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TV Series Review: Something in the Rain (TV-2018) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Jung Hae-in Something in the Rain Son Ye-jin

TV Series Review: Something in the Rain (TV-2018) - South Korea

Something in the Rain (TV-2018) - South Korea   Original Netflix Series - 16 episodes (60 minutes each) Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   This is a beautiful realistic romance drama series similar to this year’s “One Spring Night” with the same team behind the scenes director Ahn Pan Suk and writer Kim Eun. Film Starlet Son Ye-Jin returns to the small screen after a 5 years hiatus and gracefully acts her age plus a little more in both depth character struggling with parents and society expectations, gender inequality at workplace and a cheating long time...

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Film Review: The Mule (2018) - USA

Andrew Chan Clint Eastwood The Mule

Film Review: The Mule (2018) - USA

The Mule (2018) - USA Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   At the ripe of old age of 88, Clint Eastwood defies the fact that a decade ago we saw “Gran Torino” as his fitting finale. Yet in “The Mule” he plays a similar character except even more outrageous and intense as a drug dealer and prostitute hanger of a beguiled grandfather. Eastwood is an ancient relic with long lasting stealth and in this film shows he can still direct and star in a very good film. Based on a true story of a granddad way...

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TV Series Review: One Spring Night (TV-2019) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Han Ji-min Jung Hae-in Netflix One Spring Night

TV Series Review: One Spring Night (TV-2019) - South Korea

One Spring Night (TV-2019) - South Korea   Original Netflix Series - 16 episodes (60 minutes each) Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Realistic romantic drama is what makes director Ahn Pan Suk and writer Kim Eun second collaboration with the similarly themed “Something in the Rain” a success. “One Spring Night” follows a similar route to portray real characters in their 30s thrown into situations and circumstances of life that are largely realistic as if the audience is witnessing their relationships and changes in real-life effect. Its help that the chemistry between two leads played...

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Film Review: Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - USA

Andrew Chan Annabelle Comes Home James Wan

Film Review: Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - USA

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - USA Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   This is a creepy entry to the long lasting horror supernatural franchise. What made this film works better than other “Annabelle” is the fact that we get all the “evils” in one basement together to set the tone for a truly spooky atmosphere. First time Director Gary Dauberma (previously wrote the screenplay for the past two “Annabelle” and “The Nun”) excels in pacing the tense moments and in mix and turn some of the scenes where nothing actually happens end up more creepy than...

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Film Review: Last Letter 你好,之华 (2018) - China / Japan

Andrew Chan Last Letter Peter Chan Zhou Xun

Film Review: Last Letter 你好,之华 (2018) - China / Japan

Last Letter 你好,之华 (2018) - China / Japan   Director’s Cut version - 137 minutes Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Directed by veteran Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai in his Chinese language debut comes a slow burner that revokes his film “Love Letter” whilst staying true to his usual themes of love, lost and the conflicts of adulthood and nativeness of youth. Produced by the evergreen hopeless romantic Hong Kong’s Peter Chan, “Last Letter” is every bit the melodrama framed to slowly engage the audience bit by bit like reading a good old book about the lingerings...

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