This week in Film — AVENGERS: ENDGAME

It’s been 11 years since the launch of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and though Avengers: Endgame is far from the end of Marvel movies, the weekend’s latest release is both a satisfying conclusion to a unique cycle of movies and fascinating cross-section of America. Much like the NFL, Marvel Studios walks a fine line between Conservatives and Liberals and manages to capture both. Cynical commercialism or collective unconscious made cinematic? Time will decide. In the meantime, they certainly are fun to watch. More at Boulder Weekly. A few notes: The quote I open the review with comes from Joseph Campbell’s 1949 comparative literature study The Hero … Continue reading This week in Film — AVENGERS: ENDGAME

LIFE OF PI

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a triumph. Adapted from Yann Martel’s novel, it was widely considered to be unfilmable, but here it is. It is a living, breathing film that is a beautiful thing to behold. Drawing on many different myths and religions, Life of Pi doesn’t just recount the stories of Christ, Buddha, and the Upanishads, it visually embodies them. The master of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell, was paraphrasing Freud when he wrote, “Dreams are private myths, myths are public dreams.” So it is with stories and cinema. Life of Pi is it’s own myth. Pi (Irrfan Khan) is a … Continue reading LIFE OF PI