Tag Archives: Family

Come, Together (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A South Korean family in social/personal crisis

I experienced growing uncomfortable feelings as watching South Korean film “Come, Together”. This is another gloomy drama about the harsh reality of the South Korean society, and it is often difficult to watch its main characters struggling with each own … Continue reading

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Eve’s Bayou (1997) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A black family drama in the bayou town

The opening scene of “Eve’s Bayou” is one of the most captivating opening lines I have ever encountered: “Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father, I was … Continue reading

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Tanna (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A love story on one volcanic tropical island

At first, “Tanna”, one of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees of this year, strikes us with its exotic tropical world and the tribal communities inside that beautiful world. Shot entirely in the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, the movie … Continue reading

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The Long Excuse (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he ‘mourns’…

As an intimate story about loss and grief, Japanese film “The Long Excuse” is sometimes surprisingly amusing with small precious moments of wry humor and keen observation. While never overlooking the dark, melancholic elements of its story, the movie deftly … Continue reading

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Manchester by the Sea (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Living with broken heart

They say time can heal us, but that is not true for the gloomy hero of “Manchester by the Sea”. Gradually revealing the emotional scar and pain in his heart, the movie gives us a vivid, intimate slice of his … Continue reading

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It’s Only the End of the World (2016) ☆☆(2/4): It’s only the end of his life….

The characters in “It’s Only the End of the World” talk a lot throughout the film, but their words signify nothing but sound and fury as they go through one miserable day together. Maybe that is its whole point, but … Continue reading

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Krampus (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Here’s a scary, naughty Christmas treat for you

“Krampus” is a scary, naughty Christmas treat for you if you are ever tired of those platitudinous Christmas family movies. While its early part looks like a naughtier version of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989), it is soon turned into … Continue reading

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