the young karl marx

First, it was a Young Pope, in the form of Jude Law. Then we received a Young Shakespeare, courtesy of TNT’s edgy series, Will. Then we were gifted Young Dumbledore, again in the form of Jude Law. I’m not suggesting that there is a cinematic universe of young, sexy versions of famous figures (the majority of them looking like Jude Law), but seeing the rollout of several film and TV projects centered around a “young” figure is a little funny.

And that brings us to The Young Karl Marx, a French-German movie that is not in the least bit funny, though it is a tad sexy. Starring Inglourious Basterds scene-stealer August Diehl as the titular young Marx, The Young Karl Marx comes from Raoul Peck, fresh off the acclaim of his documentary I Am Not Your Negro. But the name that will likely grab your attention is Vicky Krieps, the breakout star of awards season darling Phantom Thread.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we decide to split our personality, come to grips with fatherhood, ask whether or not video games makes us worse off, talk about race in modern America, and see what the director of A Separation has been up to.  Read More »