Tag Archives: Real-life figure

Jawline (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A young social media star chasing after his dream

Hulu documentary film “Jawline” observes the quick ascent of an adolescent social media star who, as far as shown from the documentary, is a simple decent lad who just wants to chase after his dream. While it is often fascinating … Continue reading

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Tower (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That horrible summer day in Austin, Texas

On August 1st, 1966, a guy named Charles Whitman went up to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower in Austin, Texas, and then he committed one of the most atrocious shooting incidents in the American modern history. … Continue reading

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My Name Is KIM Bok-dong (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her last defiant years

South Korean documentary film “My Name Is KIM Bok-dong” looks into the last defiant years of an old lady who tried hard along with her fellow survivors for getting an official apology from the Japanese government for more than 25 … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): His gradual new beginning

Gus Van Sant’s latest film “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”, which is released as “Don’t Worry” here in South Korea, is a rather mild feel-good drama about alcoholism and disability. While surely giving us some darkly humorous … Continue reading

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Armstrong (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Respectable but redundant

Documentary film “Armstrong” tries to present the life and career of Neil Armstrong, the most prominent figure in the Apollo Space Program. While its attempt is admirable, sincere, and, considering the 50th anniversary of that monumental moment, timely, the documentary … Continue reading

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Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Diva of the Century

Documentary film “Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words” attempts to present the glimpses of humanity and personality from Maria Callas, one of the most extraordinary opera singers in the 20th century. Mainly consisting of various archival photographs and footage … Continue reading

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Hale Country This Morning, This Evening (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Hale County, Alabama

Documentary film “Hale Country This Morning, This Evening”, which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in last year and then got nominated for Best Documentary Oscar … Continue reading

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