Okja (2017)

Okja
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writer: Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson
Cast: Seo-Hyun AhnHee-Bong ByunTilda SwintonGiancarlo EspositoJake GyllenhaalShirley HendersonSteven YeunPaul DanoLily CollinsJeong-eun Lee
Seen on: 12.7.2017
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Plot:
Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn) lives with her grandfather Hee Bong (Hee-Bong Byun) and with Okja. Okja is a genetically modified breed of superpigs. To see how the animals fare, twelve of them have been placed in various situations worldwide to see what environment suits them best. It turns out that Okja is the winner. That means that they find themselves confronted with nature filmer Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has been sent by the corporation Okja actually belongs to to publicize the result of the contest. But even though Wilcox is not the most charming individual, he quickly becomes the least of Mija’s problems as she has to fight for Okja and their life together.

Okja is sweet and it has a great cast. It has a political message that it puts front and center, but unfortunately that message is muddled at the best of times and incomprehensible at other times. When you make a film that so obviously has something to say, when that something remains that unclear, the entire experience is frustrating and nothing else.

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Frank (2014)

Frank
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Jon RonsonPeter Straughan
Cast: Domhnall GleesonMichael FassbenderMaggie GyllenhaalScoot McNairyFrançois CivilCarla Azar
Part of: Viennale
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) dreams of becoming a musician. When he stumbles upon the idiosyncratic indie band Soronprfbs on the beach while their keyboardist tries to drown himself, he offers to step in for him that night. Band member/manager Don (Scoot McNairy) agrees after talking to Frank (Michael Fassbender), the band’s lead singer who always wears a big papier-maché head. It doesn’t take long and Jon is invited to join the band for good, despite band member Clara’s (Maggie Gyllenhaal) hesitation about him. But being part of the band isn’t at all what Jon expected.

From what I heard about the film before, I was afraid that it would be another hipster movie about oh-so-quirky people and an indie-soundtrack. But Frank might look like that but it is way, way more. I was really very taken by the film.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

The Men Who Stare at Goats is the newest movie by Grant Heslov, based on the book by Jon Ronson, starring Ewan McGregor*, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Plot:
Bob (Ewan McGregor) is a journalist for a small paper. After his wife leaves him, he tries to impress her by going to Iraq. By chance, he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), an ex-soldier who says that he’s on a mission. Desperate for a story, Bob tags along and slowly uncovers the nature of Lyn’s military training: psychic…

I thoroughly enjoyed The Men Who Stare at Goats. The cast is awesome, the story is just crazy enough and the story moves along at a good pace and with a very nice sense of humour. Great entertainment.

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