Tag Archives: Filmmaker

Hommage (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her journey of restoring a film

South Korean film “Hommage” reminds me again of that considerable gap between me and many old South Korean films in the past. Like many other audiences, I usually regard them as something no more than inconsequential artifacts, but, regardless of … Continue reading

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Becoming Cousteau (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Meet Jacques Cousteau

Documentary film “Becoming Cousteau”, which is currently available on Disney+ here in South Korea, looks into the life and career of Jacques Cousteau, a famous French marine explorer who brought considerable innovation into marine exploration in addition to making those … Continue reading

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The Novelist’s Film (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): How they come to make a film

As I said many times before, my history with Hong Sang-soo’s films has been rather complicated. During the time when I became a bit more serious about films, “Tale of Cinema” (2005) and “Woman on the Beach” (2006) felt like … Continue reading

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Bergman Island (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A gentle and playful film set in Bergman Island

Mia Hansen-Løve’s new film “Bergman Island” is a gentle and playful drama which will amuse and delight you if you are admire the works of both the director and Ingmar Bergman. While often mentioning Bergman’s life and career, the movie … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Vampire (2000) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Filmmaking with the Vampire

F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” (1922) has been regarded as one of the greatest silent horror films for many good reasons, and one of them is the striking image of its titular character. Although the film itself was … Continue reading

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In Front of Your Face (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): One day of hers

Hong Sang-soo’s latest film “In Front of Your Face” is another interesting attempt in his long and steady career. While merely observing one day of its middle-aged heroine on the surface, the movie gradually gets rather melodramatic as she becomes … Continue reading

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Beyond You (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Beyond Him

To be frank with you, I was rather bored during the first 30 minutes of South Korean independent film “Beyond You” because I did not know much about what and how it was going to be about. On the surface, … Continue reading

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The Outside Story (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): As he is stuck outside

“The Outside Story” is a small but likable film which does a commendable job of handling its very simple comic promise. When I watched its trailer a few weeks ago, I had a pretty good idea on how it is … Continue reading

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Malcolm and Marie (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): One bad night between them

“Malcolm and Marie”, which was released on Netflix shortly after having a limited theatrical release in US around the end of last month, trusts its two main performers but only ends up having them stuck in its frustratingly repetitive narrative. … 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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