So Here's What Happened

2/24/2022

So Here's What Happened in January, Our First Episode of 2022!

Carolyn and Neysha are back for another year of So Here's What Happened! To begin their recaps for 2022 they get into their some of the shows they've seen like the latest Korean Zombie drama All of Us Are Dead, books and Wetoons read, and for Carolyn some of the films she saw and creatives she interviewed during her coverage of the Sundance Film Festival.Below is the list of all content mentioned throughout the episode.Films:Carolyn's picks: Nanny written and directed by Nikyatu Jusu, and After Yang, written and directed by Kogonada. Both films showed at Sundance.Neysha's pick: The 2021 Disney animated film Encanto, Co-directed and written by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith.Books:Carolyn's picks: The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-WeinsteinKim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-jooNeysha's pick: Archie Comics: Big Ethel Energy by Keryl Brown Ahmed and Sioban.TV Shows:Neysha's pick: Netflix produced Korean thriller All of Us Are Dead, directed by Lee Jae-kyu and Kim Nam-soo, with adapted screenplay by Chun Sung-il, based on the webcomic by Joo Dong-geun.Carolyn's Picks: K-dramas The Ghost Doctor, Bad and Crazy, C-drama Why Women Love, Hong Kong drama The Line Watchers and the Japanese live-action adaptation of the manga Kei x Yaku. For these shows Carolyn doesn't give full reviews, but just mentions them as her January/early February watched.Follow Carolyn and Neysha on Twitter and Instagram at: @CarrieCnh12, and @NeyshaPlays
12/3/2021

Carolyn Talks 'Mass' with Critic Emily Tannenbaum

Following its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival fellow film critic Emily Tannenbaum, joined me for this episode of Carolyn Talks..., to discuss Mass, a film that asks and in a sense answers the question of how do you have the most difficult conversation of your life with the people who possibly hate you the most?Written and directed by Fran Kranz, Mass is an emotionally intense and at times heartrending film centered around four parents having the most difficult conversation of their life, as they grapple with the why and how of a devastating tragedy that strikes their families. Taking place over the course of one day, set in the conference room of a nondescript protestant in a small suburban American town where Linda (Ann Down), Gail (Martha Plimpton), and their husbands Jay (Jason Issacs) and Richard (Reed Birney) are brought together by a mediator for the couples to find some sort of understanding about the grief, anger and confusion they're each dealing with.With just each other to react to and the minimum of props to provide a distraction the cast give extremely impressive performances as their characters go through the ebb and flow of the intense emotions their characters experience in a conversation that seems to go no where. But it's in this apparent cycle that you realize that somethings have no rational explanation. That there will never be satisfactory answers when the lives of children are taken in an instant. That grief is a constant when tragedy is sudden and devastating. With his direction and script Kranz brilliantly shows that life is unpredictable and humanity is fragile, and in order to cherish the memories we have to have to learn how to let go, even when we don't want to.Mass was released in theatres on on October 8, 2021.