Tag Archives: Real-life story

Radioactive (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A scattershot biopic on Marie Curie’s life and career

I remember well when I came to learn about the life and career of Marie Curie from a little biography book for children around 30 years ago. Although life was pretty hard and difficult for her because of a number … Continue reading

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Mank (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he writes “Citizen Kane”

David Fincher’s new film “Mank”, which is released here in South Korea today and will be available on Netflix early in December, presents a personal perspective from the writer who co-wrote the screenplay for Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941), which … Continue reading

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The Final Year (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The final year of the Obama administration

It is hard for me not to become nostalgic while watching Greg Barker’s documentary film “The Final Year”, which closely looks into the inner workings of the Obama administration during its final year. At that time, many of us were … Continue reading

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Funan (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A poignant animation film about the Cambodian genocide

Denis Do’s animation feature film “Funan” tells us a dark but ultimately poignant tale of human cruelty and resilience. Loosely inspired by Do’s family history associated with the Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia during the late 1970s, the movie often … Continue reading

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Slay the Dragon (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): American citizens against gerrymandering

I remember well when I heard about gerrymandering for the first time. On one day in 1991, I was going through the third year of my elementary school education, and I and other students of my class were studying elementary … Continue reading

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Endless Poetry (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The wild second chapter of Jodorowsky’s life

“Endless Poetry”, which is supposedly the second part of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film autobiography, is as wild, bold, and weird as you can expect from his work. Like his previous film “The Dance of Reality” (2013), the movie freely mixes his … Continue reading

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The Glorias (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Viewed through her four different selves

Julie Taymor’s new film “The Glorias” explores the life and career of Gloria Steinem, one of the famous figures in the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Although the overall result occasionally feels sketchy and overlong … Continue reading

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John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A courteous tribute to John Lewis

Documentary film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” is a courteous tribute to US congressman John Lewis, who sadly died shortly after the documentary was released in US three months ago. Although he faced lots of obstacles even during his later years, … Continue reading

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Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he lives dying

Netflix documentary “Dick Johnson Is Dead”, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, is a funny, sad, and touching personal tribute to remember. While clearly recognizing … Continue reading

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Feels Good Man (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A cartoon character gone out of control

Documentary film “Feels Good Man”, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker, presents the cautionary tale of a sincere artistic creation gone out of control. When its creator introduced it to the world outside, it was … Continue reading

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