Monthly Archives: May 2021

Introduction (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A usual exercise by Hong Sang-Soo

South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo’s latest film “Introduction”, which received the Best Screenplay award when it was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival early in this year, is a usual exercise you can expect from Hong. Like many of … Continue reading

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Apples (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another dry absurd drama film from Greece

“Apples”, which was selected as the Greek entry for Best International Film Oscar in last year, is a dry absurd drama film which is decidedly peculiar right from its very beginning. Although it is not wholly successful in its offbeat … Continue reading

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Cruella (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): She is actually not that cruel…

“Cruella” is often uneven and schizophrenic in its mixed result. On one hand, it seems to aspire to be mean and nasty, and there are some deliciously vicious moments to be savored mainly thanks to the entertaining works from its … Continue reading

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Aloners (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): She prefers to be alone…

South Korean independent film “Aloners” revolves around the daily life of one young woman who simply prefers to be alone. While she is not exactly a likable person, the movie takes patience in observing not only her loneliness but also … Continue reading

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The Army of the Dead (2021) ☆☆(2/4): Zack Snyder back in zombieland

Zack Snyder’s new film “The Army of the Dead”, which was released on Netflix two days ago, is excessive and self-indulgent. Although you will be not disappointed at all if you simply want to see lots of zombies swiftly eliminated … Continue reading

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Oxygen (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A taut claustrophobic SF thriller starring Mélanie Laurent

Netflix film “Oxygen”, which was released in last week, is a taut claustrophobic science fiction thriller which is solely driven by one simple premise. While you may notice some plot holes and contrivances after it is over, the movie will … Continue reading

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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A disturbing suburban crime drama of Asian American teenagers

To be frank with you, my high school life during the late 1990s was mostly kept on the straight and narrow. Every day and night during that intense period, I was constantly driven and pressured for getting higher test scores, … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Window (2021) ☆☆(2/4): A disappointingly unreliable thriller

“The Woman in the Window”, which was released on Netflix in last week, is not as bad as I feared, but what a letdown it is. While I was not entirely bored, the movie never exceeded my expectation or surpassed … Continue reading

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Fast & Furious 9 (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Another family problem….

My mind kept going somewhere while watching “Fast & Furious 9”, whose theatrical release was unfortunately delayed more than once due to several reasons including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic before eventually released in South Korean theaters today. Yes, there are … Continue reading

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Supernova (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): They’re still together, but…

“Supernova” is a little somber drama which depends a lot on the undeniable chemistry between its two lead performers, who are simply fabulous as playing along with each other throughout the film. As their characters interact more and more on … Continue reading

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