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Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Now it is the time for them

Netflix documentary film “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen” gives us an enlightening look into how transgender people have been regarded and represented on the media. While never overlooking how unfairly they have been misrepresented in numerous movies and TV shows … Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A Man Behind Fox News

Roger Ailes was a pretty deplorable guy in my humble opinion. As running Fox News for more than 20 years, he actively and aggressively spread fear and hate over the American society along with his loony right-wing figures such as … Continue reading

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1987: When the Day Comes (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): That eventful year in South Korea

1987 was quite an eventful year in South Korea. After the tragic death of a young college student/activist named Park Jong-chul on January 14th, 1987, the public demand for democratization in South Korea became bigger, wider, and fiercer than before … Continue reading

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Criminal Conspiracy (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): How South Korean media has been ruined

South Korean documentary film “Criminal Conspiracy” made me sad and angry for good reasons. During last 10 years, several major broadcasting companies in South Korean have been seriously damaged and corrupted by South Korean politicians and their cronies, and the … Continue reading

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Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The free press in peril

Netflix documentary film “Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press” is often alarming to watch for good reasons. It amusingly begins with many absurdities of one infamous court trial which drew lots of attention during last year, but then it … Continue reading

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The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A scoop beyond his control

Around the ending of John Ford’s classic film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), one supporting character says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” In case of South Korean film “The Exclusive: Beat the Devil’s Tattoo”, the … Continue reading

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Nightcrawler (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The Secret of His Twisted Success

 “Nightcrawler” is both chilling and fascinating in its sardonic observation of its very unlikable hero who is disturbingly singled-minded in his ruthless pursuit of success. When he happens to come across a possible way for success, he instantly sets himself … Continue reading

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Whistle Blower (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Against a big national lie

 South Korean film “Whistle Blower” gave me and other audiences an odd experience to talk about. Although it emphasizes that its story is entirely fictional, I and others knew too well that it was inspired by a big academic scandal … Continue reading

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The China Syndrome (1979) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : It can happen – and we know that

 While I heard the alarming reports keeping coming from the Fukushima I nuclear power plant, that unforgettably intense sequence from “The China Syndrome”(1979) immediately came to my mind. The earthquake occurs without warning. The power plant is automatically shut down. … Continue reading

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