Tag Archives: Sports

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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Queen of Walking (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Walk, Man-bok, Walk!

Have you heard of racewalking? I did not know anything about this rather obscure sport until I watched a little lovable South Korean film called “Queen of Walking”. Before writing this review, I checked Wikipedia, and I was surprised to … Continue reading

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Let good times roll…

My first days as an undergraduate student of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology were rather uneventful to say the least. While getting acquainted a bit with my two dormitory roommates, I just simply attended lectures and prepared … Continue reading

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Creed (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Something Old, New, and Unexpected

“Creed” is an underdog movie true to the dogged spirit of its old senior in many ways. Faithfully following its senior’s footsteps with some bittersweet sense of nostalgia, the movie also brings a considerable amount of fresh energy into the … Continue reading

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Red Army (2014) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The rise and fall of Soviet ice hockey

Simultaneously amusing and compelling, documentary film “Red Army” tells us a dramatic story about the rise and fall of Soviet ice hockey. Mainly through some of its best players, the documentary looks around their best and worst times during the Cold … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Arm (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Another outsourcing from India

 “Million Dollar Arm” is a mild sports movie with a little dose of good will and local flavor. You can easily guess what you are going to get if you are aware of that this is your average Disney family … Continue reading

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The King of Jokgu (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Let me play Jokgu!

 Before talking about South Korean film “The King of Jokgu”, I must confess to you that I do not know anything about “Jokgu”, a Korean term for foot volley. I have never played it with others, and I have never … Continue reading

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Mr. Go (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A gorilla recruited to baseball (no kidding)

Unless there is a more admirable technical achievement in the South Korean Film industry in this year, the special effect in new South Korean film “Mr. Go” deserves all the special effect awards it will receive in the local film … Continue reading

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Fists of Legend (2013) ☆☆(2/4) : Lots of punches and kicks with little preparation

Usually, the sports films about boxing or kickboxing or MMA or any other kinds of sports played in the ring/cage have the preparation/build-up process before their obligatory big showdown scene. Main characters are introduced in the beginning, and we get … Continue reading

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Rust and Bone (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It’s always hard to start at the bottom

They say you can start your life again even if you find yourself hitting the bottom, but, as some of you know, starting at the bottom is not easy at all. While it is ultimately an optimistic film about healing … Continue reading

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