This perfect little movie made my heart sing today. It’s humble and understated but flawlessly distills everything that is right about life and love and family and hope into a simple yet effective cinematic microcosm. Jacob (Steven Yeun) moves his family from their small apartment in California to a farm in Arkansas. Well, a potential […]Minari
I reviewed MINARI for Cine-file Chicago. This would have made the list of my ten favorite films of 2020 had I seen it before last year ended. Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI (US)Available to rent through the Gene Siskel Film Center hereThe title of Lee Isaac Chung’s wonderful semi-autobiographical film refers to an edible, parsley-like plant cultivated throughout Asia. […]Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI
Chung grew up on a farm in Arkansas, and it is his childhood experience represented in painstaking detail here. It may be close to your story and have huge resonance for you; I found the milieu uninspiring. Some in my audience were vocally delighted at everything the kids did, particularly Alan Kim, who plays a version of the young Chung. He is indeed terrific, as is everyone. If only the script gave them a little more dramatic dynamite.Minari
“Minari” is a near classic of the timeworn “troubles on the farm” drama, a story of a family of non-farmers facing the whims of nature and the widening fracture in a marriage as they set out to work the land and grab The American Dream. It’s “Country” or “The Southerner” or “Jean de Fleurette” but […]Movie Review: Korean Immigrants are tested by the American dream in “Minari”
The North Carolina Film Critics Association has announced their picks for the best of 2020 and, in something of a shock for anyone who has following the awards season up to this point, they did not give the best picture award to Nomadland. Instead, they honored Minari! And, to be honest, I couldn’t be more […]The North Carolina Film Critics Honor Minari!