Episode 7: Okja

okjapostertrailerOkja is the story of a little girl named Mija and her best friend Okja who happens to be a genetically superior pig who was made in a lab by an evil corporation called Mirando. This story is set in a not too distant future in South Korea and in New York city.

This is a heartwarming tale of a girl and her giant mutant pig. It is also the tale of animal rights activists doing battle with a Monsanto-like corporation that wants to turn said pig, allegedly the cutest in a batch whipped up by genetic scientists, into a poster animal for a revolutionary line of meat products.

Ok so let’s jump right into this episode:


Now it’s time for Farzan’s Fun Facts:

1-    There is a post-credit scene.

2-    At one point in the movie, the character played by ‘Giancarlo Esposito (I)’ can briefly be seen checking the bottom of a cup of coffee. This is a nod to the famous “Kobayashi” cup in _The Usual Suspects (1995)_, a film Esposito also starred in.

3-    This will be the second Netflix movie co-produced by Plan B Entertainment. The first movie is War Machine.

4-    Tilda Swinton (Lucy Mirando / Nancy Mirando) also played her own twin in Hail, Caesar! Apparently she likes to be her own twin sister.


Episode 6: Shimmer Lake

large_fwwk8uuhtnhsbev1xcsaqixlwcvShimmer Lake! The film was released on Netflix on June 9, 2017. Principal photography began on October 13, 2015. This movie directed and written by Oren Uziel. Oren Uziel is most known for his writing credits like 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, and the Mortal Kombat legacy mini series that is available for streaming online free via valve’s popular platform Steam and of course Youtube, we will talk more about the Steam streaming platform in a bit (ie Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios).

Shimmerlake is Oren’s directorial debut and it’s quite the feat of a movie for being his first. “Uziel was a lawyer who quit his day job in 2008 to write a novel, thinking that would be his way into screenwriting… and “Shimmer Lake” was the first screenplay he ever wrote. “I had no idea what to do with it,” he admits. “So I put it in the mail to the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition. And I started getting calls: ‘You’re a semifinalist, you’re a finalist!’” Uziel went on to win the fest’s Latitude Productions award.”

Now, let’s listen to this episode and then check out extra links like trailer , and more info on Oats Studios.


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In this episode we also talked about Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. Oats Studios is a studio dedicated to creating experimental short films, testing ground breaking ideas and creativity leading to the possibility of full scale feature films based on the ideas developed.

To watch the current 3 available short films go to Oats Studios Steam page, or the Oats Studios YouTube Page. Also check this out, Neil Blomkamp tweeted a poll asking what movie people want made into a feature and the people have spoken.