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This Great Romantic Scene …

August 2, 2017

This very short youtube video, is from a South Korean TV drama called She Was Pretty, or Just Not Pretty. This excerpt is from episode 13, and I think it is one of the most romantic scenes I’ve seen in film or TV.

I don’t want to give any analysis before you watch. But here is a little set up for most who don’t know the TV series.

The couple are starting to fall in love. He is in the hospital because of exhaustion. She is hiding in the closet to avoid their female boss who came to visit him. The night before, they had their first real kiss.

OK watch and see what you think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3diqKRXztro

Now that you have seen it, I want to comment on it.

First of all wasn’t that fun? This was a scene that was not important to the plot at all. it was in the first half of the episode. So why did they add this sparkling piece? All those involved must have spent some time on this minute and a half! Watch again and note the writing – how it’s so fresh and unexpected. Then note that the actress went through about 5 or 6 mood changes in that 90 seconds!

Pretty great stuff! Now for more fun go back to the video and read some of the comments.

Details: The female actress is Hwang Jung-Eum, the actor Park Seo-
Joon. The writer of the series is Jo Sung-Hee, and the Director is Jun Dae-Yoon. Well done each one of you!

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Films of the Future? 16 Episodes!

July 24, 2017

Part ONE

WARNING Musea Reader! There is a lot of this post that you just are going to have to trust me on, and you won’t know if I am correct for many years.

Right now there is a golden age of TV going on – and 99.9% of Americans are in the dark.

I was until I was changing channels and I came across a TV show that caught my eye. There was a Miss Go (played by Pyeon Jung-Su) who was a real rascal character and a sneaky social-climbing snob. I watched the rest of the show – it had English subtitles – trying to see and read at the same time, and I have to admit, I really got into the drama. The 30 minute show ended with a cliffhanger…. “What’s next? Don’t stop! What will Miss Go do next to get her way?” said I.

I noted the time of day and the channel (in Dallas it is MBC channel 55.2) and decided to watch the next episode. I did and I never stopped watching that program, “The Dearest Lady”, or the one that replaced it, or many others that followed this first introduction to this whole new world of filmmaking.

So where are the shows coming from?

If you had said to me when I was a man in his twenties, that I would be hooked on South Korean TV Dramas when I was in my 60’s, I would have smacked you and said, “Snap out of it!”. But I am.

There is good reason for it. The best of them are much better to me than most TV and films here, and even the average ones seem more entertaining.

Let me count some of the ways: more touching romantic stories, more shocking suspense, more intricate plots, better acting (the actors have to have a wide range to cover a days’ episode of emotional highs and lows), more main characters of all age groups, and great comedy that comes from situations not jokes.

There is also better writing, and better tech presentation, ( that includes cinematography, sound, and note the wonderful fashions of the rich!). Overall these South Korean dramas are very entertaining, extremely engaging, and in their best moments, they have heart and are very inspiring.

Part TWO

But today I want to talk about just one aspect of Korean TV Dramas. They do their TV differently. Instead of a single season that may or may not be renewed, they have a set number of episodes, and then the series is over. They know from the beginning how many episodes the series will have. Some have as few as 16 (those are the ones I want to talk about here) and others have as many as 50, or 100+. Usually the shows are one hour long, twice a week. That is 2 hours of TV each week, or one 2 hour film a week! Can you imagine that shooting schedule for the cast and crew?

That means that the show has to introduce all characters, go through all the incidents of each show, have a plot build throughout, and then bring it all to a conclusion in the final episodes.

For many months I could not figure out WHY all these shows were so entertaining, and WHY I could not wait to see the next episode.

Finally I reached a film awakening!!! Here it is.

Two hour films are not long enough. You can’t build enough character through only a few experiences. You can’t have more than a few characters. And you really don’t have enough time to develop a great plot either.

100 episodes, or many seasons of a TV show over many years is too much. The characters get frozen and stop developing. The episodes become episodic and predictable. There is no plot that can sustain itself that long, and the show wears out it’s welcome in later episodes.

But 16 episodes, or 8 two hour films, is JUST RIGHT! This may be the best format for film – the Goldilocks zone for filmmaking and a new direction for all films in this century!

Filmmakers may have to rethink the format. Which is better, 2 hour films, or 16 hour film – series.

Below are three, 16 episode, South Korean TV series that I have seen in full (actually I watched each episode at least twice, to get all the fun and plot and excitement). I believe they are some of the finest TV/film/drama/comedy/love stories, I have ever seen anywhere. (All three are on MBC which is just one of three main South Korean TV networks!)

Though some of the longer Korean TV series I’ve seen are equally as entertaining, and some of them are favorites too, (perhaps I’ll list some favorites in later articles); the 3 listed here, are just about as good as TV or Film gets. I can easily recommend them.

Scenes from all of them can be seen on Youtube, though none of those videos have English subtitles. Perhaps full episodes with subtitles, are available on some video service – they should be.

These three, 16 episode, TV, Dramas, are all alike in having great romance, drama, suspense, comedy, charm, and plot surprises. They all end each episode, in a cliffhanger so be prepared! Also by the end of the series, each is ultimately inspirational too. Each has heart, and a lot of it. Note too the quality of the actors and actresses – I think you will be as amazed as I was, and be saying to yourself, “My they have a lot of fine actors and actresses!”

1. Woman With a Suitcase. Case Manager, played by Choi Ji-Woo finally becomes a full lawyer after many ‘trials’. She also finds herself in a love triangle with two men that couldn’t be more opposite!

2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju. An olympic hopeful female weightlifter and an olympic hopeful male swimmer just may be falling in love as they both train, and deal with their families, and teams. Fun Fact the actress playing the lead, Lee Sung-Kyung, is also a slim tall fashion model. She had to gain weight for the part.

3. Radiant Office. After trying 99 times to get a job, the young woman, Eun Ho-won, played by Ko Ah-Sung, later known as the ‘firecracker’, finally gets hired as a temp to a large established firm. But this is far from a radiant office, or is it. Lots of office politics, romance, and suspense.

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Fun fact, when the characters want to lift up the spirits of others, they often shout the english word, FIGHTING! with their right hand in a fist and raised high.

Tom Hendricks
editor of Musea
tomhendricks.us

Musea #200 The PEOPLE Issue – all 100 pages

January 27, 2017

For those who did not get one of the few copies by mail, here is the entire 200th issue of Musea the PEOPLE issue on my website.

Many of you are in it and there are lots of gossip and celebrities – I name names such as all those listed in this teaser page.

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Reader, you will find all this inside and more:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

Censored Art News

January 19, 2017

Censored Art News.

Those who protest major media say that many important political issues are never covered. They rightly fight against censored news. I agree. The press should go beyond the scandal of the few and cover the issues of the millions.

But the problem is more than censored political or social issues. There is censored art news. This article looks at some major art stories that are seldom talked about.

When was the last time you heard a protest song on any mainstream radio station? Should all protest be banned from the airwaves? Should the only recordings that are sanctioned by radio be bland, safe, and blanched of any challenging thought in the lyrics? And should no reporter, or art critic, ever write about this issue?

The lack of protest songs on radio, covers one problem; but censored arts, is not confined to radio or to music. It is in all major media, and it’s in all arts coverage. Those who research the record of what’s been reported and what has not been reported in major media outlets will find it is true.

For 24 years as editor of the media and art zine, Musea, I have written about these issues over and over with example after example. Yet my zine was far from the first to do so.

Ben Bagdikian, in his groundbreaking 1983 book, “The Media Monopoly” spoke out against the consolidation of the media into too few hands. He worried that there were 50 major media companies. Now it’s closer to ten and some claim six, The Big Six!

These same media conglomerates now control most of the mainstream arts and entertainment too. They not only make the art and distribute the art; but through their media and entertainment outlets, they promote the art, and review the art. And, not surprisingly, when they review their art, they usually give themselves great reviews. This mess is called synergy. It should be called illegal. The control of the arts of a nation should never be in so few hands. Governments should never let that happen.

The arts are the soul and lifeblood of a nation. It is its culture. The culture of a country is not up for bid. The people, and the government of the people should oppose any system that allows only corporate arts to be promoted and reviewed; while all independent arts are marginalized, censored, or kept from reasonable coverage.

Here are examples of censored stories in the arts.

1. There are less than ten major conglomerates that control much of the following; making of the art, distribution of the art, the entertainment outlets that promote the arts, and the media that reviews the arts.

2. Three CEO’s from Warners, Universal, and Sony control 80% of the music business. They have made it clear that only teen pop will be promoted, and only by the same stars. The rest of the music world is marginalized out of most coverage, reviews, awards shows, etc. For best music quality, there should be thousands of competing companies, not three. The quality and variety of mainstream music is at an all time low and hasn’t changed much in 10 years.

3. The few major book publishing companies give huge unwarranted book advances to politicians for their books. This seems like a legal way to buy influence for both the publishing company and the parent company that owns them.

4. NPR has revenue sharing on all books and music sold through it’s website. That means they get money back when they are able to promote and help sell music or books. This seems more like a kickback to me. Musicians and writers opposed to this, are never reviewed or written about on NPR. All songs are not considered.

5. There is a Public Domain crisis. Media and art conglomerates are using their power to extend their intellectual rights to works that should long ago have entered the public domain. Perhaps the biggest example is the image of Mickey Mouse.

6. The FCC, Federal Communications Commission, too often sides with media conglomerates to block competing independents from the radio dial. That includes many low power FM stations. The airwaves should be regulated by the government, not offered for sale by the government.

7. The cost of tickets is excessive. Prices for tickets to concerts, films, theater, etc. is exorbitant. Many best seats go to promoters, and press. The audience is denied best seating, and is treated shabbily. One company, Ticketmaster dominates the industry.

8. Most people hate ads, but the media will not write about any group that opposes the abuses of advertising. Examples include those who oppose advertising to children, product placement in shows, pop up ads, false claims in ads, ads that oppose sharing, ad tactics that trump personal privacy, ad targeting strategies,15 minute advertising blocks on radio, billboard clutter, etc.

9. NPR and PBS are shifting more and more from listener and viewer control to corporate control. This slow change has influenced much of their programming. To give two examples, all comments have been dropped on the NPR website, and the Ombudsman’s role has diminished in power to paper tiger status.

10. The media, when talking about consolidation of the arts and media into fewer and fewer hands, stresses the price for customers as the major problem of consolidation. What they seldom question is that the quality of the arts suffers, diversity of opinions is lost, and any protest of content is blocked.

11. There is a problem of cut and paste art journalism, where press releases from major corporations are printed as unbiased news articles or reviews.

12. No one can protest art reviewers. They praise and fluff up mediocre work so as to not anger major corporations and loose access to their popular artists. More and more arts are presented as subjective works that cannot be judged on quality, instead of objective arts that can and should be critiqued. Best seller lists celebrate sales, not quality. The public is not allowed to challenge reviewers.

13. There is a lack of access to reviews for any art not controlled by those conglomerates. Only big budget corporate works get reviewed. Many daily newspapers have only one reporter covering all local arts. There is seldom any coverage of city art centers, local theater productions, local dance groups, or other local arts. This limits the pool of art that the public is exposed to, and chooses from.

14. No local music is played on most local radio stations, no local films are played in most theater chains, no local TV shows are played on most TV stations. And no one is allowed to protest all this.

15. There is seldom coverage or reviews of websites or online artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other types of artists. For example, there are thousands of press releases for Hollywood films, but no reviews for the thousands and thousands of independent films on Youtube.

16. There is seldom talk of the mass marketing of paintings, and painting reproduction technology that would shift art from museums and galleries to painting copies exhibited anywhere. There is no talk of all the online artists, painters, and sculptors that are outside mainstream art. There is no coverage of critics of modern art such as the worldwide Stuckists advocacy group.

17. No protest songs are allowed. Songs on almost all mainstream radio are blanched and sanitized from carrying any social message, challenging idea, or political thought. Neil Young has a website page with links to over 3,000 protest songs from artists from all over the world, none of which are ever played on major radio. But the problem is not just with radio. Media will seldom cover any artist that protests; and never if those artists protest abuses of corporate sponsors or corporate behavior.

18. Seldom is there any news of any minority arts of any kind, or those who advocate for fair coverage for minority artists. The same goes for foreign arts, the art of local schools or universities, arts that appeal to seniors, or arts that appeal to children. Most of these ostracized groups, are not a targeted group for advertisers, so their art is marginalized. This business strategy maximizes profits for corporate art that targets a narrow age group of consumers who do buy.

19. There is no coverage of zines or the era of desktop publishing in the nineties, the last major publishing movement before the internet. This was also the last golden age of literature in the world. The entire original writings and literature of a generation have been scraped from the history books. Many well meaning people take a day each year to talk about censored books. But do they understand the breadth and scope of the thousands of zines that have been censored because they were not corporate sanctioned publishing?

20. Movie theater workers are paid the lowest wages and benefits allowed by law. No story of minimum wages has ever discussed theater workers. No media dares to offend Hollywood millionaires, and challenge them to support fair wages for the people selling the tickets. Media talks about the millions each picture makes in weekly box office reports, but never the low wages and benefits of theater workers.

21. There is seldom coverage of price fixing in the arts.

22. So called major media watchdogs turn their backs on problems of art coverage in the media.

23. There is no talk of unions connected to the arts in the major media.

24. There is no coverage of the art and media conglomerates attempt to control the internet, by buying up popular independent websites, squeezing out independents, and lobbying the government to support all this by regulations and laws.

25. Quality doesn’t count. Throughout history the best arts were also the most celebrated. The best artists had the best chance at rewarding careers in the arts. Today these best and brightest are marginalized; while generic corporate clones are the only ones allowed major promotion and reviews. Now, for the first time in history, the world of arts is upside down, generic arts are celebrated, and great art is marginalized.

26. The media has set up no fair way to be challenged in anything they do in arts coverage. That includes when they report false facts, distort the news, refuse most investigative reporting, promote scandal over issues, and reduce most art journalism to a moderator who asks rehearsed guests, “What do you think?” No arts advocates are allowed to appear as guests on any major media to talk about the problems of so much of the arts controlled by so few hands.

27. There is a new paradigm in the country. The political division of liberal versus conservative is changing. More and more the paradigm is the people versus the power of corporations. Both compete for control of the government. This is clear in all the arts as well. The story never reported is how a few media and art conglomerates marginalize independents. They lobby the government to pass laws and regulations that promote them at the expense of all their competitors. Everyone looses but a few corporations. There are fewer voices and less variety in the arts. Quality suffers.

Finally we should ask ourselves, do all the arts deserve our attention and respect. Does the business of arts deserve fair play? Does the media have a responsibility to cover all arts and all arts issues? My answer is a resounding yes. Time for a change!

* The Big Six are; Comcast, Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, CBS Corporation, and Viacom. (Wikipedia.)
** The problem of coverage of the arts concerns both the press of the right and the left. Liberal watchdogs such as FAIR, Ralph Nader, TYT, Project Censored, Move On, Occupy Wall Street, etc. have not covered censored art news any more than the most conservative press. All things are NOT considered.

Musea Zine Celebrates #200 Issues, With an Underground History of Dallas (Last 24 Years)

January 14, 2017

The 24 year old Dallas arts and media zine, MUSEA, has just released it’s special 200th issue (Not the usual 8 pages but 100 pages this time).

Here is a celebration of 200 indie artists featured in Musea, And an underground history of Dallas arts over the last 25 years.

Reader, YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS AND MORE:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

100 copy limited edition.


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