Parasite Black and White Cut

Bong Joon-ho was frequently compared to Alfred Hitchcock after the release of his Oscar-winning masterwork Parasite. And soon, audiences will get to see Parasite as if it was shot in Hitchcock’s time (at least, early on in his career). A Bong-approved Black-and-White edition of Parasite is coming soon to U.K. theaters and to the Curzon Home Cinema streaming service, and to mark the occasion, a monochromatic poster has been released. But like the film itself, the Parasite black and white poster offers a whole new perspective.

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parasite grand bell awards

Parasite‘s winning streak continues more than a year after its historic Palme D’or win at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Bong Joon-ho‘s darkly comic thriller won big at South Korea’s prestigious Grand Bell Awards this week, scooping up five awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Lee Jung-eun, Best Screenplay, and Best Music. It’s fitting that the record-setting film which brought the South Korean film industry to the front of the global stage would end its incredible awards season in Korea.

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parasite graphic novel

Bong Joon-ho famously storyboards all of his films before he ever gets behind the camera. When the Oscar-winning director of Parasite gets on set, he doesn’t hand his cast a script, he hands them a collection of detailed storyboards that are more akin to a comic book — a comparison that Bong’s own Okja star Steven Yeun made, describing the “fully bound books” of the storyboards he received like a “manga.”

Bong’s meticulous storyboards are how he was able to shoot the Oscar-winning movie on a tight 77-day production schedule, and it’s how Parasite will so easily transition to becoming a graphic novel with PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards.

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Conan Visits Lucasfilm

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a flashback clip from 2007 where Conan O’Brien and his producer Jordan Schlansky visit Lucasfilm and point out some inconsistencies on the tour. Plus, watch as VFX artists react to scenes from Parasite, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and I, Tonya. And finally, look back at A Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Halloween show projected onto Cinderella’s castle at Disney World.
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Parasite anniversary

I know time has essentially ceased to matter in the quarantine era, but for those of you who still appreciate marking things like anniversaries, Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite is coming up on the one year anniversary of its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Neon, the up-and-coming distributor which helped guide the movie to its historic award season run, has released a video celebrating “a year of cinema” and tracking the movie’s incredible journey from Palm d’Or winner to the Oscar afterparty. Read More »

best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite broke streaming records when it hit Hulu last week, making it just the latest achievement the blackly comic thriller has notched since won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, culminating in this year’s historic Best Picture win at the Oscars.

But while Hulu proudly touts its new crown jewel, three other Bong Joon-ho films quietly slipped onto the streaming service on the same week — one of which was never available on a streaming platform until now. Bong’s 2006 blockbuster hit The Host, his quietly devastating crime drama Motherand his electric debut film Barking Dogs Never Bite were also made available on Hulu.

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parasite streaming record

Glory to the holy wi-fi that is fueling the people streaming Parasite on Hulu. It’s thanks to those subscribers that watched Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning thriller that the movie set the all-time streaming records for most-watched independent or foreign language film on Hulu. It’s just the latest accolade collected by Parasite – it won the Palme D’Or at Cannes last year and went on to take home four Oscars, including a historic Best Picture win.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Parasite

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Another week stuck inside, another excuse to block out the horrors of the real world and stream some great movies. And there are a whole slew of genuinely great movies streaming right now. Because I’m such a nice guy, I took the liberty of rounding a bunch up in one place so you don’t have to go searching for them. I do it because I care, folks.

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Contagion PSAs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the cast of Steven Soderbergh‘s pandemic drama Contagion has delivered a set of PSAs about how to stop the spread of coronavirus. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the symbols and motifs of the Best Picture winner Parasite to express the film’s powerful thematic elements, and Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman runs through everything he does in a day. Read More »

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Parasite Poster Prints by Greg Ruth

Since Parasite is not only one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2019, but also won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it’s likely to be commemorated by plenty of pop culture artists in the coming months and years. But the film’s distributor NEON is already ahead of the game with two Parasite poster prints by artist Greg Ruth that you can get your hands on for a limited time. The prints depict the rich Park family and the poor Kim family, using Mrs. Park (Cho Yeo Jeong) and Mr. Kim (Song Kang Ho) as the focal points. Read More »