Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hunger (2008) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A striking debut work by Steve McQueen

On one day in 2009 June, I happened to get a chance to watch Steve McQueen’s debut work “Hunger”, and it was one of the most memorable movie experiences during that year. The movie struck me hard with its uncompromising … Continue reading

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) ☆☆(2/4): Dawn of Tiredness

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a glum, humongous chunk of mess weighted further down by solemn ponderousness to bore us. Although its story doles out some interesting ideas and materials, they are all discarded, smashed, and pulverized in … Continue reading

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The Wave (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A tsunami movie from Norway

Norwegian film “The Wave” sets its modest goal and then delivers its goodies as intended from the start. When it stacks up various stock genre materials during its first act, it is lean and efficient as skillfully building tension on … Continue reading

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The 33 (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Trapped 700 meters underground for 69 days

Based on a dramatic real-life story which drew lots of public attention around the world in 2010, “The 33” attempts to give us a close, vivid look into that extremely risky period. As many of you remember, 33 miners of the … Continue reading

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Snow Paths (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A confused alcoholic at Catholic sanatorium

South Korean film “Snow Paths” is seemingly simple at first. A man struggling with his personal problems comes to a quiet place, and then he meets someone who brings some bright change into his troubled state. While this is a … Continue reading

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Knight of Cups (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A Terrence Malick film floated in fragments

Terrence Malick’s new film “Knight of Cups” is visually stunning and profoundly disorienting. We get lots of beautiful, mesmerizing moments as it is floated here and there along its visual stream-of-consciousness. We get fragmented glimpses into its detached, disillusioned hero … Continue reading

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Bone Tomahawk (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Gritty and Gruesome

“Bone Tomahawk” is a freakish mix of two pulpy genres. On one side, it is a gritty modern western film packed with colorful goodies to be enjoyed along its ride. On the other side, it is a gruesome horror flick … Continue reading

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Z for Zachariah (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A triangle in the post-apocalyptic world

I do not mind ambiguity, but the ambiguous nature of “Z for Zachariah” frustrates me instead of intriguing me. As a sort of post-apocalyptic chamber drama, the movie focuses on the psychological tension being developed among three characters who may … Continue reading

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Twinsters (2015) ☆☆☆ (3/4): Twin sisters’ reunion after 25 years

Documentary film “Twinsters” starts its story with one unbelievable encounter which can happen only in our digital era. Two young women suddenly came to learn of each other’s presence through online communication, and they were naturally surprised by their uncanny … Continue reading

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Spirits’ Homecoming (2015) ☆1/2(1.5/4): These women deserve better than this

I am angry about South Korean film “Spirits’ Homecoming” for two reasons. I was angered as thinking about those many women forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. I was infuriated about how … Continue reading

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