In the Dark

The Weight of the Past

Thor: Ragnarok
Produced by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Taika Waititi 
Screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Produced and Distributed by A24 
Written and Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos 

Mudbound
Produced by Armory Films
Directed by Dee Rees 
Screenplay by Dee Rees and Virgil Williams, from the novel by Hillary Jordan
Distributed by Netflix 

Two years ago, I swore off Marvel films.  With the exception of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002), there’s not a one of the 50 or so other superhero productions that exhibits a scrap of genuine wit, despite the actors cocking their eyebrows to say otherwise while delivering their supposedly arch lines.

I confess bulging muscles stuffed into colorful spandex are not my cup of entertainment these days.  Although, to be fair, I’m sure they would have been 65 years ago.  But then there were only cheesy black-and-white serials featuring such comic-book eminences as Superman, Batman, and Flash Gordon.  While I eagerly awaited each new chapter at my town’s cinema, even at ten years old I could tell they weren’t cinematic art.

So I was going...

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