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A Bong Joon Ho musical? Add that to the list of potential film projects that could be on the Oscar winner’s docket following the stunning Academy Awards triumph of “Parasite” earlier this year. The director tells Empire magazine that he would “love to make a movie musical” in the future, although it would be like no movie musical moviegoers have ever seen. As Bong explains, “Characters would begin singing, then think, 'Oh my God, fuck this, this is too cheesy,' and stop suddenly. There are amazing musical films, like ‘Singin' In The Rain.’ But when I watch them, I feel very embarrassed and start blushing. So it would have to be different.”
Bong said at the beginning of the month he was exhausted from his whirlwind Oscar season, so any “Parasite” follow-up movie probably won’t be happening for a good while. “Now that I finally have time, I'm trying to get back on it, but I'm so exhausted, mentally and physically,” Bong said when asked if he would be returning to filmmaking in the immediate future. “I'm just a shell of a human.”
The director is currently developing a television adaptation of “Parasite” for HBO. Aside from that project, Bong has not confirmed any additional projects by name. Bong said at the Oscars he is in the early stages of development on two different films, one that’s in Korean and “has unique elements of horror and action” and another that is English-language that is “based on a true event that happened in 2016.” Bong has not decided which film will take priority moving forward. It sounds like both of these projects would take precedence over a potential Bong movie musical.
Bong fans can now add a movie musical to the director’s list of passion projects. That list includes “a moody noir in the vein of Orson Welles' 'Touch of Evil,' set along the U.S. border with Mexico” via an interview he gave with Vanity Fair and a big action movie in the vein of the Steve McQueen-starring “The Great Escape.” Whatever film Bong chooses to make next, it’s sure to gain worldwide attention following the critical and commercial success of “Parasite.”
You may have heard that sports are canceled. Sure, there's still iRacing and marble racing and horses occasionally casting off the chains of servitude, but the big name professional sports are on hold for the good of humanity and it's a weird time for pretty much everyone out there.
As folks hunker down and try their best to stay safe and protect others through social distancing, movies have become a very reliable way to disconnect from reality and spend a few hours. Streaming services make this incredibly easy if you have the means and high-speed internet to make it happen, but for us in the sports department it was time to get nostalgic and talk about our favorite sports movies growing up.
If you're looking for the best sports movies ever or the best available on Netflix, this list may not be for you. Not all of these are winners that stand the test of time, but they're all winners in our hearts.
The thing I like best about The Sandlot is that it is, at heart, a movie about unsupervised rascals on bicycles. It is a sports movie, sure, there's no denying that. Everything that happens, all of the action, revolves around a never ending baseball game. But it's not really about that. It's about the other stuff. It's about being a kid.
Look at the scene with Phillips and the rich kids, with all the name-calling and subsequent baseball beatdown. Look at the scene where they're chomping tobacco and puking at the carnival. Look at the scene where they all stop their game for a moment to stare up at July 4th fireworks in awe as the Ray Charles version of “America the Beautiful” plays. That's what being a kid is, that combination of mischief and wonder, being unsupervised on a bicycle. It's one of the reasons I like Stranger Things, too. Maybe it's because I was a rascal on a bicycle at that age, too.
Good sports movies usually make you feel good. The good guys win, the underdogs take out the jerks, the schlubs get their moment. There's a formula to it all. But, like, formulas can work. Sometimes you just have to stick to them. That's the whole point of chemistry. And baking. I've gotten off-topic. This paragraph is very much the “a scene about puking at a carnival in the middle of a baseball movie” of my blurb. I stand by it. The Sandlot rules. — Brian Grubb
OK so, here's the thing: Space Jam is a terrible movie. By any objective measure, it is extremely bad. Michael Jordan's tenure as a baseball player in which he hit .202 and had 88 hits to 114 strikeouts was exponentially better than his attempt at being an actor, most of the voice acting was just a little off, the plot had more inexplicable nonsense in it than I can remember off the top of my head — the one that sticks out above all else is that Michael Jordan get...