Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Last Stand (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : An entertaining B-action movie with Arnold

“The Last Stand” is a flawed but entertaining B-action movie which could have been disappeared without notice if it had not been for two notable things. First, the movie is directed by Kim Jee-woon, a South Korean filmmaker who has … Continue reading

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New World (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : In their ruthless new world

South Korean crime noir film “New World” mixes many familiar elements from its genre into its story, and you may recognize some of them if you have seen its seniors such as “Internal Affairs”(2002) or “The Departed”(2006). For instance, one … Continue reading

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My FFC review for National Security (2012)

My Far-flung correspondent review for “National Security”(2012) is recently posted. If you want to read it, click here. The review was revised from my original review written in November 2012.

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My FFC reveiw for The Taste of Money(2012)

My Far-flung correspondent review for “The Taste of Money”(2012) is recently posted. If you want to read it, click here. The review was revised from my original review written in May 2012.

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My prediction on the 85th Annual Academy Awards

We have had some unexpected reversals during the Oscar season of this year. We thought “Argo” would be the Best Picture winner around last October, and then “Zero Dark Thirty” suddenly got a strong buzz in last December while “Lincoln” … Continue reading

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Girlfriend Boyfriend (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : She loves him, He loves him, He loves her…

Describing that the relationship between three main characters in Taiwanese film “Girlfriend Boyfriend” is complicated is an understatement. As they get close to each other during their youthful years, they slowly realize how much their relationships are disjointed and entangled … Continue reading

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How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Don’t judge it by its cover

I have never read those self-help books, but I know one thing for sure: they are pretty useless guides which only waste your money and time. Although I must confess that my nerdy life of 30 years are mostly filled … Continue reading

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The Master (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : What do you see from them?

 Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” has every potential for greatness it can get. However, while it seems to reach for something great and sublime, this ambitious film is oddly distant and enigmatic. Its every element comprising itself is fascinating and … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina (2012) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Their life is theater, after all

Being famous as one of the great works in Russian literature, Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina” has been adapted into movies and TV miniseries so many times since 1910 that I am sure most of you are already familiar … Continue reading

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Run to the South (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Going his way to the South

Although you cannot wholly agree with what he thinks and believes, the hero of South Korean comedy movie “Run to the South” is an interesting man to observe. He just wants to live his life in his own way, but … Continue reading

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