Love Sick The Series Season 2: Episode 12 Recap

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 12

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 12

Summaries (Spoilers, Obviously) and Comments

Note: I group summaries by story line, not in presentation order. If you want to know how the scenes actually played out in their official sequence, why not follow this link to the episode and watch for yourself?

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Love Sick The Series Season 2: Episode 11 Recap

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 11

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 11

Summaries (Spoilers, Obviously) and Comments

Note: I group summaries by story line, not in presentation order. If you want to know how the scenes actually played out in their official sequence, why not follow this link to the episode and watch for yourself?

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Review: Still the Water (Japan: 2014): A teenage love story for adults

Still the Water (2014)

Still the Water (2014)

Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water accomplishes something rare: a romance about young people that is clearly targeted to a more sophisticated adult audience that doesn’t rely on melodramatic tropes.  The nuanced characters, verdant natural scenery and rich themes could make this a film worth watching, but it is marred by pacing issues. I wouldn’t blame you if you checked your watch now and again. 

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Suicide Room (Poland: 2011): Run! It’s the Internet!

Suicide Room (2011)

While the premise is interesting and the performances by the leads are strong, it is just too difficult to empathize with the characters in Suicide Room, Jan Komasa’s film about a troubled teen who withdraws to his room. Hikikomori isn’t actually a social problem in Poland that I’m aware of, and I think the director passed over several more interesting stories to theorize on what it would be like if it were. A wealthy, good looking teen throwing it all away might be arresting to watch, if only the protagonist’s most dramatic act for most of the film wasn’t to hide out at home.
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Web Junkie (USA/Israel: 2013): Social disease or phenomena

Web Junkie (2013)

Web Junkie (2013)

More thoughtful than I anticipated, Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam’s documentary takes us inside a gaming addiction treatment facility in China. While it never digs sufficiently into details to be an exposé of a potential sham, the human story is compelling enough to draw one in. The audience is left uncertain whether or not the boys and their families suffer from a real clinical addiction or from social overreaction to contemporary teenage behavior, but it is difficult not to feel a sense that something is wrong with a world that creates compelling virtual universes for people to escape into and then unfairly institutionalizes those who try to escape there too often.

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Love Sick: The Blog Roll Please

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That awkward feeling that comes when you realize that you’ve got nothing new to post on Love Sick, so you’ll just recycle old images while you wait. Where have you guys been hanging out while you wait for the new subs?  How do you get your LSS2 Fix?

I know about Soompi (which I find confusing to follow now that there are 80,000 comments on 9000 pages) and the interfans Facebook pages, but what other places do you go in pursuit of fandom?

The women over at Kchat Jigae did an hour-long podcast a week or so ago discussing their love of the show. Have you found other sites worth going to? Share the links below in the comments or discuss whatever…