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  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers


    Actress-turned director Angelina Jolie proves to be a true promising, sensitive helmer with her recent work in First They Killed My Father. Adapted from Luong Ung’s autobiographical novel, the film follows Ung’s tragic childhood during the horrific Pol Pot regime. First off, the film is incredibly well-intentioned with absorbing pathos throughout. The cinematography is well, however Jolie’s use of shots doesn’t exact to the film’s realistic, almost-documentary tone. There’s also the question of aestheticizing the war violence which I found…

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick


    Funny, romantic without being cheesy—director Michael Showalter delivers an incredibly refreshing take on interracial romance in The Big Sick. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American, enters in a romantic relationship with a White college grad student Emily Gardner. But as with every other interracial couples, the challenge of culture clash is not easy. However, when Emily gets afflicted with a mysterious sickness, Kumail finds himself in a crossroad with Emily’s parents, his traditionalist family, and finally with his true own self.…

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