Guardian (Goblin) The Great And Lonely God; traversing time and pain.
Wiki summary: Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin (Dokkaebi 도깨비) and protector of souls. He lives with an amnesiac grim reaper (Jeoseung-saja 저승사자) (Lee Dong-wook). who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together, they see the dead off into the afterlife. One day Kim Shin meets a girl, Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun), who has a special ability to see ghosts, and is destined to be his bride and return him to ashes.
Rating: 5 out of 5
TLDR; Watch it. It’s not even my thinly veiled bias for Gong Yoo showing through, I genuinely find this a masterful kdrama. Read on to see why I think it breaks so many kdrama tropes with such poignant bravery.
My thoughts ( mild spoilers, you’ve been warned! ):
I often feel like the disparity between korean cinema and korean drama is quite obvious in the k-entertainment’s treatment of its art. Korean dramas are clearly created for consumption, to give gratification, evoke the feels, while korean movies seem to be treated with more thought and given more care.
Please go watch it, it’s an incredibly well made coming of age/gay film. Amazing cinematography, brilliant soundtrack, and a talented cast that brings the story all together. Connor Jessup’s performance is emotionally gripping, and Isabella Rossellini brings a lot of levity to the film with her performance as Buffy.
Yay, another one! Again, these are in no particular order, but here goes:
1. Touched. I mention this one because it contains another favorite Spuffy scene and it didn’t get mentioned in the last ask - where a rejected Buffy is hiding out in an abandoned house, and Spike finds her. He’s both tender and tough love in the same scene. AND. HE. JUST. HOLDS. HER. ALL. NIGHT.
2. Smashed. Because when Spike and Buffy bring down the house, they REALLY bring down the house.
3. The Body. It is SUCH an emotionally rough episode to watch, so it scores major points for major feels. The cinematography is brilliant - that scene where Buffy finds her, moves around the house making phone calls - it’s that one really long take that really hammers in the shock of Buffy finding Joyce that way. Not a happy episode at all, but so very well executed.
4. Hush. The Gentlemen creep me the hell out no matter how many times I’ve seen them.
5. Ted. A few things I really liked about this one. First, John Ritter’s performance. He was a very talented actor, and this episode always reminds me of what a tragedy it was that he died just as his star was on the rise again. Second, I liked that it dealt with the realities of life in that Joyce is dealing with the difficulties of dating as a single mother and Buffy is dealing with the difficulties of her mom dating a creep who’s just sociopathic enough to fool everyone else into thinking he’s great.
So I re-watched this episode today and had a nagging suspicion while watching, but wasn’t entirely sure whether it was my eyes playing tricks on me or the real deal. So I had to cap these scenes above to be sure. And now I am sitting here silently fangirling once more over how freaking brilliant this show has always been when it comes to silent storytelling and visuals that say more than a million words.
What I am talking about? Well, first of all. All gifs captured above aren’t coloured or edited at all, but the exacty colouring it is on my DVD. And that is kind of the key here, because if I had edited them, you wouldn’t be able to understand why I am so in awe with this show once again - I now what else is new. ;)
It’s subtle, but take a close look. The gifs from top to bottom are in the order of the episode. 1st gif, first time Sam and Dean sit in the diner and so on. And you know what the brilliant thing about the cinematography here is?
The more often Sam witnesses Dean’s death and is unable to stop it, the more the coolours start to fade and the darker and les saturated the images get. I am sorry but this is bloody brilliant, because this is essentially Sam’s life losing colour and joy and meaning, because Dean is not in it visualized by the colours draining away.
Maybe everybody had picked up on this already… I don’t know… But I sure was mindblown during rewatch! Well freaking done, SPN!
Tell me again how all those things on this show that happen to be amazing are just happy accidents and not purposefully inserted or utilized to tell the story on a visual and textual level.
“The Scorpion and the Wolf” - So there was this show called “Penny Dreadful” which was beyond incredible. Great writing, brilliant acting, beautiful cinematography, amazing music and yet it kinda never picked up a big enough audience base. I have no idea why. It’s really on par with “Game of Thrones” and definitely leagues better than “The Walking Dead” but methinks it had to do with the niche subject matter (classic monster mythology in a Victorian London setting) and the more slower-paced story and character development. Sadly it kinda sorta got cancelled in its third season though they did do their best to try and wrap everything up even though a lot of fans felt the ending was rushed and a bit ‘off’ when compared to how the first 2 ½ seasons were handled. Anyway I made this speed painting a while ago cause I was in love with the show and funny enough there was a scene in the finale very similar to it. I suppose now it’s sort of a farewell love letter for the cast and crew.
IT’S SO GOOD!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!! Warnings before going in: it is an homage to 80s scifi/fantasy films (E.T., Goonies, Poltergeist, Labyrinth, etc.), so there are some relatively scary moments. There is a little blood (Honestly, if you were able to handle OITNB, you’re able to handle this show). The acting is sooo top-notch. Winona Ryder is amazing. THE KIDS ARE ALL AMAZING. And the cinematography is BRILLIANT. It’s only 8 episodes, and it was just released on Netflix on Friday. I’ve never shown my parents a show where my mom didn’t get up the whole time. I’m… obsessed. I’m showing it to all my friends right now.