Tag Archives: Father and son

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Hanks triumphs as Mr. Rogers

What a gentle and disarming person Fred Rogers was. Although I am not that familiar with his popular children’s television program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, I could not help but touched and moved by his genuine good will and decency as … Continue reading

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Burning Cane (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Southern lives stuck in anger and despair

“Burning Cane”, which won two awards including the Founders Prize when it was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival early in this year, is a small but remarkable work to be appreciated. Although this is the first feature film of … Continue reading

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Blinded by the Light (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When he discovers Bruce Springsteen

“Blinded by the Light” is a familiar but enjoyable feel-good movie driven by a number of songs from Bruce Springsteen. I must confess that I do not know much about the music of Springsteen besides his haunting Oscar-winning song for … Continue reading

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Ad Astra (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4) : To the stars (and his father)

James Gray’s latest work “Ad Astra” is a slow, introspective science fiction drama austerely revolving around father and son issues from the beginning to the end. Although you may be quite disappointed if you expect something like “Gravity” (2013) or … Continue reading

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The Phenom (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A baseball pitcher with issues

“The Phenom” is a somber and restrained sports drama which focuses more on psychological elements than physical ones. Mainly revolving around one talented but troubled rookie baseball player, the movie calmly and tentatively examines his longtime emotional issues, and we … Continue reading

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The Confirmation (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A weekend between father and son

“The Confirmation” is more entertaining and touching than I thought at first. While its overall mood is dry and glum just like its hero, the movie gradually reveals its sweet and humorous side as moving from one small good moment … Continue reading

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Hotel by the River (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): One day of an aging poet guy

South Korean film “Hotel by the River”, the latest work from Hong Sang-soo, relatively feels more melancholic and reflective than Hong’s previous works. While there are several amusing moments of low-key humor as you can expect from his film, the … Continue reading

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