Comics: The Carnival's Promising APE Debut Oct30

Comics: The Carnival...

I found two interesting new comics in single issues at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. One’s a full-color urban dark fantasy, and the other’s a black-and-white urban noir.  Come back in a week for the magical fantasy; today we’re talking...

Cloud Atlas

Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Starring: Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Bae Doo Na, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant Review: 4.5 stars (of five) From the director of Run Lola Run and the siblings who brought you The Matrix (and, unfortunately, its sequels) comes a film that’s an unreasonably long jumble of arguably unrelated narrative threads spread across centuries whose segments are shuffled like a deck of cards. It should suck at a level approaching Battlefield: Earth proportions, and yet it’s majestic, touching, expertly crafted and a pleasure from start to finish. Adapting the equally...

Ape 2012: Love, Rockets & Indie Comics

Last weekend in San Francisco, the Alternative Press Expo–Comic-Con’s punky kid brother–brought small-press and self-published comics together with a few major figures and provided two pleasant, low-key afternoons for local comics fans to check out new talent and hear from the masters. Jim Woodring, Sergio Aragones and Los Bros. Hernandez were the stars, doing signings and giving talks about their careers.  Aragones, after 50 years in comics, remains a humble and entertaining man.  Asked about doing an autobiography, he pointed out that many of his comics are autobiographical, so eventually he’ll have chronicled his...

Argo

Director: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Brian Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber Review: 4.5 stars (of five) Argo is a fine, intelligent film that stands between historical drama and political thriller. In recreating the rescue of a half-dozen U.S. embassy workers from...

Seven Psychopaths

Writer/Director: Martin McDonagh Starring: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher goddamn Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko Review: 3 stars (of five) Seven Psychopaths is an enjoyable movie, but not entirely a successful one. It attempts to have its violent cake and...