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A Jazzman’s Blues (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Tyler Perry comes to Netflix

Here is my inconsequential confession: I did not watch any film directed by Tyler Perry during last two decades. Sure, like many of you, I do know that he has made a bunch of notable films since his first commercial … Continue reading

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Jazz on the seaside

“Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, whose recent 4K remastered version was somehow released in South Korean theaters a few days ago, is an interesting time capsule which attempts to bring us into one day of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival … Continue reading

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Nocturne (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A son, his mother, and her other son

South Korean documentary film “Nocturne” follows the cacophonic life story of a mother and her two very different sons. Because one of these two sons happens to have a serious case of autistic disorder, his younger brother as well as … Continue reading

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Elvis (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Extremely excessive and incredibly superficial

Baz Luhrmann’s latest film “Elvis” is extremely excessive and incredibly superficial. Like many of his previous works such as “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), “Moulin Rouge!” (2001), and “The Great Gatsby” (2013), the movie is full of Luhrmann’s own dizzy stylish … Continue reading

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Halftime (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The halftime of her life

Netflix documentary film “Halftime” examines what may be regarded as the middle point of Jennifer Lopez’s life and career, and it interests me to some degree. Although I am not that familiar with her music career, I saw several movies … Continue reading

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The Sparks Brothers (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Going their way together

Edgar Wright’s music documentary film “The Sparks Brothers” looks broadly over the long, illustrious career of Ron and Russel Mael, two musician brothers who have been steadily active in their pop and rock band Sparks. To be frank with you, … Continue reading

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Marry Me (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her accidental husband

Right from when I watched its trailer a few months ago, I knew what I would get from “Marry Me”, which was released in South Korean theaters in last week. Like another recent romantic comedy film “I Want You Back” … Continue reading

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Zappa (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Much more than a rock musician

I have only once heard about Frank Zappa (1940-1993) during my old college years. During that cold winter semester of 2001, I attended a philosophy class just for getting extra credits, and its young lecturer introduced to us a bit … Continue reading

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Belle (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Dragon and the Freckled Princess

Isn’t it pretty and beautiful to watch? That is what I grudgingly said to myself more than once with growing dissatisfaction while I watched Japanese animation filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda’s latest work “Belle”. On the surface, there is nothing particularly bad … Continue reading

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Sing 2 (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They’re back with a bigger task…

Animation film “Sing 2”, which is incidentally released as “Sing 2gether” in South Korean theaters, is as effective as its predecessor, and that is all I could say in this review. Just like “Sing” (2016), the film is simply all … Continue reading

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