1 The Pandemic’s Path2020-04-03 00:05:44
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2 Profits or People2020-03-27 01:07:05
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3 Springtime in the Plague Year2020-03-20 02:08:27
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4 Contagious Crisis2020-03-13 03:30:35
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5 Plagues, Pathogens, and Panic2020-03-06 05:43:21
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6 The New Red Scare2020-02-28 03:38:08
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7 The Soul of Care2020-02-21 01:37:08
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8 Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond2020-02-14 04:03:08
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9 The New Hampshire Primary2020-02-07 03:16:41
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10 The Age of Illusions2020-01-31 01:56:01
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11 Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott2020-01-24 01:35:18
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12 The Costs of War2020-01-17 03:59:56
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13 2020 Hindsight on Iraq2020-01-10 03:52:13
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14 The Inimitable Johnny Hodges2020-01-03 02:11:44
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15 Ben Lerner’s Literary Charge2019-12-26 20:12:46
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16 Labour’s Love Lost2019-12-20 03:19:18
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17 Impeachment Lite2019-12-13 05:12:25
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18 Origin Stories2019-12-06 02:40:40
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19 Hong Kong Crackdown2019-11-22 02:12:59
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20 Billionaire Noir2019-11-15 05:52:11
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Billionaire Noir

The most honored movie of the year looks to be Parasite, from Korea, about the soul-crushing advance of mega-wealth and the heartbreak of poor people with a dream of catching up. From the Pacific Rim, that is, it’s a movie that mirrors us! At the same time, from Hollywood, the hot HBO series is Succession: all about cruelty, greed, and family power-games under a vulgar tycoon who won’t let go of his company.  The family name might have been Murdoch, Corleone, Trump. Alongside our Impeachment drama, it’s pop-culture, screen culture, that’s telling an under-story of concentrated wealth; the lost confidence in middle-class life and a regular people’s democracy. Bong Joon-ho. Parasite’s a faraway mirror of what you know instantly is our American condition, too—maybe a universal affliction of yawning gaps in class and wealth and entitlement—in a financial order owned by an almost speechless, maybe clueless one percent. This is, we know, impeachment time in Washington and the news business. We’re picking up instead on the understory told in screen culture: In the case of Parasite, the story’s more interesting for mixing movie genres: this is a social comedy of two families before it turns sour and then sharply into a horror show. The story is told more in sadness than anger, and it leaves viewers with innumerable angles to replay and reflect on for days. The post Billionaire Noir appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon. …read more