Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Salesman (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The trouble with their new place

At first, Iranian film “The Salesman”, which recently won Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, intrigues us with a fascinating case of cultural juxtaposition. Its main title sequence shows us a theater stage in preparation, and we soon come to see … Continue reading

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): It’s so nice to see you again, Mr. Wick

In my review on “John Wick” (2014), I wrote, “While it is strewn with lots of dead or injured bodies, “John Wick” looks more like a stylish joke as I reflect more on its rather amusing aspects after watching it.” … Continue reading

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Split (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Shaymalan and McAvoy going way over the top

Among a bunch of books I have kept since my elementary school years, Daniel Keyes’ nonfiction book “The Minds of Billy Milligan” is one of more notable ones I still remember quite well. Its real-life story of a man struggling … Continue reading

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My prediction on the 89th Annual Academy Awards

The Oscar season is almost near the end now, and, as usual, we are quite sure about several things while feeling not so certain about other things. As I and others predicted from the beginning, “La La Land” has constantly … Continue reading

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The Red Turtle (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A wordless fable on the island

“The Red Turtle”, an animation feature film co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, looks as simple as its allegoric fantasy fable. Wholly driven by images and sounds without any dialogue during its 80-minute running time, this is surely your … Continue reading

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A Man Called Ove (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A Grumpy Old Suicidal Man

Swedish film “A Man Called Ove”, which was recently nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, looks typical at first. Here is a blunt, irascible curmudgeon who frequently gets annoyed by many things in his life, and it is not … Continue reading

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The Long Excuse (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he ‘mourns’…

As an intimate story about loss and grief, Japanese film “The Long Excuse” is sometimes surprisingly amusing with small precious moments of wry humor and keen observation. While never overlooking the dark, melancholic elements of its story, the movie deftly … Continue reading

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Land of Mine (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small, dark epilogue of the World War II

Through its fictional story, Danish film “Land of Mine” illuminates a small, dark epilogue of the World War II which has not been known well to most of us. Although it often feels heavy-handed especially during its third act, the … Continue reading

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Trolls (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They sing, dance, and hug a lot….

Animation feature film “Trolls” is as bright, fluffy, and chirpy as it can be during its 92-minute running time, and that is all. While it serves us with not only many colorful sequences which will exalt young audience but also … Continue reading

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Silence (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That deepening silence on human suffering

At the beginning of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”, we hear the sound of insects on the soundtrack. Recurring throughout the film, that plain sound of nature becomes more chilling as accentuating the deepening silence on human suffering in the film, and … Continue reading

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