Tag Archives: Real-life story

Sidney (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A respectful tribute to Sidney Poitier

Documentary film “Sidney”, which was released on Apple TV+ in last month, looks into the life and career of late Sidney Poitier, who was one of a few major black Hollywood stars during his prime in the 1950-60s. Although it … Continue reading

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Fanatic (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Of being a fan

I could not help but become quite amused from time to time while watching South Korean documentary film “Fanatic”. Yes, as shown from the documentary, director Oh Se-yeon was really a big fan of a certain local male idol singer, … Continue reading

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The 2nd Repatriation (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Still waiting for repatriation

South Korean documentary film “The 2nd Repatriation”, which is the sequel to director Kim Dong-won’s acclaimed 2003 documentary “Repatriation” (It won the Freedom of Expression Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, by the way), covers last two decades of … Continue reading

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Repatriation (2003) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Waiting for repatriation

South Korean documentary film “Repatriation” simply follows the lives of a bunch of unconverted North Korean people who could not go back to their country even after being imprisoned in South Korea for many years. As observing their long struggle … Continue reading

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Everything Went Fine (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A restrained but poignant drama by François Ozon

French film “Everything Went Fine” is restrained but poignant as simply observing a very serious family matter. While never overlooking its main characters’ emotional struggles over that matter, the movie thoughtfully lets us get to know more about them and … Continue reading

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Thirteen Lives (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A redundant but solid docudrama from Ron Howard

Ron Howard’s new film “Thirteen Lives”, which is now available on Amazon Prime, attempts to give us a close look into the events of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, and it succeeds to some degree despite its several inherent … Continue reading

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Hansan: Rising Dragon (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Epic, tense, and efficient

South Korean film “Hansan: Rising Dragon” is a war historical drama about one big sea battle which was a significant turning point in the Imjin War, which is also known as the Japanese invasions of Korea of 1592–1598. Although I … Continue reading

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Elvis (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Extremely excessive and incredibly superficial

Baz Luhrmann’s latest film “Elvis” is extremely excessive and incredibly superficial. Like many of his previous works such as “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), “Moulin Rouge!” (2001), and “The Great Gatsby” (2013), the movie is full of Luhrmann’s own dizzy stylish … Continue reading

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Girl in the Picture (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Who is she?

Netflix documentary film “Girl in the Picture”, which was released in last week, looks into one infamous criminal case which will unnerve you a lot as the documentary doles out those disturbing details of the case step by step. Although … Continue reading

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Rise (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A wholesome family sports drama

“Rise”, which was released on Disney+ on last Friday, is a wholesome family sports drama based on the inspiring true story of one Nigerian immigrant family. While it is often quite predictable in many aspects, the movie is balanced well … Continue reading

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