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American Splendor
At the center of its uniquely beating heart, American Splendor is a heartfelt valentine to Everymen (and Women) everywhere
"...under the sun. I was wrong, so sue me. American Splendor, if not entirely new in every single respect,..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

American Job
"...circumstances, playing the lottery is a sound business investment. American Job follows a young worker, Randy Scott (Russell), as..."

March 6, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

American Filmmaker
Chris Smith's American Movie depicts one man's passionate struggle to make a film.
"...drunk, and permanently possessed, Mark Borchardt is a distinctive American character, one who defies all obstacles (external and internal)..."

Oct. 15, 1999 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Page Two: Work and Splendor
R.I.P., Harvey Pekar
"...was less than excited when the only screening of American Splendor – a film based on the comics of..."

July 16, 2010 Column by Louis Black

What, Me Worry? Yes.
'American Splendor' is one of the most celebrated movies of the year, and everybody loves my comic again. But … I dunno.
"...already a big a fan of his comic book American Splendor, I was thrilled to have the cartoon's alter..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Screens Feature by Harvey Pekar

The Nanny Diaries
An awful lot of good talent was squandered on this by-the-numbers film version of the bestselling tell-all about the child-rearing habits of the rich.
"...Springer Berman and Pulcini scored an artistic success with American Splendor, their film adaptation of Harvey Pekar's surly yet..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Shoot 'Em Up
There's not a lot to this action-movie satire other than a seemingly endless fusillade of projectiles and the image of unhinged British gunslinger Clive Owen trading fire with Paul Giamatti.
"...image of unhinged British gunslinger Owen trading fire with American Splendor's Giamatti. That may in fact be enough for..."

Sept. 14, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two
Harvey Pekar's two Chronicle covers have been a rare, and deserved, exception to our 22-year focus on local news, culture, and events.
"...was Steve Fore who turned us on to Pekar's American Splendor so long ago. Brilliant celebrations of the ordinary,..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Column by Louis Black

Stairway to Cleveland
My dinner with Harvey Pekar – three weeks ago
"...Moosetracks. We ate our rabbit food and talked about American Splendor and Austin. I'd edited a minianthology of Pekar's..."

July 16, 2010 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Down From the Mountain
There was no snow at Sundance this year, but a strong slate nonetheless.
"...Raging Bulls, based on Peter Biskind's tell-all compendium of American filmmaking and filmmakers in the Seventies, was echoed by..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Translate This
2003 in Film
"...agreement regarding their order of ranking, Lost in Translation, American Splendor, and Capturing the Friedmans were the only films..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Big Blue: The Director's Cut
"...back on 40 more minutes (missing from the original American release) and changed the previous happy ending back to..."

July 14, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A Thousand Acres
"...Jocelyn Moorhouse was the maudlin How to Make an American Quilt. But go back to her debut film, the..."

Sept. 19, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Short Cuts
"...a film based on Harvey Pekar's comic book series American Splendor. Pekar should be familiar to readers of the..."

Aug. 6, 1999 Screens Column by Marjorie Baumgarten

From Baz to Batman
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson does it all from the Harvey Pekar schlump look in American Splendor to the fabulous Seventies fashions of American Hustle
"...Bales and Amy Adamses coming toward me in full American Hustle splendor," he tells the Chronicle. "That's always lots..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Screens Feature by Amy Gentry

Page Two: Funny Papers
More than ever, the Chronicle is what people make of it
"...had put out an anthology of stories from Pekar's American Splendor comic books. (Pekar started self-publishing and -distributing the..."

Aug. 15, 2008 Column by Louis Black

Eating Out
Crude comedy of sexual errors falls flat.
"...until his trés queer roomie Kyle (Verraros, late of American Idol) explains that the problem lies not with Caleb,..."

May 27, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

X
"...this is a far cry from the mind-crunching, hyper-violent splendor of that film. Rintaro, the man behind the late..."

April 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Gypsy
Though slow going, Southwestern University's staging delivered old-fashioned splendor and passion
"...be included in an anthology to represent all of American musical theatre, what would it be? The results were..."

April 4, 2014 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Girl Most Likely
Kristen Wiig plays the darker side of the girl who hasn't fulfilled her potential and Annette Bening co-stars as her Atlantic City mom.
"...credible comedy and drama in their narrative debut, 2003’s American Splendor, where they ably animated the inner life of..."

July 19, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Off the Record
The Department of Homeland Security tries to take down YellowFever and KAOS Radio. Somewhere Harvey Pekar is laughing.
"...American Splendor..."

July 16, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

Three Days of Rain
A drama by debut filmmaker Michael Meredith is a Chekhov-inspired collection of semi-intertwined vignettes about a half-dozen or so depressed people living in Cleveland, and features an impressive cast.
"...Kennedy, Lyle Lovett and Penelope Allen. Heretofore, Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor comics were my only association with the depressive..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Short Cuts
Tim League and Harry Knowles team up to screen good movies for good causes.
"...include Disney/Pixar's animated Finding Nemo, the Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor, and possibly the Ronny Yu-directed Freddy Vs. Jason..."

April 4, 2003 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

2 Kool 2 Be 4gotten
"...And when it comes to pop culture, American Splendor Presents Bob & Harv's Comics, stories by Harvey..."

Nov. 29, 1996 Books Feature by Margaret Moser

Do We Really Need More Superhero Movies?
We asked local artists if we're approaching Peak Cape anytime soon
"...in this case, another superhero. When looking at the American psyche for some of its more crippling and egregious..."

April 25, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Off the Record
Playing in Traffic with Los Lonely Boys, Daniel Johnston, Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social, and Dan Auerbach
"...April issue (Who cover). "There's still a fascination with American roots music in the UK," observed Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander..."

March 20, 2009 Music Column by Austin Powell

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
'People aren't as evil-minded as they were when you were a soldier, Papa,' purrs 14-year-old Emmy (Diana Lynn) to her dimly suspicious father (William Demarest), though certainly she must know better
"...reveal a near-blasphemous one, marshaling all the authority of middle-American Values, Patriotism, Love, the Law, and even Christmas to..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Screens Review by Spencer Parsons

The Graduate
"...effort The Graduate opened in theatres, a number of American films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke,..."

March 28, 1997 Movie Review by Alison Macor

A Tale of Two Comics
Comedy Contrast: Bill Hicks & David Letterman
"...Around 1950, a major revolution in American comedy began, initiated by and/or involving Bob and Ray..."

March 21, 1997 Arts Feature by Harvey Pekar

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender
Pretenders frontwoman gets as far as album No. 2
"...voices has more to share, thankfully. Life begun in mid-American splendor, she was absorbed into rock & roll gypsydom..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

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