Saturday, 1 May 2021


Minari is a slow and gentle Lee Isaac Chung film from 2020 about a Korean family who head to the USA in the 70's. We pick up the story ten years on, in the 80's. They arrived in the 70's with grand ideas of a free and prosperous life but soon came down to earth when they work day and night sexing chickens.

Dad was not satisfied with this and so hatched(!) a plan to 'better' their situation by moving to the countryside, taking a loan to buy some land and start farming. Things didn't turn out as rosily as they thought though as they ended up with a Static Mobile Home 😎 and still work for someone else sexing chickens whilst he tries to build the farm.

They have two kids, one of which is sick with a heart condition and in order to help things financially they get grandma over from Korea to live with them. Tensions rise between the couple as things don't work out as planned and difficulties of their situation (along with various catastrophes) cause much bickering.

Slow and gentle it is until the finale when some stuff happens. It plods along whilst the main thing on offer is, to be fair, the interesting cultural observations surrounding the family and immigrant workers to the USA back in that era. There's mix of Korean and English as the kids are fluent in English, grandma not at all and mum and dad part/part. So there are subtitles of course when it is not spoken English.

The five leads play their parts incredibly well, Steven Yeun (Okja, I Origins) particularly as he displays the anxiety brought about by the situation and resolve to hold the family together against all the stuff going wrong! He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The two kids are terrific in their roles, especially the little boy and grandma too, the very experienced Yuh-Jung Youn.

I'd suggest you give it a look but don't expect car chases, torture scenes or Bruce Willis popping up with a gun! It's a very different Sunday afternoon film which I just noticed was produced by Brad Pitt. Not sure what that was about. He obviously believed in the project!

PodHubUK Podcasts for April 2021

 ...a roundup of our month of podcasting. Links to the team, communities and podcast homes on the net at the foot, so scroll down!

Whatever Works
Episode 134 - Vornado Tornado!
Friday 2nd April
Join Aidan Bell and I once again as we take another fortnightly look at Whatever Works for us and you! Loads of stuff as usual from Lemon Wafers to comfy foot-rests, we take a Solo trip to Iceland before skipping back to lavish the Louvre with laudits!

Phones Show Chat
Saturday 3rd April
Steve and I are back again even in this holiday-littered weekend in the UK to bring you our thoughts on all things mobile phone. Yes, Xiaomi goes a-foldin' whilst Sony trebles-up and Lineage goes Eleven! It's all here and more.

Tech Addicts Podcast
Sunday 4th April
Gareth and I are back again with our weekly roundup of tech stuff that's caught our eye. Plenty of the X-factor to consider, Moto not quite getting it right again, what looks like the end of AndroidOne, Windows getting in on the ChromeOS action and loads more.

Projector Room
Episode 85 - Kong Violation!
Wednesday 7th April
Another fortnight gone as Gareth and Allan join me to discuss all things film, cinema and TV for a while. This time we have monster battles, dubious limit-pushing in modern filmmaking, visit France and Germany whilst battling for Japan!

The Phones Show
Thursday 8th April
Join Steve over on his YouTube Channel as he puts the Cosmo Communicator through testing - and poses the wider question about QWERTY devices, who they're for, what the compromises are and whether they are any good in 2021.

Phones Show Chat
Episode 633 - Chocks Away!
Saturday 10th April
The Squadron is back to chat for an hour about all things mobile again. This time Steve and I welcome first-timer Ed Hause as we find out his background in phones and what he's currently favouring. All the usual stuff as well, of course.

Tech Addicts Podcast
Sunday 11th April
Gareth and I are back with another weekend dollop of tech stuff that has caught our eye. Leaks, launches, Lenovo, lies and linear Legions!

Whatever Works
Episode 135 - A Sound Shuffle!
Friday 16th April
Aidan and I are back again with a fortnight's catch-up on Whatever Works for us and the Group members here. Lots of goodies as usual - from can crushing and earplugs to DIY for cars and showers!

Tech Addicts Podcast
Sunday 18th April
Here's a new approach! So that people can slice and dice this week's show Gareth and I thought we'd split it to see who's interested in what to save those who don't want the whole thing in one! Let us know what you think. Loads of tech chat as usual in both parts!

Projector Room
Episode 86 - Nobody For All Mankind!
Wednesday 21st April
Gareth and Allan join me again to discuss all things film, cinema and TV. This time we tackle dubious horror/thrillers, listen out for the Sound of Metal, decide if Friedkin should be uncut, wrap up Worriker and loads more as always!

The Phones Show
Thursday 22nd April
Join Steve as he takes a look at this super phone and declares it the Star of 2021. So far! Certainly is capable and an amazing price.

Phones Show Chat
Saturday 24th April 2021
Steve and I are here this weekend with a two-header as we catch up on the latest, look at some new hardware and chat about various mobile-phone related topics. I still await the return of my Edge+ and Steve's enthusing about the amazing budget-phone with X-Factor!

Tech Addicts Podcast
Sunday 25th April 2021
Gareth and I are back again with our weekend catchup on the tech stuff that has caught our eye this week. Sticking with the two-part idea for now so expect that in your podcatchers!

Whatever Works
Episode 136 - Island of Taiwan!
Friday 30th April 2021
Aidan (Birthday Boy) and I are back again with a festoon of features in our fortnightly assault on your ears! This time we learn all about the Internet of Things, time stuff with Tala, convert our bikes and even go a bee-bombing!

The Podcasts
PodHubUK - Phones Show Chat - The Phones Show - Whatever Works - Chewing Gum for the Ears - Projector Room - Tech Addicts

The MeWe Community Groups (follow the links to join up)
Phones Show Chat & The Phones Show - Whatever Works - Chewing Gum for the Ears - Projector Room - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Tech Addicts

The Team
Ted Salmon - Steve Litchfield - Aidan Bell - Gareth Myles - Allan Gildea


Minari is a slow and gentle Lee Isaac Chung film from 2020 about a Korean family who head to the USA in the 70's. We pick up the story t...