Tag Archives: Corruption

The Kingmaker (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Rotten, superficial, and powerful

If you are familiar with the notoriety of Imelda Marcos and her rotten family members in the Philippines, you will be often disgusted and horrified as watching documentary film “The Kingmaker”, which presents a very disturbing picture of how she … Continue reading

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Loro 2 (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Great Banality

Italian film “Loro 2”, the second half of the latest work from Paolo Sorrentino, is not as tepid as the first half preceding it. While it still throws at us lots of debauchery and decadence as expected and that is … Continue reading

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Loro 1 (2018) ☆☆(2/4): The Bonfire of the Banalities

I often found myself numb and displeased as watching Italian film “Loro 1”, the first half of another ambitious work from Paolo Sorrentino. As relentlessly pushing us into many gaudy moments of hedonistic debauchery, the movie attempts to present vividly … Continue reading

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Crime + Punishment (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Against a systemic injustice

Documentary film “Crime + Punishment”, which is currently available on Hulu, exposes and examines a serious injustice in the system which is supposed to protect and serve people. Mainly via a group of brave people determined to fight against this … Continue reading

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Inside Men (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): They are all together…

I watched South Korean thriller film “Inside Men” with bitter amusement on some of its darkest moments. Although it is a work of fiction as emphasized in its end credits, its dark, uncomfortable picture of power and corruption is not … Continue reading

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Trash (2014) ☆☆(2/4) : Brazilian Slumdogs, so to speak

Somewhere between “City of God” (2002) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Trash” has right elements required for its story to tell, but it somehow feels flaccid and uneven in its execution. The movie wants to take us to the bottom of … Continue reading

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Leviathan (2014) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : A moody, fatalistic social drama from Russia

Reticent and foreboding right from during its first scene, Russian film “Leviathan”, which was recently Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film early in this year, is shrouded in a moody, fatalistic aura of ill fortune. Even when things seem to … Continue reading

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American Hustle (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : That ‘70s Hustle

 “American Hustle” dances along with a bunch of colorful characters roaming around their groovy era, and it does its dance as long as it can under its cheerful tone. Even when we are not entirely sure about who is conning … Continue reading

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Inside Job (2010) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Here’s what happened

  Regardless of how much you know about the global financial crisis in September 2008, you will be outraged while watching “Inside Job”, Charles Ferguson’s incisive documentary which explains in detail why and how this complex incident happened. It was not … Continue reading

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The Unjust (2010) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Mean System

  There is one scene that strikes me hard in the middle of “The Unjust”. It is one of many unjust things happening on the screen, but none of two main characters who occupy that scene is someone we are … Continue reading

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