Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Insult (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A gripping courtroom drama from Lebanon

Lebanese film “The Insult”, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar early in this year, is a gripping courtroom drama about a complex legal conflict between two different men. At first, it is just a simple human matter … Continue reading

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The Divine Order (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small fight for women’s suffrage.

Some of you will probably be surprised while watching Swiss film “The Divine Order”, which was selected as the Swiss entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in last year. As depicted from the movie, Swiss women did not have … Continue reading

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Time to pay

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, the latest film from acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, is an odd, disturbing thriller which may baffle you at first and then will chill you a lot in the end. As the movie announces … Continue reading

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Let the Sunshine In (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she searches for love

Life can be pretty disappointing especially when you are looking for someone to love you, and French film “Let the Sunshine In” examines that undeniable fact of life with considerable amount of humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. Closely observing the ups … Continue reading

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Oh Lucy! (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): When she falls for her English teacher

When I went to a local arthhouse movie theater for “Oh Lucy!”, I did not expect much, and the movie did not surprise me much. While the movie had some humor and pathos to engage me to some degree, I … Continue reading

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Herstory (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A long, difficult legal struggle for their closure

It is hard for me not to be emotional about the infuriating injustice reflected by the fictional drama of South Korean film “Herstory”, which is inspired by one significant real-life lawsuit against the Japanese government. During the World War II, … Continue reading

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Ant-Man returns – with his partner

While looking relatively modest compared to other recent Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) movies, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a solid lightweight fun. Although it initially takes some time as trying to juggle many different story elements together during its first … Continue reading

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Sunset in My Hometown (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rapper coming back to his hometown

South Korean film “Sunset in My Hometown” is a mixed bag whose weak elements are covered by its strong elements to some degree. Although it is too corny and predictable at times and I am not sure about whether its … Continue reading

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Seoul Searching (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their summer camp in South Korea, 1986

I hate summer camp. That is what initially came to my mind during my viewing of “Seoul Searching”, which is about one eventful summer camp in South Korea, 1986. The movie initially made me wince as evoking my dreadful personal … Continue reading

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Morris from America (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): African American father and son in Germany

“Morris from America”, which received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2016, is plainer than I expected. As phlegmatically observing the bumpy struggle of its young hero in his new … Continue reading

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