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Superhero television is legitimately back on the CW. Yes, Marvel’s Agent Carter is also back and doing okay in the excitement department (and meta references thanks to Howard Stark’s Kid Colt movie), and Supergirl is chugging along with her morality tales through the lens of a soap opera, but it’s the CW slate that is still the most risky and comic-book-like in its execution.
There are occasionally runs in print comics where a character or crossover event is enough up my alley that each week finds me buying multiple books to keep up. Thankfully (for my wallet) these events are fewer and less complex than they were back in the early ‘90s. It used to be I had to follow the Trial of Peter Parker through four different Spider-Man books for each installment, now I’m following nine part Secret Wars books, but mostly accepting whatever »
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl
It is never easy to look at Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will as anything other than what Dr. Anthony Santoro quite rightly calls a “supreme propaganda film.” As that, it is nearly unparalleled in the dubious annals of film history. Contributing to its difficulty in terms of analysis, however, is the fact that it is, at the same time, more than simply a notorious document of evil in bloom. For all the troublesome features that recurrently arise through the course of this film—the domineering presence of Adolf Hitler being just one obvious example—this is one remarkably well-crafted motion picture. Its status as the ultimate work of cinematic propaganda is, indeed, a direct result of just how superbly powerful, sadly persuasive, and expertly realized the documentary is, for better or worse. »
- Jeremy Carr
2 items from 2016
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