Monthly Archives: October 2014

Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A cold, stark winter noir from China

    After watching “Black Coal, Thin Ice”, a haunting noir film from China, you will probably want a hot cup of coffee to warm you. Besides its mystery plot involved with a grisly murder case which casts a long … Continue reading

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Gone Girl (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : What lies behind…

  Something does not feel good right from the beginning of “Gone Girl”, a gripping top-notch thriller which gradually and chillingly reveals its nasty and insidious cards behind its back step by step with icy, merciless precision. Considering its dark, … Continue reading

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Boyhood (2014) ☆☆☆☆(4/4) : Along the stream of time

 As preparing for the last steps of my graduate course at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in these days, I sometimes feel a bit wistful about my long years at KAIST. The day when I entered the … Continue reading

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4) : Yes, they’re really going to do that

 “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is not as whimsy or outrageous as its odd title suggests, and that was a little disappointment for me. The movie is a mild, pleasant comedy, and there is nothing wrong with that, but, considering … Continue reading

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The Immigrant (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rich, somber classic melodrama from a bygone era

 Right from its evocative opening shot, “The Immigrant” takes us into the era when many poor, desperate people struggled hard in a world which was not as generous to them as they hoped. They might have some bright hopes about … Continue reading

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Cats in the campus (2014/10/01)

It is October now, but they are enjoying sunny afternoon…  

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Whistle Blower (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Against a big national lie

 South Korean film “Whistle Blower” gave me and other audiences an odd experience to talk about. Although it emphasizes that its story is entirely fictional, I and others knew too well that it was inspired by a big academic scandal … Continue reading

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