‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Film Review

Grade: D-

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

The funny thing about art is how people can have many different interpretations of what it means to them; this could also apply to film, with it being an art form itself. Basically, the world is made of opinions; some good, some bad. In the case of ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’, from writer/director Dan Gilroy of ‘Nightcrawler’, appearances can be deceiving. Based on the trailer, one would expect a supernatural horror film about a series of haunted paintings made by a mysterious artist that died too soon, but after watching the film, they will see a commentary about what it means to be a critic and how it affects others; while this could be seen as thought-provoking and meaningful to some, I managed to see it as nothing more than a deceptive illusion.

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‘Okja’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Okja (2017)

Throughout my life, I have always wanted a pig of my own. However, after watching the Netflix original film ‘Okja’ – Directed by Joon-ho Bong (‘The Host’, ‘Snowpiercer’) – I want a super pig! At first glance it sounds like a ridiculous wish, but among the ranks of Gizmo from ‘Gremlins’, or E.T., Okja is a pet that anyone would want to have. From the moment we are introduced to the creature and her owner – a little girl named Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn), to the dangerous experiences they both face, you see Okja as not just a beautiful visual effect, but a living, breathing creature with feelings and an emotional connection to her owner that touches you. 

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