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Vestige (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two short films set in Muju

South Korean independent film “Vestige” alternatively intrigued and baffled me for good reasons. While this is actually two different short films packaged together as a feature film, these two short films are connected with each other in more than one … Continue reading

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Sisters on the Road (2009) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two different sisters on a journey

South Korean film “Sisters on the Road”, whose remastered version happens to be re-released in South Korean theaters in this week, engaged me more than expected. At first, it begins as a simple but intimate drama revolving around two very … Continue reading

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Beast (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Idris Elba vs. Lion

Baltasar Kormákur’s new film “Beast” is a simple but fairly competent survival thriller drama. Although I wish it had a bit more fun and excitement besides having more substance in terms of story and character, the movie has some tense … Continue reading

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Do Revenges (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two Vengeful Girls

Netflix film “Do Revenges”, which was released on last Friday, is a high school comedy film which willingly and proudly follows the footsteps of its seniors. While clearly influenced by a number of notable high school flicks such as “Clueless” … Continue reading

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Drifting Home (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A drifting apartment building

Japanese animation feature film “Drifting Home”, which was released on Netflix a few days ago, begins with an intriguing story idea to hold your attention for a while, but it only comes to disappoint us due to several flaws in … Continue reading

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A Clockwork Orange (1971) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It is ticking well to disturb us

Whenever I have to rank the 13 feature films of Stanley Kubrick, “A Clockwork Orange” is always a major headache for me. Along with “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), it shows Kubrick at the peak of … Continue reading

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Everything Went Fine (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A restrained but poignant drama by François Ozon

French film “Everything Went Fine” is restrained but poignant as simply observing a very serious family matter. While never overlooking its main characters’ emotional struggles over that matter, the movie thoughtfully lets us get to know more about them and … Continue reading

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Jazz on the seaside

“Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, whose recent 4K remastered version was somehow released in South Korean theaters a few days ago, is an interesting time capsule which attempts to bring us into one day of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival … Continue reading

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Kim Min-young of the Report Card (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As they are drifted apart from each other

South Korean independent film “Kim Min-young of the Report Card” is a calm but intimate observation on the slow dissolution of the friendship among its three young female characters. As they try to live their respective lives in each own … Continue reading

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The Black Phone (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A familiar but solid genre mix

“The Black Phone” did not surprise me much, but I was entertained nonetheless. As your average seasoned moviegoer, I clearly discerned what I was going to get from this effective genre piece, and it did not exceed my expectation much … Continue reading

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