Archive for August, 2008

Grant Morrison: The Fanboy Years

This review first appeared in the Comics Journal. “[S]uper-hero comic books…aren’t taken seriously in the critical community,” Timothy Callahan claims in the introduction to his monograph *Grant Morrison: The Early Years.* If that’s true, books like this are the reason. Instead of in depth analysis, Callahan provides his readers with lists of themes, like *chaos* […]

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Will Write for Food

Blogs are all about self-promotion, so what the hey…. I’m currently looking around for freelance writing opportunities. If any blog readers have leads or ideas, let me know. My email is noahberlatsky at hotmail. Thanks all.

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Escape from New York

Finally found another decent John Carpenter movie; Escape from New York isn’t exactly great, but it’s entertaining and intermittently thought-provoking. It’s especially interesting in light of all the women-in-prison movies I was watching recently. The plot (Manhattan Island turned into a huge isolated prison in a miliaristic/crime-ridden near future) seems more-or-less lifted from Stephanie Rothman’s […]

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Best of 2007

This piece is so out of date because it’s reprinted from The Comics Journal. This year I thought I’d use the Journal’s best-of issue as an excuse to go through some of my wife’s giant, teetering piles of manga. Of course, that makes this more a “best-of what I read recently” list than an actual […]

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Hard On For Armor

I saw two critically acclaimed masterpieces of world cinema recently: Bergman’s Virgin Spring and Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu. I can more or less understand why they make the critics go “ooooo” — they’re beautifully shot, slow-paced, and larded with BIG SPIRITUAL THEMES. Exploitation for the intelligencia, basically. Another reason for the critical enthusiasm may be that, in […]

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Pagan Death Cult

This week in the Chicago Reader I compare discs by folkie Karen Dalton and Korean black metal genius Pyha.

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Helfer’s Reagan

This review first appeared in the Comics Journal.I have enormous affection for writer Andy Helfer’s classic run on DC’s Shadow series in the 80s, so I was intrigued to hear he was working on a series of graphic biographies. Nor have I been disappointed. Helfer’s first effort, on Malcolm X , was, despite the difficulty […]

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