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Shades of the Heart (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A series of ambiguous episodes around one writer

It is a bit difficult for me to describe to you on South Korean independent film “Shades of the Heart”. When I saw this little modest film for the first time a few days ago, I was not so sure … Continue reading

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RKO 281 (1999) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A terrific TV movie to complement “Mank”

To be frank with you, it took some time for me to appreciate the greatness of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941), which has been regarded as one of the greatest works in the history of cinema during last several decades. … Continue reading

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Mank (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he writes “Citizen Kane”

David Fincher’s new film “Mank”, which is released here in South Korea today and will be available on Netflix early in December, presents a personal perspective from the writer who co-wrote the screenplay for Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941), which … Continue reading

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Martin Eden (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): He wants to be a great writer…

The hero of Italian film “Martin Eden” is probably one of the least interesting writer characters I have ever seen throughout my inconsequential moviegoing experience of around 30 years. While I admire his passion and spirit to some degree, what … Continue reading

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The Terrorizers (1986) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Coincidence followed by tension

Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s “The Terrorizers”, which is currently being in shown in South Korean theaters, is a haunting urban drama which is subtle and deceptive in its gradual accumulation of anxiety and tension around its main characters. Because I … Continue reading

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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Broad but spirited

Some of those classic Victorian novels written by Charles Dickens delighted me a lot when I read them during my adolescent and college years. Sure, many of the characters in his novels are essentially stereotypes, but they are strikingly and … Continue reading

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Premature (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): One summer romance in Harlem

“Premature”, which won the Someone to Watch Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards early in this year, is a modest but intimate tale of young romance set in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mainly revolving around a … Continue reading

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The Truth (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A mildly interesting trial by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest work “The Truth”, his first non-Japenese film which was also the opening film at the Venice International Film Festival of this year, is a mildly interesting drama revolving around an aging self-centered actress and several other characters … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Morrison on her life and career

I must confess that the works of Toni Morrison, a great African American female author who sadly passed away two months ago, have been a glaring blind spot in my reading list. Although I came to know a bit about … Continue reading

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American Splendor (2003) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Plain splendid

It somehow took quite a long time for me to get to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “American Splendor”, based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name which was written by Harvey Pekar. When I came … Continue reading

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