The streaming service Netflix is altering the game and hence, caused controversy at the Cannes Film Festival with their entries of “Okja” and “The Meyerotiz Stories” into the competition.
Joon-ho Bong’s “Okja”, a Netflix Original Film, chronicles the story of Mija (the marvelous and charming Seo-Hyun Ahn) who strives to rescue the massive animal Okja (voiced by Jungeun Lee) in South Korea and the United States. The multi-national company – Mirando Corporation, led by the CEO Lucy Mirando (the utterly brilliant Tilda Swinton) intends to utilize Okja to feed the masses.
The meat we consume originates in the animals. Damn devastating. You may not be a vegetarian, and yet, you may wish to become one for two hours. Nonetheless, I am still devouring meat. “Okja” taps into the zeitgeist in terms of corporate greed – the various companies lie to sell the products and if a controversy arises, the company does anything to market the product once again. Besides product consumption, the theme of everlasting friendship is touched upon here as Mija travels the globe to save Okja from horrific abuse.
“Okja” is occasionally extremely brutal to witness, allowing you to sympathize with Mija and Okja. You may root for the companionship to be the victor. Despite a few predictable moments, “Okja” strikes a chord when you least expect it. The moral dilemma gets under your skin, allowing you to ponder your meat consumption.
Okja will instantly become your best friend if you allow it and the movie is one of my favorite films to be released thus far in 2017. B+
“Okja” is rated TV-MA (similar to the Motion Picture Association of America’s R rating). NOW STREAMING VIA NETFLIX.
The struggling comedy writer David (Jesse Plemons) returns to the hometown to comfort his cancer stricken mother Joanne (Molly Shannon) and reunite with family in Sacramento, California.
“Other People” impeccably examines family dynamics without the melodrama, allowing you to be fully invested the characters’ lives. Brilliant performances, particularly by Ms. Shannon to boot. Recommended. B
Now Streaming via Netflix.
Okay, folks – I caved in and finally joined Netflix during the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend and hence, watched three films via the streaming service as well. Alas, I dislike how Netflix does NOT champion the theatrical experience – most of their Original Movies only play in LA and NY to be considered for the Academy Awards – no wide release at all.
Yes, “My List” is full of films and now, it is time to play catch up when I am not at the cinema analyzing the current theatrical releases. Seriously, how could I not deny $7.99 per month with unlimited films?! I will always advocate the theatrical experience, regardless.
Without further ado, the brief reviews.
“Two Days, One Night” (2014) (French with the English subtitles)
The factory worker Sandra (Marion Cotillard) discovers the colleagues selected 1,000 Euros bonus in exchange for her absence. Meanwhile, she convinces the colleagues to surrender the bonus during one weekend.
Anchored by the incredible performances and the relevant screenplay, “Two Days, One Night” understatedly taps into the zeitgeist – job security is iffy, regardless of the government circumstances. Highly recommended. B
“Things to Come” (2016) (French with the English subtitles)
The philosophy professor Nathalie Chazeaux (the incomparable Isabelle Huppert) loses the husband and the mother all at once. Therefore, she eventually adjusts to the changes.
Brilliant performances. Underwhelming yet lifelike screenplay. “Things to Come” just reiterates the fact that Ms. Huppert is the Meryl Streep of France. B-
The end of life examination via a few families and their decisions, regarding their loved ones.
“Extremis” is powerful and heart wrenching. You’ll be depressed during the viewing from start to finish – guarantee it. Just be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled here. B
Review Structure Key
Regular reviews ~ Word count varies.
Mini reviews ~ Positives and negatives (+/-) analysis.
Brief reviews ~ One hundred words, more or less.
Thirty Second reviews ~ Multiple films will be reviewed all at once, hence the editions. One sentence to three sentences. Primarily utilized for when I have personal commitments (may or may not be stated).