Monthly Archives: August 2019

Being 17 (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A tricky matter of their young hearts

French film “Being 17” is an intimate adolescent drama revolving around a difficult situation between its two young heroes struggling with a tricky matter of their young hearts. Calmly presenting the dynamic interactions between them, the movie gradually engages us … Continue reading

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Ghost Walk (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): As time goes backward for her

South Korean film “Ghost Walk” is a modest but haunting fantasy drama about urban loneliness and isolation. As its heroine calmly journeys backward through her last several days as a ghost, the movie slowly establishes its melancholic mood surrounding her … Continue reading

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Warning: Do Not Play (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Searching for one cursed horror flick

South Korean film “Warning: Do Not Play” is a little mystery horror flick alternatively creepy and amusing for its main target audiences. While being as sinister and ominous as required, the movie often throws some wryly amusing moments to be … Continue reading

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Wiener-Dog (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Four short stories around a dog

I cringed and winced from time to time as watching “Wiener-Dog”, the latest work of Todd Solondz. While it is relatively less edgy and uncomfortable compared to his previous works such as “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995) and “Happiness” (1998), … Continue reading

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Catfight (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Morbid, vicious, and, yes, violent

“Catfight” is a morbid and vicious black comedy about the violent conflict between two different characters. Although it simply observes from the distance how these two characters respectively go up and down while occasionally clashing hard with each other, the … Continue reading

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They work together again…

I could not help but get a bit tired and numbed as watching “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”, a spin-off entry from The Fast and the Furious franchise. While it is not boring at all thanks to the … Continue reading

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Light of My Life (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Father and daughter in apocalyptic world

“Light of My Life”, the first feature movie directed by Casey Affleck, is a simple but effective apocalyptic drama driven by the strong relationship between its two main characters. While it does not bring anything particularly new to its genre … Continue reading

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Their Finest (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Making a propaganda film during the World War II

In 2017, no less than three movies associated with the Battle of Dunkirk came out. While Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” (2017) intensely focused on the battle itself, Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” (2017) observed the urgent political situation in Britain around that … Continue reading

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Tower (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That horrible summer day in Austin, Texas

On August 1st, 1966, a guy named Charles Whitman went up to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower in Austin, Texas, and then he committed one of the most atrocious shooting incidents in the American modern history. … Continue reading

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Jesus (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A simple but haunting coming-of-age drama

Japanese film “Jesus” is a simple but haunting coming-of-age drama to be admired for not only its sensitive coming-of-age tale but also its thoughtful handling of its religious subjects. While it is often a little playful as observing how its … Continue reading

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