Tag Archives: Real-life story

The Rescue (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A vivid and gripping presentation of one risky rescue

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s new documentary film “The Rescue”, which was released on Disney+ in last week, is a vivid and gripping presentation of one risky rescue which drew lots of public attention around the world at that … Continue reading

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Benedetta (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Verhoeven strikes again

Paul Verhoeven’s new film “Benedetta” is a decidedly salacious period drama peppered with some nudity, violence, and cynicism. Although it is relatively less wild, violent, and sensational compared to many of Verhoeven’s notable works, the movie is still another provocative … Continue reading

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14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Project Possible

Netflix documentary “14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible”, which was released on this Monday, is about one extraordinary achievement which certainly deserves to be known more to us. As reflected by the very title of the documentary, the hero of the … Continue reading

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King Richard (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A father behind two daughters

“King Richard” is your average feel-good drama film which mostly plays safe from the beginning to the end. Right from when I went through its first few minutes, I could clearly discern what I was going to get, and the … Continue reading

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Spencer (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): It’s Christmas in Hell for her…

Pablo Larraín’s latest film “Spencer” is presented as “A fable from a true tragedy”, and it is clear from the beginning that the movie goes for something deeper than those well-known facts about its famous human subject. Although the overall … Continue reading

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Procession (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Act of Healing

Netflix documentary film “Procession”, which was released in last week, presents one interesting therapeutic process to observe and appreciate. Mainly revolving around six different men who are all survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, the documentary gradually reveals their … Continue reading

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tick, tick… BOOM! (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): How he came to write “Rent”

“tick, tick… BOOM!”, which was released on Netflix on last Friday after released in movie theaters in the previous week, is a solid musical movie packed with enough goodies to entertain you. Based on the semi-autobiographical musical of the same … Continue reading

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Casting JonBenet (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Casting performers to play her and others

Netflix documentary film “Casting JonBenet” takes an unorthodox approach to an infamous unsolved murder case at its center. Because I am not familiar with that notorious case which happened almost 25 years ago, I was a bit disappointed to see … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-boon of Wangshimni (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she keeps living

South Korean documentary film “Kim Jong-boon of Wangshimni” is a plain but intimate portrayal of one ordinary old lady who has some interesting life stories to tell. While she is the mother of a young activist who tragically died during … Continue reading

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Zola (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Based on one amusing Twitter tale

“Zola” is a darkly amusing cautionary tale of sexual exploitation which will definitely make you wince more than once. Cheerfully bouncing from one absurd moment to another, the movie never overlooks the seedy and exploitative aspects of what its heroine … Continue reading

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