Monthly Archives: November 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stories that hurt

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a little creepy horror flick which serves us a number of good scary moments within our expectation. As a sort of hybrid between “Final Destination” (2000) and “Goosebumps” (2015), the movie does … Continue reading

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Taipei Story (1985) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Lost in Taipei

Edward Yang’s “Taipei Story”, which was released in South Korean theaters a few days ago, is a melancholic urban drama about loneliness and disconnection. Although it initially requires considerable patience from us due mainly to its slow narrative pacing and … Continue reading

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Maurice (1987) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sumptuous queer period drama

James Ivory’s 1987 film “Maurice”, which happens to be released in South Korean in this week, is a sumptuous queer period drama to be admired and appreciated. Based on the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, the … Continue reading

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Doctor Sleep (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): An eclectic sequel between King and Kubrick

Mike Flanagan’s new film “Doctor Sleep” is an eclectic sequel sandwiched between two contrasting sources of inspiration: Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. While officially based on King’s novel of the same name which is a sequel to his famous horror … Continue reading

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Luce (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They need to talk about their adopted son…

“Luce” is supposed to be a complex and compelling drama on race and identity, but it somehow left me with considerable dissatisfaction. While raising several interesting questions to reflect on, the movie often feels contrived and heavy-handed in terms of … Continue reading

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This Changes Everything (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Why they need more women in Hollywood

Documentary film “This Changes Everything”, which is currently being shown as “Woman in Hollywood” in South Korean theaters, attempts to illuminate a longtime gender issue in Hollywood. Although it does not go that far beyond what I have learned on … Continue reading

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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Redundant but entertaining

“Terminator: Dark Fate” is a redundant but surprisingly entertaining sequel whose strong elements compensate for its weak ones to some degree. While it stumbles at times as an action flick, the movie manages to recharge its story formula via some … Continue reading

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