Monthly Archives: August 2017

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): How Loach has abided

What a remarkable filmmaker Ken Loach is. Since he modestly started his career during the 1960s, he has ardently stuck to his integrity as well as his artistry during more than 50 years, and that admirable aspect of his is … Continue reading

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Criminal Conspiracy (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): How South Korean media has been ruined

South Korean documentary film “Criminal Conspiracy” made me sad and angry for good reasons. During last 10 years, several major broadcasting companies in South Korean have been seriously damaged and corrupted by South Korean politicians and their cronies, and the … Continue reading

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The Table (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): One same table, four different conversations

South Korean film “The Table” consists of four different conversation scenes unfolded on one table. During each scene, we meet two characters, and then we listen to their conversation as observing the mood and nuances surrounding them. While this is … Continue reading

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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A modest tribute to Linklater

To be frank with you, it took some years for me to become familiar with the works of Richard Linklater. When I happened to watch “School of Rock” (2003) around 2004, I did not pay much attention to its director, … Continue reading

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Last Men in Aleppo (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Ordinary brave men in Aleppo

Closely looking at a group of ordinary brave men struggling in the middle of the civil war in Syria, “Last Men in Aleppo” gives us a bleak but undeniably gripping experience accompanied with growing anger and sadness. As we watch … Continue reading

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Chasing Coral (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An imminent SOS from coral reefs

Netflix documentary film “Chasing Coral” has an urgent environmental message for all of us. While dazzling our eyes with many wondrous sights from coral reefs, the documentary gives us the vivid, striking presentation of an imminent ecological catastrophe which has … Continue reading

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Chasing Ice (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4): Capturing disappearing glaciers

As many of you know, there are still lots of people refusing to believe the alarming progress of global climate change and its undeniable cause. The temperature of our planet has been abnormally increased during several decades because of the … Continue reading

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Get Me Roger Stone (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A political operator very proud of his infamy

If you despise what Donald Trump and his party represent, I bet you will dislike and detest Roger Stone as much as me after watching Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone”. Here is a smart, diabolical political operator who has … Continue reading

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Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The free press in peril

Netflix documentary film “Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press” is often alarming to watch for good reasons. It amusingly begins with many absurdities of one infamous court trial which drew lots of attention during last year, but then it … Continue reading

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Hail, Caesar!

The recent reboot of the Planet of the Apes series has been one of the most interesting cases of reboot during last 10 years. In “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011), the franchise successfully recharged itself with considerable … Continue reading

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