Tag Archives: Real-life story

Escape from Mogadishu (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): They must stick together for their escape

South Korean film “Escape from Mogadishu” is a gritty and intense action thriller flick which is loosely based on a real-life story between South and North Korean embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1991. While often reminiscent of a bunch of … Continue reading

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The Last Cruise (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A cruise ship under quarantine

HBO documentary film “The Last Cruise” indirectly reminds me of how much things have been changed a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic was started in Wuhan, China around the beginning of 2020. Around that time point, I and many others … Continue reading

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76 Days (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): 76 days of lockdown in Wuhan, China

Documentary film “76 Days”, which was shortlisted for Best Documentary Oscar early in this year, gives us a close look into that urgent 76-day period of lockdown in Wuhan, China, which was the ground zero of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading

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Us, Day by Day (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Their never-ending feminist life

South Korean documentary film “Us, Day by Day” looks into the past and present of five proud and strong women who have all led each own interesting life as feminists. As it is limited by its rather short running time … Continue reading

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Sisters on Track (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Running for better life

Netflix documentary film “Sisters on Track”, which was released on last Thursday, looks into one important period of three young African American girls ready to try their best with their considerable athletic ability. Although their darkest time was over, these … Continue reading

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Dream Horse (2020) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): They bought a horse

“Dream Horse” is a clichéd underdog story which is mildly entertaining while not bringing anything particular new to its genre territory. While we can clearly discern what and how it is about right from the start, the movie did a … Continue reading

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Fatherhood (2021) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): It is hard to be a single daddy….

Netflix film “Fatherhood”, which was released on last Friday, somehow feels like an artificial product instead of being a genuine realistic human tale about the difficulties of raising a kid alone. While there are some sincere moments to be appreciated … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): How he came to tell his story

Steve McQueen’s movie anthology series “Small Axe” firmly held my attention as I watched its first three movies, which were incidentally shown at a number of major films festivals including the New York Film Festival before all of five films … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Against the system he walks into

During last two days, I finally watched Steve McQueen’s movie anthology series “Small Axe”, which generated some hoopla during the recent Oscar season as receiving a bunch of nominations and awards from several major film critics associations including the LA … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Mangrove (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Trial of the Mangrove Nine

During the latest Oscar season, there was a rather trivial controversy on Steve McQueen’s ambitious film anthology series “Small Axe”. While its first three films were respectively shown at a number of movie festivals including the New York Film Festival … Continue reading

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