The “Parasite” director proceeds to have eclectic tastes in global cinema.
Bong Joon-ho is a accurate cinephile’s cinephile. After decades as a darling of America’s indie movie scene, the South Korean writer-director relished significant mainstream success with 2019’s “Parasite,” which swept the Oscars and made him 1 of the most talked about filmmakers in the globe. His jobs are well-known for combining features of a number of genres and the director’s favorite films are likewise eclectic. His all time favorites operate the gamut from Bergman and Truffaut to Tarantino and Spike Jonze, and now film fans can listen to his feelings on 2021’s crop of flicks.
In the hottest print issue of South Korean film journal FILO (by way of Environment of Reel), the auteur stated his beloved movies of 2021 were (in no purchase): “Don’t Glimpse Up,” “Drive My Car or truck,” “Flee,” “Sundown,” “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” “Happening (L’événement),” and “Sewing Sisters.” He also explained he liked viewing 2019’s “Sorry We Missed You” and Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2015 movie “Happy Hour” very last calendar year.
Unsurprisingly, his checklist covers a extensive assortment of films, ranging from esoteric arthouse motion pictures to significant spending budget Netflix animation. Films from the 2021 Venice Film Pageant, exactly where Bong presided around the jury, are properly-represented. That jury awarded Audrey Diwan’s “Happening” the coveted Golden Lion award, so it’s barely a shock to see that it remained one particular of Bong’s favorite flicks of past calendar year. And somewhat than restrict himself to winner’s bias, the director also integrated the existential drama “Sundown” from director Michael Franco on his listing.
Having said that, the most shocking film on his checklist could be “The Mitchells vs. The Machines.” The animated relatives movie was made by Phil Lord and Chris Miller for Netflix but did not show up on numerous other year-conclude lists. But the filmmaker, who hardly ever shies absent from social commentary in his art, plainly identified a little something to like in the know-how-skeptical movie.
That mentioned, Bong Joon-ho might obtain himself with significantly less time to check out videos this calendar year, as he is at the moment gearing up to immediate Robert Pattinson in a movie adaptation of Edward Ashton’s impending novel “Mickey7” for Warner Bros. He is also executive producing an American television sequence set in the “Parasite” universe for HBO.
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