“Twenty” – A Film Review

25 07 2015

by: Raine

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Coming-of-age films are a dime a dozen. So what makes “Twenty” any different from its comrades? For one, it boasts of a star-studded cast that shot it into the spotlight. Luckily, the cast was more than capable of pulling off the raunchy dialogue, coming-of-age antics, and moments of gravity that accompany the shell shock of stepping into the real world. The three headliners, Kim Woo-bin, Lee Junho, and Kang Ha-neul, were more than capable of taking on their roles. Read the rest of this entry »





SHINee’s “Odd” – An Album Review

24 07 2015

by: Raine

Although it’s been three months and seven days since this album dropped on May 18, 2015 and I am woefully late in writing this review, it does not change the fact that this is one fantastic collection of music. The focus of SHINee’s fourth studio album is their longevity and success as a frontrunner in K-pop. The album does just that. It showcases their maturity and how far they have come since their debut in 2008. Song choice reflects their greatly increased technical abilities and musical understanding. Tone quality of their voices and the cohesiveness of the harmonies reflect their obvious comfort with each other as a group and how they’ve learned to balance their musical aesthetic.

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Meet Raine, Hancinema correspondent to South Korea!

20 06 2015

by: Raine

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About a week ago HanCinema, the blog that I write for, was invited to travel to South Korea to cover the Busan International Film Festival and the Asian Song Festival. You’re reading the words of the correspondent representing HanCinema!

*pauses to KYAAAAAAA*

Not only that, but I have a marvelous partner in crime, Orion from Orion’s Ramblings and the Community Coordinator for HanCinema. Thank you, KOFICE for inviting us.

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Healer: A Short Review

14 06 2015

by: Raine

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I’m not exaggerating when I say, “I love Healer“. I watched it two times in a row, got Lil’ Raine addicted, and now I’m writing about it. I might have to watch it again – for research reasons, of course. This show has the “it” factor, a special something that can’t quite be explained. I can, of course, attempt to do so and I will, but it won’t be easy. Read the rest of this entry »





I’m Alive!

31 05 2015

Hello world! I greet you after seven months of radio silence and with my intention to return blogging. For my absence I ask your forgiveness and your understanding. I will tell you my long, sad story of why I neglected dramaland and the Dichotomy, and my plan for my return. In October I struggled with things outside dramaland and the Dichotomy, and decided to prioritize. When priorities are arranged, internet life ranks low and the drama devotee is forced to reckon with RL, otherwise known as “real life.” Read the rest of this entry »





Hancinema Reviews: Blade Man, Doctor Stranger, Fated to Love You, Empress Ki, God’s Gift, Secret Door, Sly and Single Again, Temptation, You’re Surrounded

7 10 2014

by: Raine

I haven’t given you guys updates on my Hancinema work in a while. I’ve been a busy bee! If you want to see the rest of my Hancinema work, here’s a handy dandy list of links to my other recaps and reviews! All of my lists are in alphabetical order ’cause I’m OCD like that. Read the rest of this entry »





Dramaland: A Week in Review #1

25 08 2014

by: Raine

Hello everyone. How have your ventures into dramaland been this week? I am a bit behind on some of my shows, but I thought I’d give you an update with my thoughts on each show and you could give me yours. If I’m not caught up to where you are, please indicate that you are going to give a spoiler so I can skip over it until I’m caught up. I will, however, give spoilers up to the episodes I’ve seen. BE WARNED!!! Read the rest of this entry »








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