Monthly Archives: December 2017

Merry Christmas Mr. Mo (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A deadpan filmmaking tale of one barber

South Korean film “Merry Christmas Mr. Mo” is advertised as a ‘black comedy stranger than paradise’, and that description is correct to some degrees. While I was a bit disappointed to find that it is not as uproarious or edgy … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Hope (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another deadpan film from Kaurismäki

I remember well when I watched Aki Kaurismäki’s “Le Havre” (2011) during one cold evening of 2011 December. I watched it at a local arthouse theater which was as freezing as the outside, and I remember well when the theater … Continue reading

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Silly but uproarious

While being as silly as its title suggests, animation film “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” is often quite funny as gleefully and knowingly embracing its sheer goofiness. When I watched its trailer early in this year, I thought it … Continue reading

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Whose Streets? (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A vivid, close look into the Ferguson uprising

Documentary film “Whose Streets?” gives us a vivid, close look into the Ferguson uprising, and there are several raw, intense moments which will captivate you first and then linger on your mind for a long time. While it is definitely … Continue reading

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A small decent bank under crisis

As watching documentary film “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”, I could not help but roll my eyes at the absurd legal injustice shown in the documentary. Here is a small decent bank which has provided a considerable financial help to … Continue reading

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The First Lap (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Anxious uncertainty in their life

Subtly sensitive and somberly observant, South Korean film “The First Lap” looks into the anxious uncertainty of a young ordinary couple. Like any other young happy couples, they simply want to continue their life as usual, but then they become … Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Slick but passable

I remember well when I read Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel “Murder on the Orient Express” for the first time. I was a 9-year-old boy who devoured many various mystery novels ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe, and that … Continue reading

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My Happy Family (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): When she walks away from her family

Georgian film “My Happy Family”, which is currently available on Netflix, is a small unexpected surprise which amused and touched me a lot. On one level, it is an intimate female drama about a woman who tries to reach for … Continue reading

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Radiance (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Another gentle, meditative work from Naomi Kawase

To be frank with you, Naomi Kawase’s works have been an acquired taste to me. Although I admired the serene atmosphere of “The Mourning Forest” (2007), I felt impatient at times during my viewing, and I doubt whether I will … Continue reading

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Romans 8:37 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inside a Christian community

South Korean film “Romans 8:37” is something we do not encounter everyday: a thought-provoking Christian film which does not give us any easy answer in its gloomy tale of faith and disillusionment. As an agnostic atheist who grew up in … Continue reading

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