Tag Archives: Coming-of-age drama

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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Dumplin’ (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): This Is Her

Netflix movie “Dumplin’” is your average feel-good comedy drama flick which actually handles its genre clichés and conventions better than you may think. Sure, this is another familiar story of an adolescent heroine going all the way for more self-esteem … Continue reading

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Belfast (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Branagh’s little personal work set in Belfast, 1969

Kenneth Branagh’s new film “Belfast” is a little likable coming-of-age drama which looks into its hero’s small world with considerable affection and a bit of bittersweet nostalgia. While often recognizing the alarming social tumult surrounding him and many others in … Continue reading

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The Hand of God (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Naples, Family, Maradona…. and Movie

I often felt impatient during my viewing of Paolo Sorrentino’s new film “The Hand of God”, which was released in South Korean yesterday before being available on Netflix two weeks later. While it is Sorrentino’s another distinctive work which also … Continue reading

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Take Care of My Cat (2001) ☆☆☆(3/4): Five different young women – and a little cat

“Take Care of My Cat”, which is recently re-released in South Korean theaters for its 20th anniversary, is a modest but charming coming-of-age drama going around five different young women and a little cat in Inchon. Although it is 20 … Continue reading

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Beyond Silence (1996) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As she grows up apart from her deaf parents

Before “CODA” (2021) and its 2014 French original version, there was the 1996 German film “Beyond Silence”, an extraordinary drama about a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) girl who tries to live her own life while growing up on that … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Here comes Jamie

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”, which was released on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago, is as energetic and flamboyant as demanded while also being as sweet and poignant as required. Based on the stage musical of the same which was … Continue reading

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