Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, last year’s Best Picture winner Parasite gets to become a part of the Criterion Collection in a very cool special edition. More on that shortly, but especially in a thin week like this, it takes the cake. It would have, no matter what, but still…
Joey’s Top Pick
Parasite (on Criterion)
Joining the Criterion Collection with a special edition that includes a black and white version, Parasite is a perfect movie. Bong Joon Ho‘s social commentary/satire is a true achievement, one that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. That’s not just due to it winning the Oscar for Best Picture, and being the first film not in the English language to do so. It’s the precision of his work that will sear it into cinema’s memory for generations to come. So much has been written about this one in the last year and a half, I’ll just wrap up here by saying the Criterion version is a must own. Pick it up and enjoy!
Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection (4K)
Before Sylvester Stallone made John Rambo into a violent superhero, First Blood was a layered treatise on how America treated its Vietnam veterans. The first installment in the franchise is the best of the bunch, but even the dumber and more violent ones scratch an action itch. If you’re looking for some 4K action flicks, you certainly can do worse than this Rambo collection, where they’re all in one easy to grab spot.
The Saw Franchise
We’ve already dedicated a podcast (here) entirely to the franchise, as well as a long-form article on the series (here). Now, the films get one more shout out with Halloween approaching. On Saturday, or in the days leading up to it, folks will be watching horror flicks. Why not pick the Saw efforts? Few horror properties have been as consistent as Saw, so if you’ve never given them a shot, now is the time!
Also Available This Week
Ben 10 vs. the Universe: The Movie
Black Lightning: Season 3
Fleabag: The Complete Series (TV)
Fleabag: Season Two (TV)
The Mighty Ira
To reiterate, from The Criterion Collection: “A zeitgeist-defining sensation that distilled a global reckoning over class inequality into a tour de force of pop-cinema subversion, Bong Joon Ho’s genre-scrambling black-comic thriller confirms his status as one of the world’s foremost filmmakers. Two families in Seoul—one barely scraping by in a dank semibasement in a low-lying neighborhood, the other living in luxury in a modern architectural marvel overlooking the city—become entwined in a dangerous relationship that will lay bare the dark contradictions of capitalism with shocking ferocity. A bravura showcase for its director’s meticulously constructed set pieces, bolstered by a brilliant ensemble cast and stunning production design, Parasite cemented the New Korean Cinema as an undeniable international force when it swept almost every major prize from Cannes to the Academy Awards, where it made history as the first non-English-language film to win best picture.“