Tag Archives: Coming-of-age drama

Rolling (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she begins to roll under the pandemic

South Korean independent film “Rolling” is a modest but sensitive character drama surrounding its young heroine’s emotional journey toward regained hope and optimism. Although it initially requires some patience from us due to its rather slow narrative pacing, the movie … Continue reading

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Anything’s Possible (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): The conventional romance of a transgender girl

Billy Porter’s debut feature film “Anything’s Possible”, which was released on Amazon Prime in last week, is a conventional coming-of-age romantic comedy revolving around one transgender high school girl. While it is pretty safe and predictable in terms of story … Continue reading

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You Won’t Be Alone (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): The tale of a shapeshifting witch

“You Won’t Be Alone” is a little strange film mainly revolving around one woman who happens to become an entity equipped with one certain supernatural power. Although it is rather elusive in terms of story and characters, the movie often … Continue reading

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Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): That fun time in the 1960s

Richard Linklater’s new animation feature film “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”, which was released on Netflix on last Friday, is as sweet, funny, witty, and whimsical as you can expect from his work. Starting with one silly and … Continue reading

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Turning Red (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her big red secret

Animation feature film “Turning Red”, the latest work from Pixar Animation Studios which unfortunately goes straight to Disney+ instead of being released in theaters, is a delightful female coming-of-age tale peppered with distinctive cultural touches to be appreciated. Like several … Continue reading

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Licorice Pizza (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A charming coming-of-age tale a la Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Licorice Pizza”, which recently received 3 Oscar nominations including the one for Best Picture, is his sweetest work since “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002). At first, the movie seems to be just another familiar mix of coming-of-age … Continue reading

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The Tender Bar (2021) ☆☆(2/4): So he grew up to be a writer…

George Clooney’s new film “The Tender Bar”, which was released on Amazon Prime early in this month, often bored me without leaving much impression on the whole. It is supposed to be a warm, tender, and intimate coming-of-age drama, but … Continue reading

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That Day, on the Beach (1983) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Edward Yang’s first feature film

During last several years, I and South Korean audiences were lucky to watch several works of Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang including “A Brighter Summer Day” (1991), which I belatedly watched in December 2017. Although I initially braced myself for the … Continue reading

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Beats (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A music drama of familiar beats

Netflix film “Beats”, which should not be confused with the acclaimed 2019 British music drama film of the same name, is a conventional hip-hop drama film consisting of beats familiar to the core. While it has some good music worthwhile … Continue reading

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Mixtape (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A predictable but enjoyable mix

Netflix film “Mixtape”, which was released early in this month, is a predictable but enjoyable coming-of-age drama accompanied with a number of fairly good songs to listen. Right from the beginning, you will know what you will get, but the … Continue reading

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