The Salesman (2016)

Asghar Farhadi continues to write and direct some of the most gripping dramas in all of cinema. His breakthrough film About Elly (2009) is a restrained, broiling drama that would go on to define his films. A Separation came out two years later, was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar and demonstrated that Farhadi had a captivating style of filmmaking. In 2013 he made The Past, a coproduction with France with a story of Iranian immigrants caught up in dark secrets being unearthed. Continue reading The Salesman (2016)

Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

One of my musings after watching Captain America: Civil War was who cleans up after all these superhero battles. While Civil War was the first time Marvel Studio’s touched on the collateral loss of life caused by superheroes fighting villains, it still used big spectacles of destruction and mayhem as superheroes beat down each other in an abandoned airport, tossing planes and destroying buildings in the process. Continue reading Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

The Can Opener’s Daughter

The Motherless Oven is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in the past few years. Comics often take risks and go bold in ways most other mediums don’t; but those risks often leads to comics that are silly, absurd or just plain bonkers. Characters in fantastic universes talk like they’re hip teens from our own times and the cool factor is favored over a cogent, logical world and tone. Continue reading The Can Opener’s Daughter

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