Monthly Archives: March 2019

Hotel by the River (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): One day of an aging poet guy

South Korean film “Hotel by the River”, the latest work from Hong Sang-soo, relatively feels more melancholic and reflective than Hong’s previous works. While there are several amusing moments of low-key humor as you can expect from his film, the … Continue reading

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Loro 2 (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Great Banality

Italian film “Loro 2”, the second half of the latest work from Paolo Sorrentino, is not as tepid as the first half preceding it. While it still throws at us lots of debauchery and decadence as expected and that is … Continue reading

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Loro 1 (2018) ☆☆(2/4): The Bonfire of the Banalities

I often found myself numb and displeased as watching Italian film “Loro 1”, the first half of another ambitious work from Paolo Sorrentino. As relentlessly pushing us into many gaudy moments of hedonistic debauchery, the movie attempts to present vividly … Continue reading

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Us (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another creepy work from Jordan Peele

“Us”, the second feature film from Jordan Peele, is a wry and creepy horror tale packed with striking moments you will not easily forget. While it often tests our suspension of disbelief as going further and further with its decidedly … Continue reading

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Stan & Ollie (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Laurel & Hardy during their later years

First, I must admit that I have never seen any of those old classic Hollywood comedy movies of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy. Sure, I heard about “Sons of the Desert” (1933) around the time when I became more serious … Continue reading

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The Quake (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A catastrophe happens to them again…

Norwegian film “The Quake” is your typical disaster film just like its predecessor “The Wave” (2015). Again, we are served many familiar genre clichés and conventions, and the movie surely does not disappoint us once its big catastrophe strikes upon … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) ☆☆(2/4): No wonder this time

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” promises a lot but does not deliver much in the end. So occupied with introducing new characters and establishing the ground for the next film of its franchise, the movie often lags and trudges … Continue reading

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