Monthly Archives: October 2017

The War Game (1965) ☆☆☆☆ (4/4): “This is nuclear war.”

“Oh, where are you coming from, soldier, gaunt soldier, With weapons beyond any reach of my mind, With weapons so deadly the world must grow older And die in its tracks, if it does not turn kind?” – from “Song … Continue reading

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A sequel looking as great as its predecessor

Since it came out in 1982, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” has been regarded as one of the great SF films. Although it was not much of a box office success during its initial theatrical release in 1982, the movie subsequently … Continue reading

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Gerald’s Game (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A woman bound in danger

When I came across the trailer of “Gerald’s Game”, I was rather perplexed for good reasons. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, and that novel seems to be nearly impossible to be … Continue reading

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Lost to Shame (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): His ‘truthful’ performance

There is an ironic edgy fun in South Korean film “Lost to Shame”, a dark, biting story about one contradictory juxtaposition of art and hypocrisy. As its actor hero struggles with his pretension as well as his artistic job, the … Continue reading

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Our Souls at Night (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Redford and Fonda in a twilight romance tale

“Our Souls at Night” is your typical twilight romance tale with a touch of class. While its drama is predictable to the core, the movie is filled with enough warmth and sensitivity to engage us, and it surely helps that … Continue reading

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The End of April (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she prepares for her examination…

South Korean film “The End of April” is a stark, gloomy psychological horror thriller which often unnerves and confounds us with a number of darkly nervous moments. While some of you may be confused about what exactly happens in the … Continue reading

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The Poet and the Boy (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Poetry and sexual confusion

South Korean film “The Poet and the Boy” is a familiar story to the bone. Here is an artist struggling with his lack of inspiration, but then there comes an unexpected possibility of romance, and he is both confused and … Continue reading

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The Fortress (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The impossible situation in a fortress under siege

There is the accumulating sense of despair hovering over the main characters in South Korean film “The Fortress”. As their stronghold is besieged by their powerful opponent, it is pretty clear to them that there are only two options left … Continue reading

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James White (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): He is a mess – and his mother is sick

Patiently following and observing its flawed young hero, “James White” shows us a painful but inevitable process of late maturation. He has looked away from what he does not want to deal with for years, but then something happens to … Continue reading

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Columbus (2017) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): Of Architecture and Romance

During the two weeks of April 2010, I went around here and there in Chicago for getting to know more of the city, and one particular thing I still vividly remember is the various architectural styles observed from numerous buildings … Continue reading

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