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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.

The Bong Joon Ho film showed on less than 100 screens across the country but enjoyed sold-out showings. read more Source: Hollywood Reporter Box Office

As Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Okja” gears up to hit Netflix, the debate around the company’s impact on theatrical releases and cinema chains refusing to book their movies if they’re going day-and-date on the streaming service continues to unfold. Even in the director’s native South Korea, cinemas are gearing up to block the movie, but Bong Joon-Ho believes this is short sighted thinking. “I fully understand the multiplexes asking for a minimum three-week hold back,” the filmmaker said about the demands being made by cinema owners. Continue reading Believe In ‘Okja’ In New Trailer For Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Movie at The Playlist.

In Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” Tilda Swinton plays Lucy Miranda, a first-time CEO who wants to bring her family’s disgraced company into the 21st Century by solving the world’s food shortage problems. She appears at the beginning of the film during a press conference announcing a contest to raise the best “super pig” with different farmers around the country. When this writer saw “Okja” in Cannes Swinton seemed to be channeling a combination of Stepford Wife, Paris Hilton and, in voice and diction, none other than Katy Perry. Continue reading Tilda Swinton Clarifies: She Never Said Her ‘Okja’ Character Was Based On Ivanka Trump at The Playlist.

We’re firmly into June now, and fast bearing down on the midpoint of 2017, a year that’s fast shaping up to the longest goddamn year in history (fun fact: at the start of 2017, Barack Obama was President of the United States!). Fortunately, between the insanity of the news, it’s been a pretty strong film year on the whole. Sure, not all of the blockbusters have been great (*side eye to “The Mummy”*), but some have been terrific, and we’ve also seen several great and unexpected movies get their due at the box office. Continue reading The 25 Best Films Of 2017 So Far at The Playlist.

While Netflix may have calculated how lucrative it is to fill the worldwide need for instant movie and TV gratification, the streaming service has yet to figure out how to get their movies into cinemas without controversy. The company’s ironclad day-and-date approach has seen almost every major movie chain in the United States refuse to work with them, as they believe having a movie stream at the same time it’s in theaters, doesn’t make economic sense. Continue reading Cinema Chains In South Korea May Block Theatrical Release Of Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ at The Playlist.

One of the biggest stories going into this year’s Cannes Film Festival was the controversy surrounding Netflix and the festival. With the inclusion of two Netflix original films, “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories,” in the festival, film purists and theater distributors (specifically in France, where films released in cinemas must wait 36 months before streaming) were upset that Cannes would show films that would have no major theatrical release. Continue reading Netflix CEO Says Cannes Controversy Was “Fantastic For Us” at The Playlist.