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Two Movies to Watch Over Reading Period (or any weekend)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Williams chapter.

It’s an understatement to say that Parasite directed by Bong Joon Ho and Get Out directed by Jordan Peele are the best movies of their years. Rather, I would go as far as to call them modern day masterpieces. 

Ever since its release in America on October 5, 2019, Parasite has provoked conversation about its unique approach to storytelling all across the nation. South Korean writer and director Bong Joon-Ho has brought a legendary cinematic piece to the movie screen, and with its compelling story as well as unexpected twists and turns, it deserves its title of movie of the year and, possibly, of all time. 

As a movie fanatic myself, I wasn’t expecting much when I entered the cinema for this film, but I was extremely surprised. I remember the moment I walked out of the theater; my mind and body were in a state of utter shock and awe. With its hidden commentary on classism as well as its handling of its characters, Parasite asks the audience questions that are important to this day. Beyond that, the cinematography, the dialogue… gosh.  Just everything about it is truly beautiful. There is no question as to why it has won multiple awards, including a Golden Globe, as well as multiple Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, two of the most prestigious Oscars any film could receive. 

Now, don’t even get me started on the absolute genius mind of Jordan Peele. Get Out is a 2017 comedy-thriller that will blow you away with its subtle writing and brilliant storytelling. Its commentary on systemic racism as well as its laugh-out-loud humor and bone chilling horror elements make this movie one of my all time favorites. 

To think that the creator of Key and Peele (another fantastic comedy show) was behind the Oscar winning film that makes you question everything about mind and perception just makes me appreciate film and writing that much more. And keep in mind, it was Jordan Peele’s first film too. 

It is true that movies like The Godfather and Citizen Kane are considered the best films of all time, but I think you should take this weekend, or any weekend, and watch the two films I just talked about. You will see why I consider them to be the firestarters of the new generation of cinematic masterpieces.

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Andrew Oh

Williams '25

As a filmmaker and editor, storytelling has become an essential part of my work as a writer. Throughout high school, I was a part of a broadcasting program called GVTV, alongside my work at Ghetto Film School, these were the creative outlets to express my love of writing and filmmaking. Outside of this, I love to play tennis, watch and talk about movies, and I just began relearning the piano :)