Tag Archives: Family

Minari (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A South Korean immigrant family in the middle of Arkansas

“Minari”, whose title means water dropwort in Korean, is a simple but profoundly intimate piece of work to remember. While it is quite specific in terms of background and characters, it also works as a universal American immigrant family drama … Continue reading

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Finding ‘Ohana (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A goofy but sincere Hawaiian family adventure flick

“Finding ‘Ohana”, which was released on Netflix in last week, is a goofy but sincere family adventure flick packed with enough fun and entertainment to hold our attention. While apparently wearing the influences from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) … Continue reading

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Evaporated (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Since his daughter was vanished

South Korean documentary film “Evaporated” is shrouded in somber desperation and frustration right from the beginning. Closely observing a father’s longtime search for his vanished daughter, the documentary calmly and sensitively observes that overwhelming psychological burden on not only him … Continue reading

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A Sun (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Ordinary People

Taiwanese film “A Sun”, which was selected as Taiwan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar in this year, is a sprawling family drama with many ups and downs throughout its slow but engaging narrative. Although some of its … Continue reading

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On the Rocks (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): It is never boring to be with her dad…

Sofia Coppola’s new film “On the Rocks”, which was released on AppleTV+ two months ago, is a lightweight comedy film often buoyed by another entertaining performance from Bill Murray, who has never been boring throughout his long, illustrious acting career. … Continue reading

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Farewell Amor (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Still separated from each other

“Farewell Amor”, which is currently available on MUBI, is a small but intimate emigrant drama about three good people struggling with the widening personal gaps among them. As the movie calmly and sensitively observes them one by one, we get … Continue reading

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La Llorona (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little spooky horror film from Guatemala

“La Llorona”, which was selected as the Guatemalan entry for Best International Feature Film Oscar in this year, is a little spooky horror film which reflects one dark historical past via its effective ghost story. Filled with unnerving ambiance from … Continue reading

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A Hidden Life (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A meditative resistance

Terrence Malick’s latest film “A Hidden Life” is a meditative drama film which calmly and austerely explores its religious/spiritual themes via the real life of one ordinary man who chose to stick to his belief despite being aware of the … Continue reading

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More Than Family (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her matter of pregnancy and paternity

South Korean comedy film “More Than Family” surprised me more than expected. At first, it seems to be merely depending on one absurd comic story premise, but then it comes to show more depth in terms of story and characters, … Continue reading

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Rewind (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Rewinding to the abuse in his past

Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s first feature documentary film “Rewind” is often uncomfortable and disturbing to watch for good reasons. Calmly digging into his traumatic childhood past via a series of old home video clips shot around that terrible period, the documentary … Continue reading

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