a superhero and two movies

Three links from the A.V. Club:

1. “One year later, Ms. Marvel’s influence is felt far beyond the comics page

I’ve seen photographs of anti-Muslim bus ads in San Francisco which were “defaced” by images of Ms. Marvel, the new superhero (she’s a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey City). The people who were posting the photos on Facebook weren’t comic book readers, so I hastened to tell them that the reason Ms. Marvel is having such an impact is not because of all the adjectives (teenage, Muslim, Pakistani-American, female), it’s because the book is really, really good. Probably the best book on the stands right now, as far as I can tell.

Kamala Khan is a wonderfully specific teenage Muslim superhero.

2. “Peter O’Toole thinks he’s Jesus—and why wouldn’t he?

I think it’s safe to say that the movie The Ruling Class wouldn’t get made today. That’s probably true of a lot of movies from the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

3. “Parker Posey bulldozes her way through a twisted comedy

“You be him, and I’ll be her…”

The House of Yes is not as good as The Ruling Class, though it is quite fun. The problem is, oddly enough, the same as The Claim and Resident Evil Retribution — the women are so good that the men can’t keep up. If the two male leads had only been up to the level of Genevieve Bujold, Parker Posey, and Tori Spelling.

I know, Tori Spelling. There’s got to be a joke in there — but I’ve never seen her in anything other than this movie, and she does very good work here, even hampered by the fact that her character is completely ubelievable. Which is obviously not her fault.

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