Monthly Archives: June 2014

Frances Ha (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Lightweight aimlessness in black and white

 When I watched “Frances Ha” around the end of last year, I was amused by its lightweight charm. I briefly mentioned it along with other good films in my annual movie list of 2013, and I thought I will probably … Continue reading

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Locke (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A man’s night drive under personal crisis

 The premise of “Locke” is so simple that it does not sound like a good movie when you read its synopsis. Here is a man who has just made a big important decision to change his life forever and is … Continue reading

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Concussion (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Deviation with coffee, talk, and sex

 It has been a good life for her and her family, but now she finds herself getting suffocated by her daily life. As she feels her discontent growing inside her day by day, she decides to try something different, and … Continue reading

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) ☆1/2(1.5/4) : The Unbearable Loudness of Being

 “Transformer: Age of Extinction” should be re-titled as “Transformers: The Unbearable Loudness of Being”. The movie relentlessly pummels us with tons of big explosions and loud noises on the screen during its burdensome 165-minute, and you may be at a … Continue reading

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The Double (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An unremarkable life intruded by the double

 Three weeks ago, I watched Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”(2013), an odd movie about a man shocked and then disturbed by the discovery of someone who looks exactly like him. And now I have watched “The Double”, whose story also deals with … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A bloody filmmaking to die for

 I could not enjoy well the first part of Japanese black comedy film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” because nearly all of its characters are too hysterical or delusional or idiotic in each own way. They frequently look and … Continue reading

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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Predictability Not Guaranteed

 First, let me talk a bit about my personal movie term “coin toss movie”. While it does not specify any particular genre, I sometimes use this term whenever I come across a certain type of film whose plot mostly depends … Continue reading

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Gyeongju (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : One long day in an old South Korean city

  If you want me to recommend any other South Korean cites besides Seoul to visit for sightseeing, Gyeongju is one of several good places coming to my mind instantly. As a city which was once the capital of the … Continue reading

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The Congress (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Anything is possible – but nothing sticks much

 “The Congress” is an offbeat juxtaposition of two different stories which do not work together well in one film. One is a sly satire on Hollywood business which also has a thought-provoking premise involved with the rapid development of current … Continue reading

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Albert Nobbs (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Can she possibly be happy?

 The titular character of “Albert Nobbs” is a very, very unhappy human being under miserable condition. The lonely, isolated life of this character is so devoid of any joy or happiness that she still does not know what to do … Continue reading

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