Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
PARASITE is a nearly perfect film, from Bong's masterful use of framing and visual language and control of a wildly shifting tone, to the performances (all terrific), to the commentary on class division. This may be the best movie of the year. You'll watch knowing you're in the hands of a master filmmaker.
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Newly restored and UNCUT. Visionary filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s incendiary break-out feature blurs the thin line between exploitation sleaze and art house salvation. Taking place on the grimy New York streets of the early 1980s, MS 45 is a hauntingly surreal, furiously feminist, surprisingly smart and horrifically brutal journey of one woman’s retaliation. Zoë Lund’s unforgettable mute performance, Joe Delia’s no wave jazz score and Ferrara’s command of the medium make this low budget masterpiece essential cinema.
PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. PAIN AND GLORY finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.
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