Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 2

Please be sure to read Part 1. It's about costumes in Coffee Prince. 😉 In Part 2, we analyze another K-drama starring Gong Yoo called Dokkaebi (aka Goblin, aka Guardian: The Lonely and Great God). It's a love story between a 900-year-old Demon and a young woman, merely a mortal, destined to become Demon's Bride. …

Two Gong Yoo Dramas, Two Jarringly Different Costume Designs: Part 1

I watch Korean dramas mostly for their costumes and interior designs. Most of the time, I like what actors are wearing. But there are two shows, both starring Gong Yoo, where the costumes differ significantly: Coffee Prince and Dokkaebi (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God). In all fairness, these dramas are ten years apart: Coffee Prince …

Series B: The Andamans of the Galaxy

Colonel Kuen pressed his forehead against the cool glass of the spacecraft window. Before his gaze, the twinkling fabric of the universe lay bare. Quietly, Colonel let out a half-suppressed sigh. With only five inches of fused quartz separating him from outer space, Colonel peered pensively into the starry abyss. It was a perfect metaphor …

Top 5 songs from Eurovision 2020 (that never happened)

As some of you may know, Eurovision 2020 was cancelled. Everyone was saying Russia was supposed to win this year, and I will dutifully mention their entry in this post, but I don't really like it that much personally. 1. Efendi - Cleopatra - Azerbaijan 🇩🇿 This music video seems to be Katy Perry's Dark …

All Our Dreams: English-language synopsis

(I've written 14 chapters plus Prologue of this book in Russian so far. I'm planning to finish it and to have it translated into English, perhaps.) Annotation In the future, a group of progressively-minded individuals creates a robot by investing their best talents, dreams and aspirations in a single human-like being. The robot is breathtakingly …

Top 7 Dimash Kudaibergen reaction videos

Back in 2015, I went to a singing contest in Vitebsk, Belarus. That was the first time I lay my eyes on Dimash Kudaibergen, an extraordinary singer from Kazakhstan. Fast forward to 2017, Dimash won the "I am Singer" reality show in China and shocked the audience with his S.O.S. song. And now voice coaches, opera …

Why “Death Note” is a stunning piece of animated cinematography

You can't study Japanese and avoid hearing about Death Note – arguably, the most popular anime series of all time. So, I decided to give it a shot. For the first couple of episodes, I was bored, to be honest. But once you have detective L. on the set, and the story unfolds, it becomes one of …

“La-La Topolya” by BI-2 translated from Russian into English

"La-La Topolya" by BI-2 translated from Russian into English

"La-La Topolya" is an OST by BI-2 for the movie "Things That Men Talk About." The song has some metaphorical phrases that can be translated literally, but actually mean something else in a fixed context. "La-la topolya" - literally means "la-la poplar trees". But it actually means something like "blah-blah-blah", "yada-yada-yada", "etc. etc. etc." "Skol'ko …

ClĂ©mentin Agrees to Die

The next morning, ClĂ©mentin woke up with a splitting headache. His thoughts refused to fall in place. They would come and go, like waves that washed the shores of MatarĂł where ClĂ©mentin lived. The night before had been by far the worst in his recent memory. ClĂ©mentin sat up on his bed and rubbed his forehead. …

Saint Germain des PrĂ©s, a place I got tipped off about in a dream

Okay, let me see when this happened. The screenshot in my phone is from December the 7th, 2016, 8:01 am. It means I had this dream on the night of Dec 6 to Dec 7. I dreamed about some place abroad. I was outside an old building, standing on the line to a movie theater …