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  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★½

    It's unexpectedly fun. Will Smith as the blue genie unexpectedly works. And it's surprisingly not just a page-by-page remake: the song "Speechless" and the scene containing it delivered new value that's perhaps missing from the original film.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★½

    Yeaaaa well it's thrilling and I forget what did I just watch. Lack of motivations from the characters makes this film quite irritating to watch: you missed this big idea the movie had and you'd assume the conflict would have never happenned if the main characters were just a little bit smarter.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    This year's winner of Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival takes you to the rollercoaster of feelings. "Parasite" is a dark comedy that walks you through a case where people at the lower social class financially exploits and, at some points, admires people at the higher social class for their power and money (that's where the film gets its title, "Parasite"). So when I think about it, I guess at its core, "Parasite" may not be very different from "Shoplifters",…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★½

    The photo-realistic animation technique in Disney's latest remake "The Lion King" is top-notch, but it rarely evokes fun and emotion. You'll find the sound acting were all playful and exhilirating but the 3d details were so advanced that you'll see the faces of these animal characters were often expressionless. So I think "The Lion King" is breathtakingly gorgeous to look at but it's definitely less fun than other latest Disney's remakes like "The Jungle Book" or most recently "Aladdin".

    And yeah the "Hakuna Matata" scene was pretty boring. You can barely sing along.

  • Capernaum

    Capernaum

    ★★★½

    I have to admit that some of the scenes in "Capernaum", a Lebanese film about a neglected boy who sued his parents for "giving him life" while serving a sentence for commiting a crime, is so painful and so excruciating that it is hard for me to sit through. The film exploits the misfortunes of people, and it vividly shows us so many social aspects that may not be too outlandish to us (i.e. poverty, child abuse, migrant workers, underage…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    "Suspiria" is downright disorienting, and it can be translated for both good and bad. Good, because I guess it is an effective way to give us a bitter aftertaste we long to have from horror movies. Bad, because plotwise it feels rather jumpy and uneven, making us (or just me?) feel confused about what has actually happenned.

    You know, sometimes you get into some restaurants and order a fancy cuisine and then you ate it and it tastes great, but you actually don't know what you actually have eaten. "Suspiria", for me, feels the same way.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Those of you familiar with the works of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda must have known that he is a master of family drama. With an amazing filmography that includes "Still Walking", "Nobody Knows", and "Like Father, Like Son", his latest work "Shoplifters" feels like a culmination of his long journey of exploring family dynamics in contemporary Japan (read: poverty, social norms, loss), and surely a deserving winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or in Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

    "Shoplifters"…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★½

    As of today, I have watched all 17 films directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, except "Miller's Crossing" and "True Grit". I think the scripts for all these films are written by the Coens themselves (correct me if I'm wrong), thus it's easy to capture some key characteristics of their films: they admire dark comedies, they love to make conflicts out of worsen aftermaths of simple initial actions, they like to incorporate spiritualism in their films, and, of course, they…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    "To me, the world is an enigma," said the doe-eyed, confused Jong-su to the posh, Gatsby-like Ben in his elegant mansion. This line alone has pretty summed up the entire film: that the world, and the human life on it, is abstract and full of uncertainties. You'll never know who you will meet right after this second, neither you will know who will vanish out of your life tomorrow. What we want, what we expect to feel, and what we…

  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★★

    Who would've thought that I'm breaking up just a couple of days after watching this movie, and who would've thought that this is the last movie that we watched together as a couple.

    ..

    Well the movie is great. The plot is rather prone to plotholes but still executed in a pretty tidy fashion. The film totally makes use of any screens (PC, phone, TV, everything) in their best ways. Innovative.

  • Sesat

    Sesat

    ★½

    What a terrible movie.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★½

    Fun and exciting from beginning to end. The kind of film you should watch not by yourself, but with a crowd.