Monthly Archives: April 2021

Lingua Franca (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): An intimate transgender immigrant drama

I always cherish movies showing and transporting us into the lives of different people, and “Lingua Franca”, which was released on Netflix in US in last August, is one of such good movies. Mainly revolving around the urban daily life … Continue reading

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Yes, God, Yes (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The little sexual awakening of one Christian girl

“Yes, God, Yes” is a little coming-of-age comedy film which turns out to be more considerate and thoughtful than you may expect from its very title. While surely generating some good laughs from its adolescent Christian heroine’s gradual sexual awakening, … Continue reading

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The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A refugee who becomes, uh, art

“The Man Who Sold His Skin”, which was nominated for Best International Film Oscar in last month, tries to balance itself between two very different plot elements. At first, it begins as a serious refugee drama, and then it enters … Continue reading

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Pinocchio (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The creepy and bizarre version of a famous fairy tale

Matteo Garrone’s latest film “Pinocchio” is creepy and bizarre without much sense of fun and enchantment. While it is quite impressive to say the least in technical aspects (It was recently nominated for Best Costume and Best Makeup Oscar, by … Continue reading

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She Dies Tomorrow (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Before tomorrow comes

“She Dies Tomorrow” is very convincing and thought-provoking in handling its rather preposterous story premise. While it takes some time in building up its story and characters during its first part, it eventually comes to us as quite an engaging … Continue reading

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The Power (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Her first night shift

“The Power” is a little spooky horror film shrouded in creepy darkness. While it has several effective moments to be appreciated, the movie often falters in case of handling its two different kinds of horrors in addition to being hampered … Continue reading

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Let Them All Talk (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A delightful cruise movie from Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Let Them All Talk”, which was released on HBO Max in last December, simply enjoys being with a small number of colorful characters during its leisurely transatlantic cruise. On the surface, the movie seems to be … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) ☆☆☆1/2: A harrowing Bosnian war drama

Bosnian film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, which was recently nominated for Best International Film Oscar, is an unforgettable war drama which takes us into one of the most tragic incidents in the Bosnian War. As told to us at the beginning … Continue reading

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Moffie (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A rough military gay drama set in South Africa, 1981

South African film “Moffie”, whose very title is derogatory Afrikkans for homosexual, does not present much attitude to its intriguing main subjects, and that was often frustrating for me during my viewing. As a movie about a certain type of … Continue reading

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Way Back Home (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When a past returns to her

South Korean independent film “Way Back Home” is a quiet and sensitive drama which speaks volume in many wordless moments. Calmly observing how its ordinary heroine’s daily life is shaken by the return of one terrible incident in her past, … Continue reading

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