Thanks for tuning into for another episode of So Here’s What Happened! On this episode, LaNeysha and Carolyn get into their top picks for the month of September, as well as talk a little bit about Carolyn’s coverage for the Toronto International Film Festival!
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Possible Spoiler Warning: My Hero Academia and Mayhem
My Hero Academia
What if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be fighting nonstop! And young heroes would need to learn how to use their powers at Hero Academy. But what about the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he was born quickness. With no chance of ever getting into his dream school U.A. High School for young heroes, he feels like his life is heading towards a dead end. Suddenly after a fateful encounter with the #1 hero, All Might, who gives him a chance to change his life and make his dream come true.
If you love superheroes but want something new from that genre then I highly recommend this manga. It takes the idea of heroes and villains to a new level of creativity and tells a great story of making your own destiny.
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor. Tish and Fonny have promised to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a crime and sent to jail. Their families try to clear his name, while they come face to face with an uncertain future, the young lovers with an array of emotions from affection, despair, and hope.
Top TV Picks
In the magical land of Xadia, magic comes from six primal sources: the sun, moon, stars, sky, earth, and ocean. When human mages create a seventh kind of magic, dark magic, they start stealing and harvesting magical creatures for ingredients, which sparks a war between Xadia and the Human Kingdoms. Three children from opposite sides of the conflict, two princes and a young elven assassin sent to kill them, discover a secret that could change everything. They decide to join forces and go on an epic journey that could help restore peace to both their worlds.
If you enjoy shows like Troll Hunters or genre that involved fantasy/magic and adventure then you’ll like this. The world building is done well and you find yourself wanting to learn more about every character.
In the distant future, bounty hunters known as Killjoys chase their prey through a section of space called the Quad. As the various factions tetter on the brink of a class war, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) her BFF John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) and his brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) do their best not to get drawn into a war they think has nothing to do with them. But life rarely goes the way we want it to.
With superb acting by John-Kamen playing two distinct characters, Dutch and Aneela, witty dialogue and an engaging cast Killjoys remain one of the most entertaining and well-written sci-fi shows produced in the last decade.
Top Film Picks
Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a very bad day. After being wrongfully fired from his job, he learns that the building where the law firm he previously worked at is under quarantine, due to the spread of a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as everyone begins acting out their wildest impulses. Derek joins forces with a former client and savagely fights his way through the crazed horde to reach his boss on the top floor.
It’s a fun ride of violence, suspense and therapeutic for anyone that’s ever had enough of their annoying/toxic co-workers and bosses.
A painting comes to life. Filmed in the black and white style of Chinese ink paintings, Shadow tells the story of a love, betrayal, and loyalty as a King of Pei (Zheng Kai), his military commander and his shadow (Deng Chao) try to maintain control of their enemies both within and outside the city gates.
Directed by Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) Shadow is a visual masterpiece filmed in the style of Chinese ink paintings. If you like intense action, angst, and palace intrigue, this film is definitely worth a watch.
The So Here’s What Happened Podcast has a new segment called “Carolyn Talks…”. In this segment, Carolyn will be interviewing and speaking with people who work in various areas of the film and television industry. From critics to writers, producers, actors and directors (fingers crossed). During these chats, Carolyn and guest will discuss a variety of topics such as representation for women and people of color, the making of films and social media.
While at TIFF Carolyn had the opportunity to speak with three directors who had films being presented at the festival; Michael Aviad (Working Woman), Roney (Glitter’s Wild Women) and Vasan Bala (The Man Who Feels No Pain). 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.
The launch of Kickstarter of Scorpio Comic by John Robinson IV
“What if there was a secret supernatural war raging all around us that we never knew about? What if that war was driven by powerful relics that are empowered by the Zodiac and the sign of their users? And what if you have been hiding one of those relics… and both sides of this war just found out? Daniel Shim is a young successful millionaire who is about to learn a few lessons about the power of legacy and the consequences of ignoring one’s truth.”
The Kickstarter campaign for Scorpio will go live on November 16, 2018, but in the meantime, you can follow John on Twitter @IVWall and visit his website www.ivwall.net, to learn more about the project and view some of his other work.
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.