HanCinema

HanCinema is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Panos Kotzathanasis, William Schwartz
Rating Title/Year Author
The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (2019) William Schwartz Even though The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos bills itself as a movie about hardcore violence at heart the story's a fairly straightforward investigative mystery. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Tazza: One Eyed Jack (2019) William Schwartz None of the scams that Il-chool and his gang pull are really all that clever. What's worse, they work and fail in predictable patterns for no obvious reason. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
() William Schwartz Kim Bok-dong's death is actually an intermediate point rather than an end one, because her death was inevitable. The real advocacy was always about taking her words to heart, and how they have been remembered. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018) William Schwartz The script reads like someone wrote a completely serious Joseon-era vampire mystery, and then some producer arbitrarily decided to throw Detective K and Seo-pil in there to lighten the mood. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Be With You (2018) William Schwartz The movie delves into the ways in which love is a conscious decision, even if we don't realize it. Soo-ah's presence looms largely over Woo-jin and Ji-ho even in death, because they allow her to. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) William Schwartz Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is unapologetically a gimmick horror film, where the only relevant character trait is narcissism prefacing a cosmic reminder of just how insignificant any individual human life really is. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Tam jeong 2 (2018) William Schwartz Sure, we want Dae-man to follow his dreams. But we're also constantly left wondering whether Dae-man is actually any good at his stated dream profession. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Great Battle (2018) William Schwartz I loved how brute force is never the answer- trying to shove soldiers into a bottleneck just gets them killed, which is why Emperor Taizong keeps having to regroup the army, to his increasing psychotic agitation. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Dark Figure of Crime (2018) William Schwartz While Tae-oh would obviously like us to believe that he's some sort of psychopathic criminal mastermind, we see pretty consistently that the man is just, well, really petty and obviously starved for attention. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Myung-dang (2018) William Schwartz Note how Jae-sang and Ha-eun manage to build up an entire team of highly skilled geomancers, most of whom never actually do anything. Seriously, the most I can remember about those guys is that one of them stutters a lot for exactly one scene. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Intimate Strangers (2018) William Schwartz Sometimes the mockery is gentle, other times farcical, and other times it feels like the universe is playing a horrific joke that only seems funny to us because we know the situation isn't as bad as it looks. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Battle: Roar to Victory (2019) William Schwartz The Battle: Roar to Victory does not deal with patriotism in the abstract but rather more immediate reasons why a person would give up their lives to face certain death at the hands of well-equipped career soldiers. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Ghost Walk (2018) William Schwartz Since writer/director Yu Eun-jeong leaves the viewer in constant flux over whether Hye-jeong can actually change past events, so too, do we feel helpless as she does. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
Exit (2019) William Schwartz This is a movie that really fundamentally gets how disaster movies aren't about the spectacle or the tacked on romance or the backstory, but all the delightful problem solving. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) William Schwartz The film isn't an exercise in story as much as it is one of concept- the gimmick this time around being how the "wrong" course of conversation can lead to the "right" results, and vice-versa. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
You Call It Passion (2015) William Schwartz The stakes in You Call It Passion are relatively low, and the eventual movement of the plot toward an exposé about a false accusation doesn't really do much to up the ante. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
() William Schwartz The titular Plan Man is not some starry-eyed movie ideal of charming wackiness. His obsessive compulsive disorder is a genuine sickness, and the movie treats it as such. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Our Sunhi (2013) William Schwartz The various men in Our Sunhi live in panic of the idea that all the experience they've had, all the wisdom they've gained of the world, that all of this might be for naught since no one will ever actually listen to what they have to say. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
11 A.M. (2013) William Schwartz 11 AM may seem to waver in parts, but by the end its general message about human nature is an unmistakable one. This is a film that mocks it audience with characters who are too smart to live. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Confession of Murder (2012) William Schwartz What really makes these action sequences work is the well-developed sense of staging that goes with them. They all favor a rapid sequence approach of problems and solutions. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Public Enemy (2002) William Schwartz Much like Cheol-joong, Won-sool is motivated by an obsessive desire to make people take him seriously. Neither man ever appreciates that the harder he tries to look cool, the less cool he actually is. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Guns & Talks (2001) William Schwartz Huge portions of this movie are just writer/director Jang Jin showing off the latest in wacky camerawork and musical synchronization. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
Man on High Heels (2014) William Schwartz Man on High Heels kind of wants to be a silly comedy where Cha Seung-won puts on a dress, but usually it's just about the very depressing events in his transgender character's life. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Good Morning President (2009) William Schwartz Good Morning President is intrinsically flawed because what we really have here are three really good ideas for punchy, ninety-minute comedies compacted and stretched out into a one hundred thirty minute omnibus. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Aneun yeoja (Someone Special) (A Girl I Know) (2004) William Schwartz I am reasonably sure Someone Special is intended to be ironic. But it's relevancy in this day and age is dubious. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
The Vanished (2018) William Schwartz By playing the movie as a whodunit rather than a dark psychological comedy, director Lee Chang-hee kills a fair amount of the impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Puzzle (2018) William Schwartz There's a video game like roteness to the narrative structure. Do-joon finds a bad guy, and punches him until he gets a clue that leads to the next bad guy in the next mission. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) William Schwartz While The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion has an absolutely pitch-perfect final half-hour, I'm still somewhat miffed about all the pacing issues up until that point. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Rampant (2018) William Schwartz While Rampant is all right with genre beats the movie easily lapses into extended stretches of generic boringness. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Birthday (2017) William Schwartz Birthday is about coping mechanisms, some destructive, and some pointless, and some counterproductive but others do manage to work. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Black Summer (2018) William Schwartz Scenes of quiet contemplation get to be overbearing, especially when the few moments of genuine extrapersonal drama are so short by comparison. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Default (2018) William Schwartz Jeong-hak predicts every stage of the crisis simply by asking what's the most evil, unscrupulous thing powerful people would do in reaction to the latest piece of bad news EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission (2019) William Schwartz As long as it lasts, MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission proves a beauteous journey. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Ma-yak-wang (2018) William Schwartz The tunes are almost never actually appropriate for the situation, especially if you're listening to the lyrics, and Doo-sam is exactly the kind of guy who doesn't. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Sunset in My Hometown (2018) William Schwartz I like how Sunset in My Hometown is not afraid to call Hak-soo out for being a pretentious jerk whose main issue with Byeonsan is that he thinks he's too good for it. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Neoeui kyeol hoonsik (2018) William Schwartz Any of the four different eras could be a fully-fledged movie on its own. They all have strong, engaging storylines. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
High Society (2018) William Schwartz High Society takes outrageous setpieces and somehow manages to make them seem incredibly dull. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
February (2019) William Schwartz There's not much to like about "February" but it's far more relatable than I'd like to admit. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
() William Schwartz While we see Soon-ho as coming to understand autism, in reality he is still always treating Ji-woo as an other. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) William Schwartz All the scenes I describe come off as exactly as disjointed and bizarre in context as they do in this mostly out of context review EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2019) William Schwartz I was hoping for a story to connect all this crazy stuff together, and I never got one. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
A Resistance (2019) William Schwartz While "A Resistance" makes Yu Gwan-sun seem heroic, the film does not make her actions feel tolerable. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Money (2019) William Schwartz "Money" suffers from being poorly edited and at two hours far too long. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
The Spy Gone North (2018) William Schwartz The main qualification for being a good spy is being a good liar, and a sufficiently consummate liar will use that skill at all times even with alleged allies. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
A Hard Day (2014) William Schwartz There's a constant feeling of "this plan really shouldn't work" that's reenforced by the sheer number of times someone almost stumbles onto Geon-soo's ridiculous plot. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Busanhaeng (2016) William Schwartz Seok-woo comes to realize that selfish short-sighted attention is inherently inhuman. Metaphorically, it's what separates us from the zombies. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Ah-ga-ssi (2016) William Schwartz The visual design of The Handmaiden is itself borderline pornographic- which makes the movie pretty impossible to dislike. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Cheol-won-gi-haeng (End of Winter) (2015) William Schwartz This is a film about a family who is stuck with each other, literally because of a snowstorm, and metaphorically because they're family and can never really escape each other. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) William Schwartz Yeong-hee lives in her own sad little world, and through On the Beach at Night Alone, we feel sorry for her. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
The Merciless (2017) William Schwartz At one point the characters get so bored with each other and the story that they get distracted by a random background woman's butt. I didn't blame them. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019