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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): How Loach has abided

What a remarkable filmmaker Ken Loach is. Since he modestly started his career during the 1960s, he has ardently stuck to his integrity as well as his artistry during more than 50 years, and that admirable aspect of his is … Continue reading

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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A modest tribute to Linklater

To be frank with you, it took some years for me to become familiar with the works of Richard Linklater. When I happened to watch “School of Rock” (2003) around 2004, I did not pay much attention to its director, … Continue reading

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Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two great filmmakers, one monumental book

When I was young and wild during the 1990s, I began to be more serious about movies, and it was fortunate for me to have two wonderful things to boost my growing interest on movies around that time. First, a … Continue reading

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Youth (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An idiosyncratic musing around youth and aging

“Youth” is amusing, baffling, and mesmerizing in its odd beautiful moments. It often feels uneven and random as juggling many various elements around its leisurely background, but then we are gripped by its fabulous moments, and its idiosyncratic musing around … Continue reading

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Taxi (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A taxi ride with a defiant Iranian filmmaker

Some of you have probably heard about Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s ongoing plight – and his defiant acts against his oppressive government. In December 2010, this internationally acclaimed filmmaker who has been critical about the Iranian government was sentenced to … Continue reading

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Keep the Lights on (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Scenes from a gay relationship

They love each other, and they like to be with each other, but they admit in the end that their relationship does not work. “Keep the Lights On” tells an bittersweet romance tale about two gay men struggling with the … Continue reading

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