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RE: Just saw Oscar winner Parasite

First off, Bong Joon Ho is no one-shot director. His "Memories of Murder" is far superior to the oft-lauded, David Fincher-helmed, "Zodiac." Simply put, it's the best of modern true crime films. And it's scary as hell.

"Mother" is an examination of love: to what lengths will people go to protect family? The lead actor strongly deserved an Oscar.

"Snowpiercer:" easily the most entertaining and fun (though, of course, with Bong's social/allegorical sense present) of blockbuster entertainment.

"The Host:" a thinking man's monster film with, again, a lot of political/social implications--- but never intrusive or detracting from the sheer pleasures of the genre. The actors uniformly are excellent in Bong's films, with many faces recurring from film to film.

"Parasite" left me cold the first viewing, but upon the second one, I appreciated the zaniness--- he created a world and his characters were true to it. Brilliant writing, sensational acting. "The young, meanwhile, have largely given up hope of ever affording their own home. Buying property in Seoul takes about 13.4 years' worth of income, compared with 5.7 times in New York and 4.8 times in even Tokyo." Wash Post




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