Category Archives: Movies

Take Care of My Cat (2001) ☆☆☆(3/4): Five different young women – and a little cat

“Take Care of My Cat”, which is recently re-released in South Korean theaters for its 20th anniversary, is a modest but charming coming-of-age drama going around five different young women and a little cat in Inchon. Although it is 20 … Continue reading

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Ten Months (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A little big matter of hers

South Korean film “Ten Months” gives us a painfully funny and honest tale of one certain aspect of womanhood in the South Korea society. Duly sliding up and down along with its unlucky heroine whose life is turned upside down … Continue reading

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The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): What may happen next among them

“The Killing of Two Lovers” starts with the striking opening scene as disturbing as its very title suggests. While the movie subsequently maintains its calm and detached attitude throughout the film, we come to observe its story and main characters … Continue reading

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) ☆☆(2/4): A couple of losers still stuck together

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is a jumbled mess which is alternatively silly and disappointing. While there still is what made “Venom” (2018) work to some degree, the movie frequently falters as hurriedly pushing its story and characters to the … Continue reading

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Convergence: Courage in a Crisis (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): People working on the front line against COVID-19

Latest Netflix documentary film “Convergence: Courage in a Crisis”, which is released today, is a modest but engaging assembly of personal narratives observed around the world during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As busily shuffling around its multiple narratives, the documentary … Continue reading

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Venom (2018) ☆☆(2/4): A couple of losers

These days, some superhero movies are fairly good enough to entertain you for a while, but others are mostly bad enough to be forgotten sooner or later. While we had some notable highlights including “Wonder Woman” (2017) and “Black Panther” … Continue reading

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Stillwater (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An American dad stuck in Marseilles

Tom McCarthy’s latest film “Stillwater” is calm and patient in its story and character development, and I admire its thoughtful restraint to some degrees although I felt quite impatient as often noticing its weak aspects during my viewing. While it … Continue reading

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Petite Maman (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A little fantasy from Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Petite Maman” is so simple and modest in terms of story and characters that I was surprised by how effortlessly it engaged and then touched me a lot in the end. Yes, her movie is just … Continue reading

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All Hands on Deck (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A comic summer story of three different lads

French film “All Hands on Deck”, which received the Honorable Mention FIPRESI Prize when it was shown in the Panorama section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, is a small but crisp summer comedy about … Continue reading

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Beyond Silence (1996) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As she grows up apart from her deaf parents

Before “CODA” (2021) and its 2014 French original version, there was the 1996 German film “Beyond Silence”, an extraordinary drama about a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) girl who tries to live her own life while growing up on that … Continue reading

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