Movie Genre: Drama

Taxi Driver (1976): A Classic Character Study That Had Become Rare These Days

‘Taxi Driver’ is a classic masterpiece character study from Paul Schradder boost by Martin Scorcese direction and Robert de Niro performance that these days film could not replicate.

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2021): Finding Connection in The Mundane Summer

A heartwarming message about connection and acceptance with a unique pop animation that’s great for a single watch.

Kingdom: Ashin of The North (2021): Unncessary Special Still Able to Put on Par With Its Main Series

‘Kingdom: Ashin of The North’ might seems to be an unnecessary special, but able to fulfill audience curiosity with an engaging narrative and satisfying visuals.

One Day (2011): An Unheartfelt Journey of Romance

A what should be one of the realistic and sweetest romance of all time became muddled in its execution that lack depth and emotion even with the on-screen chemistry.

Beasts of No Nation (2015): A Horrifying, Brutal Tale of Child Soldier

Cary Joji Fukunaga manages to depict the tale of a child soldier in its bleakest and heartbreaking form, backed by Abraham Attah and Idris Elba’s powerful performance that will torment the audience’s psychology and soul to serve its message as a powerful war film.

Soul (2020): A Life Changing Animation

Unlike most Pixar films, Soul might not contain a powerful emotional story (although it still have its amazing animation and ear-inducing soundtrack) but its philosophical core establishes Soul to be a relatable, moving story that could change people’s perception on life.

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021): A Wasted Revolutionary Case

‘Spiral’ tries something new that certainly have the potential, yet all of its gone to waste as they try to stick to the rotten stylistic root of its predecessors.

Judas and The Black Messiah (2021): A Powerful Depiction of Tragedy

Boast by powerful performance and direction, Judas and The Black Messiah promises its title into a thrilling ride.

The Trial of The Chicago 7 (2020): Presented by The Slick Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin stylistic written screenplay and slick direction is already enough to make The Trial of The Chicago 7 a compelling court-room drama, but its editing and performance (especially Sacha Baron Cohen) assist it into an entertaining film.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): A Wonderful Tribute Boseman

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom benefits from its production value and phenomenal cast performance (particularly Boseman and Davis) and that’s enough to overcome its ambitious yet muddled screenplay into a watchable one.

Nomadland (2020): A Poetic Look on American Dream

‘Nomadland’ is a triumph not only through its technical aspects itself but also a powerfully absorbing poetic character study film thanks to Chloe Zhao phenomenal direction and Frances McDormand quiet performance.

Paterson (2016): A Celebration of Routine

Paterson could be another bizarre artwork by Jim Jarmusch, but instead celebrating not only the life of an aspiring artist but also the routine of life with so much heart and humanity driven by Adam Driver humanistic performance.

Promising Young Woman (2020): Carey Mulligan Nail It in Emerald Fennell’s Punkish, Social Layer Narrative

Promising Young Woman is a deep social commentary on sexual abuse layered by an amusing story by Writer-Director Emerald Fennell, only for Carey Mulligan perfectly nailed the role that definitely deserve her Oscar.

The Father (2020): A Compelling Emotional Look on Dementia With Hopkins in His Most Vulnerable

The Father might not went to the melancholic route to lure audience emotion, but that’s what make this film so much more powerful and compelling thanks to Florian Zeller stellar debut direction as well as Anthony Hopkins phenomenal performance that will certainly glue your eyes to the screen.

Minari (2020): The American Dream Expressed Through Personal Story

Minari took advantage from Lee Isaac Chung personal story and turning it into a beautiful, realistic portrait of immigrant family struggle that easily connects to the heart of audience.

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