So Here’s What Happened in January

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Horror Noire

Thanks for tuning in for another episode of So Here’s What Happened! On this episode, Carolyn and LaNeysha discuss their first top picks of the new year.

LaNeysha’s  feeling a bit romantic  and recommends some more reading material from WebToons, titled My Giant Nerd Boyfriend. While  she also gives her thoughts on Hulu’s latest installment for the horror anthology series, Into the Dark that is a perfect combo of rom-com and horror just in time for Valentine’s Day.

While Carolyn shares her thoughts on The Passage, the hit Sci-Fi/supernatural dystopian novel by Justin Cronin (recently adapted into a television show by FOX), and the Shudder documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Seems like horror was the unofficial theme of the month.

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Spoiler Warning: Kingdom

Top Reads 

My Giant Nerd Boyfriend

Follow along with Fishball as she navigates the Malaysian life with her 6’5″ geeky boyfriend. Having a giant boyfriend might seem adorable at first, but for Fishball it usually just ends up resulting in a whole bunch of minor inconveniences. My Giant Nerd Boyfriend is a funny and down to earth look at dating, love, relationships and other various life experiences we all can relate to on some level.

The Passage

Set in the near future, The Passage tells the story of young Amy Bellafonte, a little girl who is not quite like other people and may be the answer to humanity’s survival. When a new species of bat is discovered, scientist  – as they are want to do – decide to begin experiments to create the perfect soldier, and possibly immortality. But, as usual things don’t go as planned and the ish hits the fan, leaving humanity to teeter on the brink of extinction.

Top TV

Kingdom

This South Korean live action zombie  series premiered on Netflix, and took the Twitter world by storm. Developed by Netflix, the show takes place in the Joseon era where the King rises from the dead, ministers conspire to rule the kingdom, and a queen keeps secrets. All of this is happening while a mysterious plague begins to spread throughout the land, leaving the prince to face a new breed of enemies and to discover the treacherous scheme, and save his people from annihilation. Kingdom stars Bae Doona (Sense8), Ju Ji Hoon, Greg Chun and was written by Kim Euhn Hee (Signal), and directed by Kim Seong Hun (Tunnel).

Top Movies

Hulu’s Into The Dark – Down

Boy meets girl in an elevator. Boy and girl get trapped in elevator over a long  weekend.  When a pair of office workers get trapped in an elevator over a long Valentine’s Day weekend, what at first seems to be a romantic connection quickly turns into suspenseful thriller that will leave your heart pounding.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Based on the book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, directed by Xavier Burgin, co-written by Ashlee Blackwell, and executive produced by  Tananarive Due, Horror Noire is a documentary that looks at the depiction of Black people in over a century of horror movies. From the genre’s impetus with films like  George A. Romero’s The Night of The Living Dead (1968), to the cultural phenomenon that is Get Out (2016) directed by Jordan Peele. The film is essential viewing for everyone who loves film, and not just the horror genre, because it gives the perspective of actors and directors about their experiences, and how film impacts the lives of Black people. As I like to say, the way we, Black people, are portrayed in film, influences the way we are perceived in reality.