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Becoming Astrid (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Before she becomes a writer

Swedish film “Becoming Astrid” focuses on the early years of Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), a Swedish writer who has been known well for her many famous children’s book series such the one featuring Pipi Longstocking. I must confess that I am … Continue reading

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her brilliant criminal writing career

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” tells us an amusing real-life crime story of Lee Israel, a washed-out biographer who resorted to forging letters of a number of famous figures when she happened to hit the bottom of her life and … Continue reading

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The Wild Pear Tree (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A young writer returns to his hometown

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest film “The Wild Pear Tree” is a long, reflective emotional journey which has a number of memorable moments to be appreciated for their interesting mix of ideas, mood, and drama. Although you may frequently feel impatient … Continue reading

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Colette (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Before she wrote under her own name

Writers are not exactly an ideal subject for movie, but “Colette”, a biographical drama film covering the early career years of French novelist Colette, is a pretty engaging stuff. Although it is sometimes hampered by its rather scattershot narrative spanning … Continue reading

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The Wife (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Beside her famous husband

The heroine of “The Wife” is usually quiet and reserved, but her seemingly detached façade speaks volume as we get to know more about her and her marital relationship. While she continues to occupy her small place besides her famous … Continue reading

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Final Portrait (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): An erratic artist and his frustrated model

“Final Portrait” reminds me that some of great artists are difficult people to hang around with. Focusing on a long, problematic artistic process between an artist of undeniable genius and a man who admires him but becomes increasingly frustrated with … Continue reading

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Butterfly Sleep (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A romance before she is faded away

To be frank with you, I could not help but envy the heroine of South Korean-Japanese film “Butterfly Sleep”. As watching her cozy modern house filled with various books, I became curious about those books even though they are written … Continue reading

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): Meet Joan Didion

I value good documentary films presenting interesting subjects unfamiliar to me, and Netflix documentary film “Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold” is one of such documentaries. Here is a smart, intelligent woman who has been leading a long, fascinating … Continue reading

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Steady creepiness

“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” is a steady exercise in creepiness. After establishing its small, sparse setting, the movie patiently dials up the level of tension bit by bit as its ill-fated heroine is slowly … Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Baldwin Remembers

First, let me confess that I am not that familiar with James Baldwin, a renowned African American writer who was one of the notable figures in the Civil Rights Movement in US during the 1960s. Although I came to know … Continue reading

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