Tag Archives: Sports

Paterno (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): His rapid fall from grace

Joe Paterno’s rapid fall from grace during his final year can be regarded as a cautionary tale about how one’s achievements of lifetime can be so quickly tarnished and ruined by a single scandal. He dedicated himself to his profession … Continue reading

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Early Man (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A minor work from Aardman Animations

“Early Man”, the latest animation film from Aardman Animations, is enjoyable but surprisingly slight in many aspects. While I liked some of its good moments, I somehow came to be rather distant to its story and characters instead of fully … Continue reading

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A Skin So Soft (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Of muscle and masculinity

Going to the Jeonju International Film Festival has been a sort of ritual for me. After I watched Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye Solo” (2008) there, I have made a regular visit to the festival during last 8 years, and I was … Continue reading

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Dangal (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two wrestler girls pushed by their father

Indian film “Dangal”, which is belatedly released here in South Korea during last weekend, is a conventional sports drama which turns out to be better than I thought. Although there are numerous clichéd moments here and there in the film, … Continue reading

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First Match (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Wrestling for her father

“First Match”, which is currently available on Netflix, initially draws our attention through its supposedly unconventional promise. Here is a young girl who has struggled a lot in her tough environment, and it is often poignant to observe how she … Continue reading

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Battle of the Sexes (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Feminism Vs. Sexism

“Battle of the Sexes” is a mild but entertaining comedy drama which closely looks at an amusing sports event between two contrasting real-life figures. Although it sometimes feels a bit unfocused, the movie works as an engaging tale while supported … Continue reading

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Icarus (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The biggest doping scandal in sports history

Bryan Fogel’s documentary film “Icarus” begins with one story and then goes into the other story. While the former is mildly fascinating, the latter is more compelling in comparison, and the documentary wisely lets the latter take the center, as … Continue reading

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