Tag Archives: Family

An American Pickle (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Mildly pickled, so to say

“An American Pickle” is a mildly pickled product which gives some nice laughs occasionally but never fully develops its supposedly rich comic promise. While it is not a total bore at all thanks to its lead actor’s amusing dual performance, … Continue reading

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Moving On (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Summer days at their grandpa’s house

South Korean independent film “Moving On” often made me smile during my viewing, and that is quite an achievement considering what a grumpy guy I usually am. Slowly and tenderly doling out one precious human moment after another, the movie … Continue reading

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Balloon (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A passable film based on one extraordinary real-life story

I was quite interested in watching German film “Balloon” for a personal reason. It is based on an unbelievable real-life story which was also the basis of 1982 Disney film “Night Crossing” (1982), and that movie was incidentally one of … Continue reading

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Yankinku Dragon (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Nowhere but here in Japan

Japanese film “Yankinku Drangon” is a corny but heartfelt drama mainly revolving around one colorful Korean Japanese family. While you can instantly discern that it tries to pull our heartstrings as hard as it can, the movie has a big … Continue reading

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Tiny Light (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Memories of his family

South Korean independent film “Tiny Light” is simple and earnest in its tentative approach to story and characters. While it slowly reveals the growing concern of its ordinary hero on a certain serious matter of his, the movie thankfully does … Continue reading

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Los Lobos (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Wolves Don’t Cry

Mexican film “Los Lobos”, which won Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury in addition to the Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, is a modest but undeniably extraordinary film mainly revolving … Continue reading

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Father Solider Son (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A solider and his family

Netflix documentary film “Father Soldier Son” gives us a close and intimate look into the 10-year story of one ordinary American soldier and his dear family. While it remains rather apolitical about the war which is still being continued even … Continue reading

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Relic (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Something is festering in her mother’s old house…

Like any good horror movies, Australian horror film “Relic” establishes story, mood, and character first. As slowly letting us get to know more about the strained relationships among its three main characters, the movie gradually dials up the level of … Continue reading

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Peninsula (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Welcome to Korean zombieland

South Korean film “Peninsula”, a sequel to director/co-writer Yeon Sang-ho’s “Train to Busan” (2016), is a typical mix of action movie and zombie horror flick. Although, as I told you many times before, I have been rather tired of zombies … Continue reading

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Saint Frances (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her complicated summer days of babysitting

The heroine of “Saint Frances” often feels uncertain and confused as trying to deal with several complicated matters of her ongoing life, and I like the movie for observing her and her life matters with forthright honesty and a bit … Continue reading

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