Six months ago, THiNC. user Ally and I brought you the movie Parasite so that we could talk about it. But only a couple hundred of you took us up on it. Now though? Now though, with an Oscar win last night – I 100% guarantee you that hundreds of thousands of people are entering this search phrase into Google this morning, “Watch Movie Parasite.” Let me save you the hassle, you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime.
Parasite was a brilliant film. It is literally the definition of what we try to do here at THiNC., which is primarily to get you guys off the mental couch, and get you to think a bit. Parasite forced viewers to consider the realities of class warfare, and the implications of such. But are there other movies out there like it that are worth investigating? Sure, some of these are Korean films, but that isn’t what I was aiming for here. A lot of these are international films, but that’s just because it’s difficult to get movies like these made within the borders of the United States. My main goal here is to bring you out of the box movies that will make you think and will lean in the same direction Parasite did.
SNOWPIERCER – If you want to step very gently into this particular pool, Snowpiercer could be the way to go. A Bong Joon-ho film in English, and yet layered with Bong Joon-ho’s fingerprints all over it.
Watch Snowpiercer here: Netflix
Invisible Guest – Another international film (this time a film from Spain), this time it’s a mindjob head fake film, but with an in your face justice mindset going for it. You won’t see this one coming.
Watch Invisible Guest here: Netflix
Monos – A Colombian war movie, lead by child soldiers. It follows a young group of kids that are charged with guarding a kidnapped American. But everything goes horribly wrong.
A Day – The movie A Day also happens to be a Korean film about a doctor who is stuck in a Groundhog Day sort of loop as he tries to figure out the moral and psychological chaos that has him locked in this loop.
Watch A Day here: Currently Unavailable?
Clouds of Sils Maria – Its a rare movie that turns the movie experience inside out. Sils Maria is a movie about the preparation for a movie. And it forces the viewer to question everything that is happening.
Watch Clouds of Sils Maria: Netflix
Forgotten – A story about social justice? How could this be any closer to Bong Joon-ho’s wheelhouse? Also happens to be an enormous mindjob. So enormous, I can’t really say more than that without spoiling it.
Watch Forgotten here: Netflix
Wedding Guest – Some movies are so different, and so alternative to anything you’ve ever seen before that it makes you wonder where they come from. Wedding Guest is that kind of inside out movie experience. It might as well be an international travel log/spy thriller!
Tag or Riaru Onigokko – Tag is a Japanese dream world movie that seems to be too clever for its own good – that is, until you realize exactly what is happening here.
Remainder – this particular movie is one of my all time favorites. It’s basically a doctoral thesis on thinking differently, and mind explosions of various levels.
Watch it here: Prime UK
Incendies – There are a lot of twisty mindjobs with an international flavor in this list – but none so devastating as this one. International intrigue, torture, Middle East politics, suicide bombs, oedipal chaos…this movie has everything.
Do you guys have ten more internationally sorts of films that are on par with Parasite? Love to hear about more in the comments!
Edited by: CY