‘Isle of Dogs’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Whether you love or hate him, there is no denying that Wes Anderson is one of the most unusual, and artistic directors working on the Indie scene. From 1996’s ‘Bottle Rocket’ to 2014’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Anderson has brought a quirky sense of charm to each and every one of his films. One could argue that he relies mainly on style over substance. ‘Isle of Dogs’ is definitely an admiration of animation (and possibly more detailed and less stoic than his first animated feature, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’), yet story-wise, it takes some time to immerse yourself in such beauty.

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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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