Monthly Archives: January 2015

Big Eyes (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Behind those big eyes

 What is the standard of good art? Or is there really such a standard like that? Mostly shying away from these interesting questions evoked by its fascinating real-life story, Tim Burton’s new film “Big Eyes” takes a rather plain, earnest … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beyond the Lights (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A Star is Reborn

“Beyond the Lights” gave me two things to remember. First, while reminding me again of my serious lack of knowledge on pop songs, it enlightened me a bit on Nina Simone, an African American singer I was not so familiar … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Water Diviner (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A father’s search for his fallen sons

  As a seasoned moviegoer, I usually ignore “Inspired by a true story/true stories” at the beginning of movies supposedly based on real-life incidents, and I am always ready to enjoy any fictional elements in them, but “The Water Diviners” … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Love is Strange (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : More than longtime companions

  “Love is Strange” is a small intimate drama about two good people who have loved and lived with each other for almost 40 years and then suddenly have to deal with a trouble suddenly coming into their happy life. As … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Equalizer (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Washington and Fuqua back in action together

 Maybe because I have reviewed films more frequently than ever during this month, I have so far watched no less than 3 action movies which are notably similar to each other in several aspects. First, I watched “Taken 3” (2015) … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mr. Turner (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : That sublime beauty amidst his mundane life

 Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” is an atypical biography drama about the life and career of a flawed but talented artist. Rather than focusing on the highlights of his career like average biography movies would, this somber film slowly lets us … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Wild (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Hiking into the Wild

  As a tale of healing process and self-discovery, “Wild” looks plain and conventional from the very beginning, but it is entertaining to watch mainly because of several strong points which considerably enliven its conventions. Although there is nothing new … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment