Good Time, Snowpiercer, & Bam Adebayo

Good Time – This pick was inspired by the Oscars. After watching and loving Uncut Gems, I thought I would give their earlier film Good Time a try. It is also quite good, and although not quite good as Uncut Gems, it successfully merges the two obsessions of the Safdie Brothers: New York City and men who take advantage of the people around them. The story revolves around the Nikas brothers, Connie who is a criminal, and Nick who is mentally disabled. Connie and Nick rob a bank, and Nick is arrested while Connie escapes. Connie then decides he has to spring Nick from jail.

Robert Pattinson does an excellent job playing Connie. He takes advantage of so many people at times it can be upsetting to watch, but part of you always wants to root for him. He makes a good anti-hero. The film is a bit too zany for my tastes and wanders at points but the core story of the film is very enjoyable. A definite recommendation. B+

Snowpiercer – This pick was also inspired by The Oscars. Before Bong Joon Ho won Best Picture for Parasite, he wrote Snowpiercer. It was his English language debut, and it still is quite good. It like 1917, feels like a video game, but it is much more fun as the setpieces and scenarios are increasingly wild and outrageous. It is a good movie filled with interesting political commentary, but much of it is a bit too silly for it to really mean much. Parasite is a better film, it is more subtle and more fun to watch. I would still recommend Snowpiercer, but not my favorite Bong film. B-

Adebayo is heading to his first All-Star Game. He is in line for a huge contract once his rookie deal expires. He has reoriented Miami’s present and future. “He’s the Zo [Alonzo Mourning],” Riley says. “He’s the UD [Udonis Haslem]. He’s the Dwyane [Wade]. They were standard-bearers. Bam is that person. He is the real deal.”

This is a fantastic profile of The Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo by Zach Lowe. Even if you have a small interest, I recommend you read it.

I am working on a piece about my grandparents which I hope to be out these next couple of weeks and I just preordered Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing, which I am very excited to read. I am also currently watching Breaking Bad so there will be plenty more to come on all of that!

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!