On Screen: Parasite, After Parkland, Foosballers, Tombs of the Blind Dead

This week’s flashy new release is Birds of Prey in which a disturbed young woman tries to move past Joker (a familiar feeling in awards season). We’ll have a separate review of that bombastic entry in DC’s extended universe. In the meantime, some other picks from your friendly neighborhood Sunbreakers: me, Chris (CB) and Tony (TK).

Parasite (Black & White) (2019 | South Korea  |  132 minutes |  Bong Joon-ho)
No matter what happens at the Oscars this weekend, Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or winning social class thriller is among the year’s most beloved. Even if you’ve already given it a rewatch — the cleverness, bite, and impact definitely hold up — this new monochrome version provides another excuse to see again. Of the version, director Bong said: “Personally, I think all the characters look even more poignant, and that the distinctions between the three different spaces where the families live, with all the shades of grey, are even more tragic.” (SIFF Egyptian Friday-Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)

After Parkland. (2018 | USA |  92 minutes |  Emily Taguchi, Jake Lefferman)
Just months after the tragic shooting that left 17 dead and sparked a national movement Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman profiled the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To mark the two year anniversary, the film is being shown in over 100 cities, including Seattle where March for Our Lives will be tabling in the lobby and introducing the screening along with Dr. Beth Ebel, Safe & Active Transport section lead and former director at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. (SIFF Uptown, Wednesday, 6 pm)

Foosballers (2020 | USA | 96 minutes | Joe Heslinga)
This documentary looks at the table soccer game found in every rec room and “cool” office. It looks like an interesting movie about a phenomenon that I’ve always been curious about. Foosball professional and comedian (formerly of Seattle) Kelsey Cook and her mom, author of the definitive foosball almanac are scheduled to attend and answer questions after the movie. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm). –CB

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972 | Spain | 101 minutes | Amando de Ossorio)
Spaniard Amando de Ossorio took advantage of the relaxing of censorship laws in post-fascist Spain to unleash a new variety of movie monster, the Knights Templar, upon the world. Their gruesome visages (imagine a  pack of sword-wielding Grim Reapers, blind and dessicated, all moving in dreamlike slow-motion) were such a hit with audiences that Ossorio made a total of four Blind Dead movies. This first effort is rife with uneven acting, unintended chuckles, and at least one moment in the final reel that will set off #MeToo triggers in a big way. But there’s a ton of richly-wrought atmosphere here, and the Knights Templar represent one iconic and richly symbolic gaggle of ghouls: This pack of Grim Reapers moves slowly but inexorably. It’s a still-potent metaphor for the inevitability of death that retains its visceral power almost 50 years out. ☆☆☆½
(Beacon Theater, Friday, February 7 at 9pm) –TK

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