Tag Archives: Detective

Phantom Detective (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): An offbeat noir from South Korea

South Korean film “Phantom Detective” is an amusing mixed bag stuffed with different genre elements which do not seem to fit together at first but somehow work on the whole in its offbeat concoction. After all, not many movies have … Continue reading

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Mr. Holmes (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): The Detective’s Last Case

Since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet” was published in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been one of the immortal literary characters along with Tarzan and James Bond. He has been portrayed by many plays, movies and TV series … Continue reading

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Veteran (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Tough cop Vs. Spoiled rich kid

South Korean film “Veteran” is slick and competent in its technical aspects, and it has a fair share of good moments which do show its fillmmakers’ considerable efforts put behind them. As a matter of fact, I would rather watch … Continue reading

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The Shameless (2015) ☆☆(2/4) : Plodding around gloom and wretchedness

South Korean film “The Shameless” has a few good things to mention amid its many failures. As a gray crime melodrama about two different people who come across each other in their seedy underworld, it is shrouded in dark, moody … Continue reading

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Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Same old dirty city

 Welcome back to Sin City, that dark, seductive noir world where lonely tough guys walk around its mean streets and sexy but lethal ladies are ready to seduce them at its every shady corner with troubles and dangers to come. … Continue reading

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Prisoners (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Good cop, Bad citizen

 “Prisoners” tries to roll two things at once to create bigger dramatic impacts. The one is about the grief and subsequent anger caused by a terrible incident, and the other one is about an increasingly frustrating investigation process for finding … Continue reading

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Jack Reacher (2012) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Don’t find him – He’ll find you

While watching “Jack Reacher”, I thought of one tagline very suitable for the movie: “Don’t find him – He’ll find you.” This one is so conventional that it can be used in any other action thriller films featuring tough guy … Continue reading

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Transsiberian (2008) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A wintry thriller on the Transsiberian Express

  “Transsiberian” is a Hitchcockian thriller decorated with icy wintry landscapes, and it is a good example. It sets its tone right at the beginning, and then it carefully develops its unstable feeling as loading the story and the characters on … Continue reading

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Memories of Murder (2003) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Savage serial killing and its violent era

When David Fincher’s “Zodiac”(2007) was released at South Korean theaters in August 2007, it was immediately compared to one famous South Korean film by me and other audiences. That movie was also based on the infamous serial killing case still … Continue reading

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