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.
Whether he’s playing a chiseled boxer in Southpaw or a gaunt, career driven sociopath in Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaalloves challenging himself with each and every role. Having just finished the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’sSunday in the Park with George, Gyllenhaal was at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his upcoming film Okja.
The picture, directed by Snowpiercer’sBong Joon Ho, centers on a girl (An Seo Hyun) who goes on a desperate search for Okja, a big animal who has been her closest companion in the South Korea mountains. Tilda Swinton is Lucy Mirando, the CEO who takes Okja to New York and has more capitalistic designs for this creature. Gyllenhaal is Dr. Johnny, the zoologist who works under Mirando.
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Okja premieres globally on Netflix and will also hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on June 28.
Doctor Strange, a Marvel Studios release which took in over $658 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray on February 28 and Digital HD February 14.
Headlined by Benedict Cumberbatchas the master of the mystic arts, Doctor Strange also features scene stealing work from Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One.
After a car accident leaves Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) unable to continue his career, he searches for The Ancient One (Swinton) in an attempt to heal his debilitating condition. What begins as a self-serving quest leads to a mission to save Earth from Kaecilius (Rogue One’sMads Mikkelsen), a former colleague of The Ancient One. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Wong co-star as Mordo and Wong, the two men who risk life and limb to protect The Ancient One and her hidden world.
Over 80 minutes worth of special features are available on the Blu-ray and Digital releases. Five behind the scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, outtakes, an audio commentary, part two of the mockumentary Team Thor, and peek at the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) are among the special features.
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Rachel McAdams proved that she can play a physically and mentally tough protagonist with her work in True Detective, and though she would have been perfect in the Marvel Universe as one of its iconic heroines (Ms. Marvel and Hellcat come to mind), it’s great to see her as part of Doctor Strange’s ensemble.
She plays Christine Palmer, a surgeon and colleague of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the Scott Derrickson directed feature. Since Strange’s world has its share of twists and turns, one can expect there will be more than meets the eye to Palmer’s character (though rumors of Palmer being the “Night Nurse” were shot down by Marvel head Kevin Feige.
“I was just thrilled because of this incredible track record,” said McAdams, who was one of the voice actors of this year’s critically acclaimed The Little Prince. “You know so much care and consideration and attention is going to go into the film before you’ve even begun. And you’re going to get to work with the best of the best in the world in what they do. It’s just this treasure trove of talent. I just couldn’t wait to dive into that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rachel McAdams, who has her own history with the medical field (her mom is a nurse), talk about the research she did for Doctor Strange:
Co-starring Tilda Swinton, Doctor Strange opens nationwide November 4th.
As a diehard Marvel Universe fan, my initial introduction to Doctor Strange came from my years of devotion to The Defenders, a superhero group that was too powerful for its own good. With the Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange serving as the first iteration of this argumentative crew, the Defenders’ raw power could arguably best the Avengers and the X-Men (a Netflix series of the group, featuring a different set of heroes, is in production).
Finally Doctor Strange, practitioner of the mystic arts, is getting his moment in the sun, with Benedict Cumberbatch cast in the coveted role. Directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil), Doctor Strange follows the titular character’s origin story, as surgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) has his hands temporarily crippled from an accident. This tragedy becomes opportunity, as Strange is introduced into an alternate dimension where sorcery reigns supreme. With Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as a fellow surgeon, Benedict Wong as Strange’s loyal right hand man Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the evil Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange contains a highly talented ensemble. But will the film work on a visual and storytelling level? Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!