Monthly Archives: September 2017

First They Killed My Father (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A girl in the Cambodian Genocide

“First They Killed My Father”, which is currently available on Netflix, is a dark, harrowing tale of survival filled with quiet but powerful moments of horror and sadness. Based on the memoir of the same name by Loung Ung, the … Continue reading

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Kedi (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Cats in Istanbul

If you adore cats like me, you will find that documentary film “Kedi” is a sheer delight right from its first scene. Looking here and there around the streets and alleys of Istanbul, the documentary presents a vivid glimpse into … Continue reading

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David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Lynch on his early art life

As one of the most fascinating filmmakers in our time, David Lynch has dazzled and confounded us with his odd surreal style during last 40 years. Since he made a striking impression on the audiences with his first feature film … Continue reading

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Strong Island (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Remembering his brother – and how he was killed

Calmly examining one case of senseless killing and the resulting anger and grief, documentary film “Strong Island”, which is currently available on Netflix, makes its intention very clear to us right from the beginning. It wants us to see how … Continue reading

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Icarus (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The biggest doping scandal in sports history

Bryan Fogel’s documentary film “Icarus” begins with one story and then goes into the other story. While the former is mildly fascinating, the latter is more compelling in comparison, and the documentary wisely lets the latter take the center, as … Continue reading

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I Can Speak (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): She wants to speak…

South Korean film “I Can Speak” is more serious than its trailer suggests. When I watched the trailer, I thought it was merely another silly comedy film, but then I heard that it is about a certain serious historical subject … Continue reading

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Brad’s Status (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): On his insecure status

Going through the 34th year of my life at present, I sometimes wonder whether I am fine with my current status. While I recently managed to settle on a modest but stable job after several years of personal confusion and … Continue reading

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