"Just as comics have inspired movies, movies have proven a fruitful inspiration for many comics," writes Matt Singer. "And, admittedly, most of the comic book movies that make their way to multiplexes barely scratch the surface of the diversity of styles and genres available in any good comic book store." He shares five graphic novels that should appeal to any film fan.
Literally trailing after these scrambling souls as they follow each other into the crossfire of the mid-century â€” world war, the revolution, the fascist junta, civil war â€” Angelopoulos‘s massive real-time moviemaking keeps the mad tragic-Greek drama at a dreamy distance. Often, the director seems capable of coordinating entire landscapes, and weather, too â€” how did he manage to flood an entire plain, scores of square miles we’d already seen dry and supporting houses, for a single scene? (Sleight-of-hand F/X are not in Angelopoulos’s tool kit.)
When hiring someone to direct his rags-to-riches hit "The Pursuit of Happyness," star Will Smith selected Italian Gabriele Muccino after the filmmaker suggested that to fully understand the American Dream you need to be a foreigner, a notion also explored in the new documentary "God Grew Tired of Us." It follows three young men exiled from their home in Sudan by a brutal civil war who, after ten years spent in a refugee camp, are given the opportunity to come to the United States and earn a living. The men are largely unfamiliar with the US and its customs before they arrive; they don’t mention the American Dream and are almost certainly unfamiliar with the term. But their journey to America illustrates and in some ways deflates that ideal.
On the podcast, we discuss the year’s biggest disappointments, none greater than the year’s dire lack of truly good bad films.
And Christopher Bonet rounds up what’s new in theaters this week.