Do Movie Reviews Matter Anymore?

Are you into movies? Do you like to see movies up close and personal on theatres? What part of the movie do you usually enjoy? Is it the plot, the scenes or how the movie star portrays the role? There are different questions that you have to answer before seeing a movie.

Most of us, if not all, would want to understand these scenarios before paying for an actual movie to watch. We have to secure ourselves first hand. We need to make sure that we are spending the right amount of money for something.

There will be times wherein you see a trailer of a movie and you are not that sold. However, this movie seems to be good and you have a gut feeling you would enjoy it. What do you do? The answer is simple. You do a little bit of research. When doing research for a movie, the only thing you need to do is browse the internet. What do you look for? You need to do type in the movie title on your search engine and just add movie reviews. This is where you can definitely find the best reviews you can get. There is nothing better than learning about a movie from an actual person who has seen the movie.

Is it reliable? This is the same reason why you need to do a little bit of research. The main concept of it is the fact that you get one person’s opinion and try to find another. As you go along and read these reviews, you can filter them by most people that have the most common reviews. There is nothing else to it. All you need to do is make sure that you have everything in front of you and understand the points that these reviewers do.

They will not spend time writing reviews if they did not consider the movie as something worth writing. May it be a positive review or a negative one, it does not matter. As long as there is something about the movie then that should be getting enough. You need to have both the positive and criticisms. If you decided to go for watching the movie, then, by all means, you should just go for it and make the decision yourself. At the end of the day, everything will be subjective. If you have your own way of classifying a certain movie, then you can rate it yourself. 

Why It Was Surprising That “Parasite” Was Named Best Picture

Through the years, there have been many film favorites that have graced the Academy Awards. Critics have predicted most of them except for a very few that were sleeper hits often brought about by the audience’s buzz. The year’s film favorite usually wins the much-acclaimed honor of best picture at the Academy Awards. However, this is not always the case. There have been instances when the winner of the prestigious award in the most underdog of all nominees.

Awards and accolades

This has been the case for the most recent win of Parasite, which won not only the award for best picture. It also won three other awards, namely best director for Bong Joon-ho, best original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-Won, and best international feature film. It was nominated for two others, which are the best production design and best film editing. It is the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture.  

Parasite was not only making a buzz in Hollywood. It was making its rounds in different prestigious award-giving bodies like the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, also known as AACTA, the African-American Film Critics Associations, the American Film Institute Awards, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the Belgian Film Critics Association, the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the British Independent Film Awards, the Busan Film Critics Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Grand Bell Awards, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, to name a few. The movie has won 187 awards among its 308 local and international nominations.

People’s reviews and reactions

It was surprising to most that the movie won an award in the Academy. And not just any award but the most significant of them all. The night’s favorite was the movie 1917, but it never held a candle against the accolades and praise that Parasite has accumulated throughout its promotions and screening. It was described by A.O. Scott from The New York Times as “wildly, entertaining, the kind of smart, generous, aesthetically energized movie that obliterates the tired distinctions between art films and popcorn movies.” Another critic named Dave Calhoun from Time Out described the movie as “…a dazzling work, surprising and fully gripping from beginning to end, full of big bangs and small wonders.”

It was one great review after another, nothing that Hollywood has ever seen before about a foreign film. Now, Parasite has set precedence to all newcomers, whether it be a foreign language film or not.