Tag Archives: Music

Leto (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A biographical rock drama set in Leningrad during the 1980s

Russian film “Leto” tries to give us a glimpse into the Russian rock music culture during the early 1980s, and I admire its attempt to some degree. Although my mind frequently went somewhere when I watched it early in this … Continue reading

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Cold War (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Scenes from a Cold War romance

“Cold War”, which was recently selected as the Polish entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2019 Academy Awards, is a somber but mesmerizing film about two different people pushing and pulling each other in their sporadic but … Continue reading

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Hearts Beat Loud (2018) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Father and daughter’s band

“Hearts Beat Loud” is a mildly charming music drama movie which plays familiar notes while not bringing anything particularly new to its genre territory. Although it is often middling as being hampered by its predictable storytelling and thin characterization, its … Continue reading

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Sunset in My Hometown (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rapper coming back to his hometown

South Korean film “Sunset in My Hometown” is a mixed bag whose weak elements are covered by its strong elements to some degree. Although it is too corny and predictable at times and I am not sure about whether its … Continue reading

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Morris from America (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): African American father and son in Germany

“Morris from America”, which received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2016, is plainer than I expected. As phlegmatically observing the bumpy struggle of its young hero in his new … Continue reading

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): On his talent and inspiration

Documentary film “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda” was a rather curious experience for me. Although I am not a big fan of Ryuichi Sakamoto and I actually winced during some of his several musical experiment scenes in the documentary, I came to … Continue reading

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Coco (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A lovely Mexican fantasy tale from Pixar

Alternatively enchanting and moving, “Coco” is another lovely work from Pixar Animation Studios. Right from its very first scene, I was instantly charmed by its colorful style and vibrant spirit, and that was just the beginning of more things to … Continue reading

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