Monthly Archives: February 2022

Nitram (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A distant but chilling character study by Justin Kurzel

Jusitn Kurzel’s new film “Nitram” is a distant but chilling character study based on the real-life figure who perpetrated a shocking mass shooting incident in Tasmania, Australia in 1996. Although it is a pretty uncomfortable experience to say the least, … Continue reading

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Cyrano (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A mild musical elevated by Dinklage

What an interesting actor Peter Dinklage is. Since his memorable breakthrough turn in “The Station Agent” (2003), this little but undeniably versatile actor has steadily impressed us during last 19 years, and Joe Wright’s new film “Cyrano” reminds us again … Continue reading

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Strawberry Mansion (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dreamland to be audited

It is difficult to describe what I saw from “Strawberry Mansion”, which is probably one of the quirkiest works I have ever seen during several recent years. Essentially a series of offbeat moments developed from its simple story setting, the … Continue reading

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Together Together (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little witty comedy about surrogate mother

I have some strong opinions on the gender ethical issues involved with surrogate mother, but I enjoyed a number of witty comic moments in “Together Together”. While never overlooking the complex nature of its two main characters’ relationship, this little … Continue reading

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Together (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stuck together during the ongoing pandemic

Stephen Daldry’s BBC TV movie “Together” simply observes an ordinary couple who happens to be stuck together during the lockdown period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Although it often feels theatrical as its two main characters frequently break … Continue reading

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Scream (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A slashing legacy sequel its franchise deserves

During last several years, we are served with a bunch of reboots and legacy sequels ranging from the recent Star Wars trilogy to “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (2021) and “Candyman” (2021), so it is rather fateful that now we come to get … Continue reading

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Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The downfall of Boeing

Netflix documentary film “Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”, which was released two days ago, may make you think twice about getting on a Boeing airplane. As many of you know, the Boeing Company dominated the airplane manufacture industry for several … Continue reading

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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their complicated friendship

Netflix documentary film “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali”, which was released in last September, examines the complicated friendship between two famous African American figures in the 1960s. Starting from their respective early years, the documentary shows us how … Continue reading

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Parallel Mothers (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two mothers’ complicated situation

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film “Parallel Mothers” is another fascinating work to be added to his long and illustrious career. Because, like many of Almodóvar’s notable works such as “Talk to Her” (2002), the movie engages us to a surprising degree … Continue reading

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BigBug (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Another whimsical work from Jean-Pierre Jeunet

A few days ago, I was rather amused to see that many people remember Sam Raimi for a number of recent horror flicks produced by him instead of the Evil Dead trilogy or “Drag Me to Hell” (2009), and now … Continue reading

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