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  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is only the second Koreeda film I’ve seen, but I predict that I could get sucked into any work this film maker produces. I’m a firm believer that artists should stand on their own, but it so easy to label Koreeda as the modern day Ozu with a touch of Asghar Farhadi. Like Ozu, Koreeda explores the dynamics of the Japanese family and uses long extended establishment shots to set the tone and mood. However, Koreeda takes it one…

  • Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant

    Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant

    ★★★

    This is another installment of the Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie series. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen any of these films, so it was nice to get reacquainted with crochety (but kindhearted) Dr. Gillespie and the assorted staff of Blair General Hospital, everyone ranging from Head Nurse Molly Blair to dimwitted ambulance driver Joe Weyman.

    In this particular episode, everyone is trying to convince an overworked Dr. Gillespie to take on an assistant from the new crop of interns (residents) starting…

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  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★★★

    I found Asghar Farhadi’s The Past to be just as riveting and engaging as his last outing, A Separation. Just like his previous film, Farhadi throws his viewers into the middle of a tumultuous domestic situation and leaves them to figure out where their loyalties (if any) lie.

    The story line is all about motives. Farhardi constructs his stories like the layers of an onion. At first, I thought the storyline was pretty straightforward based on the surface. An Iranian…

  • The Wave

    The Wave

    ★★★★

    Around The World in 30 Films – 2018 Challenge

    Featured Country: Norway

    This is a fine disaster movie that doesn't try to do too much. Yes, there are casualties, but The Wave doesn't focus on tallying the body count like other films in this genre. I mostly enjoyed the aerial shots of the beautiful Norwegian fjords.