Monthly Archives: October 2013

Remembering Tom Dark

In case of some people, you miss them dearly when you are apart from them, but then you remember how unpleasant they can be when you are near them. I do not know much about Tom Dark, whom I met … Continue reading

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Halloween (1978) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : “It *was* the boogeyman.”

“More than once during the movie I looked around just to make sure that no one weird was sitting behind me.”  – from Gene Siskel’s 1978 review on “Halloween” When I watched John Carpenter’s “Halloween” for the first time in … Continue reading

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The Gatekeepers (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Their secret jobs and their serious concerns

The interviewees of Oscar-nominated documentary “The Gatekeepers” have fascinating stories to tell. They worked behind the scenes as the soldiers of a long, messy conflict still continuing at this point, and they are quite willing to talk about those turbulent … Continue reading

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Rough Play (2013) ☆☆(2/4) : An actor’s rough rise and fall

As a story about the rise and fall in the heartless world of entertainment business, “Rough Play” is naturally an unpleasant film to watch, but it is not interesting enough to hold my attention. Although it becomes a little more … Continue reading

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The Mill and the Cross (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Into one famous painting and its era

 Watching “The Mill and the Cross” sometimes feels like attending a 1.5-hr visual lecture at art museum. Focusing on one famous painting from the renaissance era, the movie presents its historical background and its small but crucial details to us … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A taut, intense hostage situation on the sea

 “Captain Phillips” is a gripping thriller tightly holding our attention as it is relentlessly sailing on its tumultuous course. Rigorously maintaining its realistic approach to the story and the characters based on a real-life hijacking incident, the movie forcefully accumulates … Continue reading

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Cats and kittens on Sunday afternoon (2013/10/20)

                                   It was sunny, and they pleaded for food..

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Gravity (2013) ☆☆☆☆(4/4) : It’s really terrifying to be floated alone in the space

 One of the sweet memories during my trip to Chicago in 2010 was watching movies with my friend and mentor Roger Ebert during one sunny Thursday afternoon. We watched three movies together along with his lovely wife Chaz and his … Continue reading

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Blancanieves (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Snow White told through silent movie

 Spanish silent film “Blancanieves” is an enchanting work which will show you that silent film is always ready for embracing you if you give a chance. Inspired by one of the famous fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, the movie … Continue reading

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Disconnect (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Only connect…

  I am sometimes amazed by how much our society has been changed by the rapid advance of Internet technology during recent years. Thanks to the development of various Internet services for communication, we can contact far more easily with … Continue reading

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