Tag Archives: Real-life figure

Our President (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): We miss you, President Roh

South Korean documentary film “Our President” comes to its main audiences at a point which cannot possibly be more appropriate. As the country went through two lousy presidents during last 9 years and then managed to get some possibility of … Continue reading

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Neruda (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): An unconventional biopic inspired by Pablo Neruda

“Neruda” is not a conventional biopic at all. While mainly focusing on one crucial point in Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s life, the movie freely mixes fact and fiction for giving us a wider view on not only the poet himself … Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Baldwin Remembers

First, let me confess that I am not that familiar with James Baldwin, a renowned African American writer who was one of the notable figures in the Civil Rights Movement in US during the 1960s. Although I came to know … Continue reading

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Denial (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): History on Trial

As far as I can see from “Denial”, David Irving is a vile piece of work. He is a bullying propagandist who has no qualms about humiliating and discrediting others through lies and falsification, and any decent person cannot help … Continue reading

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Chocolat (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A pair of different clowns

Inspired by the career of two real-life clowns who were famous around the early 20th century, French film “Chocolat” is an old-fashioned show business melodrama which is a little too rote and predictable at times. It often works whenever it … Continue reading

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A pacifistic medic struggling in a brutal war movie

“Hacksaw Ridge” is rather interesting for its ironic contradiction. While evoking those sincere old-fashioned Hollywood war films such as Howard Hawks’ “Sergeant York” (1941) on one side, the movie is also far more brutal and sanguinary than them on the … Continue reading

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Lion (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A long way to his hometown

Based on one remarkable real-life story, “Lion” tries to tug at our heartstrings, and it succeeds with several powerful moments during its first half. Although it stumbles a bit during the second half which is more conventional in comparison, the … Continue reading

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