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Innocence (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A daughter who returns to her shady hometown

South Korean movie “Innocence” is a compelling mix of detached courtroom mystery drama and heated family melodrama. Although the mystery at the heart of the film is a bit too easily solved, the movie still holds our attention as its … Continue reading

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Dark Waters (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A long, frustrating legal fight against DuPont

As watching Todd Haynes’ latest film “Dark Waters” at a local movie theater on this Wednesday evening, I mused a bit on when I heard about Teflon for the first time. It was probably when I learned elementary cooking during … Continue reading

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The Advocate : A missing body (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A trouble with his case

South Korean film “The Advocate: A Missing Body”, which is released as “Angry Lawyer” in South Korea, feels like an expensive TV pilot episode right from its opening title scene. First, we are introduced to a hero with considerable reputation … 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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Unbowed (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A professor protesting against the unfair legal system.

If you do not know much about South Korean society and take a fair trial for granted, you may find the case depicted in South Korean courtroom drama “Unbowed” absurd and outrageous. So did I while watching it, but, to … Continue reading

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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : So, where is The Man behind the Car?

Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious movie “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”(1988) curiously reminds me of nice-and-clean biography sets for elementary school students I used to read during my childhood years. In those books, there were always good-looking pictures depicting what great men and women did in their lifetime whenever I turned each page, and, of course, they were accompanied by the story written for them. From these books, I learned how great their achievements were, but I do not think I learned anything substantial about them as the human beings from the story. Of course, those books were well-intentioned for me and other kids, and I liked them. The problem is, they were hollow, and they did not leave me any big impression except those nice pictures.
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