Thank you for tuning in for another episode of So Here’s What Happened!
After a mini hiatus, Carolyn and LaNeysha are back with a new episode where they discuss their top picks for August, which includes Wu Assassins, Ryuko Vol. 1, Netflix’s newest romantic comedy Falling Inn Love, and much more!
Written and drawn by Eldo Yoshimizu, is a crime thriller manga that tells the bloody and beautiful story of a powerful Yakuza princess, Ryuko. She rose to power after she killed her father and now seeks revenge for people that kidnapped her mother. Yoshimizu’s striking art styles adds more depth to the story and the reading experience over all. Ryuko is a thrilling action-packed story filled with drama that truly reminds us that the path Hell is paved with good intentions.
Top TV Shows
Starring Iko Uwais, Lewis Tan, Li Jun Li, Celia Au and Byron Mann, Wu Assassins is a new fun, exciting action packed – slash – fantasy series produced by streaming network Netflix. When Kai (Uwais) discovers that he’s been chosen to take on the mantle of the Wu Assassin, he also learns a secret about his father Uncle Six (Mann), and that when fate and 500 year old martial arts master sometimes knows what they’re doing. Though the show may have started off a little shaky writing wise, it quickly found it’s stride by the characters time to shine as individuals and developing the plot at a comfortable pace. Having a cast that predominately Asian and Asian American, allows for interesting conversations about family, work and addictions from a racial and cultural perspective, that is rarely seen on North American television. And did I mention it’s action packed? If you’re a fan of great fight choreography, you’ll enjoy it.
When their maternity leaves come to an end it’s time for these four working moms to return to work. All the while trying to navigate kids, bosses, love and life in modern-day Toronto. The series mainly centers around straight-shooter PR executive Kate and her life-long best friend, pragmatic psychiatrist Anne. They attend a judgmental mommies’ group they form an unlikely friendship with other moms, a seemingly timid IT tech Jenny and a hopelessly optimistic real estate agent Frankie. They bond over sharing struggles of urban motherhood from tantrums, careers opportunities, postpartum depression, and identity crises, all while trying to still retain a sense of self.
Falling Inn Love follows Gabriela, a city girl who after unforeseen circumstances loses her job. But not all is lost because she just so happens to win a rustic New Zealand inn. However, she soon finds herself with a money pit on her hands. Thankfully, in true rom-com fashion she bumps into the hunky contractor Jake, to help restore her decrepit inn into the bed and breakfast of her dreams. Compared to Netflix’s other original rom-coms like To All the Boys I Loved Before or Set It Up, Falling Inn Love falls a little short. Its filled with nearly every cliche a rom-com could have, and that’s not necessarily a terrible thing, but it also means that it struggles to stand out among the others. Overall it still a cute romantic comedy with a few good laughs, but I think what was missing for me was a little more tension between the leads.
Directed and co-written by Park Chan Wook, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance – Lady Vengeance for short – is the third film in the famous Vengeance Trilogy. Like it’s predecessors Old Boy and Sympathy For Mister Vengeance, Lady Vengeance is a tale about the protagonist’s quest for revenge for a wrong committed against them. The film stars Lee Young Ae as the protagonist Lee Guem Ja, a woman who after being released from prison after thirteen years goes to work in a pastry shop where she creates cakes are beautiful works of at during the day, and at night goes carries out her plot of revenge that is just as methodical and carefully constructed as one of her cakes. With stunning cinematography, fantastic acting and an intense soundtrack comprised of famous classical pieces, Park weaves a story that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat with angst as the truth is devastatingly revealed.
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.