My favorite shows from 2023

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Here are shows I enjoyed this year, including movies and series.

Last year's list: Favorite Series in 2022

Castlevania: Nocturne

Richter Blemont
Castlevania: Nocturne, streaming on Netflix

The legendary Richter Belmont fighting vampires in Revolutionary France. I love everything about this show: the plot, the animation style, the characters, the setting, the aesthetic~ 🤌🏻

Gyeongseong Creature, Part 1

Tae-sang and Chae-ok rushing through a hallway through a prison, where hands stretch out from behind the bars.
Gyeongseong Creature, streaming on Hulu

Gyeongseong Creature is a moving and deeply disturbing monster-horror series, set in Joseon in 1945, during Imperial Japan's brutal and tyrannical colonial occupation. The historical scars of this period are painful and complex, and some audiences in South Korea have reviewed the series negatively. Before watching this, you should seek out Korean voices for more context; I personally recommend Ari Lee's newsletter on the topic.

Theater Camp

Poster
Theather Camp, streaming on Hulu

Theater Camp is a perfect chaotic mockumentary comedy & it is so hilarious to me (as a former theater kid). c'est magnifique!! 😩🤌🏻

Polite Society

Sisters Ria and Lena
Polite Society, streaming on Amazon Prime

Aspiring stunt woman Ria tries to save her sister Lena. Props to the director -- this film was beautifully shot, perfectly paced. Trust me, you will love it!

They Cloned Tyrone

Main characters in an elevator
They Cloned Tyrone, streaming on Netflix

They Cloned Tyrone is a brilliant sci-fi + mystery + comedy that mocks oldschool Blaxploitation genre films to make provocative commentary on present-day racism in film & in society at large. Honestly, I don't want to say much more about this to avoid spoiling anything. Suffice to say, it was a wild ride.

Aggretsuko, Season 5

Haida the Hyena and Retsuko the red panda stand in front of a cheering crowd.
Aggretsuko, streaming on Netflix

I love Retsuko's growth since the 1st season, when she used to sneak off to vent about her shitty office job with screamo heavy metal karoake. This feels *right* as a finale to her story. And as with previous seasons, there is poignant commentary about capitalism, disillusionment & alienation.


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