Karla Pacheco

Contributing Writer

‘Parasite’ Becomes First Foreign Language Film to Win Best Picture

“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.

Joaquin Phoenix is No Joke in ‘Joker’

The Joker. What a villain. What a concept. What a film. From the trailer release, the newest iteration of the Joker claimed a spot at the top of the trending charts. Finally, an origin story for one of the most popular villains with a most mysterious past – imagine that! “The Dark Knight” trilogy even toyed around with the fact that there was no true backstory for the Joker. As usual, with as few spoilers as possible, this storyline does so much in terms of enriching the cinematic lore of the Joker.

DC Comics is Back With “Shazam”

Shout one word and everything has changed in a strike of lightning. DC Comics is back at it again with yet another film to compete against the monopoly that has become the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the hype for “Avengers: Endgame” grows, “Shazam” is here following in Aquaman’s footsteps and securing a foothold for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).