Tag Archives: Music

Heavy Trip (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rural Finnish heavy metal band’s first gig

Finnish comedy film “Heavy Trip” made me cheer for guys from whom I would rather distance myself as much as I can. As a neurotic nerdy guy still cringing at the traumatizing memories of attending a Nine Inch Nails concert, … Continue reading

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Vox Lux (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Before and after becoming a star

I was left with rather hollow impression after watching “Vox Lux”, whose title means “voice of light” in Latin. While it has a number of good moments to remember, the movie is not entirely successful in terms of story and … Continue reading

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Climax (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): From jubilant euphoria to hellish nightmare

The works of Gaspar Noé, who debuted with “I Stand Alone” (1998), are definitely not something you can casually watch on Sunday afternoon. I still remember well that infamous rape scene and other equally provocative moments in his second film … Continue reading

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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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