Bong Joon-ho Returns With Okja, a Film About a Hippo-Pig

Six features into his career, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has made what he calls his “very first love story.” And for Netflix, no less. But Bong being Bong—Snowpiercer was a batshit postapocalyptic thriller set aboard a globe-­spanning train—his new film, Okja, is no boy-meets-girl tale. Rather, it’s the story of a friendship between a…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Fear and Loathing on Social Media

My Twitter panic started somewhere in Spain. Six days into a 10-day vacation, the news about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, started making its way to my phone. I wasn’t necessarily trying to unplug or do any kind of social media cleanse, but I hadn’t swapped my SIM so connectivity—and news access—came only…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0