Tag Archives: Real-life figure

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Of meteors and men

Documentary film “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds”, which was released on Apple+ in last November, is alternatively sublime and amusing with its genuine interest and fascination in meteors. As hopping from one interesting place to another around the world, the … Continue reading

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On the Record (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another harrowing #MeToo era documentary

Documentary film “On the Record” is often chilling and devastating as listening to several female survivors who were sexually assaulted or abused by a man who is still regarded as one of the most influential figures in the American hip-hop … Continue reading

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The Dig (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their friendship over burial mounds

Netflix film “The Dig”, which was released on last Friday, is a low-key period drama mainly revolving around two different people who happened to get involved in one historic excavation of the 20th century England. While sensitively observing the development … Continue reading

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A modest tribute to The Band

Daniel Roher’s documentary film “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” looks over the rather brief history of The Band, which was founded by Robbie Robertson and his four fellow musicians in 1968. Although its five members eventually came … Continue reading

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One Night in Miami (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their night to remember

“One Night in Miami”, which was released on Amazon Prime in last week, humbly and thoughtfully presents a fictional account of one night meeting among four prominent real-life African American figures in the 1960s. Regardless of how much it is … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): He is a lot cooler than you may think…

Jimmy Carter was surely one of the most decent and admirable American Presidents in the 20th century. While his presidency was not entirely without faults and failures, he and his government certainly showed the better sides of the country to … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Silence (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A journalist who cared about his country

Showtime documentary film “Kingdom of Silence” glimpses into the life and career of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose brutal murder at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, Turkey shocked many of us in October 2018. Mainly revolving around the … Continue reading

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Mr. Jones (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The price of reporting a truth

Agnieszka Holland’s new film “Mr. Jones” is an earnest period drama about a young reporter who struggled to maintain his professional integrity after coming to learn of a terrible injustice behind the Soviet Union government in the 1930s. While it … Continue reading

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The Man Standing Next (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): It’s really hard for him to stand next to his big boss…

South Korean film “The Man Standing Next” is a slick and competent period drama film which does not go further than what I and many other South Korean audiences already know. Based on one of the major historical incidents in … Continue reading

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Evaporated (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Since his daughter was vanished

South Korean documentary film “Evaporated” is shrouded in somber desperation and frustration right from the beginning. Closely observing a father’s longtime search for his vanished daughter, the documentary calmly and sensitively observes that overwhelming psychological burden on not only him … Continue reading

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