Tag Archives: Period drama

Hansan: Rising Dragon (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Epic, tense, and efficient

South Korean film “Hansan: Rising Dragon” is a war historical drama about one big sea battle which was a significant turning point in the Imjin War, which is also known as the Japanese invasions of Korea of 1592–1598. Although I … Continue reading

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Persuasion (2022) ☆☆(2/4): A mediocre Jane Austen adaptation from Netflix

I sometimes wonder what Jane Austen would have written if she had not died not long after her last novel “Persuasion”, which is one of her moodier works in my humble opinion. While it is another story about courtship and … Continue reading

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RRR (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): An energetic nationalistic buddy action flick from India

As your average seasoned moviegoer, I am not that easily impressed by whatever is shown on the screen, but Indian film “RRR” actually impressed me more than once with how wildly it tries many things during its 3-hour running time. … Continue reading

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The Northman (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A grim and brutal Nordic tale of vengeance

Robert Eggers’ new film “The Northman” attempts to push us into its strikingly brutal and barbaric world of Vikings in the Northern Europe of the 8th century. This is surely not a pleasant thing to watch at all, but it … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another nice encore

As watching “Downton Abbey: A New Era”, I was reminded again that I liked and enjoyed its numerous main characters more than I thought. Sure, that popular TV drama series preceding it was more or less than a friendly soap … Continue reading

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Emma. (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Isn’t she wonderful?

“Emma.”, the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic literature novel of the same name, is packed with a lot of wit, charm, and heart. Although it has been several years since I belatedly read Austen’s novel, the movie reminds me … Continue reading

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Little Women (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another home run by Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig’s latest film “Little Women” is as witty, charming, and touching as expected. Based on the famous classic novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, the movie constantly amuses and moves us as busily bouncing around its … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A painter and her challenging model

French film “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is almost pure and perfect in its haunting romantic period drama with complex thoughts and emotions churning and swirling below its seemingly plain surface. Although the movie is quite more restrained than … Continue reading

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The Nightingale (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A brutal revenge drama set in Tasmania, 1825

There are a number of brutally remorseless moments of physical violence in Jennifer Kent’s second feature film “The Nightingale”, which won the Special Jury Prize when it was shown at the Venice Film Festival in last year. As a matter … Continue reading

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The Third Wife (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A calm, sensuous period drama set in Vietnam

Vietnamese period drama film “The Third Wife” is a calm, sensuous experience to be savored for good reasons. Set in a rural region of Vietnam around the late 19th century, the movie gives us a detached but vivid look into … Continue reading

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