Monthly Archives: November 2021

Nothing Serious (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): No string attached, right?

As your average seasoned moviegoer, I usually find myself getting bored while watching romantic comedy films. Unless they are equipped with enough charm and appeal to hold my attention, many of romantic comedy films do not engage me that much … Continue reading

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Encanto (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her and her family’s certain domestic problem

Disney animation feature film “Encanto” is quite predictable to the core, but it is fairly colorful enough to delight us. While it is not particularly fresh in terms of story and characters, this weakness is fortunately compensated by not only … Continue reading

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tick, tick… BOOM! (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): How he came to write “Rent”

“tick, tick… BOOM!”, which was released on Netflix on last Friday after released in movie theaters in the previous week, is a solid musical movie packed with enough goodies to entertain you. Based on the semi-autobiographical musical of the same … Continue reading

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Passing (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A reserved racial drama by Rebecca Hall

Netflix film “Passing”, which was released several weeks ago, somberly trembles below the surface as examining its two contrasting African American main characters and their racial issues. While it sometimes feels a bit too reserved for you if you expect … Continue reading

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Casting JonBenet (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Casting performers to play her and others

Netflix documentary film “Casting JonBenet” takes an unorthodox approach to an infamous unsolved murder case at its center. Because I am not familiar with that notorious case which happened almost 25 years ago, I was a bit disappointed to see … Continue reading

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Operation Hyacinth (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A grim but compelling Polish police noir drama

Polish film “Operation Hyacinth”, which was released on Netflix in last month, looks into its moody period background via a typical noir tale of obsession, confusion, and corruption. As steadily following a supposedly clean-cut young hero who becomes quite obsessed … Continue reading

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New Order (2020) ☆☆(2/4): A messy exercise of chaos and brutality

Sometimes, I come across hollow artsy flicks hopelessly stuck in their supposedly interesting but ultimately flimsy ideas, and Mexican film “New Order” is one of such depressing cases. Sure, I understand that it intends to be an edgy political allegory … Continue reading

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Love Affair(s) (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The things they say – and the things they do

French film “Love Affair(s)” is a funny and intelligent comedy about that complicated thing called love. As a bunch of supposedly smart and sensible characters trying to handle their unexpected romances and the accompanying personal complications, the movie busily and … Continue reading

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The Power of the Dog (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A tense western drama by Jane Campion

Jane Campion’s new film “The Power of the Dog”, which was recently released in theaters in US and South Korea before released on Netflix early in next month, is a subtly tense and captivating mix of western drama and character … Continue reading

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The French Dispatch (2021) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): Lovely newspaper tales a la Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s latest film “The French Dispatch” feels like reading a fine copy of some smart and sophisticated urban magazine. As serving us everything we can expect from Anderson, the movie shows Anderson being at the top of his distinctive … Continue reading

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