Thank you for tuning in for another episode of So Here’s What Happened!
On this episode, LaNeysha and Carolyn discuss their top entertainment picks for the month of September, and as always included are a manga and K-Drama recommendation. What can we say, we love what we love and to pretend otherwise makes no sense.
TOP TV SHOWS
Produced and broadcasted by Korean network JTBS, Be Melodramatic is a Slice-of-Life, melodrama about three young women in their 30s Im Jin-joo (Chun Woo-hee), Lee Eun-jung (Jeon Yeo-bin), and Hwang Han-joo (Han Ji-eun), finding their own paths in their personal and professional lives. Jin-joo has finally received interest from one of the most popular directors in the drama industry, interested in her script, but she quickly learns that fighting for her characters means fighting for herself.
Eun-jung is a documentarian struggling to comes to terms with a devastating loss, and with the help of her friends and family she realizes she doesn’t have to go through her struggles alone, and slowly begins to discover parts of herself she had lost to grief. After years of dedication and sacrifice, Han-joo has finally received her long awaited promotion, but as she reaches this new professional milestone, old insecurities about her abilities as a single mother cause her to doubt herself. Be Melodramatic is a funny and heartbreaking drama that doesn’t shy away from showing how things like grief and sexism can take a toll on women in today’s society. Though it takes place in South Korea, these women and their stories are relatable to viewers around the world. Even with it’s sad moments, the show, shows us how having a support system can get us through anything, and tasty food and funny songs definitely help.
A high-stakes treasure hunt for gold during the early 1900s in the harsh wilderness of Hokkaido. More and more people seek the secret treasure map, that’s tattooed on the bodies of escaped ex-cons. The race to find all of its living pieces is brutal. War veteran Sugimoto and Asirpa, his wilderness guide, make an unbeatable team that is close on the trail. And as long as they stick together they’ve got a real chance at finding that gold first.
TOP BOOK PICKS
Dark Horse Comics presents Berserk Volume 40, the original manga series authored and illustrated Kentaro Miura. This volume follows Schierke and Farnese as they continue their journey through the depths within the nightmarish wasteland of Casca’s shattered psyche, to free her from the dark secret that imprisoned her mind and caused her to lose sanity. The dream world is filled with the horrific imaginations of Casca’s unconscious mind that view Casca’s friends from the real world as intruding threats and are intent on eliminating them. Now, Schierke and Farnese must continue their journey and battle their way through countless horrors to restore Casca to her true self.
TOP FILM PICKS
What do you do, and how do you cope when your world suddenly goes silent? Directed by Darius Marder, Sound of Metal ask this of Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a heavy metal drummer who, over the course of a few days, loses his hearing completely. For Ruben, his music and relationship with girlfriend and bandmate Lou (Olivia Cooke) have been his life and coping mechanism as a recovering drug addict, but when he loses his ability to hear, his sobriety is placed in jeopardy. As Ruben, Ahmed does a fantastic job portraying a man caught between acceptance and fear, who does what he can to hold onto the very thing that has kept him centered for most of his adult. He portrays the emotional and mental conflict that someone would face when their life takes such a drastic turn with no warning of the approaching change.
What makes Sound of Metal a unique and disconcerting experience is that throughout the course of the film audiences in a sense, experience Ruben’s hearing loss with him. You hear the high pitched, tinny sound of tinnitus, the muffled, rummaging of people’s voices as though being heard from underwater, and the stillness of complete silence. There’s also a sense of frustration as your own ears attempt to pick up just the slightest sound, and palpable relief when it returns, with the blaring of car horn, or gentle rustling of wind moving through a field of dry grass. Sound of Metal had it’s world premiere in the Platform Programme at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and was written by Abraham Marder, Darius Marder.
It’s been twenty-seven years since the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, and now he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now with the Losers all grown up, and having lost touch after they went their separate ways. When they learn people have begun disappearing again, they decided to reunite in order to defeat Pennywise and put an end to his reign of terror once and for all.
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.