Tag Archives: Adolescence

Booksmart (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their wild night before graduation

My high school life was pretty uneventful on the whole. While bullied and ridiculed for my odd personality from time to time, all I cared about was books, movies, and, above all, grades, and having a fun was the last … Continue reading

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Winter Flies (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two boys driving a car

“Winter Flies”, which was selected Czech’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91th Academy Awards in last year and recently happened to be shown at the Jeonju International Film Festival in this month, is a modest … Continue reading

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Eighth Grade (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Before high school

I like movies making me emphasize with people different from me, and “Eighth Grade” is one of such good films. Although its teenage heroine’s tumultuous emotional journey feels rather alien to me because my adolescent years were less eventful in … Continue reading

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Love, Simon (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Conventional but Notable

“Love, Simon” reminds me again of how things have been changed a lot for queer films these days. After the considerable success of “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), LGBTQ characters have become more common in American films during recent years, and now … Continue reading

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Seoul Searching (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their summer camp in South Korea, 1986

I hate summer camp. That is what initially came to my mind during my viewing of “Seoul Searching”, which is about one eventful summer camp in South Korea, 1986. The movie initially made me wince as evoking my dreadful personal … Continue reading

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Thoroughbreds (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two dangerous suburban girls

Alternatively disturbing and amusing in its clinical observation of adolescent amorality and apathy, “Thoroughbreds” works as a fascinating mix of character drama and adolescent thriller. While calmly observing its two teenage main characters slowly heading toward an inevitable narrative point, … Continue reading

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Super Dark Times (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama thriller

“Super Dark Times” is a dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama which turns out to be more unnerving and compelling than expected. Set in a suburban area of New York State, the movie initially presents itself as a calm, realistic depiction of … Continue reading

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