As the dust settles on a fairly underwhelming Oscar year, we thought we’d take a look back at the Best Picture winner from 2020, the groundbreaking word of mouth sensation that was Parasite.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite didn’t initially scream Best Picture winning material. For a start it was almost entirely in Korean, with no Hollywood-famous stars on board. His previous films such as The Host and Snowpiercer had been widely acclaimed, but only really viewed by serious cinephiles outside South Korea – where they were all blockbusters.
Yet as the season played out, Parasite slowly built momentum. It was a true dark horse – consistently surprising, hugely watchable, the kind of movie you want to talk about and share with others after seeing it. There were resonant themes, but a stereotypical ponderous slice of Oscar bait it most certainly was not.
On this week’s podcast, we revisit our initial reactions to the movie and explore how the rewatch value affected our second viewings. We also highlight some of our favourite and most memorable moments – including some less-than-subtle symbolism, major interior design goals, the joy of seeing a plan come together and much more.
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Next week, we’re checking in with one of our long-time friends of the show for an 80s cult classic that really drove us crazy. Until then, happy listening and remember – always ask to see the floor plan before buying property….