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Review: The Throne (사도, 2015)

The Throne starts with the pivotal event of the story that is one of the greatest tragic events of the Joseon era. This scene is important as it captures our attention immediately. The story is based on a true event... Continue Reading →

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Review: 1987 When the Day Comes (2017)

Warning! Do not watch without any knowledge about Korean modern history. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the film because of its intensity, but if you are someone who is not familiar with the last 50 years of Korea, this... Continue Reading →

Review: Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (신과함께-죄와 벌, 2017)

I was hyping myself up since I watched the trailer of Along with the Gods months ago. For my feeling, I had waited enough, and now I was very lucky that I could watch it on the big screen at the... Continue Reading →

Review: Bad Genius (ฉลาดเกมส์โกง, 2017)

Bad Genius along with Our Shining Days were a few of my favourite films during the CinemAsia Film Festival. Bad Genius even won the CinemAsia Best Film Award. Of course, Bad Genius has won many other international and national awards.... Continue Reading →

Review: Kartini (2017)

Such an inspirational film. I’ve watched with astonishment and also with a bit of resentment Kartini, as the circumstances back then were terrible for women. Kartini is a drama biopic film directed by Hanung Bramantyo...

Review: On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről, 2017)

Can two persons have the same dream? And can they interact in their dream? Who wouldn’t like to have something like that? An alternative reality in your dreams, a VR where you can do what you want, and be with... Continue Reading →

Review: The Square (2017)

A friend of mine asked me, “So, what do you think?” Silence. I thought about this question for a few minutes and nothing came into my mind. How to describe what we had just watched? Complex, funny, ironic, critical. But,... Continue Reading →

Review: April’s Daughter (Las hijas de Abril, 2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| This story is beautiful and crazy at the same time. Las hijas de Abril | April’s Daughter sheds light on issues about the rights of a teenage mother, the concept of being... Continue Reading →

Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name has been widely acclaimed and critics are still loving it. Now – after having watched the film – I do understand why. The editing pace, camera movement and dialogues make this a beautifully tender and... Continue Reading →

Review: Wonder Wheel (2017)

To be honest, yes, I was excited by knowing that the film Wonder Wheel would come soon in cinemas. I was looking forward to this film since I’ve heard the news. However, Wonder Wheel was not a masterpiece nor a... Continue Reading →

Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

I think I have found a new director to add to my list of favourite filmmakers. Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer presents a dark dilemma surrounded by unconventional but brilliant dialogues. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a... Continue Reading →

Review: 120 BPM (120 Battements Par Minute, 2017)

During the end credits no one talked, there was no noise, and there was not even a sound. That was the impact the film had on the viewers. Everyone slowly put their coats on and left the screening room. My... Continue Reading →

Review: You Disappear (Du forsvinder, 2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| You Disappear started by captivating me with a shocking scene and then it moved on to confuse me and amuse me. This film brings to the table issues of mental health... Continue Reading →

Review: Manifesto (2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| Now that I see the runtime I realise that Manifesto is not that long. Probably it felt long because I was thinking during the whole screening, reflecting on the words spoken... Continue Reading →

Review: A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica, 2017)

A Fantastic Woman became one of my favourites of this year, if not of all-time. It is a sublime combination of great cinematography with a perfectly coherent story accompanied by the excellent music of Matthew Herbert. This film is a... Continue Reading →

Review: The King (더 킹, 2017)

Many film critics denominate it the ‘Korean Wolf of Wall Street’ or even the ‘Korean Goodfellas’ and ‘Scorsese crime saga’. And they are right, not in terms of ‘copycat’ or ‘wannabe’, as the film portrays a unique entertaining and solid story,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Bad Batch (2016)

The trailer got me excited. The Bad Batch seemed to be a great pop culture film with remarkable actors, music and plot line - that was the trailer. The Bad Batch is a science-fiction romantic action film directed by Ana... Continue Reading →

Review: The Double Lover (L’amant double, 2017)

Before watching L’amant double, I checked out the trailer. The trailer depicted L'amant double as a suspense thriller murder/detective-ish film - just a common story that didn’t interest me that much. However, because the director is François Ozon I said... Continue Reading →

Review: A Woman’s Life (Une Vie, 2016)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| A profound film about a young woman’s journey into an unideal adulthood. Her journey is a passionate heartbreak that is filled with hope and naivety. Une Vie is a timeless story... Continue Reading →

Review: The King of Pigs (돼지의 왕, 2011)

Continuing on the subject of pigs and South Korean cinema, this week I present you The King of Pigs. A dark violent animation about the sometimes cruel reality that can be found in the South Korean culture. The King of... Continue Reading →

Review: Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-ho did it again. In Cannes 2017, this Netflix production had a standing ovation after experiencing some technical difficulties. It also generated a discussion about whether or not digital distribution (thus not theatrical) could be in the film festival... Continue Reading →

Review: The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016)

What a debut! The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016) is Raúl Arévalo’s debut film, which won four Goya Awards for Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Manolo Solo). The... Continue Reading →

Review: The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016)

The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016) directed by Midi Z presents Lianqing (Wu Ke-Xi) who starts her journey from Burma to Thailand. In Thailand, she hopes to obtain a work that would allow her to support her family back home.... Continue Reading →

Review: Apprentice (2016)

The death penalty is legal in Singapore and more than 80% of its population is in favour of this sanction. Therefore, making a movie that opens up the debate on the death penalty in a country where most of its... Continue Reading →

Review: Moonlight (2016)

What a powerful story! I am not saying this only because the main protagonist is a strong one, but also because of the amazing empathy created by the narration, cinematography, and sound. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins) is a story about... Continue Reading →

Review/Report: Mikio Naruse – Unknown Master of Japanese Cinema

From 12 through 29 January 2017 the EYE Film Institute introduces Mikio Naruse to The Netherlands by showing 14 of his films. This Japanese filmmaker is an “unknown master of Japanese Cinema,” as EYE denominates him. After watching two of... Continue Reading →

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Tom Ford surprised us with his debut film A Single Man in 2009, in which a professor deals with the death of his partner. This was an eloquent, detailed, and marvellous composition. In Nocturnal Animals, Ford astonishes us once again... Continue Reading →

Review: Train to Busan (부산행, 2016)

What a ride! This zombie-apocalypse-horror-thriller-drama film took me on a roller-coaster of emotions: from happy surprised to dramatic sobbing. This mix of genres is not something unique of the film itself, but a well-known characteristic of contemporary South Korean films.... Continue Reading →

Review: Waterboys (2016)

This is not your typical Dutch film, and just in case you thought about it – no, it is not a documentary about The Waterboys (a U.K. folk-rock band that was big in the 1980s). This film is about the... Continue Reading →

Review: Café Society (2016)

After less celebrated films such as Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and Irrational Man (2015), Woody Allen surprises us with a quirky love triangle story that shows us that he still has some tricks up his sleeve. Café Society is... Continue Reading →

Review: Julieta (2016)

If you love Almodóvar’s films this one will be less explicit and twisted than others, but, nevertheless, a wonderful melodramatic oeuvre d’art that explores the complex lives of ordinary people. The film is based on three short stories from Alice... Continue Reading →

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