Monthly Archives: July 2016

After the Storm (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Gathered by the storm

I still marvel at how effortlessly intimate and humane the works of Hirokazu Kore-eda are. Many of his family dramas such as “Still Walking” (2008) and “Like Father, Like Son” (2013) are mostly somber and quiet on the surface, but … Continue reading

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Jason Bourne (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Bourne Redundancy

As I watched “Jason Bourne” during this Wednesday evening, my mind kept making comparisons while feeling the increasing detachment toward actions presented on the screen. Although it serves us with gritty, intense action sequences as busily hopping around different locations … Continue reading

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Let good times roll…

My first days as an undergraduate student of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology were rather uneventful to say the least. While getting acquainted a bit with my two dormitory roommates, I just simply attended lectures and prepared … Continue reading

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The Witch (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An isolated terror in the wood

Shrouded in the gnawing sense of dread and terror, “The Witch” will give you a creepy experience as calmly observing how its characters are slowly crumbled under an unknown influence out there. When it is over, you may wonder about … Continue reading

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): “I had sex today…”

With vibrant personality and frank attitude, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” gives us a close, intimate look into the bumpy sexual maturation period of its adolescent heroine who becomes aware of her biological/psychological changes more than before. Like many … Continue reading

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Emelie (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They get a wrong babysitter…

There are a number of good things to be appreciated in “Emelie”, a creepy little thriller movie equipped with competent filmmaking skill and solid acting. While it is engaging to see how its first two acts steadily build up tension … Continue reading

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Eye in the Sky (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dilemmas of modern drone warfare

Through its gripping drama revolving around one tricky military operation, “Eye in the Sky” presents thought-provoking dilemmas of modern drone warfare without easy answers. If the ends can justify the means, how far can they go for preventing the next … Continue reading

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Train to Busan (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): South Korean Zombie Express

South Korean film “Train to Busan” combines one of my least favorite movie subjects with one of my most favorite movie subjects: zombie and train. As you have already guessed, this is basically another typical zombie movie in which a … Continue reading

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Good Kill (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): His unbearable lightness of following orders

“Good Kill” wants to be a thought-provoking drama about the disturbing sides of modern warfare technology of our time, but it only keeps spinning its wheels with no sense of direction. While there are a number of darkly absurd scenes … Continue reading

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Finding Dory (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another marine family adventure

As the screening of “Finding Dory” began during last evening, I could not help but become nostalgic about the time when I watched its predecessor “Finding Nemo” (2003), one of the best animation feature films from Pixar Animation Studios. Although … Continue reading

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