“Once you overcome the 1-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” That is what director, Bong Joon-ho, said when he addressed the audience at the Golden Globes. “Parasite” started gaining notoriety and nominations at an unforeseen rate and for good measure. It is very inspiring to see an international film acquire so many accolades and hopefully pave the way for more to come. As of Sunday Feb. 9, it has officially been declared by the academy to be the best picture, as well as having taken home 4 out of 5 possible Oscars. It is a film that refuses to be contained within anybody’s realm of expectations. Genre? Never heard of it. Currently categorized as a drama/comedy/thriller, it is hard to say which of these terms, if any, can even hope to define the essence of the story in the best way possible. What it truly is, however, is a movie that keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat the entire time.
On Feb. 12, 2020, Netflix released the sequel to the ultra popular “To All the Boys I Loved Before,” titled “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.” The film stars Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky and Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose McClaren. Spoilers are included.
Every once in a while, there comes a unique war film that pushes the boundaries of the genre, and filmmaking itself. A recent example of this would be 2017’s “Dunkirk,” which was based on the 1940 British evacuation. The film was immensely praised, and was recognized as one of the greatest war films. Not only that, but it was much different from other famous war movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Black Hawk Down,” and “The Deer Hunter.”
Sequels are risky endeavors. At times they can elevate breakout success stories that outshine the original. Other times, sequels can muddle the original works image by conveying narratives that contradict the authors intent. However, sequels are made with a message and it’s up to the masses to determine if this next chapter will bring the works to new prestige or eclipse the original piece. Such is the case with the twelve issue comic book series “Doomsday Clock,” written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank.
On Jan. 31, 2020, Lil Wayne released his newest album, “Funeral.” This came soon after his last album, “Tha Carter V,” in 2018, and was sure to surprise fans with its recent release. This album is unique in the way that it is named“Funeral” and when flipped upside down, the cover spells out Lil Wayne. “Dreams” was one of his more shocking songs for its intensity. In the chorus, he screams, “Thank God it was a dream.” The dark sounds of the song definitely threw many fans off to the point that the lyrics could not be focused on. When revisiting the song later, it became clear he basically had a dream where he lost all his fame and fortune but was glad that he was dreaming and still has the “American dream.” This definitely served as a relief. The loud yelling into the microphone is much different than his usual music that fans are used to.
Despite his personal issues, he has a keen ability of offering sexual and romantic advice to his peers thanks to his therapist mother. Otis partners up with a classmate, Maeve Wiley, to open up a sex clinic in school and make money by giving advice to their peers, so it is not surprising that chaos ensues.
The start of a new year brings the promise of new music. Some of the biggest names in the industry will be releasing albums throughout 2020.
On Jan. 17, 2020, Tyler Perry released his first movie to Netflix called “A Fall From Grace.” While some might argue the performances and narratives are stronger than one would see in a Madea movie, for example, Perry’s work in this film was still amateur.
On Nov. 8, Netflix released “Let It Snow” as an adaptation of the novel with the same name written in 2008 by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson. The movie follows three interwoven stories about young people falling in love during a snowstorm on Christmas.
If you are familiar with the acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese, then you have probably heard of or seen some of his films like “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “The Departed.” The legendary director has also made himself famous in recent weeks with his public criticism of Marvel’s films changing the film industry. Among this, he has been around for decades and has made countless movies that match his talents with that of Steven Spielberg. Now that he is reaching old age, Scorsese has gathered some of the best actors from older critically-acclaimed movies, and has created a much more mature film that pays homage to all of the classics of the past. His newest film is “The Irishman,” and is now streaming on Netflix.