Tag Archives: Real-life story

Dunkirk (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A grueling but gripping war film from Christopher Nolan

“Dunkirk”, an ambitious World War II movie directed by Christopher Nolan, instantly grabs us right from its first moment and then never loses its grip on us till the end credits. Although looking rather modest compared to Nolan’s previous works, … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Maudie (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her artistry and their life

Besides illuminating the undeniable artistry of its real-life artist heroine, “Maudie” focuses on small intimate moments from her plain, shabby life with a man she came to live with for many years. While it is interesting to get the occasional … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Anarchist from Colony (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): An anarchist couple who stood by each other

Based on a dramatic real-life story from the Japanese Occupation era, South Korean film “Anarchist from Colony” is more amusing and entertaining than I expected. While being as serious as required by its historical subject, the movie is also quite … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Baldwin Remembers

First, let me confess that I am not that familiar with James Baldwin, a renowned African American writer who was one of the notable figures in the Civil Rights Movement in US during the 1960s. Although I came to know … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Denial (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): History on Trial

As far as I can see from “Denial”, David Irving is a vile piece of work. He is a bullying propagandist who has no qualms about humiliating and discrediting others through lies and falsification, and any decent person cannot help … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolat (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A pair of different clowns

Inspired by the career of two real-life clowns who were famous around the early 20th century, French film “Chocolat” is an old-fashioned show business melodrama which is a little too rote and predictable at times. It often works whenever it … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A pacifistic medic struggling in a brutal war movie

“Hacksaw Ridge” is rather interesting for its ironic contradiction. While evoking those sincere old-fashioned Hollywood war films such as Howard Hawks’ “Sergeant York” (1941) on one side, the movie is also far more brutal and sanguinary than them on the … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment