White God (2014) Kornél Mundruczó

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White God (2014)
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Produced by Jessica Ask, et. al.
Screenplay by Kornél Mundruczó, Viktória Petrányi, Kata Wéber
Cinematography by Marcell Rév
Edited by Dávid Jancsó
Rated R for violence, including bloody images, language
(color; in Hungarian with English subtitles; 2:01)

Unless you’re into independent and/or international films, you probably haven’t seen either the poster or the opening image of White God: a 13-year-old girl speeding her bicycle through the empty downtown streets of Budapest as hundreds of angry dogs race after her. That may be enough to pique your interest to sit through a 2-hour Hungarian film with English subtitles. If so, you may come away from the film feeling exhilarated, disgusted, cheated, or maybe even a better human being, I don’t know. But you probably won’t forget the experience.

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A Halloween Suggestion

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(This is a previously posted review from one of my former blogs.)

Later this month (or even right now), countless people will no doubt find themselves gathered in darkened rooms, sitting on couches and chairs, watching a movie (or two) designed to put them in the Halloween spirit (no pun intended – really!). Some of the more obvious viewing choices might be any of the Halloween movies (especially the 1978 original), The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, or even more recent films such as the The Conjuring, The Babadook, or It Follows. Regardless of the quality of any of these or other films, the possibilities are endless. (I went to a party last year and watched The Exorcist in the host’s backyard, the chilly night air and shadows creating the appropriate atmosphere.)

My suggestion for your Halloween movie (or at least one of them) is an often neglected masterpiece that has, for most people, several things working against it:

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Podcasts, Librarians, and Reading Everything In Sight

Thankfully the month of September ran out last night and I can finish my “Graphic Novels Read in September” post (which should be up tomorrow). That will add 16 more books to the first part of September’s reads.

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Most readers of this blog will know of my great love for newspaper strip comics and especially the great work being done by IDW’s Library of American Comics. You can hear an excellent interview with Library of American Comics founder Dean Mullaney over at The Comics Alternative. I simply cannot wait for their newest book, King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features. If you love comics, you won’t want to miss it.

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Speaking of The Comics Alternative, Derek, Andy K., Gene, Gwen and I had a great time participating in International Podcast Day. You can hear those shenanigans here.

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Finally, I was honored to be interviewed last night by Josh Stone over at Librarians Assemble!, a really fun podcast focusing on librarians and comics. I’ll post when that interview goes up. Thanks again, Josh!