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As we drag ourselves, bloodied and limping across the finish line of 2017, there’s little to celebrate at year’s end in the world outside the movie theater, except for Fyre Festival which is still the greatest and funniest thing ever. But i…

So we’re off and running, galumphing through our end-of-year coverage like a giant hippo-pig destroying an underground mall. But with all of you doubtless still working your way through our immense 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2018 (which is bas…

Each year, David Erlich, senior film critic at Indiewire gets out his computer and spends hours cutting together a video tribute to his favorite films of previous twelve months. You might not agree with the pics, but the celebration of the year in cine…

VANCOUVER – Three months after it was released all over the globe on Netflix, a fairly full theater of moviegoers sat down to watch a screening of Bong Joon-ho‘s imaginative and political drama “Okja.” Granted, many on hand knew there was a chance the famed Korean director would appear in some aspect, but that’s still impressive for a film available instantly in a nation where 5.2 million plus residents have the streaming service (about 15% of the population). Continue reading Bong Joon-Ho Revisits The Visual Effects Of ‘Okja’ And Those Beagle Inspired Eyes at The Playlist.

We’re right on top of things calendar-wise, right?… A little late to the party, but, it’s become a recurrent trend every summer for journalists to look back at the movies that were released and, well, complain. The gist of some articles would be “don’t you remember the days when they used to release great movies in the summer”? 1982 and/or 1984 are usually mentioned and, in all honesty, those were pretty great years. Continue reading The Best Movies Of Summer 2017 at The Playlist.

The last thing I probably want to do is admit how long I’ve been filing this particular column and while I’ve missed a few years here and there this is actually the third outlet I’ve done it for. Making predictions for the Oscars in August can be very dumb in some respects, but sometimes truths are revealed months ahead of time. Predicting “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were going to be Best Picture nominees in August were spot on (cough, most other pundits didn’t). Continue reading Oscars In August: ‘Dunkirk,’ Pasek & Paul, Denzel Washington And Eight Other Early Predictions at The Playlist.

One of the most gloriously unhinged, and in my opinion, wildly entertaining performances of the year belongs to Jake Gyllenhaal‘s turn in “Okja.” Playing a wildly unhinged animal lover and television celebrity, Gyllenhaal’s Johnny Wilcox is like watching Steve Irwin after he’s consumed a couple six-packs of Red Bull. Squeaky voiced and bug eyed, there is nothing small about the performance, and it has proven somewhat divisive. Continue reading Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Reactions To ‘Ojka’ Performance: “Some People Just Think It’s Genuinely Bad” at The Playlist.

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I reflect on the summer movie season so far, catching up on some of the big and small films — “Baby Driver” & “Okja” most prominently—we’ve seen. Our main review comes in the second half of the show where we discuss director David Lowery‘s “A Ghost Story.” LISTEN TO: AYT talks “The Beguiled” & “The Bad Batch“ All episodes of Adjust Your Tracking are part of The Playlist Podcast Network and can be found on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher.   Continue reading Adjust Your Tracking Talks ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Okja’ & ‘A Ghost Story’ [Podcast] at The Playlist.

Okja” arrived globally last week, though you were probably hard pressed to find it in cinemas. Nonetheless interest was strong around the film. Even in South Korea, where the film was boycotted by three of the country’s major cinema chains due to its simultaneous release on Netflix, “Okja” managed a fourth place finish at the box office. However, the conversation around the film finally appears to be shifting from its release strategy to the message found within. Continue reading Making ‘Okja’ Turned Bong Joon-Ho Pescatarian at The Playlist.