Don’t mistake me for any kind of devoted movie critic. Every year I miss dozens of deserving films, and subject myself to scads of garbage. That said, I do see enough flicks every year that I know from experience that the typical list of Best Picture nominees is a joke. For example, this year why isn’t Just Mercy on the Best Picture list? And while it was enjoyable enough, why is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on that list?
However, there is one movie that is on the Academy’s list and it might be the best thing I’ve seen all year: Parasite. A Korean ‘thriller’ that defies being pigeonholed into any one genre. Black comedy? Thriller? Horror? Social satire? Soap Opera? All of these and more. A sophisticated take-down of social norms, a morality play, a seemingly cynical Tarrantino-esque blood sport with a gordian plot that would make Hitchcock jealous.
I can’t recommend this film enough, but can’t write another word more without spoiling it. Go see it or stream it!