Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, there’s a metric ton of new releases hitting shelves. For the first time in recent memory, a bunch of films are coming out this week. Among the biggest movies dropping are The Father and Minari, but that’s hardly the only ones. There’s The Nest, Raya and the Last Dragon, Supernova, and much more. Plus, the Criterion Collection has an offering as well. Read on for more…
Anthony Hopkins won a second Academy Award for his stunning turn in The Father. As much as Chadwick Boseman deserved to win as well, no one can be upset that Hopkins took home the Oscar for this. He’s just incredible in Florian Zeller‘s devastating drama. Here is a bit from our review of the film:
Anthony Hopkins is as good as he’s ever been here. In fact, after The Silence of the Lambs, there’s a compelling case to be made that this is his career best work. In nearly every scene of the film, he’s our anchor. While Olivia Colman comes in clutch as the beleaguered heart of the movie, Hopkins is its soul. Their interactions, especially as Colman is trying to handle Hopkins, are trying yet deeply effective. Her expressions are quietly devastating, while the gamut of emotions he goes through is wrenching. The moments of lucidity are filled with charm, vim, and vigor, while the disorientation is visceral in its debilitating quality.
This A24 work was absolutely beloved, from the Sundance Film Festival on. Minari is undeniably lovely, and even if I didn’t fall as hard for it as most, it’s impossible not to like. You can hear my interviews with filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung here and star Steven Yeun here, both of whom sell the movie very well. For more, my review is here, out of the Montclair Film Festival. There, I said the following:
Minari is an affecting indie drama, one that details a very specific immigrant experience in an easily relatable and universal manner.
A little horror movie, Son is a solid genre offering. The flick features Emile Hirsch, among others, and while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, there’s something satisfying about it. Mostly it comes down to seeing a premise executed well. No matter what a film tries to do, if it does it well enough, it’s a success story. Son is an example of this. If you’re in the mood for a chilling experience, give it a shot!
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (TV)
Peanuts: 4-Movie Collection
Rugrats: The Complete Series (TV)
Star Trek Lower Decks: Season One (TV)
Flowers of Shanghai
From The Criterion Collection: “An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-nineteenth-century Shanghai “flower houses,” where courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor but forced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a languorous procession of entrancing long takes, Flowers of Shanghai evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreen—even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.”
Stay tuned for more next week!