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First They Killed My Father
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This cautionary tale of communist ideology taken too far should serve as a warning to today's generation. The film was just visceral and sticks to the truth of what happened in the disastrous Khmer Rouge regime...as told through the eyes of a former politician's child.

Captain Fantastic
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The film "Captain Fantastic" has proven that you don't need to add excessive, banal sexuality to spice up a film about an off-the-grid commune. The characters are all book-smart people who can have an intelligent discourse on politics or history while not knowing anything about big brands that have bombarded the rest of humanity. Other than the fact that this is a family drama, the talented fledgling actors who played the role of the children of Ben (Viggo Mortensen) also makes the film all the more interesting, especially when their innocence are juxtaposed with the vulgar display of 'capitalistic wealth' that is rampant everywhere when they go travel to attend their mother's funeral. I find this originality of the story, which has characters whose socio-political views are aligned to my own, intrinsically beautiful.

Allied (2016)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A melodrama set in WW2, the film "Allied" is slow to build up its moments, but the unpredictable twist that comes in the latter half of the story complements its lack of action. The use of Casablanca and London as its locations, in addition to the attractive casts of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, also helped make this film very enjoyable to watch.

Arrival (2016)
18 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Finally, a Hollywood sci-fi alien movie with a linguist as the hero!

I don't even remember the last time I give 5.0 out of 5.0 rating for a film on RottenTomatoes, but the film "Arrival" definitely deserves this perfect rating. Seeing this film is like discovering a holy grail for students and fans of linguistics alike. As a polyglot, I love being able to see a sci-fi depicting a linguist trying to figure out an alien's language and the consequences of being able to communicate in their language.

I profoundly appreciate the fact that Hollywood is able to explore the theme of alien visitation without having to rehash the heap of manure in form of "Alien Attacks!!!" or how an "American Superhero saves the world from those alien overlords!!!" that has oversaturated the monde of American films in recent decades.

Amy Adams' emotional performance as the linguist (and as the only character who matters in the film, really) also helps to bridge the aliens to humans...and bridge the aliens' language to the viewers of the film.

In a way, this cerebral theme of alien sci-fi is reminiscent of Interstellar (except for the fact that the "alien" in Interstellar is of a completely different entity...I don't want to reveal spoilers here), in a way that the opening of the film provides major clues to the key of the plot.

Because, as the film "Arrival" reveals later on, the key to life and everything else may lie closer to us than we think.

Of Gods and Men
35 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film reminds me so much of the Trappist Abbey in central Kentucky, with key difference being the fact that the monastery in this true story was located in a conflict-ridden Algeria in the 1990s. The peace that the monks in the story portrayed is just very heartwarming to watch.