Okja (2017), Bong Joon-ho

Filled with tons of eccentric performances, particularly from Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the wonderful Ahn Seo-hyun, along with truly remarkable and fully realized special effects, Okja is the type of charming, thrilling, *fun*, and often terrifyingly sophisticated summer flick we often feel we “deserve,” one that plays with tropes from “best pal” animal films and political thrillers and mashes them all together to make what will probably remain the best big-budget film of the season. 

Metacritic: 71, RT: 84%, IMDb: 7.0

Here’s my tribute to the films created by the amazing Studio Ghibli. A celebratory retrospective season is bringing some of Ghibli’s most beloved titles back to the big screen. I wanted to create a tribute to the wide range of films this amazing studio has produced rather than focus on just one. I really wanted to convey the positive themes that these films promote and I hope I’ve managed to achieve that.