• Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★

    Before the word alien has been generalized in a connotation similar to monster, Tarkovsky already had an alluring interpretation of this creature.

    In Solaris space station, the alien is actually a requiem to repressed memories of each person, it comes alive and perfectly resembles someone from the past. This creature has formed as consequential matrixes of the radiation experiment that projected through the planet's ocean.

    As the common mythical allegory of alien, it's never real enough to the people on…

  • Divine Love

    Divine Love

    ★★½

    In the future of 2027, Christianity has authorized the social system in Brazil. Along with sophisticated technological advancement, the religion also rules over institutional control intervening in personal problems.

    Through stretched duration and aesthetic swirl of neon colors, Divine Love takes its own time to develop the theme and settings delicately. The central story revolves around a barren woman who is possessing a faith crisis because of an inexplicable miracle. It carries plenty of equivocal confrontation for the irony inside…

  • Moxie

    Moxie

    ★★

    It's an upgraded crowd pleaser teen drama, because now the drill is to fortify third wave feminism agaisnt prevalent sexism in high school, not anymore to hijack the popular clique in the extent of configuring your truest self.

    As this movie inspiringly peremeates awareness, the lack of nuances and oversimplifying inequality issues make all actions fall short to performative feminism.

    As it puts hard toil to embrace inclusivity, the screenplay is overwhelmed by plenty of intersectional representation problem, but only…

  • Behind Her Eyes

    Behind Her Eyes

    ★★

    In response to its bonkers twist, I'm just amazed with how well-crafted the show is in building the suspense in the first section, even the acting is exceptionally phenomenal for Eve Hewson.

    I think I'm likely more surprised with the way the show has fooled itself rather with the slap-on-the-face ending, that's too ridiculous as it fails to take the weight the show landed in the first place seriously.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★

    It's definitely a dead sentence if life has to take away one of the most prominent sense you have, one that is so vital as it's defining most of the core of your existence in this world.

    Riz Ahmed is reckoning that experience with his raw and arresting performance, also he's inciting rage and heartfelt struggle with restrained force.

    The film mostly upholds in Ahmed's grip, to the point it will depend too much on him.

    Sound of Metal showcases…

  • Rewind

    Rewind

    ★★★½

    One of the most undaunted documentary that reveals tragedy of sexual abuse passing through generations.

    Although it requires to revisit and recollect all the harrowing memories behind the joy of family footages, it's loaded with auspiscious attempts that sheds light to the other victims.

    Rewind renders powerful messages about healing from damaging effect of abuse, without ever slightly undertakes the ordeals.

  • Space Sweepers

    Space Sweepers

    ★★½

    What film did I watch? I wanted to see a space opera movie from Korea, not a Korean movie replicated all the imaginations of space universe from George Lucas or Ridley Scott.

    Space sweepers itself is actually an endearing approach to futuristic blue-collar concept, but the rest of it is just filled with recycled sci-fi materials that lack of novelty and authenticity.

    However, it deserves legitimate credits to achieve an on par quality with the other Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters, and…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★

    Vinterberg always has dignity to unveil the issue about men and vulnerability - that hides beneath the cloak of masculinity - to the surface. In Another Round, he gives us access to see how problematic is when men try to compromise all discontentments in the mid-life crisis by fixing themselves reguraly under the influence of alcohol. At first it seems invigorating, but in relatively predictable way, the social experiment of maintaining 0.05% BAC turns to be a mere anecdotal evidence. We are well aware that substance will hold its credibility firmly as temporary solution, yet the final drink has never been enough.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    Nomadland is another remarkable notch from Chloé Zao's humanistic vision in cinema. Zao stays true to her compassionate realism of blending non-fictional and fictional elements through a tale focusing on a central character, Fern, who's a part of the nomad community, and in the mourning of her husband death and a vanished town where she once lived a housing life happily.

    There are more than idyllic imageries in Nomadland. Unlike any touristic theme movie that sometimes exploits the beauty of…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    It takes a substantial amount of grace to narrate painful memories without overidentifying the pain as a form of tear-jerker melodrama. Minari is deeply aching, but it's aware of its own paradox as it's capable to hold the agony in a tender grip.

    This classic immigrant story mirrors familiar struggles of the older generation, but it collects authentic tales that appear as much to be uniquely personal as much worthy to be told.

    Rather than idealize the story from the…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    Pixar indeed has maintained its credibility in crafting meaningful stories from mighty philosophical themes. In the matter of Soul, the dispute revolves around existential crisis.

    To resolve the huge question about the purpose of life, it takes us to multiple dimensions of the metaphysical world, from the Great Beyond afterlife, TED Talks-inspired pre-life, to the clunky slapstick trope like body swapping. All attempts are orchestrated in the quick-wit fashion, although some may not hit every note perfectly, with the familiar…

  • His House

    His House

    ★★★½

    It brings a concrete portrayal of a refugee story under the roof of the haunted-house theme. There are redundant jump-scare horror tropes provided to strengthen the theme, but for the first time, those things seem make sense to me. It's been a popular assumption that the most frightening horror is the one that sets close to the reality where traumatic past and present suffering to fit in exist simultaneously. On that thrills, the haunted-house theme is an accurate approach to carry all the fears and despairs to genuinely recount a heart-rending story.