Tag Archives: Actor

Robin Williams 1951 – 2014 R.I.P.

 Not long before I heard the news about Robin Williams’ sudden death, I came across a cardboard advertisement of “License to Wed”(2007), which was somehow placed at my local theater for no apparent reason(this poorly received comedy film silently went … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A bloody filmmaking to die for

 I could not enjoy well the first part of Japanese black comedy film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” because nearly all of its characters are too hysterical or delusional or idiotic in each own way. They frequently look and … Continue reading

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Rough Play (2013) ☆☆(2/4) : An actor’s rough rise and fall

As a story about the rise and fall in the heartless world of entertainment business, “Rough Play” is naturally an unpleasant film to watch, but it is not interesting enough to hold my attention. Although it becomes a little more … Continue reading

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Hitchcock (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock – and “Psycho”

If you have some knowledge about Alfred Hitchcock, his life, and his chilling masterpiece “Psycho”(1960), “Hitchcock” will not surprise you. It mainly shows what we have known and heard about him and his personal life and his movies, and, while … Continue reading

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Get Shorty (1995) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : He’s well-qualified to be a Hollywood producer

It is a jungle out there in Hollywood, and “Get Shorty” presents the various kinds of animals residing at the lower strata of that jungle through a pungent but cheerful satire about one nutty pre-production process. Almost everyone in the … Continue reading

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We Have a Pope (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : They do have, but….

While I encountered the news about the recent Conclave held in Vatican, my mind automatically went back to “We Have a Pope”, a warm, amusing comedy directed by Nanni Moretti. Because it will be soon released in South Korea in … Continue reading

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To Rome with Love (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Four short comedies in Rome

Woody Allen’s new movie “To Rome with Love” does not have that magical quality of his previous work “Midnight in Paris”(2011), but it is still an enjoyable film consisting of four short farces happening in Rome. The movie leisurely walks … Continue reading

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Holy Motors (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A dazzling limousine ride with Carax and Levant

 Some movies can instantly grip our attention even though they do not explain a lot about themselves. I cannot explain well the logics or motives behind its very odd premise, but I can definitely assure you that Leos Carax’s comeback … Continue reading

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Venus (2006) ☆☆☆(3/4) : The last great performance from Peter O’Toole – probably

Sometimes the actor’s face tells about his character so much that the movie does not have to waste its time for describing his character’s past to us. Roger Michell’s “Venus”(2006) does not tell us in details about how much famous … Continue reading

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The Dresser (1983) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : About one backstage relationship

 It is always difficult to put a play on the stage. Actors and crews work hard amid many setbacks that can happen on and behind the stage. If they are lucky, they will survive today’s performance with descending curtain and … Continue reading

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