Okja

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Summer is here, which means it’s time for summer movie season! Which also means that most of the movies hitting multiplexes will be terrible. Why not stay home and stream some good movies instead?

This latest edition of Now Stream This features what might be the best film of 2017, and surprise surprise, it’s a film made for Netflix. The monocles of movie theater purists everywhere likely just shattered at that news, but this is the age we live in. Below you’ll also find a French horror film, a Japanese New Wave classic, an animated cult classic, a masterpiece of trash cinema and much more. So crank up the AC, turn on the TV and avoid going outside and making human contact at all costs! Let’s get streaming.

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okja trailer

Okja has been at the center of many conversations — it’s Bong Joon-ho‘s next anticipated film after his critically acclaimed cult hit Snowpiercer, it’s Netflix’s next big gamble in the feature film business, and it has caused all kind of controversy at the Cannes Film Festival for its lack of a traditional theatrical release.

But perhaps not enough has been said about how good the film actually is. So the new trailer does that job for you, compiling all the rave reviews of critics singing praises for Okja.

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okja characters

Okja looks like it will be a very weird movie. And while fans of director Bong Joon-ho, the mind behind riveting sci-fi features like Snowpiercer and The Host, couldn’t eat that up more, it may take a little more to sell the casual Netflix viewer on the latest film from one of the greatest living filmmakers on the planet.

Hence the new release of eye-catching character posters of the star-studded cast of Okja, which includes names like Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun and Jake Gyllenhaal, and a featurette introducing the Korean newcomer and star, An Seo Hyun.

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Okja Trailer

There have been plenty of movies where an unsuspecting kid stumbles upon some kind of friendly creature, only to have the government or some greedy corporation want it for their own purposes. However, you’ve never seen that story in the hands of a director like Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer).

Okja can best be described as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial meets Michael Clayton with a bit of Heat thrown in there for good measure. A young girl finds her hippopotamus-like friend Okja taken away from her home in the mountains of South Korea in order to be turned into a food source by the Mirando Corporation that has the potential to feed millions of people around the world. What follows is a plan to get her back involving a big heist that will expose all the shady dealings this company has been partaking in.

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Problems with Netflix

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: our take on the current battle between Netflix and Cannes.)

Times are a-changin’. In just two years, Netflix has ramped up their big push into the film business, and are beginning to make waves in an industry stuck in its old ways. Two films produced by Netflix were curated to play at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and that decision has sent shockwaves through the exhibition community, resulting in a new rule that may prevent the streaming company from appearing at the festival in future competitions. Below, learn more about the Netflix vs. Cannes battle, which is heating up thanks to movie theater exhibitors.
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Tilda Swinton

Bless Netflix for giving South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho $50 million to make his latest movie, Okja. The marketing materials, including the teaser, are promising what looks like another uncompromised movie from the Snowpiercer and The Host director. A new video featuring CEO of  Mirando Corporation, Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), is the exact type of weirdness and hilarity we want to see from Swinton and Joon-ho.

Below, in a new Okja video, Mirando raises questions about some serious topics, like pigs and dreams.

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okja trailer

It can sometimes feel impossible to keep up with the original shows and movies Netflix is debuting on their streaming platform, but aside from that (probably profitable) Adam Sandler deal, they have a habit of showing off some pretty good taste. For example, they spent $50 million so the great South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho could make his new movie, Okja. Look, any company interested in being in the Bong Joon-ho business is a company interested in living within the cozy confines of every single movie fan’s heart.

Now, the first Okja trailer has arrived and yeah, this looks like something we’re going to need to watch on day one.

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okja photos

Another movie from Bong Joon-ho? Where do we get in line? Technically, we won’t have to line up anywhere when Joon-ho’s new film debuts next summer on Netflix, but you get the idea. The prospect of another monster movie from the director of The Host is impossible to pass up, but the acclaimed filmmaker doesn’t label his latest work a “monster movie.” According to the co-writer/director, Okja is a much friendlier and probably a whole lot less bloodthirsty than the monster from The Host.

Below, check out some new Okja images and read Joon-ho’s comments on the film.

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Bong Joon Ho Snowpiercer

Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer turned out to be one of the best films of 2014, but you may recall that its path to U.S. cinemas was a rocky one. The Weinstein Co. picked it up and then tried to chop it up against the director’s wishes. Bong finally emerged victorious — the cut that ultimately got released was the one he wanted — but only after lots of public disagreement and controversy.

Fortunately, Bong’s next effort should have a much easier time making it to American audiences intact. Netflix has just signed on to finance Bong’s Okja to the tune of $50 million. Brad Pitt‘s Plan B is also on board to co-produce. As we reported last month, the star-studded cast includes Jake GyllenhaalTilda Swinton, and Bill Nighy. Get more details on the Netflix Okja news after the jump.  Read More »

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Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho pulled together an all-star lineup for his first English-language film, Snowpiercer, and got some of the most memorable performances of the year out of them. No surprise, then, that heavyweight talents are eagerly lining up to join his new film Okja. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy are looking to board the multilingual monster pic, joining Tilda Swinton.

Read more about the Jake Gyllenhaal Okja casting after the jump. Read More »