Monthly Archives: March 2018

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their dynamic fight against AIDS epidemic

French film “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”, which is released here in South Korea as “120 BPM”, gives us a vivid glimpse into the activities of the Paris chapter of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in the early 1990s. … Continue reading

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Annihilation (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Into the alien land of annihilation

“Annihilation” is something we do not see everyday: a smart, intelligent SF film packed with mood and ideas. While it may require some patience from you due to not only its glacial narrative pacing but also the baffling ambiguity surrounding … Continue reading

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Logan Lucky (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Can they be lucky?

Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Logan Lucky” is entertaining for its slick efficiency and laid-back fun. While cheerfully bouncing from one amusing moment to another along with colorful silliness, it works as a smart, lively heist flick which turns out to … Continue reading

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Two Doors (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A sobering documentary on Yongsan Tragedy

South Korean documentary film “Two Doors” reminds me again of how terrible and infuriating the Yongsan Tragedy was. In the early morning of January 19th, 2009, the police attempted to suppress a group of evictees who simply demanded fair treatment, … Continue reading

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Only the Brave (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Against the fires

While thoroughly conventional in many aspects, “Only the Brave” works better than expected. The movie indeed is your typical human drama based on a real-life story, but it is engaging nonetheless thanks to its earnest storytelling and solid performances, and … Continue reading

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Disturbing the Peace (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Combatants for the Peace

Documentary film “Disturbing the Peace” looks into the unlikely solidarity between two different groups of people jointly pursuing the idea of peace in their violent world which has been torn by conflict for many years. As frequently going back and … Continue reading

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My prediction on the 90th Annual Academy Awards

Oscar season has been less predictable these days. When we thought “The Revenant” would won the Best Picture award in early 2016, “Spotlight” surprised us at the last minute. When we did not have much doubt on the victory of … Continue reading

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