Captain America leads the resistance in the locomotive end-times fable Snowpiercer

About midway through Bong Joon-ho’s 2013’s apocalyptic class-warfare fable Snowpiercer, we get to the scene with the fish. In the movie’s world, a sudden man-made global freeze has exterminated almost all life on earth, and the last few surviving humans are cooped up on a train that’s persistently, endlessly rocketing…

Okja is a messy, go-for-broke satire from the director of Snowpiercer

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A choppy mix of anti-corporate farce and Spielbergian fantasy, Bong Joon-Ho’s bilingual Okja veers wildly, but never stalls; if Bong, the South Korean writer-director behind The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Snowpiercer, never squares the film’s satirical means with its sentimental ends, he at least throws the weight…

Cannes closes with its best movie, and we close our coverage with our favorites

Sunday is the final day of Cannes, but for yours truly, the festival ends in a couple hours, with a flight from Nice to New York. It’s been a great time: a blur of movies, hastily consumed lunches, leisurely consumed late-night dinners, long and scenic walks into town (and back), feverish debates while standing in…

Netflix’s Okja will get theatrical releases in both the U.S. and South Korea

Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho’s next film—a monster story called Okja—is coming to Netflix on June 28, but in a rare move, the streaming service will actually be giving people a chance to see it in theaters. Specific details are slim, but Variety says that the movie will be getting day-and-date theatrical releases…

Tilda Swinton creates a monster in the first teaser for Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja

Tilda Swinton gave one of her most outlandish—and that’s saying something—performances to date in Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer. Well, now she’s back in Okja, the latest film from the director, to unleash another distinctive character on the world. In the first trailer for the Netflix project, her character explains, “I…

Take a long walk down the never-ending Gyllenhall

Jake Gyllenhaal’s great—a handsome dude who seems to genuinely try to be in good movies, and also, for some reason, video game movies. (Please don’t make a movie about The Division.) He’s in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, and next year he’ll be in films by David Gordon Green and Bong Joon-ho and a big sci-fi flick…

Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho’s new monster movie begins filming

According to Deadline, a cast has come together and principle photography has begun on Bong Joon-ho’s new Netflix film, titled Okja. Known to many Americans as the guy who made that weird frozen train movie and allowed the horrifying phrase “babies taste best” to be uttered aloud, a decade ago Bong was recognized…

From self-induced amnesia to DIY dystopia: 8 tips for keeping a strange family secret

Does your family have a dark, bizarre, or possibly ridiculous secret that needs keeping? Worry no more, because The A.V. Club has dug high and low, across daytime soap opera and Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, to find you eight surefire, completely feasible solutions for any and all issues of consanguineal…

The second half of Snowpiercer was more, not less, claustrophobic than the first

Most of us are accomplished watchers of TV and film, so we intuitively understand some of the concepts lurking in dense film-theory tomes. You won’t need them for Internet Film School, The A.V. Club’s column about film and television. In each installment, we explore a basic element of visual composition and analyze…

From the director of The Host comes Snowpiercer, a thrilling action parable

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The near future: A cooling agent called CW7 is introduced into the atmosphere to combat global warming. It backfires, rendering the planet uninhabitable. Most of the Earth’s population freezes to death. The survivors live aboard a high-speed train—built by an eccentric billionaire before the ice age—where all…