Movies: Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Pain and Glory

Movie 1: Parasite

It’s an interesting title from a brilliant Director, Bong Joon-ho.  It takes more than a minute or two to sort out what’s happening.  Is it a satire?  Is it a comedy?  The audience is held in suspense.  It’s inventive, refreshing, off putting and sometimes all at the same time.  It’s completely unique and likely to garner several nominations come awards season.  Korean with English subtitles.

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Parasite (May 30, 2019)

Release Date: May 30, 2019
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choe U-sik
Genres: Thriller, Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 132 min
Original Title: 기생충
Original Film Language: 한국어/조선말
Production Companies: CJ Entertainment, Barunson E&A
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Cast Parasite

  • Song Kang-ho
  • Role: Kim Ki-taek
  • Lee Sun-kyun
  • Role: Park Dong-ik
  • Cho Yeo-jeong
  • Role: Yeon-kyo
  • Choe U-sik
  • Role: Ki-woo
  • Park So-dam
  • Role: Ki-jung
  • Lee Jung-eun
  • Role: Moon-gwang
  • Chang Hyae-jin
  • Role: Chung-sook
  • Park Myung-hoon
  • Role: Geun-se
  • Jung Ji-so
  • Role: Da-hye
  • Jung Hyeon-jun
  • Role: Da-song
  • Park Keun-rok
  • Role: Driver Yoon
  • Jung Yi-seo
  • Role: Pizza manager
  • Jeong Ik-han
  • Role: Neighbor
  • Lee Joo-hyung
  • Role: Party man
  • Lee Ji-hye
  • Role: A Singer
  • Andreas Fronk
  • Role: German father
  • Anna Elisabeth Rihlmann
  • Role: German mother
  • Park Seo-joon
  • Role: Min-hyuk
  • Yoon Hye-ri
  • Role: JTBC Reporter

Crew Parasite

  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Screenplay
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Director
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Producer
  • Bong Joon-ho
  • Story
  • Miky Lee
  • Executive Producer
  • Hong Kyung-pyo
  • Director of Photography
  • Choe U-sik
  • Theme Song Performance
  • Choi Se-yeon
  • Costume Design
  • Moon Yang-kwon
  • Producer
  • Kim Dae-hwan
  • Adaptation
  • Bang Ok-kyung
  • Executive Producer
  • Eun Hui-su
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Park Myeong-Chan
  • Executive Producer
  • Yang Jin-mo
  • Editor
  • Lee Ha-jun
  • Production Design
  • Choi Tae-young
  • Sound Supervisor
  • Kwak Tae-young
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Park Hyo-shin
  • Theme Song Performance
  • Jung Jae-il
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jang Young-hwan
  • Producer
  • Kwak Sin-ae
  • Producer
  • Sohn Suk-hee
  • Thanks
  • Kim Seo-young
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Kim Chang-ho
  • Lighting Director
  • Gang Hye-yeong
  • Sound Effects Designer
  • Hong Jeong-ho
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Heo Min-heoi
  • Co-Executive Producer
  • Han Jin-won
  • Screenplay
  • Kim Seong-sik
  • Assistant Director
  • Oh You-jin
  • Props
  • Yoo Sang-seob
  • Fight Choreographer
  • Jung Do-an
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Park Min-cheol
  • Line Producer

 

Movie 2: Jojo Rabbit

WOW!  This is totally unique film making.  It’s a farce, fantasy and drama concurrently.  It’s also a holocaust drama.  There are great subtleties in play.  Apparently it’s intended as a satire but the hard reality of the holocaust is thinly veiled just below the surface.  It’s hard to watch.  It’s audacious to a fault.

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Jojo Rabbit (October 18, 2019)

Release Date: October 18, 2019
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson
Genres: Comedy, War, Drama
Runtime: 108 min
Original Title: Jojo Rabbit
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Unison Films
A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Cast Jojo Rabbit

  • Roman Griffin Davis
  • Role: Johannes "Jojo" Betzler
  • Thomasin McKenzie
  • Role: Elsa Korr
  • Taika Waititi
  • Role: Adolf Hitler
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Role: Rosie Betzler
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Role: Captain Klenzendorf
  • Rebel Wilson
  • Role: Fraulein Rahm
  • Alfie Allen
  • Role: Sub-Officer Finkel
  • Stephen Merchant
  • Role: Captain Deertz
  • Luke Brandon Field
  • Role: Christoph
  • Joe Weintraub
  • Role: Herr Junker
  • Brian Caspe
  • Role: Herr Mueller
  • James McVan
  • Role: American Soldier
  • Judith Georgi
  • Role: German Translator
  • Archie Yates
  • Role: Yorki
  • Victoria Hogan
  • Role: Woman
  • Bethany Adams
  • Role: Secretary

Crew Jojo Rabbit

  • Des Hamilton
  • Casting
  • Michael Giacchino
  • Original Music Composer
  • Mayes C. Rubeo
  • Costume Design
  • Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
  • Director of Photography
  • Taika Waititi
  • Screenplay
  • Taika Waititi
  • Director
  • Taika Waititi
  • Producer
  • Kevan Van Thompson
  • Executive Producer
  • Brendan Heffernan
  • Concept Artist
  • Dannelle Satherley
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Vaclav Mottl
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Chelsea Winstanley
  • Producer
  • Tom Eagles
  • Editor
  • Ra Vincent
  • Production Design
  • Jason Chen
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Maya Kvetny
  • Casting
  • Carthew Neal
  • Producer
  • Christine Leunens
  • Novel
  • Mark Taylor
  • First Assistant Director
  • Ondrej Lipensky
  • Art Direction
  • Nora Sopková
  • Set Decoration

 

Movie 3: Pain and Glory

This latest film by Pedro Almodovar is a reflection on life, memory, loss and passion.  It appears at first to be somewhat biographical but it also seems a reflection on several character’s life journeys.  We liked that it’s arguably “the most emotionally naked film this Director has ever made”.  Spanish with English subtitles.

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Pain and Glory (March 22, 2019)

Release Date: March 22, 2019
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 114 min
Original Title: Dolor y gloria
Original Film Language: Español
Production Companies: El Deseo, Televisión Española
Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, remembers his life: his mother, his lovers, the actors he worked with. The sixties in a small village in Valencia, the eighties in Madrid, the present, when he feels an immeasurable emptiness, facing his mortality, the incapability of continuing filming, the impossibility of separating creation from his own life. The need of narrating his past can be his salvation.

Cast Pain and Glory

  • Antonio Banderas
  • Role: Salvador Mallo
  • Asier Etxeandia
  • Role: Alberto Crespo
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Role: Federico Delgado
  • Nora Navas
  • Role: Mercedes
  • Julieta Serrano
  • Role: Old Jacinta
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Role: Jacinta
  • César Vicente
  • Role: Eduardo
  • Asier Flores
  • Role: Young Salvador
  • Cecilia Roth
  • Role: Zulema
  • Susi Sánchez
  • Role: Pious Woman from Paterna
  • Raúl Arévalo
  • Role: Venancio Mallo
  • Pedro Casablanc
  • Role: Dr. A. Galindo
  • Julián López
  • Role: Presenter
  • Eva Martín
  • Role: Radiologist
  • Sara Sierra
  • Role: Conchita
  • Constancia Céspedes
  • Role: 
  • Rosalía
  • Role: Laundress Rosita
  • Marisol Muriel
  • Role: Laundress Mari
  • Paqui Horcajo
  • Role: Laundress Mercedes
  • Alba Gómez
  • Role: 
  • Xavier Sáez
  • Role: Man at Cinema
  • Aline Casagrande
  • Role: 
  • Luis Calero
  • Role: Father José María
  • Virgil-Henry Mathet
  • Role: Gallerist
  • Chimezie Eke
  • Role: Drug Dealer
  • Esperanza Guardado
  • Role: 
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Role: Priest at Seminary
  • Miguel Rivera
  • Role: 
  • Eneko Galende
  • Role: Boy at Seminary
  • Fernando Iglesias
  • Role: Pianist

Crew Pain and Glory

  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Director
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Screenplay
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Producer
  • Alberto Iglesias
  • Original Music Composer
  • José Luis Alcaine
  • Director of Photography
  • Teresa Font
  • Editor
  • Antxón Gómez
  • Production Design
  • María Clara Notari
  • Art Direction
  • Paola Torres
  • Costume Design
  • Toni Novella
  • Production Manager
  • Eva Leira
  • Casting
  • Yolanda Serrano
  • Casting
  • Ana Belén Martín
  • Sound Editor
  • Ana Lozano
  • Makeup Designer
  • Sergio Pérez Berbel
  • Hairstylist
  • Francisco Bassi
  • Set Designer
  • Vicent Díaz
  • Set Designer
  • José Luis Saldaña
  • Set Designer
  • Ana Caparrós
  • Assistant Sound Editor
  • Pelayo Gutiérrez
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Manolo Pavón
  • Still Photographer
  • Juan Gatti
  • Graphic Designer
  • Juan Gatti
  • Animation
  • Esther García
  • Executive Producer
  • Bárbara Peiró
  • Associate Producer
  • Diego Pajuelo
  • Associate Producer
  • Sergio Bürmann
  • Sound Recordist
  • Marc Orts
  • Sound Mixer
  • Óscar Abades
  • Special Effects
  • Montse Ribé
  • Special Effects

 

 

2 thoughts on “Movies: Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Pain and Glory”

  1. Glad that you two are back. I’ve been looking forward to your review of Parasite. I’m going to check it out.

    I’m not so sure on JoJo Rabbit. I don’t know if I could get into a comedy about the Holocaust.

    Thanks for keeping me up to date in cinema news.

  2. You reviewed two of the films I was wondering about: Parasite and JoJo Rabbit. Both are kinda left field that they could either be really good or really bad. I’m still wondering about Jojo Rabbit; you said it was hard to watch and yet it is listed as a comedy…and drama. So, would I like it??

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