Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sputnik (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Beauty and the Host

Russian film “Sputnik” is a little creepy SF horror flick which intrigues and then chills you as patiently developing the story and characters within its limited background. Evoking many various movies ranging from “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) to “Venom” (2018), … Continue reading

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Rising Phoenix (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): They are indeed superheroes

Netflix documentary film “Rising Phoenix” is an uplifting examination of the Paralympic Games and a number of various participants. Rather than merely living with their disabilities, these and many other disabled athletes push themselves really hard at the Paralympic Games … Continue reading

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Beats (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Revolt in beats

British film “Beats”, which incidentally should not be confused with the 2019 American film of the same name, is often fascinating as a plain but vivid slice of adolescent life in Scotland, 1994. As closely following its two teenage heroes, … Continue reading

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Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): They return triumphantly

“Bill & Ted Face the Music”, the long-awaited final chapter of the trilogy which was started with “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Journey” (1989), is packed with goofy charm and entertainment just like its two predecessors. While the setting and background … Continue reading

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Get Duked! (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Hunted in the middle of the Highlands

In my trivial opinion, good comedy always needs some solid ground for its jokes and gags to be funny and effective. In case of “Get Duked!”, which was released on Amazon Prime a few days ago, it throws lots of … Continue reading

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Boys State (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Meet future American politicians

Documentary “Boys State”, which won the US Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, gives us a close and intimate glimpse into a bunch of boys who may be the future of American … Continue reading

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Untold (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A war of memories

South Korean documentary film “Untold”, which was released in local theaters as “A War of Memories” early in this year, simply listens and observes. Even without any particular comment, this small but haunting documentary calmly but palpably conveys to us … Continue reading

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You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): David Arquette rises

I did not know whether I could be merely amused or had to wince a lot as watching documentary film “You Cannot Kill David Arquette”. The documentary often feels so ridiculous and outrageous that I often had serious doubts on … Continue reading

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An American Pickle (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Mildly pickled, so to say

“An American Pickle” is a mildly pickled product which gives some nice laughs occasionally but never fully develops its supposedly rich comic promise. While it is not a total bore at all thanks to its lead actor’s amusing dual performance, … Continue reading

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Tesla (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An unorthodox failure

Nikola Tesla was indeed an inventor ahead of his time. Although many of numerous things envisioned by him were not realized during his life and he eventually died alone in poverty in 1943, he was surely one of the pioneering … Continue reading

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