Tilda Swinton reunites with Snowpiercer filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho with his latest epic adventure Okja. The narrative centers on a determined young girl’s (An Seo Hyun) quest to rescue the animal (aka the titular protagonist) she raised in the mountains of South Korea. Swinton is the head of the Mirando Corporation, a powerful business entity that has commissioned farmers to raise this genetically manufactured pigs and show the world a more efficient way of consuming meat. Jake Gyllenhaaland Paul Dano co-star in the feature.
Okja’s cinematic influences reaches at the top of the ladder, as the filmmaker behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle played an important role int he movie’s aesthetic. “Director Bong talked about Hayao Miyazaki who we both worship like so many,” said Swinton. “There is something about the environment of a Miyazaki film that is beyond emotion and it’s beyond cinema . . . it’s a place you can go to. I always think if I’m in a coma I want someone to play me some Miyazaki music from (My Neighbor Totoro) or show me a screen with a Miyazaki sky.That atmosphere and environment is something that informed Okja’s mountain.”
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Okja is now streaming on Netflix and is playing in select theaters.
The Big Sick is based on the real-life story of its writers, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon. It’s about the trials and tribulations the two of them faced as a young couple, including some serious medical issues and cross-cultural hurdles, on their way to becoming man and wife. Adding to the realism is the fact that Nanjiani is essentially playing himself in the film. We spoke to Nanjiami and Gordon, who said that seeing their story on the big screen was both emotional and scary.
The Big Sick is currently playing in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.
With its new reality competition, ABC is aiming to find the next great Boy Band. The series will follow 30 young singers as they vie for a spot in the winning group. One of the judges in the competition — which is calling them “architects,” since they’re building the band — is Nick Carter. He’s had a little bit of experience in the field, since he’s been in the Backstreet Boys for more than two decades, so he thinks Boy Band is a perfect showcase for his talents and qualifications.
It was 20 years ago this week that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their fitted suits and designer sunglasses to preserve alien law and order in the film Men In Black. It wound up becoming the year’s second-biggest movie (behind only Titanic) and helped cement Smith’s status in the upper echelon of Hollywood’s A-List. The film was produced, of course, by Steven Spielberg, and when we spoke to Smith, he told us he thought Spielberg’s initial call was really just a friend’s idea of a prank! (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
One of this year’s most underrated flicks was director Guy Ritchie’sKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and hopefully this film will reach a wider audience when it hits Blu-ray and DVD August 8 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The narrative traces Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) journey from a street wise hustler (he was raised by prostitutes) to an initially reluctant leader. Heir to the throne, Arthur simply wants to exist away from the spotlight, but he must do the right thing after his uncle Vortigern’s (Jude Law) evil influence spreads across the land. The epic co-stars Eric Bana as Arthur’s father and Djimon Hounsou as one of Arthur’s fellow knights.
The Blu-ray version comes with the featurettes “Arthur with Swagger,” “Sword from the Stone,” “Parry and Bleed,” “Building on the Past,” and “Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur,” “Camelot in 93 Days,” “Legend of Excalibur,” and “Scenic Scotland.” The DVD version’s sole special feature is “Arthur with Swagger.”