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a film boffin, I write review of every movie I have watched on my blog "Cinema Omnivore" and here.

Favorite films

  • Blue Gate Crossing
  • The Scent of Green Papaya
  • Sicario
  • Leave No Trace

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  • The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • The Godfather

    ★★★★

  • Boudu Saved from Drowning

    ★★★★

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Venice Best Script winning directorial feature debut is an adaptation of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante's eponymous page-turner. Altering its locale from Italy to Greece, it has Olivia Colman play a middle-aged American literature professor Leda Caruso, whose solitary but carefree holiday in Greece gets sour when she impulsively steals a toddler’s doll.

    Loneliness is a bitch, but Leda has come to terms with it, she is divorced, has two grown-up daughters, footloose and fancy-free, holiday romance seems afoot…

  • Boudu Saved from Drowning

    Boudu Saved from Drowning

    ★★★★

    Jean Renoir's early sound feature BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING sets about to épater les bourgeois, Boudu (Simon) is a suicidal tramp saved by the respectable Parisian bookseller Edouard Lestingois (Granval). Taking it on himself to civilize Boudu to middle-class mores, Edouard soon realizes it is a fool’s errand, after Boudu repays his altruistic deed with anarchic behavior.

    Renoir’s sleight of hand of nimbly operating camera movements is far ahead of its time, whether it is out in the open near…

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  • Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

    Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

    ★★★½

    Talking about prodigy filmmakers, Xavier Dolan might feel threatened, at the age of 21, Brazilian director Bruno Barreto’s third feature DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (adapted from Jorge Amado’s namesake novel), became the most successful film in Brazilian history, a record it would retain for about 35 years, and it launched its star Sonia Braga onto international stardom, who would reach the apogee in her iconic turn in KISS OF THE SPIDER MAN (1985, 9/10) as the embodiment of…

  • Spring Fever

    Spring Fever

    ★★★★

    LGBTQ subject has been woefully underrepresented in mainland Chinese cinemascape, which excludes the more liberal soils of Hong Kong and Taiwan, notable bids including Zhang Yuan's novelty-seeking BEHIND THE FORBIDDEN CITY (1996), Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan's tearjerker LAN YU (2001), and this one, a Cannes' BEST SCRIPT winner from Chinese Sixth Generation auteur Lou Ye.

    SPRING FEVER, its Chinese title is borrowed from a novel from Yu Dafu (1896-1945), a Chinese modern novelist and poet, which literally means: a…