Blue is the Warmest Color

Director: Abdel Kechiche Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos Review: 4 stars (of five) Controversial as all hell, winner of unprecedented accolades at Cannes, and clocking in at a solid three hours long, Blue is the Warmest Color is not the easiest film to review. In short, the actresses are excellent and the direction is, in many ways, wonderful. But at the same time that Abdel Kechiche does marvelous things with a constantly roving, claustrophobically intimate camera, his storytelling choices are often a bit bewildering. Start with the running time: The film is patently self-indulgent. There are scenes that are not needed, and...

10 Questions with Fiona Staples

Fiona Staples has become a comic-book rockstar as the artist and co-creator of the most critically acclaimed comic of the past few years, Saga. Staples was introduced to Saga writer Brian K. Vaughan by their mutual friend, Steve Niles, with whom Staples worked on Mystery Society. Staples is co-owner of Saga, and has designed every facet of the book, including every character, planet and alien race. She also paints the covers for each issue, and hand-letters the narration — and incredible workload for one artist. After taking a few months off to recharge the creators batteries, Saga is back, and Badmouth caught up with her for a quick...

Comics: Giants Beware Feb14

Comics: Giants Bewar...

A seven-year-old girl loaned me Giants Beware, and if I were a seven-year-old girl, I’d have to think that book was pretty freakin’ awesome.  As an adult, I can see its considerable charm, but the slick adherence to sitcom humor, from the self-conscious character quirks to the...

Comics: Rust Jan09

Comics: Rust

Previously, in Badmouth: Comics We suspended our random survey of indie comics for the holiday movie season. Now that it’s January and you’re much better off reading a book, any book, you could do a lot worse than this: Carnival: Rough but promising first issue of a...

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...