‘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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‘Swiss Army Man’ Film Review.

Grade: A-

Swiss Army Man Movie Poster

Paul Dano plays Hank, a man ready to commit suicide on a deserted island; that is, until he meets a corpse he kind of names Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washed ashore on the same island. It turns out that this corpse is about to change his luck when the former uses the latter as a way of escape. There is no other way that I can describe ‘Swiss Army Man’ other than the fact that this is a very unusual, yet at times touching movie about what it takes to find happiness and enjoying every moment until it’s gone forever. That is the secret ingredient that makes this a kind of great movie. To be honest, you won’t believe that I’m saying this about a movie which is also about farting and corpse erections (Stiff Stiffies, in other words.)

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