Tag Archives: Death

The Amusement Park (2019) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): A little hidden masterwork by George A. Romero

Here’s what happened. In 1973, George A. Romero, who had just made “Season of the Witch” (1972) and was about to make “The Crazies” (1973) at that time, was hired to make a little educational film about elder abuse, and … Continue reading

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Departures (2008) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): His new occupation

Japanese film “Departures”, which was re-released in South Korean theaters around the end of last year, touched me to laughs and tears more than once. When I watched it for the first time not long after it won the Best … Continue reading

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Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he lives dying

Netflix documentary “Dick Johnson Is Dead”, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, is a funny, sad, and touching personal tribute to remember. While clearly recognizing … Continue reading

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To Dust (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A deadpan Jewish comedy on body decomposition

As watching “To Dust”, a little comedy film which won the Narrative Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in last year, I was reminded of that memorable quote from Errol Morris’ great documentary “Gates of Heaven” (1978): “Death is … Continue reading

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After Life (1998) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Before they go away

I remember well when I happened to watch Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “After Life” for the first time. I did not expect much when it was shown on TV during one hot Sunday afternoon of 2006, but I became intrigued by its … Continue reading

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Louder than Bombs (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : They need to talk about her…

Her absence has been felt around them since she died, and they still struggle with themselves while barely connected with each other. As a somber drama about one problematic family dealing with the void left by their loved one, “Louder … Continue reading

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Amour (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Scenes from their dying marriage

 Our life is bound to be sad and depressing because of aging and subsequent death, and Michael Haneke’s new movie “Amour” shows that undeniable truth to us through an unsentimental but deeply harrowing observation of an aging couple who begin … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Harry (1955) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Shovelling on one fine autumn day

 While he has been called “the Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock has also been called “the Master of the Macabre”, and that title is exemplified well by his delightful black comedy “The Trouble with Harry”(1955), On the surface, it looks … Continue reading

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Frankenweenie (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : He’s alive!

Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” is a dark, moody, and innocent animation inspired by old classic horror films such as “Frankenstein”(1931). True to its source of inspiration, it is a black-and-white stop motion animation decorated with quirky imagination and morbid but sweet … Continue reading

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We Bought a Zoo (2011) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : They start over…. with a zoo

 In Cameron Crowe’s new film “We bought a Zoo”, the hero says at one point that sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. I guess that is what he has when he makes an important decision for … Continue reading

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