Tag Archives: Real-life figure

The 15:17 to Paris (2018) ☆☆(2/4): A dull, tedious tale of American heroism

During recent years, Clint Eastwood gave us a number of interesting movies about American heroism. While “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006) is a haunting World War II movie revolving around three soldiers in that iconic photograph shot during the battle … Continue reading

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American Splendor (2003) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Plain splendid

It somehow took quite a long time for me to get to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “American Splendor”, based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name which was written by Harvey Pekar. When I came … Continue reading

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The Front Runner (2018) ☆☆(2/4): As his campaign crashes down

Jason Reitman’s latest film “The Front Runner” tries to cover too many things about the rise and fall of Gary Hart, who attempted to be a Democratic presidential candidate in 1988 but then fell from grace due to that infamous … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Conventional but inspiring anyway

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year and was recently released on Netflix, is based on an inspiring real-life story of a young clever Malawian boy who went … Continue reading

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A Resistance (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The Story of Yu Gwan-sun

South Korean film “A Resistance” is a respectful period drama movie about Yu Gwan-sun, one of the most prominent activists in the March 1st Movement against Imperial Japanese colonial rule of Korea in 1919. Considering that Yu has been one … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A tale of two queens

“Mary Queen of Scots” initially seems to have all the right ingredients for a compelling period drama. While it has two talented actresses at its center, it is also equipped with commendable technical aspects including authentic period atmosphere, so I … Continue reading

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Free Solo (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Climbing up a rock alone – without rope

Watching Oscar-nominated documentary film “Free Solo”, which also won the People’s Choice documentary award when it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in last year, was a pretty terrifying experience to me due to my longtime fear of … Continue reading

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