Movies: Joker, Parasite

Violence is daily life

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When I think about movies that I’d probably think about more – even though not necessarily re-watch – in the coming years, it’s either those which employed powerful imagery or said something important. In the case of Parasite and Joker, it’s both. While the early half of Joker is nothing less ordinary, the movie ratchet it up by the second half and ends it like a fairly good Martin Scorsese-inspired movie based on a comic book character—see what I did there, Marvel? But more important than that is what it tries to say, even if it’s there’s plenty of violence. Parasite goes for the more subtle darkly comedic route, framing the struggles of a poor Korean family as a heist movie. And you know nothing’s gonna end well the moment the movie made clear of that stark reality that poor fight among themselves to death while the rich doesn’t take notice (i.e., they’re too busy taking vacation trips, enjoying parties). Down in that secret basement, it’s survival of the fittest, people fighting for whatever resources are left to them. One clumsy move on the slippery stairs could cost you your job, even your family. Down in that secret basement, people don’t worry about nuclear wars. Not because they’re safe from it but because they couldn’t afford to care. Unlike the rich people residing above, people in that basement have relatively very little to lose. You can’t worry about countries at war when trying to put food on the table is already war itself. It’s violence that people have nothing to eat, have no access to health care, that there are no job opportunities, that people work on slave wages, yet some people are more afraid of onscreen violence, particularly, a mad man killing someone while telling a joke live on national TV. Violence is daily life, according to A. Savage.

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Riot is an unfinished grave that was dug to deposit undepleted anger
Like barrels of uranium leaking into something sacred
It is a word to use to de-legitimize your unrest
And to make your resistance into an overreaction

A cause, an effect, a rejoice, a regret
Violence is daily life

What’s wrong with the air you breathe?
The water you drink?
Violence is so omnipresent
So ingrained in your daily reality
You forget to notice it happens every day.

 

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