Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly.

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As someone who is a fan of watching Oscar-winning films, I’m very pleased to add this to my list. It was exceptionally different, well-directed, well-written, well thought out, and it sent the message that sometimes being nice can go a long way.

There are a lot of poor people around the globe. There’s no reason to trod on them and to make them feel lesser just because a wealthier person may simply smell better. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Just watch the film and you’ll understand.

So, is this movie worth winning Best Picture?

Yes, it is. I personally like Joker more but it was really good and the more I think about it the more impressed I am about the film.

Parasite deserves the Oscar because it was unlike any other movie in the category and is incredibly distinct among all Best Picture winning films. There’s been nothing like it and for a foreign film to grab my attention as much as it did I am thrilled it was given the recognition it deserved.

Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant storyteller. I’m hoping he continues to tell stories as powerful, bold, and vindictive as this one.

I’m giving this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 out of 100. Like I said before, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s not bad either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

A Movie Ranking: Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is an Oscar-winning actress who has been in my life since I was a little girl for her role as Padme in the Star Wars movies. And that’s why I wanted to highlight her for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

7. Thor: The Dark World

Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tom Hiddleston, Zachary Levi, Chris Hemsworth, and Jaimie Alexander in Thor: The Dark World (2013)

If I’m being honest, I did not like Natalie Portman’s role as Jane Foster in the first two Thor films. In fact, she felt like a blot to the overall story, making her lack of appearance in Thor: Ragnarok a breath of fresh air. I’m hoping her role in Thor: Love and Thunder will be more tasteful. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Natalie Portman

The Dark Knight Lives (FIFTY-FIVE)

Katherine was still furious that Lucius Fox had been attacked so viciously by this teenager in a dark blue suit but as he and the older gentleman, a man named Alfred, talked as if they were best buddies she could only follow along with the shenanigans.

Robin seemed shocked to see her.

“Kate, once again, what are you doing here?” he asked her.

“Lucius brought me,” she replied bluntly, crossing her arms.

“And what’s so special about you?” he asked.

She smirked. “Everyone has their secrets. I won’t tell you unless you tell me who you really are.”

Robin scoffed. “Like that’s going to happen.” He stepped toward her. “You’re intruding, by the way. I could ask you out.”

Katherine stepped toward him in turn. “I’m not going anywhere.”

The teenager, whoever she was, placed her hands on their shoulders in a calming manner.

“Chill, chill, we’re all friends here.”

Katherine shrugged off her embrace. “We’re not friends. Just because you’re Robin doesn’t make you special.”

“I just met you,” Robin continued. “What gives you the right to think you understand everything more than I do? I’ve been fighting on the streets of Gotham for years. You just showed up.”

Fox, aware of the argument taking place several feet away from him and Alfred, approached, the butler trailing his footsteps.

“Let me clear this up,” Lucius began.

Everyone turned to look at him.

“I know this unconventional but I wasn’t expecting guests here,” Lucius began. He looked at Robin and the masked teenager. “You might as well reveal yourselves, for you’re standing in front of the one responsible for the Bat-signal that caused all of the ruckuses last night.”

Robin and the girl looked at Katherine in clear confusion.

“Wait a minute.” Robin turned to her. “You’re…Batman?”

Katherine smirked, once again crossing her arms. “Batwoman. The name’s Batwoman.”

The teenager’s jaw dropped before bouncing on the balls of her feet in sheer excitement. “Damn, you’re Batwoman? Oh my gosh, I think I’m fangirling right now.”

Robin seemed just as shocked. “Batwoman, huh? Well…” he took off his mask, “I guess since we’re not keeping any secrets, I’m Blake Lively.”

“The former cop?” Katherine said. “Never would’ve guessed that.”

Gloria took off her own mask, extending her hand to shake Katherine’s. “Gloria…Gloria Ramirez.”

Katherine shook her hand. “Nice to meet you.” She glanced at Lively who suddenly seemed older without the mask. “The both of you.”

He smiled.

The butler chuckled. “Well, this is different.”

Lucius chuckled along with him. “If Bruce Wayne could see us now.”