Tapped Out: Shamrockmom’s movie review of “Swing Kids” with Do Kyung Soo.

Ah, the holidays…what would they be at Shamrockmom’s house without some RL drama?! My daughter announced back on December 16th that her boyfriend had proposed, and she said “Yes!”. That was all well and good–no surprises, they’ve been living together for a couple of years. But the very next day, she told me they decided to get married at the local courthouse on January 7. As in less than a month! OMG! Cue a life derailment, as I plan a wedding with my daughter in a big hurry. With all that going on, plus the holidays, incredible stress at my workplace and my youngest son’s upcoming wedding in April, I wondered how I would ever squeeze in time for something fun and relaxing this Christmas–like watching a Kmovie at the theater.

I’d had my eye on “Swing Kids” for some time. I’ve been super impressed with Do Kyung Soo’s acting for the last 3 years; he keeps getting better and better. The music and dancing looked like it would be top notch. The trailers seemed to reinforce those assumptions. After trying unsuccessfully to coordinate with some DramaBeans readers to meet up at the CGV theater at the Source in OC (my schedule was not terribly cooperative) I went by myself on a Saturday night.

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A Sobering Dose of Economic History: Shamrockmom’s Movie Review of “Default” with Yoo Ah In

A/N: This movie review will not be politically correct. Please feel free to leave the site as soon as you are offended!

Hot on the heels of Yoo Ah In’s last movie, “Burning” comes a new movie about the Korean IMF Financial crisis of 1997: “Default” or “National Day of Bankruptcy” (literal translation). I was especially interested in this movie not just to see YAI on the big screen again, but because I got an inkling about the IMF crisis while watching/recapping “Awl“, one of my all-time favorite Kdramas. Continue reading

Shamrockmom’s KCON LA 2017 Adventure: The second time around is always better!

A/N: Just a warning if you have to watch your mobile data use–This is a picture-heavy post.

Also, due to my school issues, I will be on semi-hiatus status until December. If I’m lucky, I might get a post in for October and one for November. I will be back to catch up over the Christmas holidays.


After a fun but less than ideal trip to KCON-LA in 2016, I had planned a multi-day extravaganza for KCON 2017. I even had my 3-day ticket purchased on the first day it was available online, and taken the days off work months in advance! Sadly, I had to do the “adulting” thing and put the major fun aside in order to take a course to give me some better options for working as a dental hygienist in the future. Nevertheless, I decided to make the best of it, and go on Sunday. What a difference a day–and a year–make! Continue reading

Shamrockmom’s review of “A Taxi Driver”–An ordinary man’s extraordinary place in history

A/N: I recently re-activated my Kakao account, so if you feel like sending me a message, my user name is “Shamrockmom”.

Things are getting hectic for Shamrockmom. Next week I will start a college course to add to my dental hygiene license and give me options to work in some different environments, like nursing homes or drug rehab facilities. I’m not quitting my day job, but it’s time to expand my horizons. The program is expensive–it costs more than all of my dental hygiene school and my prerequisites did back in the day, and it’s time-consuming. I have to take several days off work over the next 4 months and go to school on some Saturdays. More importantly–I have to curtail my upcoming KCON adventure this year to a single day because the program starts on the Friday and Saturday of KCON, so I can only go on Sunday! Arrrgh! I hate it when being a responsible adult interferes with my fun.

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“Not Success but Service”: Shamrockmom’s review of the documentary “Seo Seo Pyeong, Slowly and Peacefully”

Now that the crew over at Dramabeans have dramatically (pun intended) expanded their recapping capabilities with additional staff members and a new website, almost every prime time Kdrama is being recapped. That’s so awesome! I am all in favor of more coverage for Kdramas. However, there are still a few nooks and crannies of the Kdrama/Kmovie world the usual blogs don’t cover–weekend dramas get minor coverage, and dailies get even less. Continue reading

Girls Night out at the Movies: Shamrockmom’s review of “Like for Likes”

After the on and off screen adrenaline rush that fueled my review of “Veteran”, I eagerly looked forward to Yoo Ah In’s next movie: “Like for Likes”. Let’s see….Yoo Ah In and Kang Ha Neul…both in a Rom-Com. How can this get messed up? Good news–it doesn’t! I’m hitting the “like” button here! No scary scenes, the ridiculous moments are kept to a bare minimum and there’s no boneheaded ending to wail over. This movie is just 2 hours of pure fun and entertainment. Okay, some thoughtful moments and a judicious serving of eye candy from Yoo Ah In doesn’t hurt either!

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Living as a Lightning Rod: First thoughts on “Awl” Episodes 1/2 and the movie “Cart”

I may complain a lot about the heat out here in SoCal, but when I can sit outside on Halloween night in a T-shirt and shorts while handing out candy–now that’s what I call Daebak! My daughter had a ton of essays to grade for the Freshman English class she currently teaches at the University, and the dogs bark incessantly when the doorbell rings. That combo equals too much chaos. I took my tablet, a cold Diet Pepsi and a bucket of candy to the front sidewalk and watched the first two episodes of “Awl” between giving out candy to the trick-or-treaters. The daughter graded papers and the dogs slept peacefully inside the quiet house. Although the little kids were cute, and the non-costumed teenagers took my teasing (and my candy) graciously, it did not beat the fantastic show I got to watch that balmy evening.

I was so ready for something like this to come along. My brain felt burned to a crisp after the WTF’ery, torture and rape scenes in “Six Flying Dragons”. Rest assured, I have dumped SFD. I can be reasonably sure that show will replay that triggering scene at least a couple more times in flashbacks; therefore I have no regret over dropping it. Sorry YAI–maybe next time. It’s not you…just the projects you pick. Ask your Goddess Hye Won-ah Noonim Kim Hee Ae! Her latest drama was a total dud too. *Sniffle*  Continue reading

The Movie and the Interview–Shamrockmom’s review of “Veteran” with Yoo Ah In

I’d been planning to see the movie “Veteran” with Yoo Ah In for a few weeks, ever since I heard it was coming to the LA area. I thought it would include a trip to DTLA, so I was hoping I could interest some other YAI fans in a meet-up. (Furbabe graciously let me ask away on her YAI blog.) Drat. No takers. Then I had a huge stroke of luck–DramaFever advertised a free screening of the movie earlier this week–at a theater much closer to my house! And the director was going to be there too!

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