accept anything less than law school or a teaching degree for her.

“You don’t make as much money as Soo Ji, or date like me. But when you’re writing, you look the happiest.”

Because writers are not like their friends.

Writers know this. Sometimes you wish you were more like them. More than you’d care to admit. But even your friends know you are different, and what makes you truly happy.

And sometimes you get these moments of clarity, during the high highs and low lows.

“No matter how close you are (to your family), there are sides you don’t want to show. Sometimes your family feels like the furthest ones away from you.”

That thing you keep from your boyfriend, your brother, your sister, your parents. My God, the things you keep from your parents! From your immigrant parents!

And then your punk younger bro gets his girlfriend pregnant and your life is completely upended, though you have every right to stay in your house.

The shitty situations you’ll face, inadvertently occasioned by the calling you’ve chosen to pursue.

“When I decided to making a living pursuing my dream, I thought that my life was like walking through a dark tunnel alone. But I didn’t know that it would be this dark. And I didn’t know that it would be this lonely.”

You don’t know that at the outset – what you’ll end up giving up, what you’ll have to battle through.

But you have to give yourself a chance to be happy. To not get stuck in a world that you know isn’t yours to claim.

“Exactly how far…how much further do I have to go?”

Say what you will about the foolishness of the genre – Ji Ho’s pursuit of her dream is the resounding heartbeat of the show.

#StruggleIsReal