Thanks for tuning into for another episode of So Here’s What Happened! On this episode, LaNeysha and Carolyn chat about their top picks for the month of July.
Spoiler Warning: The ladies discuss Marvel’s Ant-Man & The Wasp and Sorry To Bother You.
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LaNeysha’s Top Picks
Tomo-Chan Is A Girl/Tomo-Chan Wa Onna No Ko! — Tomo Aizawa successfully confessed to her crush Junichirou Kubota. There is only one problem: He just sees her as his buddy. Junichirou admits he thought she was a boy until they went to middle school together, because her grade school was in a different district, so begins Tomo-chan’s struggle for Jun’s affections.
Kim’s Convenience (Seasons 1 & 2) — While running a convenience store in Toronto, members of a Korean -Canadian family deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them.
Ant-Man & The Wasp — Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. After being approached for help by Hope van Dyke (Evangeline Lily) and her father, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Lang must once again put on the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside The Wasp, Hope’s new superhero persona. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds themselves in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
Carolyn’s Top Picks
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before — Written by award-winning author Jenny Han, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”, is a YA novel centered around Lara Jean Song Cover, a sixteen-year-old Korean-American high school student struggling with family, school and the minefield the emotional minefield that is teenage love. When Lara Jean’s love letters to her crushes are mailed to them, she is forced to confront feelings that she’s kept hidden from them. The feature film adaptation of “To All The Boys…” will be available for streaming on Netflix August 17, 2018, watch the official trailer here.
Sorry To Bother You — Directed By Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yuen and Armie Hammer, Sorry To Bother is an interesting and at times very blunt look at how capitalism intersects with race, gender and sex. Using interesting and at times shockingly absurd visuals, Riley provides viewers with a social commentary discourse unlike anything seen before.
- As accredited press Carolyn will pre representing So Here’s What Happened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs from September 6th to the 16th. While at TIFF she will be screening films and providing reviews and editorials, as well as tweets about interesting activities and festival announcements. You can keep track of what’s happening by following the official SHWHPod account and the hashtag #SHWHPodTIFF.
In June the Toronto International Film Festival revealed the first Gala and Special Presentation Titles for 2018, which films such as If Beale Street Could Talk by Oscar-nominated director Barry Jenkins; Widows starring Viola Davis and Cynthia Ervio; The Hate U Give (Amandla Stenberg) and South Korean thriller Burning by Lee Chang-Dong and starring Steven Yeun, the film won the Fipreci Top Prize at this year at the Cannes film festival .
“We have an exceptional selection of films this year that will excite Festival audiences from all walks of life,” said Handling. “Today’s lineup showcases beloved auteurs alongside fresh voices in filmmaking, including numerous female powerhouses. The sweeping range in cinematic storytelling from around the world is a testament to the uniqueness of the films that are being made.” “Every September we invite the whole film world to Toronto, one of the most diverse, movie-mad cities in the world. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together a lineup of Galas and Special Presentations that reflects Toronto’s spirit of inclusive, passionate engagement with film. We can’t wait to unveil these films for our audience.”
- The So Here’s What Happened Podcast has introduced a new segment called “Carolyn Talks…”. In this segment, Carolyn will be interviewing and speaking with people who work in various areas of the industry, from critics to writers, producers, actors and directors (fingers crossed). During these chats, Carolyn and guests will discuss topics such as representation for people of color, the making of films, social media and many other things whispers and some thirsting may be involved.
You can listen to the first episode here as Carolyn discusses Asian-American representation in the film industry, with guests author and sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen and film and TV critic Laura Sirikul.
- In June’s post we mentioned the indiegogo.com fundraising campaign for actress and writer @YetideBedaki‘s for her fantasy film WONDERLAND, we are pleased to announce that the required funds have been raised, so thank you to all who were able to donate and spread the word. It was also announced via the films official twitter @wonderlandflickthat musician Patrick Stump of the famous alternative-rock band Fallout Boy will be scoring the film.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.