Tag Archives: Art

Faces Places (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Agnès Varda and JR on the road

To be frank with you, Agnès Varda was not a familiar name to me even when I watched tons of movies during the 2000s. Although I managed to watch her second feature film “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1962), her … Continue reading

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The Square (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Challenging, baffling, and annoying

Swedish comedy film “The Square” challenged me, baffled me, and annoyed me. I sort of understood its points as occasionally amused by some of its satiric moments, and I actually admire its several challenging moments, but I also felt impatient … Continue reading

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Antiporno (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another perverted exercise in style from Sion Sono

You cannot possibly expect anything normal from Sion Sono, who is surely one of the most interesting filmmakers working in Japan at present. “Cold Fish” (2010) was a bleak, disturbing psychological thriller about an ordinary family man gradually influenced by … Continue reading

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National Gallery (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another super work from Frederick Wiseman

“National Gallery” is as slow and austere as you can expect from a documentary film by Frederick Wiseman, a legendary American documentary director who has established his long, illustrious filmmaking career for nearly 50 years since his first work “Titicut … Continue reading

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Francofonia (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A floating visual meditation on the Louvre

“Francofonia” is a floating visual meditation on one of the famous museums in Europe. Alternatively baffling and fascinating, it freely looks around not only the museum and its historical background but also many other things to be mused on by … Continue reading

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Big Eyes (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Behind those big eyes

 What is the standard of good art? Or is there really such a standard like that? Mostly shying away from these interesting questions evoked by its fascinating real-life story, Tim Burton’s new film “Big Eyes” takes a rather plain, earnest … Continue reading

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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Weirder than fiction

When I watched “Exit Through the Gift Shop” in last November, I also wanted to ask the question many reviewers had already asked. We have heard about Banksy; although he has not revealed his identity yet, he is a well-known … Continue reading

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