Every decade or so, some ballyhooed film comes out that dares to take a comic or at least seriocomic look at the Third Reich, from the coal-black Seven Beauties to the ingratiating, Oscar-winning, but quickly shunned Life Is Beautiful. Jojo Rabbit falls somewhere between the two: offbeat but sentimental, satirical but earnest, it's a crowd-pleaser that doesn't really linger. Taking… read more!
Movies Directed by Taika Waititi (in alphabetical order)
Although apparently some folks who loved the third chapter in the Thor movie franchise, Ragnarok, don't like its followup Love and Thunder, it's hard for me to see why. Both films are very much cut from the same cloth, thanks mostly to director/cowriter Taika Waititi and his signature blend of silliness, adventure, and pathos. Since Ragnarok dispensed of Thor's family,… read more!
More and more, I find myself comparing the experience of watching a Marvel superhero movie to reading a Marvel comic book back when I was a kid: occasionally there's something amazing, like The X-Men's Dark Phoenix saga, which even the 10-year-old me realized was special. A cinematic analogue might be something like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Conversely, there were… read more!