Parasite, An excellent Joe Biden Article, & Watchmen’s Brilliance

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho’s latest film Parasite does almost everything right. It is an incredibly creative take on how people from lower classes constantly prop up those above, even if they do not know it.

The film focuses on the Kim family, that lives at the edge of poverty. When the son’s (Kim Ki-woo) friend Min offers him a job tutoring English for a girl from a rich family, he accepts. Changing his name to Kevin, he recommends his sister as an art teacher for the rich family’s son, who poses as Jessica. Before they know it, the whole Kim family is posing as different workers at the rich Park estate. Then suddenly the film gets darker.

The director’s take on income inequality and social commentary is approached with humor, but is it at its best when it gets dark. My biggest problem is with the ending of the film, which I do not think works quite as well as the director seems to. While it is creative up to that point, the how and why of getting their does not always fit. Regardless, this is still a film I recommend highly. It swings for the fences, but it comes up just short in my book. B+

It’s a singular episode of television that asks us to consider the nature of inheritance and the ways trauma is etched upon a family, passed down through generations.

*This contains spoilers for HBO’s Watchmen, if you have not seen it yet stop what you are doing and watch it.*

Watchmen’s latest episode is nothing short of brilliant. Damon Lindelof and his team have pulled off the impossible, making a new story in the Watchmen universe while also enhancing the original.

The big reveal in episode 6, was that (SPOILER ALERT) Hooded Justice, the original masked vigilante, was black. It fits in perfectly with the canon, and allows race to become a central feature of the story itself.

I think I have said this before, but Watchmen is one of the best comic books and pieces of literature that has ever be written. Creating this show was an impossible task, but Lindelof and his team are passing with flying colors. If you have not read the novel or seen this show, those are two things you need to change.

 I don’t want to hear Biden say “I still stutter” to prove some grand point; I want to hear him say it because doing so as a presidential candidate would mean that stuttering truly doesn’t matter—for him, for me, or for our 10-year-old selves.

Finally, this is an excellent piece on Joe Biden, and how his stutter might still be affecting him. It is a great example of narrative journalism that I all encourage you all to read. Have a happy thanksgiving everyone!

Raging Bull & Mauricio Pochettino

Raging Bull – Martin Scorsese is a hallmark name in film, and it is easy to understand why. His films rage with a creative energy and harsh brilliance that is always captivating. In Raging Bull, Scorsese does a very good job portraying a boxer who is not a good person but you root for nonetheless. The movie is also less about creating a stereotypical boxing story, but about Jake managed to separate and destroy himself. The film is a bit slow and sometimes does not quite have the excitement of some of his other films. It is still a very good one nevertheless. A-

Yesterday, it was announced that Mauricio Pochettino would no longer be the coach of Tottenham Hotspur and that Jose Mourinho would replace him. When I first got into soccer, I fell in love with Tottenham. Players like Harry Kane and Son Hueng-Min certainly helped that process, but no one aided that process more than Poch. He was electric, passionate, and invigorated fire into a club that had not seen it for so long. When Mauricio was on the touch line, any game could be won, any night could be ours, and any trophy could be ours.

To me, the moment that best explains what Pochettino meant to the club was after the comeback against Ajax to send Tottenham into the Champions League Final. As soon as Lucas Moura completed a miracle comeback, he was on the field in tears. After the game he was swarmed and could not keep it together.

After the game, he could not contain himself. “Thank you football. Thank you my players, they are heroes.” The manager who had fought through so much had achieved the impossible, and it was absolutely breathtaking.

Yes in recent months Tottenham has struggled to perform. Fourteenth in the Premier League is inexcusable. This team is much more talented than that. No we have not won any trophies. However, that is the manager I will always remember. The one who never said die. The one who inspired his players to achieve something none of them would have ever thought possible. The one that dared to do and did so much.

I was so incredibly lucky to root for a team with Pochettino as the manager. He brought excitement, enthusiasm, and passion to every game he coached. Tottenham fans had a chant for him, “Mauricio Pochettinno, he’s magic you know.” It is hard to describe him any other way than magical. No matter the score, no matter the situation, you always believed you could win because Pochettino was on your side. I cannot explain how much I will miss that feeling. I cannot explain how much I will miss that magic. Thank you Mauricio Pochettino, you will be missed.