Tag Archives: War

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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Da 5 Bloods (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Boys are back in Vietnam

Spike Lee’s latest work “Da 5 Bloods”, which was released on Netflix on last Friday, is quite a compelling mix of adventure drama, social commentary. and history lesson. While it is rather uneven and a bit too overlong in my … Continue reading

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The Last Full Measure (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Honoring a hero

“The Last Full Measure” attempts to pay a tribute to one brave young soldier who did an exceptional act of valor and devotion in the Vietnam War, but it somehow feels rather hollow while not presenting well who he really … Continue reading

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Monos (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Young beasts of a war

There are a number of absolutely stunning moments in “Monos”, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in last year. While I often struggled to follow and understand … Continue reading

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