Monthly Archives: November 2012

Oslo, August 31st (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : One summer day of a young addict

Sometimes movies provide the moments I understand well with empathy even though I am completely different from their characters. I remember how I sympathetically reacted to one particular scene around the finale of “The Hurt Locker”(2008) because I would also … Continue reading

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26 Years (2012) ☆☆(2/4) : They have waited for so long…

  New South Korean movie “26 Years” is not the worst South Korean film of this year, but it is the most disappointing South Korean film of this year. Its story has a very interesting historical subject, and it also … Continue reading

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This Must Be the Place (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An offbeat journey of an aging rock star

“This Must Be the Place” is an offbeat drama about a sad man who has been hiding inside his appearance of the past as his shell for a long time. When Cheyenne, played by Sean Penn in a striking appearance … Continue reading

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A cat at the arthouse movie theater (2012/11/25)

                   It grows up a lot…

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Rise of the Guardians (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A nice gift set for the Holiday season

We have “The Avengers” early in this year, and now we have “Rise of the Guardians” around the end of this year. Like various superhero characters were assembled to save the mankind in the former, the various Guardians of Childhood … Continue reading

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Suddenly, Last Summer/Going South (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Two summer afternoons

I remember one funny joke you have probably heard about. When a boy goes to a priest for confession, he confesses to a priest that he went to a strip club in the town at last night. With amused understanding, … Continue reading

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Keep the Lights on (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Scenes from a gay relationship

They love each other, and they like to be with each other, but they admit in the end that their relationship does not work. “Keep the Lights On” tells an bittersweet romance tale about two gay men struggling with the … Continue reading

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A Simple Life (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A long relationship between two good people

“A Simple Life” feels plainly but deeply touching as a heartfelt story about the life of two good people who have known and loved each other for a long time. They are not family in the strict sense, but they … Continue reading

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Juvenile Offender (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Kids, please always use condom

When I was watching South Korean independent movie “Juvenile Offender” in the late screening at night, only two young couples were in the screening room. I have no idea about what they were expecting from the movie, but I sort … Continue reading

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National Security (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A man tortured in the room

New South Korean movie “National Security” is a fiction based a true story, but the reality glimpsed from its fiction gave me and the audiences an unforgettably uncomfortable moment at the screening room at last night. We all knew what … Continue reading

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