'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

Film / Reviews Jul 19, 2017

'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

by Kaori Shoji

Bong Joon-ho's latest film, "Okja," received a four-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in May, an about-face reaction from the loud boos heard at the beginning of the screening. Those were likely due to a technical failure that delayed the screening for ...

'Hail, Caesar!': The Coen brothers miss a few pins

Film / Reviews May 11, 2016

'Hail, Caesar!': The Coen brothers miss a few pins

by Giovanni Fazio

The Coen Brothers have always been critical darlings, but their 17th film, the 1950s Hollywood-set comedy "Hail, Caesar!" has shown an unusually wide gap between critical raves and tepid audience response. This despite a star-studded cast that includes George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, ...

Terry Gilliam back on form with 'The Zero Theorem'

Film / Reviews May 13, 2015

Terry Gilliam back on form with 'The Zero Theorem'

by Giovanni Fazio

Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," like most of his films, focuses on the all-too-thin line between sanity and insanity, reality and delusion. Its steampunk-meets-cyberpunk visual style is a wonderful jumble that's reminiscent of his much loved "Brazil," with touches like a computer mainframe that ...

Could 'Snowpiercer' be Bong's ticket out of Korea?

Film Feb 6, 2014

Could 'Snowpiercer' be Bong's ticket out of Korea?

by Kaori Shoji

There's a scene in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic sci-fi fable "Snowpiercer" that turns the tables on how Western audiences perceive non-English-speaking Asian characters in what is — for all intents and purposes — a Hollywood production. A Korean engineer (played by Song Kang-ho) is revived from ...