fact versus fiction

Fact versus Fiction


Henry smiled as he led Cyrus into the living room. “I think it’s time you saw this.” Henry had already shown Cyrus a few movies that he thought the genie needed to see, but this one was special. This one had Cyrus, or well a version of him, in it.

Henry went to put the movie in, and then joined his friend at the couch. “Aladdin!” he exclaimed, grinning as it popped up on screen. “Now you can tell me what parts of this are somewhat realistic, and what parts aren’t.” Henry couldn’t wait until the genie got on screen. Of course, he wouldn’t be watching him all that much. He’d be too busy watching Cyrus to see his reaction. It was sure to be comedy gold.

The liar and his lover, final verdict

You know the drill–So Rim is a cheerful, hard-working high schooler who just happens to meet a dreamy, mysterious boy who’s a secret rock star. Together with their band mates, they make their way through a narrative that explores truth versus lies, fact versus fiction, and organic versus fabricated.

Based on a Japanese manga, The Liar and His Lover is a light, youthful melo set in Korea’s music industry. It’s well-paced and mildly diverting, but ultimately uninvolving–perhaps in the interest of packing in too much story, it glosses over the kind of character growth that might have made for a rewarding watch. (Sub par acting from an idol actress in the lead role doesn’t help, either.)

The best thing about this show is its central couple–they actually seem to like each other, and they build a credible emotional bond that’s rare in Korean dramas. Beyond that, there’s nothing much too see here. B


From the HBO press release about the new David Mamet-written-and-directed film Phil Spector:

In the hands of celebrated playwright, screenwriter, author, director and producer David Mamet, Phil Spector is a mythological story, and he approaches it as such, rather than as a news story. Mamet begins his film with the card, “This is a work of fiction. It’s not‘ based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.”

David Bianculli is reviewing the film on the show today. In the meantime, here’s an interview with David Mamet (as well as the actor Shawn Ryan) from 2006 about Mamet’s CBS series The Unit.