Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Thieves (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4): A twisty heist movie with ten untrustworthy thieves

 As a slick heist film somewhere between “Ocean’s Eleven”(2001) and Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy films, South Korean movie “The Thieves” has expected things and unexpected things in its twisty story populated with ten untrustworthy criminals who gather for the same … Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An overpowering and ponderous final chapter

With his Batman series, Christopher Nolan has pushed the superhero genre to the undiscovered territory we have never expected from the genre before. Now with “The Dark Knight Rises”, a grim, overpowering final chapter of the trilogy, he pushes the … Continue reading

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Carnage (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An afternoon meeting without manner

Solely focusing on one situation and four characters stuck in it, “Carnage” shows us their unpleasant sides through its vicious farce centered on one small incident. The characters in the film think or believe that they are sophisticated people with … Continue reading

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Deranged (2012) ☆☆(2/4) : Do shouting and running solve anything?

 They shout or run a lot in South Korean thriller movie “Deranged”, just because they need to save the people they care about from the deadly parasite which controls human brain for its reproduction. As far as I remember, they … Continue reading

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Dangerously Excited (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A little disturbance in his nice life

I know how the hero of South Korean film “Dangerous Excited” initially feels about the disturbance he has to live with. During my undergraduate years, I always spent my time at the campus library in the evening after the lectures … Continue reading

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Two Moons (2012) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A haunted house with two moons in the sky

Two impressive things in new South Korean horror film “Two Moons” are the title itself and the image represented by the title. It is a very dark and creepy night in the forest in some remote area, and we have … Continue reading

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My FFC review for “Motel Hell”

My Far-flung correspondent review for “Motel Hell”(1980) has just been posted at Roger Ebert’s site. If you want to read it, click here. The review was expanded from my original review written in October 2010.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : British retirees outsourced to India

If you think “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is one of those travelogues you have seen before, you are partially right about that. I am sure you have heard about their genre formula; A bunch of Western visitors come to … Continue reading

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We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A woman stuck with her bad seed

What a truly naughty boy Kevin is. If you are parents, he is your worst nightmare; he is mean, vicious, willful, uncommunicative, and, possibly, psychopathic. Since his birth, he has been tormenting his mother, and now he has committed an … Continue reading

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Port and Beach (06/29/12)

                                                                The vacation season has not started yet, so it was quiet on the beach of Sokcho…

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