So Here’s What Happened in October

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Thanks for tuning into another episode of So Here’s What Happened!

This time Carolyn and LaNeysha discuss their top picks a for the month of October. LaNeysha brings the spooky and thirsty vibes for the month with her reviews of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Venom.

While Carolyn brings some great recommendations for a steamy romance with a novel about a buff male nanny and a South Korean erotic psychological thriller. She also gets into the hilarious new ABC tv series, Single Parents, that features one of our personal faves, Jake Choi in a lead role!

The ladies also squeeze in a quick rant about their feelings towards The Walking Dead and Rick’s farewell episode.

Spoiler Warning: Sabrina, The Handmaiden, The Walking Dead & Venom

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Top Reads 

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin Manuel Miranda

We all need a little pep talk from time to time. Something that can help encourage us when we feel like the world is utterly trash. Thankfully Lin-Manuel Miranda’s collection of pep talks might just be the thing we all need to encourage and remind us, it’s not all bad.

Before he was a rapping founding father in Hamilton and was thrown into international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his  followers on Twitter with words of encouragement at the start and end of each day.  Now in Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Miranda has combined the best of his little pep talk tweets into a lovely and encouraging collection that’s illustrated by the acclaimed artist Jonny Sun.

This book is full of comfort and encouragement, for anyone that’s looking for a quick pick me up to start and end the day. 

RAFE: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends Book 1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

As someone who has read hundreds of romance books, in all genres, one storyline or trope I’ve always wanted to read was the ,male nanny, sure it might sound a tad kitchy but hot men with cute babies and children are well…hot.  When her live-in nanny ups and quits without any warning, Dr. Sloan Copeland reaches out to her friends and finds male nanny Rafe Whitcomb. In ‘Rafe’, Rebekah gives readers a story that will make you smile and swoon.

Sometimes all we want to read is a book about two smart, funny and sexy people and Rebekah Weatherspoon’s latest interracial romance checks all boxes.

Top TV

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Available on Netflix)

Sabrina Spellman is a half-human half-witch teenager just days away from turning 16 and swearing her allegiance to the Dark Lord, Satan. You know, normal teenage drama. The tone of this series is set right from the start, it’s not campy like the 90’s sitcom. Instead, this show is filled with drama, dark magic, treachery and mystery.

Sabrina tries to balance life between both the magical and witch world, all the while doing her best to protect her loved ones while keeping her witch heritage a secret.

Top Movies

Venom

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), a renowned journalist, is trying to take down Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien symbiote, Venom. This leaves him with superhuman strength and powers.

I honestly found this movie to be fun and entertaining.  It also kind of comes off as a buddy cop file when we see interactions between Eddie and Venom. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s nice to see a Marvel movie that doesn’t have to connect to the MCU right away, or if ever.

The Handmaiden

When young con artist Sook-He (Kim Tae-Ri) is recruited by Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-Woo) to befriend the shy and isolated Lady Hideko (Kim Min-Hee), she enters a world of wealth she only dreamed about. But what she soon learns is that things are never quite what they seem.

I love this movie. Filled with stunning cinematography, ingenious camera work and leads that capture your attention with their solid performances of angst and sexual tension, Park Chan-Wook’s 2016 erotic thriller is a film that will get under you skin. When I thought I knew where the plot was going, Park takes the story in a completely unexpected direction, none more so than the reveal of the infamous ‘basement’ whispered about, like WHAT? The Handmaiden is currently available on Amazon prime,

 

You can read Carolyn’s film review of Lee Chang Dong’s Burning here. Burning stars Steven Yeun, Yoo Ah-In and Jeong Jong-Su, and is currently available in select American theatres, and the TIFFBell LightBox in Toronto.