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A Little About Me

I’m Nick Zamora and I’m a Electronic Media Major at Texas State. I’m from Converse, Texas, which is right outside of San Antonio. I’ve always enjoyed watching movies. I feel in love with the art of cinema when I got into high school when I discovered the Cohen Brothers and their works. The Big Lebowski was the first movie that I saw that the medium could be used to tell a story that isn’t conventional.

After I saw The Big Lebowski, I moved into other directors who had been known to write stories similarly to the Cohen Brothers. Quentin Tarantino was the next director I discovered with his film Pulp Fiction. I fell in love with it instantly. The way that the film plays with the structure of time to tell it’s story was insane to my 16 year-old self.

The reason I wanted to start a blog about movies was to give people my thoughts on the movies I have seen. I want to share how I felt prior to seeing a film, with what I have heard by word of mouth, and how I felt after seeing the film. I won’t spoil anything about the movie to save the experience for viewers to go see. This will mostly be me saying what I liked and didn’t like about the movies, why I saw them and if I would recommend a movie based on what others like to see.

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Jojo Rabbit (2019)

When I first saw trailers for Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, I didn’t think I would like it. To me, I thought it was going to be a movie just making fun of Hitler and the Nazi Party with low-ball and silly humor. I put off watching it for a while and I sincerely regret that. I saw this movie the same day I saw Parasite, and it was the best decision I have made when it comes to watching movies.

Jojo Rabbit is the story of a young Aryan boy in World War II Germany, at the end of the war and the fall of the Nazi Party. Jojo idolizes the Fuehrer and uses him as an imaginary friend who builds up his confidence in himself and the Nazi Party. Throughout the movie, Jojo slowly has to grow up and mature as he discovers secrets about his family and the adults around him. The film is based off of Christine Leunens novel, Caging Skies.

I really enjoyed how Waititi tells this story and frames the entire film around being from Jojo’s perspective. There are times where dialogue and certain situations seem to be uncanny, but I’m always brought back to thinking about how this is Jojo’s world through Jojo’s eyes. It adds a lot to the storytelling and helps the viewer understand what Jojo is feeling.

My absolute favorite part of the movie has nothing to be with the storytelling, the casting or even a specific scene. Its the colors. The film does a great with matching the atmospheric colors with the tone of the scenes. It’s very noticeable when looking at the beginning of the film and during Jojo’s change of heart.

There are so many tear-jerking moments in this movie that make it hard for me to give it a second watch. I am a big sucker when it comes to kids having to deal with grown up problems and I get so sad just thinking about Jojo’s story.

Overall, this movie is definitely a must watch for anyone who enjoys the stories told centering around WWII or anyone who wants to watch an all around good movie. There are so many things going for this movie that I think most people can watch it and enjoy it. Taika Waititi did an amazing job with this film!

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Parasite (2019)

With the title of “Best Picture,” how am I supposed to ignore Bong Joon-ho’s newest film Parasite? If the name sounds unfamiliar, you wouldn’t be the only one. Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker who has been slowly gaining traction in the West for a few years now. With limited releases in theaters, his films haven’t been able to shine as blockbusters here in the US.

Thankfully, Universal and Neon brought Joon-ho’s Parasite to the US market in the December of 2019, right before the cutoff for the Academy Awards. The marketing wasn’t heavily pushing for casual moviegoers to see it opening weekend, they were hoping those who enjoy the more abstract films go see it and encourage the rest of the audiences to see it.

Unfortunately, I did not get to see it before the Oscars nor when it first released. I saw it at the end of its theatrical run in mid-February of 2020 at the Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels. The theater wasn’t filled, but that was expected for a film showing at 11am. There was a pre-show displaying other South Korean directors who have made strides in the industry before actually playing the movie. I thought this was a nice way to introduce viewers to other works that they might be interested in.

Photo credited to Universal Pictures

Overall, the film was fantastic! I went in completely blind and came out immediately wanting to see it again. The film doesn’t follow the structure of any one specific genre the whole way through, which is quite refreshing. Every new tone shift felt surprising, yet not jarring. It kept me wondering how it would end. When it does end, it’s satisfying enough for me to wonder what happens but lets me imagine it for myself.

My worry with Parasite is that people won’t give it the time of day. At first glance of the trailers, it’s a horror movie. I feel that it does give the film some momentum that way and it might draw in the horror fans. However, I’m worried that people will be turned away because “it’s not relatable enough for an American audience.” In my eyes, the story of Parasite goes beyond the country it is based in and tackles issues that many countries are facing at the moment, especially in the US.

Every person who asked me what my favorite movie is right now has gotten the same answer: Parasite. I recommend this movie to everyone who has even thought about seeing it. The actors are amazing, the visuals are stunning and the story will keep you guessing until the very end. To me, its a movie that will be looked back on as a instant classic and brings the world of foreign films to the modern audiences.