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Monday, July 9, 2018

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 235

Robocop: Citizens Arrest #4
by Nimit Malavia

 Wonder Woman #50
by Jenny Frison

 Relay #1
by Christian Ward

Monstress #18
by Sana Takeda

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Friday, July 6, 2018

QUICK TAKE: Sorry to Bother You

The Buzz: Critics have been talking about Sorry to Bother You since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year, dubbing it "bonkers" and akin to something from the mind of Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mood Indigo). The writer-director is none other than The Coup's activist and artist Boots Riley, who spent years after penning the script pulling the project together for his directorial debut. After its successful screening at the festival, award circuit powerhouse Annapurna Pictures bought distribution rights to the film, so it's likely we'll see heavy award season campaigning for the film come fall. Sorry to Bother You also has a fairly buzz-worthy cast in LaKeith Stanfield, fresh off of Atlanta season 2 and last year's Get Out, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, and Armie Hammer. 

What's Great About the Movie: Sorry to Bother You is hard to pin down or even explain - it's dark satire, anti-capitalist, dystopian, surrealist, philosophical, ambitious and fantastical. And that's what makes its so compelling. Watching it, I was reminded most of last year's Okja, both in the fantasy elements and the messaging of the story (and I guess also, coincidentally, because Steven Yeun is in both). The film stars Stanfield as Cassius Green (as in, yes, Cash is Green), who lives in his cousin's garage and starts working at a telemarketing company to make rent. Green quickly learns that using his "white voice" (David Cross) yields him greater success in the business world, but as he moves up in the corporate ranks, he leaves his friends and co-workers behind on the picket lines as they fight for fair wages. Stanfield's subdued and subtle performance works well, but I'd argue Thompson's portrayal as his girlfriend, Detroit, is the highlight performance of the film. Above all else though, the heart of this film is its totally original, captivating script. 

What's Not-So-Great About the Movie: The pacing and editing is a little uneven - we get half of a more standard sort of movie in a world that looks a lot like ours, and then about halfway through the film things go completely off the rails and veer into the more surreal and absurdist category. That back half was my favorite part, but its intrusion won't be for everyone. 

Final Verdict: This is one of the most fresh and unique films I've seen in some time, from the small details (like Tessa Thompson's earrings) to the larger ones, such as the film's take on Capitalist Tech companies (Amazon, Google, Facebook - insert any of these companies here) that purport to offer everything to its employees, but ultimately treat its workers like cattle. 

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 234

 Star Wars #50
by Travis Charest

Magpie World #1
by Guillermo Monje

 Quantum Age #1
by Christian Ward

 Batman #50
by Joe Jusko

Lowlifes #1
by Brian Buccellato

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Atlanta Film Critics Circle Names A QUIET PLACE the best film of the first half of 2018

July 1 (Atlanta) – The Atlanta Film Critics Circle today named John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” as the top film of the first half of 2018. AFCC members chose “A Quiet Place” for the honor in a tight race, beating out contenders “Annihilation,” “First Reformed,” “Black Panther,” and “Paddington 2.”  
“I think our list reflects the diverse tastes of our members who recognize that quality filmmaking can come from a wide variety of genres,” said AFCC co-founder Michael Clark. “The membership voted for documentaries, superhero action flick, animation, family fare, horror and comedies, as well as more traditional dramas. “A Quite Place,” might seem like an unconventional top choice but it shows that great movies can come from the most surprising places,” he added.  
The AFCC is the first critic group to select a Best Film from movies released in the first half of the year. AFCC member and co-organizer of the vote Jason Evans stated “the end of the year is traditionally referred to as award-season. I think it is worth recognizing that there are also great films released before the fall season. We wanted to take a moment to recognize and highlight some of the excellent movies that have already been released this year. We hope audiences will seek out these outstanding films as they head to the movies this summer.”
The top 5 films in the AFCC balloting:
1. A Quiet Place – directed by John Kraskinski, released by Paramount Pictures 2. (Tie) Annihilation – directed by Alex Garland, released by Paramount Pictures (Tie) First Reformed – directed by Paul Schrader, released by A24
4. Black Panther – directed by Ryan Coogler, released by Walt Disney Studios  5. Paddington 2 – directed by Paul King, released by StudioCanal

AFCC members cast votes for 30 different movies. “A Quiet Place” and “Black Panther” were the only films named on more than 50% of the AFCC ballots.

Founded in 2017, The Atlanta Film Critics Circle is made up of 23 film critics representing print, on-line, TV and radio outlets.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 233

Batgirl #24
by Joshua Middleton

Blackwood #2
by Veronica Fish

Mother Panic Gotham A.D. #4
by Tommy Lee Edwards

Astro City #52
by Alex Ross

The Wicked and The Divine #37
by Erica Henderson

Thor #2
by Mike Del Mundo

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 232

Barbarella #7
by Butcher Billy

Batwoman #16
by Michael Cho

 Crude #3
by Garry Brown

Ether: Copper Golems #2
by Bill Sienkiewicz

 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1
by Mike Allred

Skyward #3
by Lee Garbett

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 231

Dry County #4
by Rich Tommaso

Monstress #17
by Sana Takeda

Proxima Centauri #1
by Farel Dalrymple

Thor #1
by Christian Ward

The Dead Hand #3
by Stephen Mooney

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