Having finally gotten over my aversion to the word that is the title of 2020’s four-time Oscar winning movie Parasite, I can say that it really is as good and as cleverly made as people have been saying.
With a running time of more than two hours, director Bong Joon Ho and his great cast kept my attention fully focused throughout. In fact, there’s even what felt as long as at least twenty minutes when I just sat there with my mouth wide open and eyes glued. All because what was happening on screen was so arresting, truly unexpected and impressive.
Ho’s film is a well told story about the relationship and near complete destruction of two families at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in South Korea. One side trying everything they can to survive while the other is dangerously oblivious to the struggles and true feelings of the far less fortunate among them.
The time we get to spend with the struggling family at the beginning is highly engaging and often amusing. Yet it’s what happens when the two families meet that the true cleverness of Parasite really starts to reveal itself and you soon realise exactly why this movie’s title is perfectly fitting.
I enjoyed Parasite so much that I already want to see it again just so I can discover what I may have missed. I say definitely, definitely make time for this one if you haven’t already. Parasite is a deserving winner of its five 2020 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.
And for any non-fast readers, the subtitles don’t change too quickly. The dialogue is good, often funny and I barely noticed that I had to read to understand what was going on.
Go Back To China is a new drama about rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana). After blowing through most of her trust fund, Li’s father cuts her off and offers her a deal to go back to China and work for the family toy business.
From writer / director Emily Ting; additional key cast includes Richard Ng, Lynn Chen…
I’m quite sure I know exactly how this will end. Nevertheless, I’m in because it looks like ‘easy viewing fun’ about an example of the Chinese / American experience.
Kelly Hu, Brittany Renee Finamore, Akemi Look, Christina Thomas, Kendy Cheung, Aviva Wang, Ines Laimins, Joe Fiorello and Michelle Lukes also star.
Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard and Maya Hawke are the stars of new Marc Meyers directed drama Human Capital.
A story about two families that collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragedy…
The cast is very promising and the story of a very unfortunate event that affects two families and more brings to mind 2019’s Waves. Fingers crossed that Human Capital is also very memorable. I’m intrigued to see how much more both films have in common.
Also, I just worked out that Maya Hawke is Ethan Hawkes daughter. As a long time fan of the latter, I’m looking forward to the young Hawke’s performance even more now.
Alex Wolff, Paul Sparks, Aasif Mandvi, Betty Gabriel, Julia Greer, Fredric Lehne, Christiane Seidel, James Waterston, Daryl Edwards, Dominic Colón and Eva Kaminsky also star.
I’ve liked Joaquin Phoenix ever since his brilliant performance in Ridley Scott’s much loved Gladiator (2000). I therefore had no doubt he’d deliver a truly memorable performance as Joker, Gotham City’s most iconic villain.
Watching Aurthur Fleck’s journey from social outcast to psychopathic murderer is a viewing experience I enjoyed for more than just Phoenix’s brilliant physical and emotional performance. Before Joker, I don’t think I’d truly paid attention to the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. The clever use of this song, the film’s musical score and soundtrack is another key highlight.
Joker is undeniably a good film. Yet, for me personally, there is something about it that meant I found myself not particularly overly enthusiastic post viewing. One might even say that Joker is quite depressing because it’s almost ‘too real,’ when compared with what’s been happening in the US. Another reason it seemed something of a downer is the film’s heavy focus on people who are, to put it lightly, ‘unpleasant’. I of course understand director Todd Phillip’s reasons considering the nature of the story being told. Yet it’s never easy for me when the protagonist is also an anti-hero of the most insane and murderous kind, particularly when there’s no humour involved.
Overall, what I like most about Phillip’s film, is how well mapped Joker’s journey from victim to anti-hero is. From powerless to fully empowered and in control. From ‘how much more can he take?’ ‘Where can he go from here?’ to ‘There it is’. ‘The camel’s back has completely snapped and there’s no going back’
Lastly, I can’t deny that my colour loving self rather enjoyed the red suit, yellow vest, plus green shirt and hair look. Especially while Joker was on those famous stairs.
You’ve probably already seen it. If not, do it for Phoenix’s performance and all else that’s good about it.
Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr. and Chandler Riggs are the stars of new sci-fi / drama Only.
From writer / director Takashi Doscher, this is the story of a young couple whose relationship is severely tested after a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all of the world’s women…
From director Miranda de Pencier, new biography The Grizzlies is set in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America.
Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan; at at the centre of the story is a group of Inuit students’ whose lives are transformed when they’re introduced to the sport of lacrosse.
I’m in because it’s a true story and I want to see that happy ending for all involved. Perhaps I’ll even pick up some knowledge about lacrosse.
Natar Ungalaaq, Eric Schweig and Will Sasso also star.