Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Butler (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : The modern American history seen through a butler

While not as bad as I feared, “The Butler” is not as good as I hoped. The movie attempts to mix its personal drama the modern American history for presenting an interesting perspective to us, but it feels too blatant … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Fire gathering around her

While more or less than a bridge between the previous film and the next two films to come, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” goes into a more serious territory compared to the first film as its strong, independent, and distinctive … Continue reading

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The Fake (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A dark, disturbing animation from South Korea

 South Korean animation “The Fake” is so bleak and hopeless from the beginning that I even found myself wondering during its first 30 minutes how further it would possibly go – and it did go further as I was horrified … Continue reading

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The Great Beauty (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An old man still strolling in La Dolce Vita

 “The Great Beauty” is a grand visual tapestry from Paolo Sorrentino, who has established his status as one of the most interesting directors from Italy. As an apparent homage to Federico Fellini’s great film “La Dolce Vita”(1960), the movie serves … Continue reading

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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Three days of an artist being suffocated

It does not look that bad to us at first, but, as following her imprisoned daily life, we slowly realize how terrible it is for her to live there for the rest of her life. Yes, she is still struggling … Continue reading

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The Counselor (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A descent into the hell a la Cormac McCarthy

 Around four years ago, I was temporarily banished from my lab after another disastrous academic failure of mine. So disappointed with myself, I retreated into the campus library, and I read several books I previously bought but had never touched, … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Queen (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her last few days in the palace

The storm is coming, but they have no idea on what will happen to them and their world. It is July 14th, 1789, and everything looks fine just like any other day to the people in the royal palace of … Continue reading

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