How Editing Mimics Memory in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell”

The Farewell is absolutely one of my favourite films of the year, and one of the few which made me cry (twice, if we’re counting) yet want to rewatch immediately. Awkwafina is a star. I look forward to her career of interesting choices and varied projects. I hope she ends up getting offered all the … Continue reading

Lost Girl: Season 2, Episode 21, “Into the Dark”

You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here. In talking about the ways in which “Lachlan’s Gambit” didn’t work, I also touched on the ways and reasons this episode worked. Focus on interpersonal issues, characters interacting, avoiding the Big Showdown Scenes which in which budget couldn’t deliver on hype: it does everything we … Continue reading

Casting, Acting, Directing

Sometimes good actors choose bad characters. Sometimes, characters are poorly conceived and poorly cast. Sometimes the storylines just aren’t redeemable. Sometimes, shows are misdirected, but manage to salvage themselves. Sometimes multiple factors go into making bad art, and you’re not exactly sure what happened. Today, we will focus on two characters who are implausibly bad. … Continue reading