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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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RKO 281 (1999) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A terrific TV movie to complement “Mank”

To be frank with you, it took some time for me to appreciate the greatness of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941), which has been regarded as one of the greatest works in the history of cinema during last several decades. … Continue reading

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Black Bear (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sharp and vicious comedy of two interconnected tales

“Black Bear” is a sharp and vicious comedy film which actively confronts you with a matter of fiction and reality. While the first half is an increasingly tense chamber drama of desire, jealousy, and manipulation amidst three believable characters, the … Continue reading

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Psychomagic, A Healing Art (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Psychomagic presented by Jodorowsky

When I heard for the first time about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unorthodox therapy approach called ‘Psychomagic’, I simply regarded it as a merely interesting artistic element to mention in my reviews on his films. According to Jodorowsky himself, Psychomagic, which is … Continue reading

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Tommaso (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little playful piece by Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara’s latest film “Tommaso” is alternatively playful and fascinating as probably reflecting many parts of Ferrara’s life and career. Since he reached to the peak of his filmmaking career during the early 1990s with a series of darkly compelling … Continue reading

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Lucky Chan-sil (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Cheer up, Chan-sil

South Korean independent film “Lucky Chan-sil” is often amusing and interesting for several good reasons. While clearly reminiscent of those little comedy films of Hong Sang-soo, the movie distinguishes itself via its filmmaker heroine’s comic struggle with what seems to … Continue reading

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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): An animation film on Buñuel

Spanish animation film “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” is the interesting presentation of Luis Buñuel at an early point in his life and career. While it may not surprise you that much if you are a longtime admirer … Continue reading

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Pain and Glory (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he strolls in his creative crisis

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest work “Pain and Glory”, which was Spain’s official submission to Best International Film Oscar in last year, is a somber but undeniably poignant exploration of that fascinating interaction between life and art. I must confess that I … Continue reading

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This Changes Everything (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Why they need more women in Hollywood

Documentary film “This Changes Everything”, which is currently being shown as “Woman in Hollywood” in South Korean theaters, attempts to illuminate a longtime gender issue in Hollywood. Although it does not go that far beyond what I have learned on … Continue reading

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