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A lost detective show about two police officers who are in over their heads in 1980s Bucharest has been located, remastered and dubbed into English ... but things aren’t exactly what they seem
Channing Tatum and Jon Ronson have something they’d like to show to you: Tovarasul Militian, one of television’s hidden gems. Translated into English as Comrade Detective, Tovarasul Militian was a six-part detective show produced and funded by the Romanian government to promote the 1980s communist ideal. The series was forgotten when the Berlin Wall fell but - thanks to an international campaign spearheaded by the Romanian Film Preservation Society - Comrade Detective has been located, remastered and dubbed into English for the very first time.
The series itself is a kind of Romanian True Detective prototype; a grimy tale of two police officers gradually realising that they’re in over their heads in 1980s Bucharest. »
- Stuart Heritage
Even after finishing all of it, it’s an open question if the six-episode “Comrade Detective” is trying to be funny. The half-hour show from co-creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (who created NBC’s quite different sitcom “Animal Practice”) presents itself as a lost piece of Soviet propaganda, now dredged up and remastered for curious American audiences. What it is, actually, is a six-part series shot and performed entirely in Romanian — in Romania! — and then dubbed over, ridiculously, with English. The splashy, macho cop drama set in Bucharest takes on quite a different meaning when performed in a different language, overlaid with English-language dialogue performed by Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a whole array of guests like Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman, Jason Mantzoukas, and Chloë Sevigny. The characters self-consciously and unconvincingly sing the praises of the Soviets, while decrying the oversexualized, God-fearing weakness of the American way.
At first blush, it »
- Sonia Saraiya
It’s early yet, but already some strong screenplays are rising to the front of the Oscar contender list.
The Sundance Film Festival broke out Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate)), which is turning into the indie hit of the year, and “Wind River” (The Weinstein Co.), the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”). Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24) and two Netflix titles, Bong Joon Ho’s political satire “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s family dramedy “The Meyerowitz Stories: (New and Selected),” competed at Cannes.
Jordan Peele’s brainy genre-bender “Get Out” (Universal) is the surprise sleeper of the year. And the fall film festivals will bring a slew of name contenders, from Woody Allen and Darren Aronofsky to Alexander Payne.
Check out the (alphabetical) contenders below: No film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it. »
- Anne Thompson
When asked about all the disturbing slabs of meat and sense of death in his paintings, the artist Francis Bacon often replied that, if you wanted real horror, "then you only need to think about the meat on your plate."
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In his own playful, stylistically fluid way, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho uses his sci-fi comedy Okja to do the same thing: it forces us to confront the everyday horror of the meat on our plates. Assuming you're not a vegetarian already, Okja may just convince you to switch pork sausages for soya ones.
Okja is what's known as a super pig - a gigantic mammal reared »
Simon Brew Jun 30, 2017
This is the second time that Den Of Geek has had the pleasure of interviewing author, screenwriter and broadcaster Jon Ronson. The occasion this time was the release of the film Okja, that he’s co-written. The first time? Well, that seemed like a good place to start this interview…
I did always wonder how I’d start a conversation with you, given that the last time you and our website crossed, it nearly brought down Den Of Geek altogether…!
You know what, I’ve got a memory of this. But my memory’s so shit, you’re going to have to remind me!
When Jon Ronson was asked to work on a screenplay about a girl’s fight to rescue a fantastic beast, it was the start of a $60m adventure
My entry into screenwriting was not smooth. When I was 20, I wrote a film on spec and sent it to the BBC. They wrote back: “Usually, when we reject submissions, we like to offer some encouragement, but in your case we don’t see any point in you continuing.” I took it as encouragement anyway, thinking that only people who write terrible things are capable of writing great things. And so I persevered. After that, 25 years passed before one of my screenplays got filmed.
I once interviewed Rick Senat, a veteran at Warner Bros. “You need to understand,” he said, “that no film ever gets made.” Given this essential truth, I think it’s worth trying to make sense of how I »
- Jon Ronson
In “Okja,” Korean director Bong Joon Ho takes the excitement of a family-friendly sci-fi adventure and turns it into a nightmarish look at the fast food industry. The movie, which premiered in competition last month at the Cannes Film Festival, surrounds the efforts of a multi-national company to mass-produce mutant pigs for slaughter. When one of them bonds with a young girl in the mountainside, she risks her life to save the titular being from decimation — a fast, fun journey that culminates in a horrific sequence set in the confines of a slaughterhouse.
While the shocking imagery involves the death of imaginary animals, it has clear parallels with the grotesque images of vivisected cows and other livestock that meet grisly ends in real meathouses around the world. To prepare for the sequence, Bong and producer Dooho Choi visited a slaughterhouse in Colorado — and the experience turned both of them into temporary vegans. »
- Eric Kohn
Okja Director: Bong Jong-ho Written by: Bong Jong-ho, Jon Ronson Cast: Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/6/17 Opens: June 28, 2017 If you’re familiar with Bong Joon-ho’s work, you expect originality, high drama, comic touches, and above all flamboyance. “Snowpiercer” is an example. Here is a film […]
- Harvey Karten
The Cannes Film Festival is currently going on over in France. It won’t wrap up for a few days still, but now is a fine time to check in and see how the fest is going. Cannes is the most prestigious festival in the world, so it always marks a seminal point in the season, regardless of what is playing. This year, the lineup has seemed, at least to me, a little less top notch than usual. Still, plenty of quality movies have debuted, without question. Awards will be handed out next week, and we’ll cover that, but for now…let’s just discuss what’s playing in the south of France right now. So far at Cannes, two of the more interesting titles to be largely feted include Okja and Wonderstruck. Also in the mix for heavy praise are The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and »
- Joey Magidson
On the eve of the third season of his freewheeling Coen brothers spin-off, the superstar showrunner talks us through his ‘20-year overnight success’
Confidence doesn’t seem to be something that Hollywood’s current golden boy, Noah Hawley, is short of. When I suggest that he’s being heralded as “the Kubrick of television” – pushing the boundaries of prestige programming and its visual effects in a not dissimilar way to that in which Dr Strangelove, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange did in 20th-century cinema – he does not (as I suspect a British counterpart might) dismiss the mantle with protestations of humility, false or otherwise. “I’m Kubrick without the Ocd,” he chuckles instead, and proceeds to recommend Jon Ronson’s documentary Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes to me, about the celebrated film-maker’s obsession with achieving the perfect storage solution.
But with two critically acclaimed and publicly popular TV shows »
- Jane Mulkerrins
A dystopian story about a genetically engineered beast with overt anti-capitalist connotations, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja represents a synthesis and an upgrade – in scale as well as quality – of the director’s previous outings The Host and Snowpiercer, confirming him as one of the finest contemporary craftsmen of intelligent, ambitious blockbusters.
Okja is set in a parallel, not-very-different present, where the giant agrochemical corporation Mirando has covertly engineered a new breed of “super-pigs” — ostensibly to solve the world’s hunger problems, but really just to sell cheap meat and make a shit-ton of cash. Gmo foods carry a stigma, however, so Mirando lie about the provenance of the super-pigs, claiming they were discovered on a Chilean farm. To divert the public’s attention, the company’s grotesque CEO, Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), launches a massive promotional campaign in which farmers across the world will compete in raising the largest super-pig »
- Giovanni Marchini Camia
Bong Joon ho’s “Okja” was booed at its Cannes Film Festival press screening on Friday after a technical issue caused the film to be projected in the wrong aspect ratio for several minutes at the start of the movie. Boos were also heard when the Netflix logo appeared on the screen prior to the glitch. The screening at the Lumière Auditorium proceeded normally after the issue was resolved.
“This incident was entirely the responsibility of the Festival’s technical service, which offers its apologies to the director, his teams, the producers and the audience at the showing,” Cannes said in a statement. Netflix was not immediately available for comment on Friday.
- Graham Winfrey
Netflix has revealed the official trailer for their highly-anticipated film Okja, which includes the first full look at the massive animal at the heart of director Bong Joon Ho's latest film. Okja will have its world premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, before it launches globally on the Netflix streaming service June 28. Director Bong, a visionary director and one of the world's greatest storytellers, has assembled an esteemed international ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal and introducing An Seo Hyun as "Mija"
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja, a massive animal and an even bigger friend, at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where »
On the eve of its world premiere at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has summoned the delicate, wonderfully peculiar first trailer for Okja, Bong Joon-ho’s genre oddity in which a young girl named Mija (newcomer Ahn Seo-hyun) befriends the titular gentle giant.
Free to roam in the lush forest without a care in the world, Mija forges a deep, unbreakable bond with Okja, which is essentially a friendly pig (hippo?) with a bad case of gigantism. In the eyes of Mirando Corporation – a powerful, multi-national company out to revolutionize the food industry – Okja is a revelation, a creature that will single-handedly upend Earth’s ecological system as we know it. But the company’s CEO, Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), is fuelled by greed more than anything else, and up above you’ll get a sense of the power struggle between Mirando Corporation and Mija – not to mention her »
- Michael Briers
Author: Zehra Phelan
The 70th Cannes Film Festival is now up and running, it may only be a couple of days into the festival but Netflix is taking advantage of the fact that its original film Okja will premiere at the festival and have released the first full-length trailer alongside the poster and a few images from the production.
If weird and wonderful are your bag, then pull up a chair, make yourself a cuppa and prepare to be charmed. The film features an oversized pig who looks like a cross between a Hippopotamus and a dog and deals with its survival at the hands of its companion Mija who takes on the mean, lean figure of Tilda Swinton, the CEO of a multinational corporation who want to turn the animal into human fodder.
- Zehra Phelan
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Get ready for the newest creature feature from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.
It is described by the film’s villain, Tilda Swinton, as a “super-pig,” but it actually looks more like an oversized hippo who’s somehow been crossed with a pug. And it promises to be a great, big, lovable lug.
The newly released trailer for the Netflix original film, written by Bong and Jon Ronson, sets »
- Gregg Kilday
Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Ahn Seo-hyun star in the monster film, which appears to marry the concerns of corporate greed (care of Swinton’s character) and charming inter-species friendship (the eponymous beast and Ahn) into one glorious mash-up of humor and terror as only Bong could create.
Co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), “Okja” tells the story of Mija, a young girl who lives in the deep woods of the Gangwon Province of South Korea. Mija will do everything in her power to prevent a powerful company (led by Swinton, naturally) from taking her best friend, »
- Kate Erbland
Talent agent Dana Harris has exited Wme after six years and set up shop at CAA, TheWrap has learned. Harris joins the Motion Picture Talent department, a space she’s been working in since her promotion to agent in 2014. Clients and accounts she handled at her previous gig include E. May Frye, screenwriter of Channing Tatum and Steve Carell’s “Foxcatcher.” Also Read: 'Justice League' Actor Ray Fisher Signs With CAA She also repped Jon Ronson (“Okja”), Otto Bathurst (“Robin Hood”), director Sarah Adina Smth (“Buster’s Mal Heart”) and Mary Mylod (“Game of Thrones”). Harris’ hire comes »
- Matt Donnelly
“Pigs deserve happy dreams” says Tilda Swinton, and who are we to argue? This is the message of the latest clip from upcoming Netflix Original Okja, which promises to extensively explore the bond between man and animal.
Swinton plays Lucy Mirando, CEO of the squeaky-clean (and thus incredibly sinister) Mirando Corporation, here promoting their business on the basis that their pigs lead an idyllic life and dream only happy dreams. This is contrasted with ‘regular’ farmed pigs, which Mirando imagines undergo a constant nightmare of slaughter and death.
Directed by acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho (best known for awesome social commentary/train-based action flick Snowpiercer), and written by author/journalist Jon Ronson, Swinton is surrounded by an impressive cast here featuring Jake Gyllenhall, Lily Collins, Paul Dano and Giancarlo Esposito. Details of the exact plot are thin on the ground at the moment, but we do know that the film »
- David James
Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.
Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.
“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
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