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The Disciple (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An observation of artistic struggle

Indian film “The Disciple”, which was released on Netflix in last Friday, calmly observes its musician hero’s seemingly endless artistic struggle, and that is often quite more absorbing and sublime than you may expect. While giving us a vivid and … Continue reading

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Breaking Fast (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A romance during Ramadan

“Breaking Fast” is a modest but engaging queer film to be appreciated for several good reasons. While it is essentially your average conventional romantic comedy film, the movie colors its familiar plot with interesting cultural elements via its gay Muslim … Continue reading

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Shiva Baby (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her accumulating troubles at a shiva

Emma Seligman’s debut feature film “Shiva Baby” is often sharply and painfully funny to say the least. Mainly revolving around one young woman who suddenly finds herself in a very awkward situation during one Jewish ritual meeting full of neighbors … Continue reading

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Test Pattern (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The Night After

“Test Pattern” is undeniably compelling in its modest but harrowing presentation of race and gender issues. During its first half, it simply and sweetly observes the relationship development between two very different people, but its disturbing opening shot already showed … Continue reading

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The Courier (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): One British businessman turned into a spy

“The Courier”, which was simply released as “The Spy” yesterday in South Korean theaters, is a modest but engaging drama which is based on one of many interesting real-life stories from the Cold War era. Mainly revolving around one ordinary … Continue reading

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Stowaway (2021) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Three astronauts and a stowaway

Netflix film “Stowaway”, which was released on last Thursday, attempts to do pretty familiar stuffs in the middle of the space. While it works to some degree thanks to its competent direction and the solid performances from its few main … Continue reading

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My prediction on the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

The Oscar season of this year, which is understandably lengthened due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is probably the most leisurely one I have ever experienced during last 10 years. In last year, I was often exhausted as hurriedly checking … Continue reading

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Lingua Franca (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): An intimate transgender immigrant drama

I always cherish movies showing and transporting us into the lives of different people, and “Lingua Franca”, which was released on Netflix in US in last August, is one of such good movies. Mainly revolving around the urban daily life … Continue reading

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Yes, God, Yes (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The little sexual awakening of one Christian girl

“Yes, God, Yes” is a little coming-of-age comedy film which turns out to be more considerate and thoughtful than you may expect from its very title. While surely generating some good laughs from its adolescent Christian heroine’s gradual sexual awakening, … Continue reading

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The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A refugee who becomes, uh, art

“The Man Who Sold His Skin”, which was nominated for Best International Film Oscar in last month, tries to balance itself between two very different plot elements. At first, it begins as a serious refugee drama, and then it enters … Continue reading

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