Tag Archives: War

A Hidden Life (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A meditative resistance

Terrence Malick’s latest film “A Hidden Life” is a meditative drama film which calmly and austerely explores its religious/spiritual themes via the real life of one ordinary man who chose to stick to his belief despite being aware of the … Continue reading

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The Painted Bird (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A gruelingly hollow piece of work

“The Painted Bird”, which was selected as the Czech entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar in last year (It was included in the December shortlist although it was not nominated in the end, by the way), is a … Continue reading

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Mosul (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Their intense personal fight against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq

Netflix film “Mosul”, which was released two days ago, is admirable to some degree but also notably flawed in some aspects. Inspired by Luke Mogelson’s 2017 New Yorker article “The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS”, the movie attempts to give … Continue reading

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Mulan (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Stick to the animation version, please

“Mulan”, the live action remake version of the 1998 Disney animation film of the same name, is a pointless and unnecessary product which dissatisfies me a lot for many reasons. Although it is not incompetent at all in technical aspects … Continue reading

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Ghosts of War (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Soldiers stuck in a predictable haunted spot

“Ghosts of War” looks like an interesting hybrid of two different genres at first, but it ultimately lets us down a lot. While you may be entertained a bit by how different genre elements clash with each other for a … Continue reading

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Beanpole (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two women after the war

Russian film “Beanpole”, which was selected as Russia’s submission to Best International Film Oscar in last year, is a bleak and harrowing film about two women who are irrevocably damaged by their wartime experiences. While it is often quite difficult … Continue reading

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Father Solider Son (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A solider and his family

Netflix documentary film “Father Soldier Son” gives us a close and intimate look into the 10-year story of one ordinary American soldier and his dear family. While it remains rather apolitical about the war which is still being continued even … Continue reading

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Greyhound (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An average World War II drama starring Tom Hanks

“Greyhound”, which was initially supposed to be released in US theaters in last month but then released instead on Apple TV+ in last week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reminds me again of what a good movie star actor … Continue reading

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Resistance (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A mime artist fighting against Nazi

“Resistance” looks into the early years of Marcel Marceau during World War II, and the result is fairly watchable while not distinguishing itself much from many other similar World War II movies out there. Sure, I am glad to learn … Continue reading

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The Outpost (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): In the middle of a hell called war

“The Outpost” turns out to be more engaging and thoughtful than I expected. While this is surely another tense, gritty, and brutal modern American war drama, it distinguishes itself to some degree as tactfully handling its story and characters with … Continue reading

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