Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Imitation Game (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A life of codes and secrets

  Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a brilliant mathematician who was also an early pioneer of computer science, and his enormous contribution to computer science is still influencing our world even at this point. His concept of automatic computing machine, called … Continue reading

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The Judge (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A prodigal lawyer son returning to his hometown

  Some movies are so predictable and transparent in their handling of story and characters that I sometimes shake my head as observing their glaring clumsiness on the screen. Although it is not a lousy film, I shook my head … Continue reading

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Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : The matter of Blood and Family

 South Korean film “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant” is funny and lightweight at first, and I enjoyed its comic moments with smile and amusement. Unfortunately, its plot becomes clunky after taking a sudden melodramatic turn around its third act, and … Continue reading

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American Sniper (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A Sniper’s Story

  As a war film, “American Sniper” is gritty and thought-provoking as steadily maintaining its unadorned and respectful attitude to its subject. While it is uncomfortable to watch at times due to its hero’s narrow viewpoint, the story feels direct … Continue reading

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Birdman (2014) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): A quirky backstage comedy of existential crisis

 As a quirky backstage comedy of existential crisis, “Birdman” flies with style while also being grounded in substance. Presenting its interesting story of life and performance in a technically challenging way we have never encountered before, it attempts a risky … Continue reading

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Whiplash (2014) ☆☆☆☆(4/4) : Driven and played with blood, tear, and sweat

 Intense and stupefying as mercilessly and powerfully playing our heart like those poor drums on the screen, “Whiplash” knocks us out with its tremendous energy coming from the tumultuous battle of two clashing will powers which is not only unpredictable … Continue reading

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Still Alice (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Fading away from others – and herself

 When we meet the heroine of “Still Alice” at first, she looks satisfied with her life which has been fairly good to her. She is an academic researcher on the top of her field, and she has a husband who … Continue reading

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Foxcatcher (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Bound for Hollow Glory

 Always maintaining its reticent attitude with the sense of doom, “Foxcatcher” is quietly examines its stranger-than-fiction story which can be interpreted as a morbid American tragedy of ambition and madness. It demands us considerable patience at times mainly because of … Continue reading

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Nightcrawler (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The Secret of His Twisted Success

 “Nightcrawler” is both chilling and fascinating in its sardonic observation of its very unlikable hero who is disturbingly singled-minded in his ruthless pursuit of success. When he happens to come across a possible way for success, he instantly sets himself … Continue reading

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Predestination (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : That tricky paradox of time travel

  “Predestination” is a minor surprise to be admired for its clever handling of one classic science fiction idea which always intrigues us for that mind-boggling paradox inside it. You will certainly see through almost every cog inside its plot … Continue reading

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