Okja

“I’m still a little resistant to the concept of a Netflix original movie. If I’m gonna see a new movie, I’d rather invest the time and effort into seeing it at the theater. That way, I know that it has my full undivided. At home, I’m distracted by cats and computers and sundry others. Besides, I usually have a stack of unwatched movie DVDs and shows piling in my Netflix queue that I can mindlessly binge. However, something drew me to Okja (okay okay, that something was likely Jake Gyllenhaal), so when I found myself with an unexpected free evening, I knew how I wanted to spend it. Okay, so I ended up passing out on the couch instead, but I woke up later and started watching the movie, and then continued it in the morning.

Okja is the name given to a genetically modified super pig, created by a big corporation with the intent of solving a world hunger crisis, who has been cared for by a farmer’s daughter named Mija in Korea. Okja and the other super pigs were meant to be raised around the world, and brought back after ten years to study the results. Except Mija isn’t exactly thrilled about having her pet taken away from her, no matter how many people Okja is expected to feed.

It’s definitely original, which we all know goes a long way with me. Sure, the storyline of being separated from a beloved animal has been done before, but the details and absurdity of this were a standout. The one advantage I will say was gained in watching this at home is that one of my beloved vampire kitties, Lestat, snuggled right up to me in bed to watch together for pretty much the whole movie. Often when I watch a movie that features animals, I’m longing to pet one of my cats, and I had one right in front of me the whole time. I don’t think she even hissed at all.

Besides the story (both the feels and the weird) the big selling point was the cast, particularly the aforementioned Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. We’ve seen Tilda play some strange and outlandish people before, and it’s a reason we adore her. This is another one to add to the list. But not to be outdone, Jake played a kookier character than we’ve seen from him, like Nightcrawler really went off the deep end. He was a lot of fun to see, and the two of them were practically competing to see who could chew the most scenery.

I still would have gladly seen this at the theater, but it was at least worth making the effort to see at home.

Okja – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/”

Baby Driver

Stardust is blowing up! So to step up my game, I’m revisiting my Top 100 there on the app, so be sure and follow me.

One of the most popular movies you’ll find on that app right now is Baby Driver, and for good reason: THIS MOVIE IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!! I could tell just from the trailer that this was gonna be everything I wanted in a movie and oh sweet baby driving Jesus it was. Action, comedy, music, cast, everything was perfection. The suspense was palpable and sustained over long periods of time. Each actor continued outdoing the one before. And oh how the music was worked in.

I think that was my favorite part. You know how the soundtrack stole the show of the first Guardians of the Galaxy? Like that, but better. Entire scenes were choroegraphed to the music. Seriously, who’d ever heard of a choreographed chase sequence? From the opening scene with Baby rocking out at the pickup spot, I knew this was going to be something special, but I had no idea how much so.

I could continue gushing and I would not do justice to this movie. All I can say is that Edgar Wright is genius, and I cannot freaking wait to watch this movie again. Films like this are why I love movies. I’m always chasing the rush this one brings, and it’s a rare feeling to capture.

Baby Driver – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/”

Transformers: The Last Knight

Sometimes I wonder why I feel so obligated to go to the movies.  Even my therapist picked up on that today, and we went into a whole thing about why I treat it like a job instead of enjoyment.  And that’s that she didn’t know about how I forced myself to go see the new Transformers.  I’d decided I would skip church since the party I was at the night before was a strain on my social anxiety, and I just wasn’t up for it.  Instead, it would give me a chance to go see Transformers before later plans (that eventually fell through).  Not wanting to be rushed later, nor wanting to deal with 3D (even if MoviePass meant it wouldn’t make a difference financially), I opted to go to the crazy early 9:45 screening.  After calling Mom, I put on real pants (but stayed in the shirt I slept in) and shuffled over to the nearby theater postponing the morning shower until after.  I knew damn well that I wasn’t likely to stay awake for the whole movie.  Hell, I was even convinced that this would finally be the first movie I decided to walk out of.  A normal length bad movie I can deal with, but did this one have to be 2.5 hours?  I braced myself for pain.

It wasn’t painful (although a couple cat naps helped) but I saw zero value in the movie.  Seriously, they weren’t even trying.  It’s like they knew no matter what drivel they put out, the US would ignore it, but it’d make bank overseas.  The plot was incoherent and all over the place.  But plot doesn’t matter when you can interject robot action sequences every ten minutes that last for twenty.  As someone who loves action sequences, I’m completely bored by these.  They’re all CGI and show no creativity.  It might have been exciting the first time around, but by now, we’ve seen it.  And who in the Hollywood world did Anthony Hopkins so deeply offend that he was relegated to this black spot in his illustrious career?

I didn’t end up walking out, but I still got basically what I expected.  I’m starting to think maybe my therapist did have a point, that I really don’t need to go see everything.

Transformers: The Last Knight – \m/ \n