Monthly Archives: August 2019

Falling Inn Love (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Falling in clichés with charm

Some romantic comedy movies can charm us even though they fall into myriad genre clichés, and “Falling Inn Love”, which was released on Netflix two days ago, is one of such cases. Right from its very title, you can clearly … Continue reading

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House of Hummingbird (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): This girl’s life in Seoul, 1994

South Korean film “House of Hummingbird”, which received the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury when it was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival early in this year, observes a young ordinary girl’s life in specific place … Continue reading

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Tune in for Love (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): As they try to be in tune with each other

South Korean “Tune in for Love” is so familiar in terms of story and characters that you will clearly guess what you are going to listen and watch even before tuning in to it at the beginning. While it is … Continue reading

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Fourth Place (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): What does really matter to this swimmer boy?

South Korean film “Fourth Place” surprised me as defiantly swimming across lanes of genre conventions with grace and tact. At first, the movie merely seems to be a simple educational tale on teaching and student civil rights, but then it … Continue reading

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Cemetery of Splendour (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Baffling but intriguing

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Cemetery of Splendour” alternatively baffled and intrigued me. Just like his previous film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010), the movie intentionally blurs the line between reality and fantasy in its own idiosyncratic way, so … Continue reading

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The House of Us (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An intimate summer story of three young girls

I could not help but smile as watching South Korean film “The House of Us”, which is another remarkable work from director/writer Yoon Ga-eun. The movie presents its three young main characters and their daily life with considerable intimacy and … Continue reading

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Futuro Beach (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): After leaving the beach

“Futuro Beach”, a Brazilian-German film directed by Karim Aïnouz, is a dispassionate but interesting queer drama to observe and appreciate. Although it is often a bit too oblique and distant in terms of story and characters, the movie steadily engages … Continue reading

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