Tag Archives: Drama

A Hero (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another complex moral drama from Asghar Farhadi

Iranian film “A Hero”, which was released on Amazon Prime in US in last week, is another knockout work from Asghar Farhadi, a masterful Iranian filmmaker who suddenly became quite more prominent to many of us thanks to his great … Continue reading

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The Worst Person in the World (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Several vivid slices of her ongoing life

Joachim Trier’s new film “The Worst Person in the World” cheerfully and thoughtfully rolls along with its ordinary but unforgettable heroine’s life, and I like that a lot. As observing those small ups and downs in her private life, I … Continue reading

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Coincidence and imagination

Japanese film “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize when it was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, is another excellent work from Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who has been one … Continue reading

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Nine Days (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Before Life

“Nine Days” is a little thought-provoking drama film which willingly delves into those familiar matters of life. After initially quite intrigued by its offbeat fantasy setting, I willingly followed its simple but thoughtful narrative as often admiring a number of … Continue reading

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Cry Macho (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A leisurely sentimental drama from Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Cry Macho” often feels like watching an old retired master reluctantly doing another encore despite not exactly being in his best condition. Although the overall result is not without flaws to be noticed here and there, … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Chadwick Boseman’s last film

Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, which was released on Netflix on last Friday shortly after having a limited theatrical release in US several week ago, is a commendable adaptation of the acclaimed play of the same name by late … Continue reading

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Panda Bear It (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): He sees that panda bear everywhere…

Four years ago, I received an e-mail from a young American independent filmmaker named Evan Kidd, who was quite eager to persuade me to watch his first feature film “Son of Clowns” (2016). Although I had never heard of him … Continue reading

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Blow the Man Down (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little crime comedy drama in Maine

“Blow the Man Down”, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival early in last year and then was recently released on Amazon Prime Video, is a little crime comedy drama packed with enough local mood and … Continue reading

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Bacurau (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An odd mixed bag of genres from Brazil

Brazilian film “Bacurau”, which received the Jury Prize along with French film “Les Misérables” (2019) at the Cannes Film Festival early in last year, is an odd mixed bag of genres which did not click that well with me. While … Continue reading

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Taipei Story (1985) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Lost in Taipei

Edward Yang’s “Taipei Story”, which was released in South Korean theaters a few days ago, is a melancholic urban drama about loneliness and disconnection. Although it initially requires considerable patience from us due mainly to its slow narrative pacing and … Continue reading

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