OKJA, a Netflix premiere, delivers a bleak message couched in entertaining fiction

From the director of 2013's "Snowpiercer"
Seo-Hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Can we fight evil? Save our lovely planet from ghouls such as Monsanto and other purveyors of various poisons into GMO plants and animals? Can the good people win? Can we save the human race while preventing our animals from being seen only in terms of sirloin or chops? Such is the theme of “Okja,” a Netlix film streaming on the video channel (and causing much distress at the recent Cannes film ... more >

Only Lovers Left Alive

Ageless love, still standing
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are vampires living between Detroit and Tangiers. He is a reclusive rock star going through a personal crisis and collecting rare guitars and living in a Detroit that's a shell of its former self. Eve, a distinguished bookworm, wanders the streets of Tangiers at night and gets accosted by shady street vendors desirous to cater to all her whims, except ... more >

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's best. Again.
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the cinematic equivalent of a pastry: beautiful, exquisitely-crafted and so immensely enjoyable that it seems too good to be real. Part-homage to pre-World War II Europe, part-tribute to memory and the passage of time and part-ridiculous slapstick, "The Grand Budapest"'s greatest achievement is not in its visual perfection but its literary sensibility. ... more >

Spellbinding I am Love

A Screen Comment favorite this year
Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini and Alba Rohrwacher
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

 [rating=5] Those longing for Fellini and Bergman, have I got a film for you. Everything about “I am love” is over-the-top and when the plot drags and the pounding John Adams soundtrack stops, the cinematography is breathtaking. Tilda Swinton, who also produced and helped conceive the film with director Luca Guadagnino (this is the second time he directs Tilda Swinton— “The Protagonists” in ... more >


In case you missed it
Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek and Kate del Castillo
Directed by Erick Zonca

Who are our top actors and actresses? In December Screen Comment will be publishing our Best-Of lists (films and actors) and Tilda Swinton, who plays Julia Harris in Erick Zonka's 'Julia' will appear prominently at the top. I just finished watching Julia and was reminded, once again, why Swinton is one of my favorite actors. She plays an alcoholic who loses her job and is forced into AA meetings ... more >