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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky


Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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Park Chan-Wook Set to Helm ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Miniseries for AMC

As far as the international film scene goes, the Aughts will likely be come to be known as the decade that we discovered the excess of talent fueling South Korea's film business. Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, and Hong Sang-soo, three of the best filmmakers currently working today, all came out of that decade with respectable, cult-sustained filmographies, strewn with modern-day classics ranging from The Host and Oldboy to Woman on the Beach and Woman is the Future of Man. [caption id="attachment_601077" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures/caption] The …
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James Gunn Shares His List of 50 Favorite Horror Films! How Many Have You Seen?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn started his career working in the horror genre. A couple of the films you're probably familiar with are Dawn of the Dead (2004), which he wrote, and, of course, Slither (2006), which he wrote and directed.

As you'd imagine, Gunn was obviously influenced by certain films in the horror genre. Well, now we know what kind of horror films that James Gunn likes because he recently shared his 50 favorite horror films of all time on his Facebook page:

It's actually a pretty great list of films! There are films that you'd expect to see on a favorite horror film list and a few unexpected films. Look through the list below and let us know how many of the films on the list you've seen.

As for the films you haven't seen, it's the Halloween season and the perfect time to watch some good horror films that you've never seen!
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The 15 Best Monster Movies of the 21st Century

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The 15 Best Monster Movies of the 21st Century
From a certain perspective, monster movies might not seem to be as relevant during monstrous times. But in an age when our fears seem larger than life and the world constantly seems as though it’s on the brink of collapse, the best examples of the genre can almost assume a documentary-like authenticity, reflecting our reality as vividly as vérité ever could.

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“The Babadook” might be about a demon that pops out of a children’s book, but no recent film does a better job of capturing the acute reality of living with grief. “Cloverfield” follows a gaggle of pre-Instagram model millennials as they’re chased around Manhattan by a bug-eyed colossus, but few of the somber post-9/11 dramas do a better job of distilling the heartsick chaos of watching your hometown try to
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European Premiere Of ‘A Taxi Driver’ At Lkff 2017

The London Korean Film Festival (Lkff) continues its countdown to the main festival in October with the European Premiere of one of the year’s most anticipated Korean films, Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver. As part of the teaser screenings for the 2017 edition, the film will be shown at Picturehouse Central on Monday, August 14, less than two weeks after its international release. A follow-up screening is scheduled for Arts Picturehouse Cambridge on Monday, August 21.

Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver (2017) (Source: Lkff 2017)

Starring Song Kang-ho (The Age of Shadows, The Host) in the titular role, the film is based on true events and is set during the volatile incidents of 1980, a year after South Korea’s authoritarian president’s assassination and the subsequent military coup d’état.

Man-seob, a taxi driver struggling to raise his daughter on his meager earnings, agrees to take a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann, Avengers: Age of Ultron
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First Us Trailer for Korean Film 'A Taxi Driver' Starring Kang-ho Song

"Is this all we have for such important guests?" Well Go USA has debuted the an official Us trailer for a Korean film titled A Taxi Driver, about a taxi driver and a journalist caught up in the middle of a student uprising in Korea in the 1980s. The film stars Korean actor Kang-ho Song, who you'll recognize from The Host, Snowpiercer, The Good the Bad the Weird, and The Age of Shadows, as the down-on-his-luck taxi driver. Thomas Kretschmann plays the German journalist who hires him to drive him to the town of Gwangju, which is under siege by the military government fighting against citizens and students demanding freedom. This event was a major turning point for the rise of modern South Korea, and this seems like a small but important story about two people unexpectedly in the middle of it all. I want to see it. Take a look.
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Fantasia 2017 Announces Final Films

Fantasia 2017 Final Announcements

Late last month we brought you the first wave of announcement’s for the forthcoming Fantasia International Film Festival. It was already shaping up nicely with a special screening of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the likes of Replace, 68 Kill, and A Ghost Story, on the bill. But now things are even more brilliant as the full line-up is here, and there are yet another couple of stunners. Atomic Blonde, the Charlize Theron actioner from David Leitch, one of directors of John Wick, and the 3D restoration of James Cameron’s masterpiece – Terminator 2: Judgement Day, will both have very special screenings during the festival.

Kicking off the final list of films is the movie that will close the festival, A Taxi Driver. Directed by Jang Hoon, one of Korea’s most talented filmmakers, A Taxi Driver stars Song Kang-ho (The Host,
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Interview: Bong Joon-ho on Okja's Inspirations and Controversies

It all began with a drawing of a little girl and a giant pig. Okja is Director Bong Joon-ho’s fantastic journey of a brave child fighting capitalism, betrayal, instant celebrity, and a world full of ills to save her beloved pet from slaughter. Bong spoke with me about Okja’s connections to his previous monster flick, The Host, as well as Babe 2: Pig in the City, and President Obama. He also revealed his clever plan to “induce” viewers into seeing the film on big screen, and his upcoming reunion with star Song Kang-ho for Parasite. The Lady Miz Diva: In The Host, we have the story of a brave little girl, who must save the world from a monster. In Okja, we have the...

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Review. Some Pig—Bong Joon-ho's "Okja"

[…] Was one to believe that there was nowhere a god of hogs, to whom this hog personality was precious, to whom these hog squeals and agonies had a meaning? Who would take this hog into his arms and comfort him, reward him for his work well done, and show him the meaning of his sacrifice?—Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)1Regarding The Jungle, the socialist author Upton Sinclair remarked that although he’d meant to “aim for the public’s heart,” he’d accidentally “hit it in the stomach.” The novel, about the life of a Lithuanian meat packer in Chicago, was treated with shock and mortification. But the public’s disgust was largely in response to Sinclair’s reports of dirtied meat products, not the plight of the working class. The subsequent frenzy only further undermined the novel’s critique of capitalism, which was ultimately reduced to a matter of meat and hygiene.
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Film Club: Can Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja get out of the shadow of The Host?

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For the first segment of this week’s edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the Netflix-produced, bilingual sci-fi satire Okja, which finds South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho revisiting some of the genre-switching monster-movie territory first explored in his breakthrough film, The Host.

Watch the full episode of Film Club below:
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Joshua Reviews Bong Joon-ho’s Okja [Theatrical Review]

It’s not every day that a film’s release becomes more controversial than either the film’s quality or the merits of its narrative. However, when you’re a Netflix-backed, initially Cannes-approved drama/comedy, you’re apparently set for a firestorm.

That was the case for director Bong Joon-ho and his latest effort, the delightfully weird and completely uneven Okja. Getting the ever-important Cannes stamp initially, the film and all of its Netflix support sparked great outrage on the Croisette, as it has become something of a lightning rod for the polarizing discussion that is surrounding the very future of film distribution. But what has seemingly gotten lost in the shuffle is what ultimately started the whole fracas. With auteur credentials and a cast to die for, it’s no wonder the team programming the Cannes Film Festival decided to add it to its 2017 ranks. But is it ultimately worthy of that status?
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New to Streaming: ‘Song to Song,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘The Lost City of Z,’ ‘Okja,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

David Lynch: The Art Life (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm)

Before David Lynch was a filmmaker, he was a struggling painter, whose lifeblood was to “drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, and paint.” That’s what he dubbed “the art life,” and what an image – as featured in the many contemporary photos seen in this new documentary – it is, the bequiffed 20-something Lynch sitting back in his Philadelphia studio,
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Okja review

Just your usual movie about a little girl and her pet super pig. Our review of Bong Joon-ho's weird and wonderful sci-fi comedy, Okja...

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
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'Okja' Review: Story of Girl and Her Giant Pig Is Wacky, Weird and Wonderful

'Okja' Review: Story of Girl and Her Giant Pig Is Wacky, Weird and Wonderful
Is it a movie? Or a Netflix streaming event? Why can't it be both? We're going to have to get used to the one-two punch in the new age of cinema, which now cedes the multiplex to blockbusters and often sends the creative minds of indie cinema scrambling to find a financing and a home. The Netflix logo stamped on Okja got booed at Cannes, not because it's a lousy movie (quite the opposite, in fact), but because the French are hating on Netflix for not opening South Korean filmmaker
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With Okja, does Netflix have its first blockbuster movie?

The fantasy epic, directed by South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho, could be the streaming service’s first big splash in original cinema

If Netflix’s foray into original television content has been one of the great, industry-shaking developments of the past decade, the streaming service’s attempts at evergreen feature films have been decidedly less successful. Though the site has flourished with original documentaries (13th; What Happened, Miss Simone?; and Get Me Roger Stone are just three critically lauded examples), big-budget features such as David Michôd’s War Machine and Yuen Woo-Ping’s Crouching Tiger sequel have made less of a splash.

That might change with The Host director Bong Joon-Ho’s latest picture, a strange, sweeping cautionary tale of late-capitalist greed called Okja, available on Netflix worldwide.

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Movie Review: Okja is a messy, go-for-broke satire from the director of Snowpiercer

A choppy mix of anti-corporate farce and Spielbergian fantasy, Bong Joon-Ho’s bilingual Okja veers wildly, but never stalls; if Bong, the South Korean writer-director behind The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Snowpiercer, never squares the film’s satirical means with its sentimental ends, he at least throws the weight of his considerable filmmaking talent behind both. At the center—sometimes literally, as she tends to squeeze everyone else out of the way—is Okja, a hippopotamic female “super-pig” raised from piglethood in the mountains of South Korea by little Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyun) and her grandpa Hee-Bong (Bong regular Byun Hee-Bong). They are among two dozen “traditional farmers” selected from around the world to raise super-pigs as part of a decade-long publicity stunt put together by the agri-business titan Mirando, culminating in a contest judged by campy TV animal expert Dr. Johnny (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a public unveiling at a
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Exclusive: Lily Collins talks Okja, the Spielberg influence & why working for Netflix is so great

Author: Scott Davis

This week sees the eagerly anticipated release of Netfix’s latest original film – Okja, the new film from acclaimed writer/director Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) that debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim despite many reservations about a Netflix film being part of the Palme D’Or shortlist.

Okja tells the story of Mija (Seo-Hyeon Ahn), the decade-long caretaker and companion to a massive animal in South Korea. But when a multi-national corporation takes Okja from Mija and transports her to New York, Mija follows her to save her from the evil company’s clutches.

One of the people who tries to help her is Lily Collins and we sat down with her to chat about the film. There were many lures for the actress to be part of the film, not least the story, and director Joon-Ho, saying:

“I read it and I thought ‘Bong,
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Netflix deliver a new featurette for this week’s big release ‘Okja’

Okja finally hits Netflix this week, and the streamer are gearing up their publicity campaign before it lands on June 28th. This is a new production diary featurette that takes you behind the scenes of the movie which wowed Cannes this past month.

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 image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers,
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Netflix Original Movie Review: Okja Is the Must See Film of the Summer

Netflix Original Movie Review: Okja Is the Must See Film of the Summer
Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) once again challenges convention with his latest brilliant film, Okja. It is a thoughtful, visceral satire of the corporate meat industry. The genius here is the delivery of the message. Okja uses the innocence and determination of a teenage girl as the vehicle for enlightenment. Her journey is indeed a profound one. Okja is a highly relevant critique of current methods, but also a guide to sustainable, humane farming. We take for granted the ease of our food supply. The production of cheap animal protein becomes difficult to stomach when we peek behind the curtains.

Okja begins in 2007 at the New York City headquarters of Mirando Corporation, a global agricultural supplier. The bombastic new CEO, Nancy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), announces with great flourish the dawn of a revolution in the pork industry. Behold the super pig, a scientifically enhanced animal created from a unique Central American ancestor.
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