Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dirty Wars (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An expanding picture of War on Terror

What is told in Oscar-nominated documentary “Dirty Wars” is not so surprising or shocking to you if you have paid attention to how far the US government has gone during its War on Terror since 9/11, but what it shows … Continue reading

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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their life can be a nice bluegrass song

 Although I am not so familiar with country songs or its cousin bluegrass songs, I enjoyed the soundtrack of “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, and I am listening to it while writing this review. Starting with its main song “Will the … Continue reading

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Short Term 12 (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful

  My late friend Roger Ebert once said that movies are the most powerful aid to empathy of all the arts, and “Short Term 12”, one of the small gems of 2013, is a model example of that. As hanging … Continue reading

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Museum Hours (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Of the Museum and the City

   I still remember well my exciting two weeks in Chicago in 2010, and many of my sweet memories are involved with its streets, buildings, people, and museums. While going here and there around the Loop and other areas of … Continue reading

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Life Itself (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : You certainly lived it fully, Roger

 As one of the most influential film critics of our time, late Roger Ebert surely had an interesting life to be told, and Steve James’ documentary “Life Itself”, which is based on his memoir published in late 2011, is as … Continue reading

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The Attack (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : She suddenly looks different to him

  With its thought-provoking subject, “The Attack” hits its hero hard while giving no easy answer to his devastated personal circumstance or the political situation surrounding him and his world. After his life is suddenly turned upside down by a … Continue reading

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Deadpan Vampires in Artistic Ennui

 Eternity is a dreadfully boring concept, but Jim Jarmusch’s new film “Only Lovers Left Alive” tickled me with the languid ennui of its vampire characters, and it is definitely a lot more entertaining than those tedious Twilight movies. The life … Continue reading

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