Archive for March, 2009

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Word is Bond

March 26, 2009

The following item seems to have come to my attention a little late. I can only surmise that the hitherto omniscient gaze I once cast over pop-culture and the world of entertainment is in decline. The reasons for this are partly related to living in Korea and likely related to being at the threshold of one’s 30’s, suddenly filling one’s time with concerns over home furnishings and houseplants.

Hollywood star Damon

Hollywood star Damon

Hollywood star, activist and all-round hunk, Matt Damon apparently indulged in a scathing attack on James Bond whilst promoting The Bourne Ultimatum. (I know, happened about 18 months prior to the time of this writing…but I heard about it last week.) Speaking in London, at the UK premiere of the third Bourne film, Damon is reported to have said:

“The Bond character will always be anchored in the 1960s and in the values of the 1960s.”

“Bond is an imperialist and a misogynist who kills people and laughs about it, and drinks Martinis and cracks jokes,”

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K-Pop Korner: Seon Yeo Shidae

March 24, 2009

Here, for your listening and viewing pleasure, is the latest Korean smash hit “Gee” by the pop group Seon Yeo Shidae or “Girls’ Generation”. They have emerged as serious rivals/successors to the popular Korean girl-group Wondergirls, who seem now to have reached their East-Asian pop music expiry date of 18 months. Seems a shame but I was told that the Wondergirls were all still of high school age, which meant that it was impossible to enjoy their videos without feeling enormously guilty with oneself.  Regarding the Girls’ Generation song below, I have to admit that I find this trashy little tune quite catchy. Enjoy.

“Gee” – Girls’ Generation.