The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Can Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja get out of the shadow of The Host?

For the first segment of this week’s edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss the Netflix-produced, bilingual sci-fi satire Okja, which finds South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho revisiting some of the genre-switching monster-movie territory first explored in…

South Korean theaters won’t show Okja because of their issues with Netflix

Continuing a controversy started at Cannes, more movie theaters outside of the U.S. are attempting to stage a revolt against Netflix for flouting traditional distribution strategies. Now, per The Korea Times (via Deadline), South Korean chains are refusing to screen the company’s upcoming Okja should it go forward…

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…

Meet the adorable, persecuted Super Pig in the trailer for Netflix’s Okja

The new trailer for Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja actually introduces us to Okja—a “Super Pig” created to leave a minimal environmental footprint and taste “fucking good,” as Tilda Swinton’s evil CEO Lucy Mirando puts it. Okja is also really gosh darn adorable and has a sweet friendship with a girl named Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn),…

After Cannes inclusion, French theaters question if Netflix movies are real movies

The lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival was announced a few days ago, and it included the Netflix original films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories. To most of the world, this is indicative of the streaming service’s rising legitimacy, but to the Federation Of French Cinemas—a surprisingly powerful group that…

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…

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…