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I was not prepared for The Farewell nor did I think white America was either. It was almost exactly a year ago when I dragged myself to watch Crazy Rich Asians, and I thought to myself, yeah, it’s cool that we finally have an Asian Hollywood film, but the storytelling bar was extremely low. I called these films the Phase One movies of Asian-American cinema, an era where we liked them solely because there were...

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Comedies are the hardest things to pull off. People either laugh or they don’t. Nobody cares if the pace is right, the cinematography is good or the characters have full arcs, etc. because if it isn’t funny, it fails. Always Be My Maybe is a movie I’ve seen hundreds of times in their black, Latin, white and international forms. It’s an often used rom-com formula, two characters grow up, had a crush with each other...

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On Valentine’s Day this year, Mountains released Florence, an interactive story about a young woman’s first love. As a game, Florence flexes the storytelling capability of the medium, and is a great example of how games can immerse you in the creator’s vision through interactive elements designed to deepen the way you experience the narrative. The actual story contains familiar beats you may recognize from popular rom-coms: the meet cute, the euphoria of fresh love,...

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