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Is That Black Enough for You?!? (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A sincere and enthusiastic presentation of the African American movie history

Netflix documentary film “Is That Black Enough for You?!?”, directed and written by African American critic Elvis Mitchell, is more than a quick and useful guide for the African American movie history. Besides being enlightening as well as entertaining, the … Continue reading

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Walk Up (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another Hong Sang-soo film of this year

Hong Sang-soo’s latest film “Walk Up”, which is another film of his of this year after “The Novelist’s Film” (2022), exactly gives us what we can expect from him. Like many of his previous films, the movie simply observes a … Continue reading

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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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