In the early days of the COVID pandemic in February 2020, I relearned to how and when to wash my hands. Not that I never washed my hands before, but certainly not as thoroughly and as often as I should. And not while singing the “Alphabet song” in my head, which I did while washing them until I was well-practiced in intuitively sensing the 20-second recommended interval. There was no shortage of hand sanitizing advice available at the time, even as soap and hand sanitizer became impossible to find in stores and online due to hoarding. (I learned to make my own!). Something as mundane as handwashing and using hand-sanitizer became wrapped up in a whole number of hygiene rituals that I followed, not knowing what else I should be doing at the time. Social Media, as always, was having fun with it, with PSAs and Tiktok dances. But it didn’t take long for the savvy American punditry to weigh in and label it all “Hygiene Theater”, starting a debate on hygiene that continued on for the next 18 months and isn’t over yet. It did not take long for handwashing to weave its way into Boys’ Love, through the web series, Ingredients: a romantic sitcom about two roommates who fall in love while washing their hands.
Marçal Forés’s high school drama about a young man discovering his sexuality caught between surreal childhood fantasy and Romantic adolescent angst falls short of leaving an emotional impression. You’ll remember it as the sad movie about the boy with the yellow bear, but it’s too fixated on teen-aged death fantasy to feel genuine.
The New York Asian Film Festival runs from June 27 – July 15 this year. I usually try to go to a few of the offerings. I generally like their program as it focuses more on popular films coming out of Asia and doesn’t limit itself to whatever broad critical acclaim brings us film festival tedium. The Asian films that European critics Love are seldom the ones that keep me engaged. One criticism I have of the festival is that “Asia” is narrowly defined as Japan, Korea and the China zone. Sure that covers 1.5 billion people, but there are other countries with robust film industries that are worth a peek. But for what it does, it usually has a line up of films that are worth seeking out.
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…
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 (lol) to Kuda’s site and watch for yourself? (Note: I will activate the link when Kuda’s site comes back up)
Yeah. So there’s plusses to being stranded at Peale Manor with Peale Parents. Continue reading
Results for Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, China. Males after the jump.
Still kind of pink, but I think they fired the guy who placed hot pink in every shot in episode 1 and replaced him with someone who wanted pastel pink or baby blue (preferably both) in every shot. But overall, it’s easier on the eyes.
At least the kids no longer appear to be breathing pink or blue air. Maybe it rained between Saturday and Sunday.