Tag Archives: Actress

Slate (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): The way of a heroine

South Korean independent film “Slate” is a little fun action fantasy tale which does its job better than expected in its modest genre playground. While clearly reminiscent of “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) due to its fantasy story premise, the … Continue reading

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The Novelist’s Film (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): How they come to make a film

As I said many times before, my history with Hong Sang-soo’s films has been rather complicated. During the time when I became a bit more serious about films, “Tale of Cinema” (2005) and “Woman on the Beach” (2006) felt like … Continue reading

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The August Virgin (2019) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Her August in Madrid

Spanish film “The August Virgin”, which happens to be released in South Korean theaters in this week, simply strolls along with its heroine during her summer stay in Madrid, Spain. While it works to some degree as a likable character … Continue reading

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Caught in the Net (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A disturbing and gripping exposé of online sexual predators

Rarely have I felt an urgent need to calm down myself with a glass of drink or anything, but I had such a feeling while watching Czech documentary film “Caught in the Net”, which was released as “#WeWatchYou” in South … Continue reading

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Frankie (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): One day of a dying actress and others around her

Ira Sachs’s new film “Frankie” leisurely strolls along with its main characters, and I enjoyed that. Although the overall result is rather mild and aimless at times, the movie steadily generates small intimate moments among its main characters, and it … Continue reading

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Chained for Life (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Beauty and her disfigured co-star

“Chained for Life” is an odd, amusing comedy film which cheerfully dances around its interesting subjects as generating a number of thought-provoking moments to be appreciated. Although I was initially a bit baffled about what exactly it intends to do, … Continue reading

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The Truth (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A mildly interesting trial by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest work “The Truth”, his first non-Japenese film which was also the opening film at the Venice International Film Festival of this year, is a mildly interesting drama revolving around an aging self-centered actress and several other characters … Continue reading

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Judy (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Her last hurrah

As many of you know, Judy Garland was a tragically messy and damaged person throughout her life and career. While she quickly rose as a new talented child performer in Hollywood thanks to the enormous success of “The Wizard of … Continue reading

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Marriage Story (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Scenes from a divorce

Noah Baumbach’s latest film “Marriage Story”, which is released in South Korean theaters this week and will be available on Netflix on next Friday, is a sharp and intimate story about one difficult process of divorce. When its two main … Continue reading

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This Changes Everything (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Why they need more women in Hollywood

Documentary film “This Changes Everything”, which is currently being shown as “Woman in Hollywood” in South Korean theaters, attempts to illuminate a longtime gender issue in Hollywood. Although it does not go that far beyond what I have learned on … Continue reading

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