Non-stop nerding out over words.
In this strange, frightening new world, we need shows like Kim’s Convenience to remind us of all the ways immigrants are carving out their space and their lives.
The devil’s in the details they say, and no one knows that better than Park Chan-wook. His newest film, The Handmaiden, takes audiences into 1930s Korea with a pickpocket-turned-lady’s maid and an unexpected, unstoppable romance. Park unwraps each layer of intrigue in three parts, his careful directorial eye setting the stage for a story about the spokes of desire: for power, for sex, for attention, for security.
ome is a strange, perturbing concept to diaspora kids, especially during that first visit to one’s so-called “native” country. Fresh Off the Boat managed to capture the contradictions and complexities of what home means in this season premiere.
I chatted with Laura and Carmilla themselves, Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, on what scenes have been their favourites over the last two years, what the filming experiences is like, and how they’ve grown as actors. (And as Elise promised us during the interview, there will be lots of Harry Potter references for the eagle-eyed fan to spot in season three!)
Sam recently chatted with WWAC about the year since Fangirl’s Guide first came out, how her feminism has grown in tandem with her fangirl life, and the women that inspire her every day.
Heroine Complex is one of the most genuinely satisfying novels I’ve read in years, and it makes that happen in its commitment to the story at hand. It doesn’t downgrade or dismiss the fact that it’s about two young women trying to figure out their lives; it celebrates them and their choices.
In Honor Thy Father, John Lloyd Cruz gives a strong performance as Edgar, a man who finds his life inexplicably wrecked by greed and corruption in these same institutions, and who must rescue his own family from it. I spoke with Cruz about the film, the approach he takes with regards to his craft, and his favourite superhero movie.
Part of that clarity of Hamog comes from 16-year-old actress Therese “Teri” Malvar. I spoke with her on the night of the film’s premiere at NYAFF, and I can honestly say every minute was a delight.
Celebrated director Yoji Yamada centers a mother’s reflection in his take on the bombings in Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Haha to Kuraseba), released in Japanese cinemas last December, and premiering at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival on June 9, 2016.
In The Geek Feminist Revolution, Kameron Hurley defends women and the spaces we create for ourselves in traditionally male-dominated fields. But more than that, she acknowledges the ways in which those spaces are a revolution in themselves, a testament to the women who have always been there, working to carve them out and keep them safe.
We come from different backgrounds and have various experiences watching Korean dramas (or K-Dramas) so we ask ourselves: How well did Dramaworld do?
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of conversations develop around Dramaworld, and what the show ultimately says about Korean dramas, and the fans that love them.
Idols are multi million-dollar commodities, and they are considered investments by the agencies that build their careers. But what do these idol scandals say about the people involved, and how much do they affect the way artists and their private lives are viewed by the public?
Self-reflection isn’t a new theme for Lin-Manuel Miranda: In the Heights took a microcosm of Washington Heights and magnified its residents’ worries and joys with irresistible music and dance. He works that same magic in Hamilton, giving staid historical figures room to be human, tell awkward jokes, experience unrequited love, and all.
It’s a fantastic message, especially for young girls — they grow up constantly being pitted against one another, and then to see Usagi and her friends choose over and over again to protect and love each other? That kind of message sticks.