Monday, July 30, 2012

LOVE GLOW MOVIE PAGE ~ It's GREEN! :) | And don't forget to LIKE and SHARE about the movie & short film LOVE GLOW!

I spruced up my LOVE GLOW movie page at my project site. I changed the pink to green because, after further analysis of the script, I really believe that GREEN is a major theme in LOVE GLOW.

Screenshot of the movie LOVE GLOW project page


LOVE GLOW is a film that has much to do with greed and coveting. Green is a color that we all know is melded in with envy/greed/coveting. It's an ethereal, mystical color that seems to emanate straight from one's soul, exposing their inner most desires, wants, cravings, and needs... don't you think?

And in LOVE GLOW, there is a strong sense of desire, want, need, coveting... GREED. All mixed in together with love (which, if you think about it, comes with its own brand of greed and coveting!)

So, green it is. :) Besides, whenever one thinks about mutations and glowing peoples, don't we always seem to envision this creepy color? Haha.

What do you guys think of the color change?

I'm really excited for the official LOVE GLOW logo to be completed. Many thanks to my graphic designer Briauna for working on it!

And don't forget to LIKE and SHARE the LOVE GLOW Facebook page! :)

Screenshot of the LOVE GLOW movie Facebook page


Thanks guys!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

"Lullaby" by Daniel D. | [HipHop, RnB, jazz, and everything in between violinist Daniel D.]




I just heard of Daniel D. through a tweet that was sent to me to go & support his Kickstarter project. I was like, cool... another project to check out by an interesting person. I had no idea what the project was about, because I wasn't really paying attention. But as soon as I played the embedded video on his project funding page... HOLY COW. Visceral reaction. Totally.

Daniel D. describes himself as a "hipHop, RnB, jazz, and everything in between violinist" but it's SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. I swear that violin was singing to my soul.

Listen to his song "Lullaby" (posted above) and visit his Kickstarter project. He's trying to produce his 3rd full-length album, and needs all the help he can get! :)

Here is his Kickstarter video:


Are you emotional or passionate, but keep it all inside? Can you relate? | A question for today.

This isn't a neutral or happy post... it's an introspective and reflective one. So, if you'd rather not read about feelings, emotions, and mistakes... please skip this post. Thanks! :)
 ~*~
I'm usually a quiet person... because I'm also a very passionate person. I contain all of my emotions and maintain as much composure as possible. But, every once in a while, I slip... and some of my passion (whether it's anger, happiness, frustration, or joy) gets let out. There's usually a moment of embarrassment, or pain, or regret. Then... I become quiet again. I become contained.
For example, if I become excited about something, I get all bubbly I feel like all of my molecules are just vibrating with this excitement... I get hyperactive and talk a lot, and really fast. I smile too hard and squeal too much. And this excitement might cause me to drop something out of clumsiness (and maybe even break it), or I talk over people (and become rude), or I become to loud (and annoy people). I'm usually alone in my excitement, to boot... so then I struggle to contain myself again and maintain my composure.
If I become frustrated and upset and stressed out over something that is someone's fault, I might end up blabbing names as an example, or to say... hey, I'm not the only one. Usually I'm very good at censoring my examples and sources -- "Hey, there is a person who..." but sometimes, in my aching need to get my point across and make my example more impacting, I might say a person's name. As soon as it's uttered, my mind screams at me "What are you DOING?! Take it back!" But it's too late. Once uttered, things cannot be taken back. After that (and it usually didn't get my point across, anyway), I shut down again. Don't talk to people. Don't tell them how you feel. Don't let people know what's really going on inside of you, because you're just going to hurt someone in the process. Keep it to yourself... contain & maintain.
Can you relate?
"Lonely in Your Nightmare" by C-91 on Deviantart.com

Saturday, July 28, 2012

www.EstherKimCotton.com and where you can find info about my film projects like LOVE GLOW

You may or may not notice a little change when you head over to http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com... because now it's http://www.estherkimcotton.com! Yay!

I've went ahead and made my blog my MAIN SITE. Up top are links to different pages on my site (Home, About, Projects, Links, Privacy Policy).

For more information about my film projects, including LOVE GLOW, just head on over to the Project page! :)

The Kickstarter campaign for LOVE GLOW is going to launch soon, so STAY TUNED!

Monday, July 23, 2012

NELL (넬) | Beautiful Stranger & 믿어선 안될 말 (Words You Shouldn't Believe) | Korean Music

NELL (넬) is a Korean band that my cousin introduced me too... and she definitely knows my style!

As I said on my Facebook page:
"Okay, my FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT is Nell (넬). Freaking AMAZING. Kim Jong-wan's voice? COSMICALLY EARGASMIC. You will have a visceral reaction to Nell's music, especially Jong-wan's soul-stirring vocals. Just listen to them. Just... listen..."

Video: Beautiful Stranger


Video: 믿어선 안될 말 (Words You Shouldn't Believe)



김종완 really has a beautiful, amazing voice~

LOVE GLOW (My Upcoming Short Film) & New Website!

Copied & pasted from my side panel over there ---->

Screenshot of estherkimcotton.weebly.com

Esther's Blog is my main focus and way of displaying myself on the Internets (alongside Facebook, Twitter, etc.) but I also created a NEW WEBSITE as a way of further consolidating my social medias and online presence.

My new website is at http://EstherKimCotton.weebly.com

At EstherKimCotton.weebly.com you can find a centralized hub for all of my social medias and pages, as well as information for 2 upcoming films that I am directing -- LOVE GLOW and a TBD (to-be decided) untitled-as-of-yet project.

Thanks a lot for your continued curiosity & support!

Thanks guys! And please visit the Official LOVE GLOW movie page on my site! :)


A crowd-funding page will be created soon, as well (either Kickstarter or Indiegogo).


STAY TUNED!


A bit about LOVE GLOW:

"After volunteering himself for intense scientific experimentation to earn enough money to properly propose and build a life with his girlfriend, Laura, Rick finds himself a changed man.

But just HOW changed IS Rick?

On the way back to his hometown of Westfield with his best friend, Matt, Rick starts to mutate... and even glow. Contrary to Matt's growing concern, Rick is excited and sees his outward glow as a sign of his inward love for Laura.

It's a LOVE GLOW.

But with his transformation come new abilities that open Rick's eyes -- or rather, his ears -- and his love quickly turns into something else, entirely."

I Do, I Do (아이두 아이두) | [Korean Drama]

(image from http://seaweedkisses.blogspot.com)

English Title: I Do, I Do
Korean Title: 아이두 아이두

Directed By: Kang Dae-seon (강대선)
Screenplay By: Jo Jeong-hwa (조정화)
(Source: Hancinema.net)

You know those knocked-up stories full of raunchy humor and crude one-liners? The ones with those main characters that you don't really care about, that don't really have a plot, and have a predictable ending that you could, really, care less about?

Well, I Do, I Do isn't one of them.

(image from http://myfestguide.com)


I Do, I Do is a Korean drama about a headstrong, successful shoe designer named Hwang Ji-an (황지안) [played by Kim Seon-ah (김선아)] who, after a rough and emotional night, finds herself waking up next to Park Tae-gang (박태강) [played by Lee Jang-woo (이장우)]. The two have a few chance/fate meetings that lead up to this encounter, and they have a few more afterwards, with Tae-gang ending up working at Ji-an's company.

As the story progresses, so do some interesting symptoms that Ji-an is having... and she discovers that she is pregnant. Of course, she finds this out AFTER she starts pretend-dating the charming Doctor Jo Eun-seong (조은성) [played by Park Geon-hyeong 박건형], who actually starts to fall for her.

Suddenly, Ji-an finds herself caught not just by her unexpected pregnancy, but between two men -- the same-age Doctor Jo Eun-seong who cannot let her go, even after finding out she is pregnant with another man's child... and the younger, naive father of her unborn child who works closely with her at her company, Park Tae-gang.

(image by http://vingle.net)

Add to this drama the controversy of unwed pregnancy and single motherhood in South Korea, and you have a complicated, heart-wrenching and heartwarming tale that you simply cannot resist. Plus, amongst all of the emotional moments are comedic moments and humor that won't make you cringe with disgust. This drama's comedic and intense moments all feel real... slice-of-life and drama come together so well in I Do, I Do.

For more information about this drama, visit I Do, I Do @ Hancinema.

To watch this drama online, visit:
I Do, I Do @ Viki.com
I Do, I Do @ Dramafever.com
I Do, I Do @ Dramacrazy.net
I Do, I Do @ Mysoju.com

Weight Update: July 23, 2012


My Weight Chart:

Weight Chart


I haven't updated my weight in a while, but I have been watching it... watching it get higher. -__- Woops!

I started eating too much grain over the several months between my last update and now. I also stopped exercising regularly. Noooooooo... at least I'm still not back up to my starting weight. :P

I've cut all grains and most sugar out of my diet again, and I'm going to start doing Zuzka Light's ZWOW workouts again (I freaking LOVE Zuzka! She's such an awesome & inspirational person & her short, intense, at-home workouts work for anyone, anywhere).

I don't really have much to say about my weight-fail except that... I'm positive. :) I know I can do it, because I've DONE it -- lose weight, that is.

I know that things are going to get suuuuuuper hectic because these are my LAST 3 QUARTERS OF SCHOOL, but I can do this. I can juggle and prioritize and relax and get & stay healthy again while working on my Senior thesis film & other classes... and I'll still have time for fun. Why? Because that's what I want, and I'm going to make it happen. I want to be serious about my school and work, but I also want to be serious about my health, well-being, weight-loss, and leisure time.

This is happening... it's been happening. It's just going to happen more firmly and more faster now... especially since there is an underlying bribe presented to me by my mom and uncle. When I'm done with school, AND I've reached my goal weight (or gotten very near)... I get a free plane ticket to South Korea to visit family. Some bribe, huh? I'M GOING TO GET IT. ;)

So, by March/April of 2013, I will be lighter, healthier, done with school, and off to Seoul, South Korea!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Re: TMZ's Caption This: MADONNA AND MALE DANCER

I was browsing Facebook and saw that TMZ posted a photo of Madonna and a male dancer, with the words "Caption this" underneath it.

Photo posted on TMZ's Facebook

After reading some of the comments, I felt compelled to respond... but not necessarily caption. I'm sure people ignored my comments, but that's not the point. The point is that I said what I felt. I really don't like celebrity bashing, and wonder why people feel as though it's somehow more acceptable than bashing a non-celebrity. A person is a person.

My comments on Facebook


In case you can't see what I wrote above (or if the screenshots don't show up for you), this is what I said:

First post:

I don't see what the big deal is. The world is full of cougars, and most of them are uglier, fatter, and poorer than she is. Plus... she's an entertainer. Of course she's going to do sexy looking shit while she sings... very few mainstream entertainers don't, especially female ones. So what? Who cares? And as for people's comments about her age... seriously? I don't listen to her music and don't pay that much attention to her, but even I'm not jealous enough or ignorant enough to say that she's gross & looks old. She looks pretty darn good for her age. And as for the comment about how she writes children's book... again I say, so what? There are plenty of legitimate full-time authors that write erotic romance novels by night, and children's/young-adult fiction by day. How is this any different? Well, besides the fact that erotic romance novels are far more explicit.

I don't love OR hate Madonna... but I'm certainly not going to judge her.

Second Post:

Oh, and to add on to everybody's idea that being old = gross... go apologize to your parents/grandparents/great-grandparents, etc. You guys are judge down right rude little brats. Let's see if YOU age gracefully. Geez.

Check out the photo on TMZ's Facebook page and add your own comments. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

RUNNING MAN [Korean Variety Show]

Although I've been an avid viewer of Asian media throughout the years, I've mainly watched a bunch of television dramas, music videos, a handful of films, and anime series (there was a time when I was WAY into anime and would watch series after series... in the midst of watch other series. I actually used a website called MyAnimeList to keep track of what episodes I left off on!)

But something that I was familiar with, but never actually watched, were variety shows. It wasn't because I was uninterested in them... it's just that they were not as widely available compared to the dramas, music videos, films, and animated series. And even if a series was uploaded to an online video site, like Youtube or Dailymotion, they were really hard to find unless you really knew what you were looking for. A lot of the drama websites that I would visit (like Dramacrazy or Mysoju) had databases... but were mainly dedicated to dramas.

After my cousin moved here from Korea, I would watch over her shoulder as she watched her RAW (un-subtitled) variety shows. I'd laugh a bit at the silly things they would do, but ultimately did not have a direct translation of the action happening on screen... so I would eventually shrug, and turn back to whatever drama I was watching. It wasn't until recently that I really started to pay attention more and more to Asian (namely Korean) variety shows, especially as I started to grow more and more into K-pop, thanks to Simon and Martina from EatYourKimchi.

It started with getting obsessed with a Korean boyband called MBLAQ, which led me to start watching a Korean variety show called Hello Baby, where different idols (celebrities) take care of other peoples' children and become mock parents to them. There were episodes available on Youtube, and through recommended videos, I found about a bunch of other sites. And thanks to those recommendations, and comments from my cousin, I discovered...

RUNNING MAN.

(image from apieceofmymind3o6.blogspot.com)
Oh man, Running Man... THIS SHOW IS HILARIOUS! Like, really. Hilarious and full of suspense. Who knew a bunch of grown people playing hide and seek in well-known Korean landmarks could be so much fun?! Well, it IS!

The objective of Running Man is similar to its namesake -- people run around and race, trying to complete tasks to gain special items and/or points for their team (and sometimes for their own individual person). Why are they doing this, you ask? Because they are trapped and locked inside their location. Yup. They CANNOT leave unless they WIN. And whatever team loses suffers a penalty and is punished. In previous episodes, whatever team with the most something (money, points) won. In other previous episodes, the team that collected the most balls with their teams color entered them into a lottery. The lottery was pure chance, but of course the odds would be better for whomever had the most balls with their team's color. In the episodes that I'm watching now (like episode 15, 16, etc.) the teams compete to win as many balls with their name on it as possible. This also consists of a chance lottery, but the draw for who will get to leave and skip the punishment is on an individual basis, rather than teams.

Every episode there are the usual players that you see most of the time, but they also add celebrity guests for each episode that get to compete. I think this is something I love the most about Korean variety shows... not only do they have their super funny, hugely entertaining regular variety show participants and hosts, but they also include their country's idols in the fun, and the idols are always humble and in good spirits. They love to participate and aren't high-and-mighty or aloof. Plus, each and every participant has a specific personality that I think every viewer can relate to. They also throw in other little tidbits... like fake romance pairings between male and female contestants, exaggerated parodies of other media (Korean and non-Korean alike), and silly nicknames (my favorite is Yoon Jae Suk's (유재석) "Yooruce Willis", alluding to Bruce Willis and his character in Die Hard... because the way Yoon Jae Suk hides in the game and always escapes his opponents is like Bruce Willis' character in Die Hard... love it!)

(image from siharfit.files.wordpress.com)

There is also the ever-present "instant replay" theme in Korean variety shows... when something really funny happens, especially with a sound-bite, they will go back and replay it... then replay again for good measure, and maybe a couple more times, showing all of the reaction shots from the surrounding players. It never gets old, and I laugh at each replay! Korean variety shows are also not shy in overlaying their video with text comments about what is happening on-screen, making the moments that much more funny. For example, if a player is caught by another team member mere moments after the hide-and-seek segment has started, an on-screen text comment might read, "What, caught already?!"

The last episode I finished was episode 15, and I laughed SO HARD during this episode. Here is a hilarious clip where one of the contestants, HaHa (Ha Dong Hoon / 하동훈) realizes that he is alone in an empty space... with a camera focused only on him. He takes this moment to pretend to be in an action movie... and his junior contestant Song Jong Ki (송종기) joins in. Check it out!




With all of the numerous mini game challenges, the epic hide-and-seek chases, the hilarious outtakes, and interesting behind-the-scenes moments (like when Yoon Jae Suk scolds his camera man -- known as a VJ in Korea -- for not being able to keep up with him... and then in later episodes, teases and congratulates him for his effort in FINALLY being able to keep up with him), Running Man is definitely a Korean variety show to check out. I encourage you to watch the first few episodes, and find out for yourself just how fun it is! You can find subtitled versions of the full first episode on Youtube, or in parts at Dramacrazy. After the first couple episodes, it does get harder to find them on Youtube, since these episodes are older (the show was first aired in 2010). But again, Dramacrazy is a great place. And then there is also my current personal favorite Running Man Club, where episodes (broken down into parts) are hosted directly on the site to watch with minimum hassle and, as far as I can tell, no ads*. Since it's hosted on blogger, you can even leave comments.

*Disclaimer: I have an ad-blocker on my browser, so I'm not sure whether or not they actually have ads. Please do not take my words as fact! :)

Have fun with Running Man! Let me know how you enjoy it. :)

(image from wikimedia.org)

Sunday, July 08, 2012

2NE1 "I Love You" MV | [Music Video] [Kpop]

My Summer quarter at school starts tomorrow! I'm excited and a little nervous, because this quarter will be a heavy one for me. I start post production on my Senior thesis amongst other things... but I'm definitely more excited than nervous! Oh, who am I kidding? It's 50/50. ;)

An update... we have a new stove/oven! Yay! I get to cook again ♥

I'm going to head off to bed early tonight, but here's a song that I think you might enjoy. It's a Korean Kpop song called "I Love You" by 2NE1. Check out the new music video~


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