Monthly Archives: August 2020

Blue Story (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Ghetto Gangs of London

“Blue Story” is a brutal British crime drama about two African British lads who happen to be driven into a series of violent and tragic happenings. To be frank with you, I really have no idea on how much the … Continue reading

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Clementine (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Two women in a lake house

“Clementine” is a slow and opaque psychological drama mainly revolving around two different female characters who happen to get involved with each other by coincidence. Putting them together in a remote spot during most of its running time, the movie … Continue reading

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2049 (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Hoping for a better future

These days, I often find myself worrying over the future of human civilization. While the signs of global climate change are increasing here and there all over the world, we are still not doing enough to stop this alarming trend … Continue reading

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Special Actors (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Not so special this time

I was merely amused from time to time as watching Japanese comedy film “Special Actors”, which does not push its outrageous comic promise much beyond a number of mildly whimsical moments. Maybe because I am your average seasoned moviegoer, I … Continue reading

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Black Is King (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): An interesting visual album from Beyoncé

I am not much of an American pop music aficionado, but I certainly know how popular Beyoncé has been during last two decades. To be frank with you, I usually regarded her as a merely famous singer who appeared in … Continue reading

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The Go-Go’s (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): When they got the beat

I like good documentaries which illuminate things beyond my current knowledge, and documentary film “The Go-Go’s” is one of such cases. Following the short but impressive history of a famous all-female American punk rock band during the early 1980s, the … Continue reading

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The Way Back (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): An alcoholic basketball coach with issues

“The Way Back” is a surprisingly low-key mix of two different genres. As a story about one former basketball athlete’s struggle for a new start in his messy life, it surely has a number of basketball game scenes as required, … Continue reading

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The Wild Goose Lake (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): He’s going nowhere…

Chinese film “The Wild Goose Lake” is a slow but stylish crime drama packed with tangible atmosphere and palpable seedy realism. Although I felt rather distant to its story and characters throughout its 110-minute running time, I also could not … Continue reading

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The Hater (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A cold, detached character study on online sociopathy

Polish film “The Hater”, which won the Best International Narrative Feature Award at Tribeca Film Festival in this year but then was released on Netlix without much publicity a few days ago, is a cold, detached character study revolving around … Continue reading

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1BR (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Trapped in a deadly neighborhood

“1BR” is a little devious horror thriller film which pushes its modest story idea a bit more than I expected. While initially reminiscent of several other similar horror films including Roman Polanski’s “The Tenant” (1976), the movie gives us a … Continue reading

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