“National Treasure 2” Versus “Persepolis”

Animation World Magazine features a dismaying and inspiring article (yes, both) by Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman about the acclaimed animated film Persepolis. Goodman ponders the reasons that this celebrated film it is not playing in multiplexes, whereas National Treasure 2 is. While Persepolis struggles to be shown in the smallest of art film houses, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets is smeared like celluloid scum across thousands of screens, insulting the intellect of millions. Oh, this film … [Read more...]

Were the Year’s Best Foreign Films Were Snubbed by the Academy?

It came to my attention today that at least three of the most celebated foreign films of the year have been snubbed by the Academy this year.Here's a report from LA Weekly's Scott Foundas.In their nine-title list of films that may win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, they completely ignored not only Cristian Mungiu's internationally celebrated 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, but also the French animated feature Persepolis, and Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage.I haven't seen … [Read more...]

Persepolis (2007) – A Guest Review by Kenneth R. Morefield

I'm thrilled to offer the first of what may be several reviews coming from Kenneth R. Morefield, who has occasionally contributed some fine guest reviews to Looking Closer in the past. Morefield is an Assistant Professor of English at Campbell University.Morefield's at the Toronto International Film Festival having a grand time, and he's enthusiastic about this particular release: Persepolis. Sounds like a unique film, and a must-see. Here's his report... … [Read more...]