This column, appearing as it does only twice a month, is a curated rather than a comprehensive guide to the year in movies. But it’s still a trifle embarrassing when the envelope opens for Best Picture and the winner is a film that I had postponed seeing and failed to review.
So let’s remedy that failure and talk about Parasite, the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture . . . ever, and a movie that’s in an interesting sort of dialogue with two of its Oscar rivals, excavating similar themes of class and violence and hilltop real estate.
The director is …
This article appears as “Aristocracy Menaced” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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