2019 Favorites: August — The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s film examines where culture, tradition and family duty clash with one another, and that’s where it thrives.

Favorite of the Month: The Farewell

Honorable Mentions:

Fleabag

I honestly think Fleabag might’ve been my favorite of the month, but I don’t have much more to say other than it’s great. Season two in particular is two-and-a-half hours of Phoebe Waller-Bridge showing that she is TV’s best writer between this show and Killing Eve. From the opening of the second season, you can just tell a jump has been made — not in terms of quality because season one was in itself good television — but in audaciousness and flare. Andrew Scott’s priest gives a memorable speech in the finale that embodies the show: shocking, humorous, and actually heartwarming. The entire show is chef’s-kiss perfect.

The Crown (Season 2)

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge @ Disneyland

Disneyland’s shiniest new section is incredibly immersive. Once you enter “Batuu,” you’re truly in the Star Wars universe. Disneyland cast members speak like there’s no other universe other than the Star Wars one, lightsabers (custom ones go for $200!!!) whir past you regularly, and Chewbacca might move by you without notice. My girlfriend and I even spotted a group playing sabacc with a cast member on the ground near one of the restaurants.

So Much Fun by Young Thug

There’s a difference between an artist whose songs all sound the same and one who brings a level of consistency to each project. I’m not sure what the difference is, really, but I do know that Thug is the latter, and I appreciate it.

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