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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Okja’: Bong-Joon Ho Does It Again!

Before yesterday I had seen two Bong-Joon Ho movies (Parasite and Snowpiercer) both of which were really amazing and well-written. So yesterday I watched another film of his; the critically-acclaimed Netflix film Okja.

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Okja is not a typical movie. It’s the story of a young Korean girl and her genetically mutated pig. I’ll leave the details of the film there because the story is so good and full of twists and turns that I’d like to keep a lot of the film under wraps in case you may want to watch it yourself.

What I will mention about the movie is its stellar cast. I’m talking Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Giancarlo Esposito. I have not seen a bad movie with these four actors (well, I saw one bad movie with Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia) and once again Okja was amazing.

Bong-Joon Ho is the type of filmmaker that I would want to be if I decided to make movies because he just doesn’t care. He writes and directs the movies he wants to make and each of his films seem to have a resounding message against society and taking a retrospective look at our worst selves.

I am so happy he finally won an Oscar because this man is too brilliant not to have had one already and Okja is just another proof of that.

This movie made me laugh, it made me gasp, and yes, it made me cry. Okja can be light and airy but it can also be very, very dark. If you’re not into movies with darker subject material this movie may not be for you because it can get really upsetting after a while.

I’m giving Okja 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It was a freaking perfect film!

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

‘Okja’: Bong-Joon Ho Does It Again!

Before yesterday I had seen two Bong-Joon Ho movies (Parasite and Snowpiercer) both of which were really amazing and well-written. So yesterday I watched another film of his; the critically-acclaimed Netflix film Okja.

Image result for okja

Okja is not a typical movie. It’s the story of a young Korean girl and her genetically mutated pig. I’ll leave the details of the film there because the story is so good and full of twists and turns that I’d like to keep a lot of the film under wraps in case you may want to watch it yourself.

What I will mention about the movie is its stellar cast. I’m talking Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Giancarlo Esposito. I have not seen a bad movie with these four actors (well, I saw one bad movie with Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia) and once again Okja was amazing.

Bong-Joon Ho is the type of filmmaker that I would want to be if I decided to make movies because he just doesn’t care. He writes and directs the movies he wants to make and each of his films seem to have a resounding message against society and taking a retrospective look at our worst selves.

I am so happy he finally won an Oscar because this man is too brilliant not to have had one already and Okja is just another proof of that.

This movie made me laugh, it made me gasp, and yes, it made me cry. Okja can be light and airy but it can also be very, very dark. If you’re not into movies with darker subject material this movie may not be for you because it can get really upsetting after a while.

I’m giving Okja 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It was a freaking perfect film!

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

‘Snowpiercer’: One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies I’ve Ever Seen

I’ve often seen this movie, Snowpiercer, as I filed through the movie library on Netflix but I never decided to watch it…until yesterday. The film, written and directed by Bong Joon Ho, the same brilliant man who wrote/directed the historic Oscar-winning movie, Parasite, stars Chris Evans in an intense sci-fi movie unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

Snowpiercer, set in the near-future 2031, follows the story of the last dregs of humanity who are forced to live on the most incredible train ever built after the world is completely frozen into ice following the events of global warming. All life on Earth is extinct and life on the train for the poor is savage.

Stylish 'Snowpiercer' takes a cold look at class divisions

We enter the movie with the poor citizens of the train preparing to revolt. What transpires over the next hour and fifty minutes is utter plot-twist storytelling that gripped me intently, leaving me in utter silence and in tears.

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Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly. Continue reading Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly.

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As someone who is a fan of watching Oscar-winning films, I’m very pleased to add this to my list. It was exceptionally different, well-directed, well-written, well thought out, and it sent the message that sometimes being nice can go a long way.

There are a lot of poor people around the globe. There’s no reason to trod on them and to make them feel lesser just because a wealthier person may simply smell better. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Just watch the film and you’ll understand.

So, is this movie worth winning Best Picture?

Yes, it is. I personally like Joker more but it was really good and the more I think about it the more impressed I am about the film.

Parasite deserves the Oscar because it was unlike any other movie in the category and is incredibly distinct among all Best Picture winning films. There’s been nothing like it and for a foreign film to grab my attention as much as it did I am thrilled it was given the recognition it deserved.

Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant storyteller. I’m hoping he continues to tell stories as powerful, bold, and vindictive as this one.

I’m giving this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 out of 100. Like I said before, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s not bad either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.