Tag Archives: Family

La Llorona (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little spooky horror film from Guatemala

“La Llorona”, which was selected as the Guatemalan entry for Best International Feature Film Oscar in this year, is a little spooky horror film which reflects one dark historical past via its effective ghost story. Filled with unnerving ambiance from … Continue reading

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A Hidden Life (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A meditative resistance

Terrence Malick’s latest film “A Hidden Life” is a meditative drama film which calmly and austerely explores its religious/spiritual themes via the real life of one ordinary man who chose to stick to his belief despite being aware of the … Continue reading

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More Than Family (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her matter of pregnancy and paternity

South Korean comedy film “More Than Family” surprised me more than expected. At first, it seems to be merely depending on one absurd comic story premise, but then it comes to show more depth in terms of story and characters, … Continue reading

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Rewind (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Rewinding to the abuse in his past

Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s first feature documentary film “Rewind” is often uncomfortable and disturbing to watch for good reasons. Calmly digging into his traumatic childhood past via a series of old home video clips shot around that terrible period, the documentary … Continue reading

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The Nest (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): From one nest to another

“The Nest” unsettles us step by step in its calm but unnerving examination of a family being deteriorated under the toxic delusion of its untrustworthy patriarch. He keeps trying reaching for any big financial break, but it only becomes more … Continue reading

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Antigone (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A provocative modern adaptation of one classic tragedy

Canadian film “Antigone”, which won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film in last year, was an interesting experience for me in more than one aspect. While I sometime felt frustrated with its young heroine’s inexorable stubbornness, … Continue reading

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Hillbilly Elegy (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Looking back at his messy hillbilly upbringing

Netflix film “Hillbilly Elegy”, which was released on Netflix on this Tuesday after being released in theaters a few weeks ago, is so mild and bland that you may feel sorry for its several main cast members whose efforts are … Continue reading

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): As festive as expected

Netflix film “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a sweet and cheerful fantasy musical film which is surely ideal for the upcoming holiday season. To be frank with you, I am a dude a little too cranky and melancholic to … Continue reading

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Let Him Go (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A western family drama

“Let Him Go” works best whenever it focuses on the strong and loving relationship of its two lead characters. Right from when they appear at the beginning of the story, we instantly come to sense the long history between them, … Continue reading

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Kajillionaire (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stuck with her small-time crook parents

“Kajillionaire” is as quirky and charming as you can expect from Miranda July, who previously delighted us with “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) and “The Future” (2011). Like these two films, the movie often baffles us with … Continue reading

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