This is one movie that for the life of me I couldn’t understand why it ended the way it did.
Perfume: Story of a Murderer is the story of a young man, Jean Baptiste Grenouille, gifted with an uncanny sense of smell. So acute were his senses that he could sift through the different scents and odours around him and pare each one down to the last particle (including the varying scents of a young maiden, even the calcium supplements she must have taken to have teeth that straight).
This gift made him obsessed with the art of perfumery and the process of capturing scents in order to create the perfect perfume. This obsession led him to kill young women and collect the scents from their cold, dead, naked bodies.
The movie starts out well enough and develops really good. The cinematography and sensuality involved were superbly and artistically done reeling the audience in and mesmerizing them with how our murderer does his dreadful deed but at the same time loathing the monstrosity Jean-Baptiste has become.
I really did not like the ending however. I know it was based on a novel by the same name and all, but still. I was kind of expecting justice and I felt the movie cheated me out of it. Sort of like how this movie amazed yet repelled me at the same time. I could say that this is one of the most disturbing films I had the pleasure of watching. Rating: 6/10.
Jaeshin and Yongha are talking. They don’t know that Sunjoon and Yoon Hee are listening. Jaeshin says that the culprit is the Left State Minister, Sunjoon’s dad. Yoon Hee and Sunjoon appear, and Sunjoon says he will be responsible for investigating it, because it is his father.
Yongha and Jaeshin go drinking, and Yongha asks him if he is giving up Yoon Hee, because of Sunjoon
Sunjoon confronts his dad about the matter and his father tells him to stop looking for Geum Deung Ji Sa, and they get into a heated conversation
Yoon Hee waits for Sunjoon worriedly, and wonders if she should go after him, and YongHa tells her that whether she does or doesn’t, truths don’t change
Jaeshin and Sunjoon are talking, with Jaeshin asking Sunjoon to give it up, to forget about the evidence incriminating his father – because it has nothing to do with them – the mission was to find Geum Deung Ji Sa – and not to find who is the one behind the deaths of Yoon Hee’s dad and Jaeshin’s brother
Sunjoon says, why should we do that – the only way to find Geum Deung Ji Sa is to find the killer – and Jaeshin says that yes, he is cowardly, he who would do the opposite before – is now choosing to remain silent – because he wants to protect someone. Doesn’t he want to do the same, for Kim Yoon Shik? Would she be able to forgive him – if indeed his father was behind it all? Sunjoon says it isn’t only Kim Yoon Shik that would hold him accountable (Jaeshin would too).
Sunjoon tells Yoon Hee that the evidence they found belongs to his father. Yoon Hee tries to leave and asks him not to tell her anymore, Sunjoon goes after her. He asks for her forgiveness, and says he will still help to find Geum Deung Ji Sa, and she says, what does it matter if they find it, nothing will change, and she tells him she needs time to think and leaves
Yongha and Jaeshin come out to support their friend
Yoon Hee goes home, dressed as a woman, and asks her mom to tell her about her dad – but her mother won’t tell her much
Yoon Hee and her brother reminisce about their father – and her brother tells her of the time when Yoon Hee was little and her brother and her dad were inside the room – Yoon Shik was just playing around – but her father read aloud for Yoon Hee because he knew she was outside listening
Yoon Hee goes to look for Professor Jung – and asks why her dad did all of these, risked his life for what – and Professor Jung tells her it was for his daughter
Yoon Hee knows where the GDJS is
Left State Minister meets up with War Minister and tells him that the GDJS is in SKK and asks him to use In Soo to find out – and War Minister asks what about Sunjoon – and realizes that there might be a problem between dad and son – and Left State Minister tells him the marriage between their kids is off and War Minister gets mad
War Minister goes to Chosun and tells her he has something he needs her to do – and grabs her hand – then Jangeui comes in
Yoon Hee and Sunjoon go look for GJDS
Sunjoon gets into a fight with some random guys !!!
Yongha tells Yoon Hee and they both go to find Sunjoon – and Yongha asks him why he would persist to find GDJS if it means to lose everything – and Sunjoon says, better to be poor than be a criminal
Yoon Hee tells him to stop – if it’s only for her – she can’t remember her own father – but Sunjoon’s father is alive – and she cannot take it anymore
Sunjoon hugs her from behind and asks for her forgiveness – for her losing her father – for her being the one to take care of her family – for her having lived a pitiful life while he lived so richly – and that he needed to make up for the unfairness of it all
Sunjoon finds Guard Yoon – Chosun the fake HBS appears and tries to kill the guard – Jaeshin arrives and the two fight – and Jaeshin confirms to himself that it really is Chosun
Yoon Hee realizes GDJS is not in SKK and goes to off to find it – and Jangeui’s men see her and tell him about it
Sunjoon and Jaeshin try to convince Guard Yoon to tell them about GDJS – and he tells them it was War Minister
Jaeshin tells Sunjoon to find Yoon Hee because she is in danger
Yoon Hee is in a memorial place
Guards go on a hunt for Yoon Hee
War Minister orders the destruction of GDJS
Jaeshin fights off guards so Sunjoon can go find Yoon Hee
Sunjoon finds her – and hugs her
Jaeshin is hit on the chest by a sword
Episode 19 Preview:
Sun joon sacrifices himself for the injured Jae Shin and steps forward, taking on the role of Hong Byeok Seo
Yoon hee and Yong ha, for Sun joon, go around trying to convince the scholars of SKK to join in a strike of absence from SKK
Jae shin kneels in front of his father begging him to save Sun joon
But Sun joon’s situation gets more and more hopeless
Everyone’s will to save Sun joon is weakening…
Here are the English subtitles for Episode 18 of Sungkyunkwan Scandal: http://www.mediafire.com/?dbl4jma5bmodpmq
King Jeongjo gives the Jalgeum quartet a secret mission – to build a new Joseon where there are no political factions, where poverty and wealth are equal, where there is no one superior over another
Professor Jung tells them how Jaeshin’s brother and Yoon Hee’s dad died
In Soo knows that HBS is Jaeshin because of the bracelet left behind but his dad is reluctant to capture Jaeshin if it’s the only evidence they have
Jaeshin tells Yoon Hee that the Geum Deung Ji Sa will help them uncover the truth behind the death of their loved ones
In Soo tries to capture Jaeshin on account of the bracelet – but Yong Ha has the same one, and even an SKK guard – and Yong Ha takes back the bracelet and gives it to Jaeshin [Is it just me or is this the SKK president overpowerful?!? Why is his dad letting him act as Minister of War?!]
Yoon Hee doubts that she can take on such an enormous task – of finding the GDJS – as she has never done such a huge thing before – and Sun Joon tells her he will always be by her side
Professor Jung asks Jaeshin not to go out as HBS anymore – so as not to risk himself – because if he is ever arrested, even his father the Chief Inspector could not save him
Yoon Hee and Sunjoon get all kinds of bumped up on the makeshift elevator [hee hee]
In the library, Yoon Hee opens books and finds letter of encouragement from Sunjoon – and one of the notes is almost read by another scholar [haha, serves you right for flirting when you should be studying!!]
Sun Joon tells Yoon Hee he loves her [omg omg omg]
Jaeshin investigates his father’s cabinet – and finds records of the death of his brother and information about Left State Minister and War Minister – and Jaeshin confronts his dad – and it turns out that all this time, his dad also wants to know who was behind the deaths
Sunjoon and Yoon Hee study in their rooms – and hold hands!! Then they fall asleep like that. :-) [are they really studying?!]
Jaeshin sees them inside (from outside) and leaves – goes to his tree [awwww]
Yoon Hee and War Minister’s daughter bump into each other in a bookstore – and she asks Yoon Hee’s help to convince Sunjoon to like her back
Sunjoon comes in – and Yoon Hee tries to leave – and Sunjoon stops her, holding her hand – and tells the other girl that he has someone else in his heart – and walks out with Yoon Hee [swooon!]. Sunjoon asks her why did she do that – and she says to give them privacy, since they are going to marry – and she says she has never thought of marrying Sunjoon, that she is happy with what she has – being with him everyday, it’s enough, but it’s like a dream to her
Yoon Hee tells him that she feels she doesn’t deserve to like him – and he tells her to go ahead and start liking him and to start thinking like that because all this time he’s been feeling that way about her and thinking so hard about what he can do so they can be together – then he hugs her tight [cute!!]
They try to kiss but their hats bump – so they just laugh and hold hands [oh, stupid hats]
Elevator again – Sunjoon give Yoon Hee a ring – and a kiss – Sunjoon takes off her hat – then his hat – then… !!!!
Suddenly – Yong Ha’s voice breaks in – saying that he knows who the person behind the deaths is – and it is Sunjoon’s father
OMG!!! :-) So excited to watch this with English subs!!!!
Torrent links (not HANrel):
Soft subtitles for this episode 17: http://www.mediafire.com/?c9kzne9tfi67ajq
Hey Nick fans! The Boy Who Cried Werewolf aired last night on Nick.
It’s a new teen thriller/comedy that stars the cute and pretty Victoria Justice as a slightly nerdy (and did I mention cute?), very ordinary, girl-next-door who has problems with boys and flirting and dogs. Then her dad inherits a castle where she gets infected with werewolf blood and suddenly, she’s a werewolf! The show also features Brooke Shields as Madam Varcolac.
The show isn’t original in the sense that a film of the same name was made waaay back in 1973. It was directed by Nathan Juran and tells of a boy who visits his father in a secluded cabin (with cabin beds) where his father gets attacked by a werewolf. He tries to tell other townspeople of the attack but people just laugh at him.
For those who missed it last night, you may catch a rerun tonight at +1900 Singapore, +1800 Thailand.
With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of you may be wondering about pumpkin carving ideas like this one:
Or this one
Pretty aren’t they (perhaps we could use them as black Tuesday gift ideas)? A few days ago, Fli and me were discussing the difference between squash (which we use to make calabasa gata, a dish of uber creamy goodness consisting of squash and string beans boiled in thick coconut milk) and pumpkins (traditionally used in Halloween). I told her that there was no difference, they’re basically members of the same family (although I wasn’t quite sure that time). Turns out, I’m right!
A quick Google search would tell you that a pumpkin is a type of squash with thick outer skin and hard pulp with seeds on the inside. It is also commonly known as winter squash. The squash (calabasa) that is very common in our country is the acorn squash (pictured below).
There are also a lot of different varieties such as the yellow squash.
I have always loved chocopeppermint ever since I once bit into a Lindt chocolate with peppermint filling back when I was in the third grade. Since then, I’ve been getting chocopeppermint flavors every chance I get (if you’re conscious about your weight, there are sugar-free varieties that go well with that weight loss program).
I just recently learned though that It’s a pretty popular flavor- especially in ice cream. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, chocopeppermint is the 10th most popular ice cream flavor in the world!
Choco Minty Goodness!
Unfortunately, it seems a lot of my countrymen do not appreciate the wonder that is chocolate and peppermint. You would be hard-pressed to find chocopeppermint flavors here in the Philippines- let alone my tiny, tiny backyard of Zamboanga. I think the common reason why a lot of people I know do not like the flavor is that they associate it with brushing their teeth- which based on their reactions, is such a distasteful chore (on the contrary, I love brushing my teeth! makes me feel clean and refreshed).
So far, I’ve only seen chocopeppermint in Gelatissimo (a gelato shop at Greenbelt 4) and as a Premium flavor for FIC or Fruits in Ice Cream, which has immediately become my fave brand thanks to their chocoppermint flavor (I wonder if I could persuade Fli to bring me home a pint of FIC?). I cannot wait to get me a pint!
In the meantime, I found out that eating dark chocolate AFTER brushing my teeth simulates the taste. :)
Here’s an upcoming MBC drama, well, sitcom really, starring two supporting actors from our two current favorite dramas! For me, that’s enough reason to watch! :)
It stars our hateful but gorgeous Changi (student body president of Sungkyunkwan) Ha In Soo – er, I mean, Jeon Tae Soo. And also Playful Kiss’ Ha Ni’s best friend-who-took-up-animation-in-college-yeah-that-cool-girl-except-she-was-kind-of-forgettable Yoon Seung Ah.
I like Jeon Tae Soo. I think if they dressed him up real nice and made him smile a lot (and sincerely, not in the evil way he does in SKKS) he’d be a super cute lead! And Jeon Tae Soo – they really nerded her up in Playful Kiss, those glasses, the dark circles under her eyes and that sad hair, so I am looking forward to seeing her all dolled up, see if I won’t recognize her or what! :)
Now that they’re lead actors, of course they will have their own supporting actors! So they’ll be joined by Jo Kwon (2AM), Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls) and Yoon Doo Joon (Beast). Okay, no I am not familiar with all three. But I’m sure I will be soon! :)
The sitcom will start on November 8, and will air daily. Oh dear. Not sure if I will be tracking this drama since that seems to be too many episodes to blog about. But we shall see. :)
Okay, pics of Jeon Tae Soo and Yoon Seung Ah coming up!