A most intriguing “Parasite”

‘Parasite’, having been named Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics, has now been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

First let me say it was the most watchable film I have seen in a long time. Then let me say it was the most morally incoherent film I have seen in a long time, although I do think I have finally unravelled its message. I will add no spoilers. Will only say it’s worth your time. It was as watchable as the new Starwars is dull beyond imagination. Modern PC has not caught up with Korea, while Starwars was so Hollywood that almost from the first second I could tell where the film would end, as it did. You most definitely cannot say that about Parasite. There has been talk for a long time that it might win Best Picture at the Academy Awards – which is now an even more realistic possibility – so others seem to see its moral centre, but that’s Hollywood for you. You’ll have to see the film to know what I mean.

And if you’ve seen Parasite, please include nothing that gives away the story in the comments.

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26 Responses to A most intriguing “Parasite”

  1. Hell, any movie not made in Hollywood and especially by Disney is going to be great by comparison.

    I read that Seth MacFarlane, the producer, writer and actor for The Orville (more Star Trek than Star Trek), has left Fox because he can’t work for Disney and their woke demands.

  2. Shy Ted

    And there was me thinking it was about ABC staffers. But that would be Parasites.

  3. Fred

    Darth Vader is Luke’s father.

  4. Lee

    I read that Seth MacFarlane, the producer, writer and actor for The Orville (more Star Trek than Star Trek), has left Fox because he can’t work for Disney and their woke demands.

    I believe that Walt Disney would be turning over in his grave at the way Disney is being run and politicised these days

  5. pbw

    I don’t suppose it’s still showing anywhere around Brisbane?

  6. Dr Faustus

    For those who enjoy non-PC black comedy I can recommend The Gentlemen. Not often you hear an entire audience roar with surprised laughter.

    Well acted, although unlikely to be nominated for anything.

    Huge Grunt is excellent.

  7. Dr Faustus

    I don’t suppose it’s still showing anywhere around Brisbane?

    Palace James St, in the Valley.

  8. Talleyrand

    A film biography of Bob Brown called Parasite, how fitting. I thought it would have been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary section.
    Those crazy Koreans.

  9. Professor Fred Lenin

    The world is full of Parisites and they are not not even French !
    Is a Parisite an inhabitant of Paris France ?

  10. Bela Bartok

    Joker gets my vote for best actor (JP), maybe best movie? But the ending and De Niro’s dial-in performance didn’t meet expectations.
    The Irishman just too long and a rehash if all other films. IrishFellas?

  11. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    For my sins, I waded through “joker” the other evening.

    FFS, it was dreadful. However, it did inspire me to buy this – hint – De Niro’s and that uglee fucker’s roles in joker are inspired by that Scorsese masterwork.

    But yeah, funnily enough, no one is laughing now.

  12. Your link indicates ‘Robert DeNiro King of Comedy’. I guess he gets bellyaching laughs from his regular routine: ‘Fuck Trump, Fuck Trump’ etc ad infinitum.

  13. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stop watching English language films.
    Ethnic films are vastly superior, having scripts, story, subtitles, and actors.
    I shouldn’t have to say this in 2020.
    Wake up old people.

  14. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    You’ve completely missed my point. I don’t care what sort of pathetic hasbeen De Niro is now, that film is a masterwork.

    Which of course, Hollyweird had to flagrantly rip off and remanurefarture in the form of the monstrosity that is “joker”.

  15. Robber Baron

    Parasites dwell in Point Piper mansions.

  16. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Parasites exist in Point Piper mansions.

    Where they fulminate incessantly about social inequality, gerbil worming and the invasion of this continent by white muddle aged males and their subsequent attempted genocidal extermination of its much beloved noble indigiknees.

  17. JohnJJJ

    Koreans sure have a thing about rocks.

  18. Stimpson J. Cat

    Which of course, Hollyweird had to flagrantly rip off and remanurefarture in the form of the monstrosity that is “joker”.

    Nah.
    You just don’t get it.
    No shame in that.
    Lots of people didn’t.

  19. Nob

    I only read this to see if somebody had given away the plot.

    Irishman is worth a couple of hours on Netflix if you’ve got time to kill. (Dunno if it’s on Netflix Australia though). It’s better than most offerings on there.

    I watched it all but could have stopped with 38 minutes to go.

  20. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Only just saw the last Star Wars yesterday. Or as I like to call it, “Retconn of the Jedi”.
    What can one say other than “meh, glad it’s over”. Struggling to find what else to say that wouldn’t count as a spoiler.

    The main characters had only dross and cheese to say. The best line in the whole movie went to some Imperial rando, about a minute before he buys that great big moisture farm in the sky.

    The way it retconned Leia into the plot in a new way, wow, just casually drop that whole backstory we never mentioned before, yeah, right.
    The way it wrapped up some of those loose ends at the end…bam, no explanation.

    And we’re going to start dramas over Kylo’s latest fashion experiment? In the war room of the First Order? Is this a joke? Well, yes apparently, it is the long awaited final in the whole Star Wars saga and it is also a joke. But it had a couple of good moments.

    But the ending was pretty good stuff. It made sense. In a social justice kind of way, but still, it made sense.

  21. AndrewWA

    Parasites exist at the head of most Australian Trade Unions.

  22. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Nob – the Irishman is on Netflix here. I watched it recently but broke it up into several bite sized chunks watched over three separate nights. At over three and a half hours, it is simply too long to watch in one sitting. Pacino is about the only redeeming feature, De Niro and Pesci simply phone it in.

    Stimps – there’s nothing about Joker “to get”. As I noted above, King of Comedy covered the same topic far more proficiently, decades ago.

  23. Eyrie

    “I read that Seth MacFarlane, the producer, writer and actor for The Orville (more Star Trek than Star Trek), has left Fox because he can’t work for Disney and their woke demands.”
    Dunno, I watched a few episodes of “The Orville” and thought the whole thing was pretty “woke” to the point I can’t be bothered any more.

  24. Nob

    Spurgeon Monkfish III
    #3292882, posted on January 15, 2020 at 10:20 am
    Nob – the Irishman is on Netflix here. I watched it recently but broke it up into several bite sized chunks watched over three separate nights. At over three and a half hours, it is simply too long to watch in one sitting. Pacino is about the only redeeming feature, De Niro and Pesci simply phone it in.

    It’s not all about the acting though.

    A good story well-told and – major subplot – cannot be rammed into people’s thick brains often enough that unions are mostly corrupt thugs , focussed on power to be gained by controlling chokepoints in the economy, and not the romantic fighters for the underdog they like to portray themselves as.

    Pacino did that bit well. Hoffa was not an anomaly, he was a product of the union culture. At least the Yanks had the guts to take them on.

  25. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Nob – excellent observations. The unions in this country have operated on the same basis as the teamsters.

    Hoffa and his cronies secreted their ill gotten gains in their pension funds. Which is, of course, totally unlike what our beloved union cronies (and parasites) do here.

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