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'Parasite' is Just the Beginning

'Parasite' is Just the Beginning

A South Korean cinematic primer
As I'm sure anyone who pays much attention to film has probably noticed, "Parasite," the South Korean film from master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, swept the 2020 Oscars by winning the four top awards: Best International Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while making history as the first-ever foreign Best Picture winner. That's not including the wins from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Golden Globes—while also being the first Korean movie ever to take home the Palme d'Or from Cannes.

Boarding in Jordan

Locally produced documentary, "7 Hills," shows peace at the skatepark
A statistic floats by early on in local filmmaker Jesse Locke's new documentary, "7 Hills," which brings a shock to the system. The country of Jordan has 67,600 displaced humans from Iraq, 671,579 from Syria, 14,457 from Yemen, 793 from Somalia and 6,146 from Sudan.

2020 Oscar Predictions

Too many to choose from... but we'll try to choose some winners
I used to be good at predicting the Oscar winners, but every year I get worse as my tastes change and I find myself rooting for the movies that shake up the status quo. I never would have guessed the saccharine "Green Book" or the sexy fish movie "The Shape of Water" would have won, but here we are and I'm ready to try and fail all over again.

Turning Off

"The Turning" offers the Worst. Ending. Ever.
Sometimes...sometimes there's an ending so terrible...so completely immune to rational thought and logic that the audience sits in stunned silence staring at the screen, wondering whether to laugh or cry at the bizarre intimacy of sharing a moment of deflated expectations with a dark room full of strangers. In high school I read Henry James' 1898 ghost story "The Turn of the Screw," and was surprised how much I loved it.

May the Source Be with You

Podcasts, shows and other stuff you love to binge, January edition
It's 2020 and I'm once again the luckiest and most privileged person I know. Getting to go into another year writing for the Source Weekly is amazing, but knowing that the people of Central Oregon are reading my super nerdy words never fails to make me feel truly wonderful.

Modern Warfare

"1917" depicts a gorgeous hell
Is war supposed to feel this fun? I mean, I get it, it's 2020 and special effects are better than they've ever been.

Bleak House

Grudges never die
The first horror movie that comes out every year is always pretty bad. "The Bye Bye Man," "Underworld: Blood Wars," "The Forest" and "The Devil Inside" are just a few of the January dumping ground flicks we've been exposed to over the last few years—none of which were even really worthy of a theatrical release in the first place.

20 for 2020

Looking ahead, the year in film looks fantastic
It's horrible! The year 2019 is barely over and I'm already swooning for the movies coming out in 2020.

Top 20 Movies of 2019

Another excellent year... with too many good movies to choose just 10
I just can't do a top 10. There are too many good movies.

May the Source Be with You

End-of-the-Year Edition
I can't believe it's been another year of writing for all you beautiful people. We've had our ups and downs, learned some valuable lessons and realized that the real treasure was the friends we made along the way.

Crazy for You

A thriller, shot in Bend and Prineville
Writer/Director Dan Cohen and Producer Howard Schor have created an interesting hybrid of a movie: a thriller shot entirely in Bend and Prineville and featuring a murderer's row of local talent, but starring two Hollywood actors in the central roles. It's surreal to see friends I've watched for years (or even shared the stage with) acting opposite the inestimable Bonnie Bedelia and Melissa Fumero.

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