Movies: The Farewell, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Maiden

Movie 1: The Farewell

We love the tagline! “The Farewell is an uplifting tale based on an actual lie.” It’s the story of a Chinese family whose matriarch has only weeks to live. The family gathers in Changchun, China under the guise of a wedding.

It’s simple, complicated and believable all at the same time. The acting is excellent and compelling. Do seek this film out. It’s in wide release in major markets but may be challenging to find or in limited release in smaller markets.

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The Farewell (July 12, 2019)

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 98 min
Original Title: The Farewell
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Big Beach, Depth of Field, Kindred Spirit
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Cast The Farewell

  • Awkwafina
  • Role: Billi
  • Tzi Ma
  • Role: Haiyan
  • Diana Lin
  • Role: Jian
  • Zhao Shuzhen
  • Role: Nai Nai
  • Lu Hong
  • Role: Little Nai Nai
  • Jiang Yongbo
  • Role: Haibin
  • Gil Perez-Abraham
  • Role: Tony
  • Ines Laimins
  • Role: Kathy
  • Jim Liu
  • Role: Doctor Song
  • X Mayo
  • Role: Suz
  • Aoi Mizuhara
  • Role: Aiko
  • Han Chen
  • Role: Haohao

Crew The Farewell

  • Lulu Wang
  • Director
  • Lulu Wang
  • Screenplay
  • Lulu Wang
  • Producer
  • Marc Turtletaub
  • Producer
  • Peter Saraf
  • Producer
  • Anna Franquesa Solano
  • Director of Photography
  • Alex Weston
  • Original Music Composer
  • Michael Taylor
  • Editor
  • Matt Friedman
  • Editor
  • Yong Ok Lee
  • Production Design
  • Athena Wang
  • Costume Design
  • Dan Balgoyen
  • Co-Producer
  • Joshua M. Cohen
  • Co-Producer
  • Anita Gou
  • Producer
  • Daniele Tate Melia
  • Producer
  • Andrew Miano
  • Producer
  • Eddie Rubin
  • Executive Producer
  • Chris Weitz
  • Producer
  • Jane Zheng
  • Producer
  • Leslie Woo
  • Casting
  • W. Haley Ho
  • Art Direction
  • Joseph Sorelle
  • Set Decoration
  • Vico Sharabani
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Asaf Yeger
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Joseph Grundfast
  • 3D Animator


Movie 2: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

It had to happen sooner or later. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters join forces to thwart evil doer, Idris Elba. It’s concurrently funny, goofy, unique and satisfying.

The script and production won’t garner any major industry awards but it will attract audiences. It’s a little goofy but still worth a watch.

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August 1, 2019)

Release Date: August 1, 2019
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby
Genres: Action
Runtime: 136 min
Original Title: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Universal Pictures
A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson's US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham's Deckard Shaw.

Cast Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Role: Luke Hobbs
  • Jason Statham
  • Role: Deckard Shaw
  • Idris Elba
  • Role: Brixton
  • Vanessa Kirby
  • Role: Hattie Shaw
  • Eiza González
  • Role: Madame M
  • Eddie Marsan
  • Role: Professor Andreiko
  • Stephanie Vogt
  • Role: 
  • David Mumeni
  • Role: 
  • Axel Nu
  • Role: Eteon Medical Tech
  • Lampros Kalfuntzos
  • Role: Russian Plane Passenger
  • Leati Joseph Anoaʻi
  • Role: Mateo
  • Kevin Hart
  • Role: Air Marshall Dinkley
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Role: Locke
  • Rob Delaney
  • Role: Agent Loeb
  • Cliff Curtis
  • Role: Jonah Hobbs
  • Helen Mirren
  • Role: Queenie Shaw
  • Eliana Su’a
  • Role: Sam Hobbs
  • Lori Pelenise Tuisano
  • Role: Sefina
  • Daniel Bernhardt
  • Role: 

Crew Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

  • Chris Morgan
  • Screenplay
  • David Leitch
  • Director
  • Hiram Garcia
  • Producer
  • Neal H. Moritz
  • Producer
  • Jonathan Sela
  • Director of Photography
  • David Scheunemann
  • Production Design
  • Drew Pearce
  • Screenplay
  • Chris Morgan
  • Story
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay
  • Associate Producer
  • Steven Chasman
  • Executive Producer
  • Ainsley Davies
  • Executive Producer
  • Dany Garcia
  • Producer
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Producer
  • Jason Statham
  • Producer
  • Chris Morgan
  • Producer
  • Tyler Bates
  • Music
  • Sarah Evelyn
  • Costume Design
  • Lucy Bevan
  • Casting
  • Marisol Roncali
  • Casting
  • Mary Vernieu
  • Casting
  • David Allday
  • Art Direction
  • Will Coubrough
  • Art Direction
  • Dominic Hyman
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Charlotte Malynn
  • Art Direction
  • Choi Ho Man
  • Art Direction
  • Wolfgang Metschan
  • Art Direction
  • Nicolas Plotquin
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Remo Tozzi
  • Art Direction
  • Lisa Chugg
  • Set Decoration
  • Shane Vieau
  • Set Decoration
  • Christopher Rouse
  • Editor

Movie 3: Maiden

It’s not often a Documentary film gets attention or credit for its impact on a global scale. This film chronicles how a 24 year old female charter boat cook became the skipper and leads her all female team in the Whitbread Round the World sailing competition in 1989.

It’s simply brilliant film making and an inspiration to anyone challenged to stretch conventional limits. That should come as no surprise to those of us who already know that women are very much the equal to men.

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Maiden (March 8, 2019)

Release Date: March 8, 2019
Starring: Tracy Edwards
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 93 min
Original Title: Maiden
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: New Black Films
In a moving portrait of resilience, Alex Holmes chronicles the unprecedented journey of 24-year-old Tracy Edwards and the first all-female sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race.

Cast Maiden

  • Tracy Edwards
  • Role: Herself

Crew Maiden

  • Katie Bryer
  • Editor
  • Rob Manning
  • Original Music Composer
  • Samuel Sim
  • Original Music Composer
  • Victoria Gregory
  • Producer
  • Chris Openshaw
  • Director of Photography
  • James Erskine
  • Executive Producer
  • Oli Harbottle
  • Executive Producer
  • Anna Godas
  • Executive Producer
  • Alex Holmes
  • Director
  • Alex Holmes
  • Producer
  • Alex Holmes
  • Writer

3 thoughts on “Movies: The Farewell, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Maiden”

  1. Great stuff my friend! I was just talking about the Hobbs & Shaw movie and your description was too the tee!

    Well done as usual all the best to you and John!

  2. Glad that you’re back. Looks like 3 good ones. Particularly Maiden. Thanks for seeking films like Maiden and The Farewell out for us.

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