Relatively light on reviews, because some of what I read is being saved for other posts.
Few filmmakers are as enjoyably bizarre as Czech director Jan Svankmajer. LITTLE OTIK (2001) is Svankmajer’s take on an old folktale, as a childless woman becomes convinced the carved stump her husband made as a child substitute is real, then discovers it’s alive and hungry. More a black absurdist comedy than horror, and even the random details are weird (like one character’s father constantly imagining things moving in his food). “Haven’t you ever heard of bulimia?”
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS (2013) has a teenage Native American in 1970s Canada settle on ripping off the oppressive local school as the best course out of a cramped, miserable life in which everyone around her is either dealing, using or both. One of those that shows how some things are universal, in that this could be a black girl in the ghetto with only a little tinkering. In its own right, not terribly interesting. “The prison didn’t break him—we did.”
SUPERGIRL wraps up its first season on CBS (which has yet to confirm there will be a second season) and a great season it was. Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El who after years of hiding her powers finally comes out to use them for good just like her cousin, with support from Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), media tycoon Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart, who grew on me over the course of the season), human foster sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) who hides his own secret (not the same as in DC comics, for anyone who recognizes the name). Where Zach Snyder’s tedious films struggle to be dark and broody, this is a light, heroic, fun series. I hope it returns. “If you work hard, some day you may get a window.”
HERE by Richard McGuire started life as a six-page comic showing a single room at different points in time. That must have been very cool, but expanded to book length it feels rather pointless I enjoyed it even so but I can’t say I loved it.
And while I haven’t read the paperback below, I’ll include it here because I think the playing-card motif is quite nicely done. By Bob McGinnis, all rights to current holder.