Tag Archives: Romance

Phantom Thread (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Elegant disruption

Precisely elegant and subtly intense, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Phantom Thread” is a mesmerizing period chamber drama which draws our attention with its delicate and sumptuous moments at first and then unnerves us with dark psychological undercurrents beneath them. … Continue reading

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Wonder Wheel (2017) ☆☆(2/4): A colorful misfire from Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s new film “Wonder Wheel” is one of his most visually gorgeous works during recent years. Filled with colorful period atmosphere right from its very first shot, the movie provides a number of beautiful visual moments, and its first-rate … Continue reading

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The Shape of Water (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Mute beauty and the water beast

“The Shape of Water”, the latest film from Guillermo del Toro, is a haunting mix of fairy tale and love story with a bit of social commentary. While it does not entirely succeed in mixing its many different story elements … Continue reading

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Call Me by Your Name (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That bright romantic summer

“Call Me by Your Name”, the latest work from Luca Guadagnino, brims with the sensuous sense of love and romance in its bright, breezy summer atmosphere. While its first half closely and intimately observes its two heroes tentatively approaching to … Continue reading

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A Brighter Summer Day (1991) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A great movie never too long

Edward Yang’s “A Bright Summer Day”, which recently happened to be released in South Korea, is a singular masterpiece to be admired for numerous reasons. On one level, it is a tragic adolescent drama inspired by a notorious real-life incident … Continue reading

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Radiance (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Another gentle, meditative work from Naomi Kawase

To be frank with you, Naomi Kawase’s works have been an acquired taste to me. Although I admired the serene atmosphere of “The Mourning Forest” (2007), I felt impatient at times during my viewing, and I doubt whether I will … Continue reading

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On Body and Soul (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): An unusual romance tale from Hungary

While it is your average workplace romance tale, Hungarian film “On Body and Soul” draws our attention through its unusual setting at first. Here are two different people who happen to be connected with each other via a rather preposterous … Continue reading

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