Overflowing with love, passion, and truth, Minari is the must-see film of the season. Featuring impressive cinematography, strong writing, and an incredible ensemble, the film tells a powerfully relatable story about family, sacrifice, resilience, and the beauty of small and unexpected victories. Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, and Youn Yuh-jung all deserve Oscar recognition for their performances, Lee Isaac Chung deserves Best Director, and the film itself deserves the highest prize.
Devastatingly beautiful and poignant, the film is stylistically diverse, well-paced, well-acted, and feels heart-achingly honest. Xavier impresses once more for the rawness of his acting and directing.
With sharp writing, excellent performances, spectacular cinematography, and an intelligent plot, Tenet may require multiple viewings to fully appreciate, but even on the first viewing it's a thrilling ride - reminiscent of Nolan's earlier masterpieces Inception and Memento (and even of cult classic Donnie Darko). It may not always be a comfortable watch (viewers have rightly noted the overpowering sound and music), but it's the most fearless, thought-out, and ambitious cinematic experience this year (we wouldn't except anything less from Nolan).
While not always the most engaging, it's touching and well-executed, featuring some beautifully-filmed sequences reminiscent of Taiwanese New Wave. The highlight of the film is the gorgeous original song "Your Name Engraved Herein" which deserves at least an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
While its comedy sets it apart from her other work (though Murray provided similar comedic relief in the iconic Lost in Translation), On the Rocks still contains the classic tropes of a Sofia Coppola film: an intimate look at isolation, satirical depictions of privileged society, and a cinematographic love letter to a place and time. In the past, Coppola has taken us dreamingly through suburbia in The Virgin Suicides, Tokyo in Lost in Translation, Versailles in Marie Antoinette, and now the streets, restaurants, and apartments of Manhattan in On the Rocks. The film is understated and pleasant, with Murray stealing the show and the story offering some much needed uplift and comfort.