Monthly Archives: May 2016

Overman (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A genuine feel-good coming-of-age drama with books

South Korean film “Overman” is a rare type which I and other South Korean audiences do not come across often in these gloomy days: a genuine feel-good coming-of-age drama. Sure, there are several gray moments as its two adolescent characters … Continue reading

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The Clan (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A double family life

A real-life criminal story dramatized in Argentine film “The Clan” is both disturbing and compelling to say the least. Here is the man who is not only a ruthless criminal but also an ordinary middle-class father, and we cannot help … Continue reading

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Men & Chicken (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): The story of some brothers

Danish film “Men & Chicken”, which was submitted to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in last year, is utterly bizarre and outrageous from the beginning to the end. As a movie not just literally about men and … Continue reading

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Phantom Detective (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): An offbeat noir from South Korea

South Korean film “Phantom Detective” is an amusing mixed bag stuffed with different genre elements which do not seem to fit together at first but somehow work on the whole in its offbeat concoction. After all, not many movies have … Continue reading

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Spa Night (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A somber, tentative gay drama in Koreatown

“Spa Night” puts itself in the middle of an ethnic community area in LA both familiar and foreign to me. As this small exceptional independent movie let me assess its specific, intimate details with curiosity and amusement, I was involved … Continue reading

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Rabin, the Last Day (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): When Israel failed itself

As with other infamous political assassination incidents, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has devastating historical resonance over its aftermath. Despite the increasingly difficult domestic situation following the Oslo Accord I, which could have been the real first … Continue reading

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Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two great filmmakers, one monumental book

When I was young and wild during the 1990s, I began to be more serious about movies, and it was fortunate for me to have two wonderful things to boost my growing interest on movies around that time. First, a … Continue reading

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