Tag Archives: Artist

Candyman (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Candyman is back….

Nia DaCosta’s latest film “Candyman”, a sequel to Barnard Rose’s iconic 1992 film of the same name, is a spooky genre reconstruction which tries both old and new stuffs. While staying fairly faithful to the dark and disturbing aspects of … Continue reading

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Tove (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): The early life of Tove Jansson

“Tove”, which was selected as the Finnish entry for Best International Film Oscar in last year, presents the early life of Tove Jansson, a Swedo-Finnish author and illustrator who has been mainly known for her lovely comic strip featuring the … 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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Helene (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): How she evolved more as an artist

Finnish film “Helene” is about the late life and career of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946), who, as far as I can observe from her several notable works shown at the end of the film, deserves to be mentioned along with more … Continue reading

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Endless Poetry (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The wild second chapter of Jodorowsky’s life

“Endless Poetry”, which is supposedly the second part of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film autobiography, is as wild, bold, and weird as you can expect from his work. Like his previous film “The Dance of Reality” (2013), the movie freely mixes his … Continue reading

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White Rabbit (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Meet Vivian Bang

“White Rabbit” is basically another plain tale of youth in confusion and uncertainty, but it distinguishes itself to some degree although it is not so far from other similar recent films such as Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” (2010). Through its … Continue reading

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Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Diva of the Century

Documentary film “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” attempts to present the glimpses of humanity and personality from Maria Callas, one of the most extraordinary opera singers in the 20th century. Mainly consisting of various archival photographs and footage … Continue reading

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Never Look Away (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sprawling epic period drama

German film “Never Look Away”, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar early in this year, is a sprawling epic period drama about one young man struggling to find his own artistic voice during the most tumultuous part … Continue reading

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At Eternity’s Gate (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Van Gogh’s last few years

Julian Schnabel’s latest film “At Eternity’s Gate” looks around the last few years of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), who was surely one of the greatest painters in the 19th Europe but unfortunately did not receive much attention during his rather … Continue reading

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Final Portrait (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): An erratic artist and his frustrated model

“Final Portrait” reminds me that some of great artists are difficult people to hang around with. Focusing on a long, problematic artistic process between an artist of undeniable genius and a man who admires him but becomes increasingly frustrated with … Continue reading

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