Film Review

The Farewell (2019)

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Running time: 1h 40min
Directed by Lulu Wang
Written by Lulu Wang
Starring Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

The Farewell is feel-good drama/comedy which centers on the Chinese custom of not informing (or lying to) people about their terminal illness, so that they can live the rest of their days in blissful ignorance. The film is based on the true story of director/writer Lulu Wang’s life experiences.

TV Show Season

Severance (2022–) Season 1

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Running time: less than 1 hour / episode
Created by Dan Erickson
Starring Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower

Severance is a mystery/drama/science fiction show on Apple TV+ that has been getting some praise (at the time of writing, 8.7/10 on IMDB, 83 from critics and 8.4 from audiences on Metacritic), so I decided to check the first season out. I must say that this is one of those rare occasions where I am neither with the critics nor the regular viewers — I did not enjoy Severance. It does have some things going for it — a stellar cast, some great ideas — but I think the execution (mainly the writing) was sorely lacking, and the characters were not at all interesting. The mystery aspect is revealed only slightly during the course of the season, and the pacing is at times glacial. But let us get into the details.