The King (2019) is a Netflix movie adapting a play from William Shakespeare's Henriad, about Henry V of England, who united the realm and went to successful wars in France. Rutger joins Gil to talk about the political relevance of The King in the UK's shattered politics in the age of Brexit, as the union is breaking apart at the seams. We go into detail about the actual historical context of the 100 years war that fostered national sentiments on both sides of the English channel, leaving an old world of warrior kings behind, to be later replaced by rich royal courts, all-powerful monarchs and world explorations. We also discuss the historical figures and the context in which the plays were written, some 200 years later.
Archive for November 2019
Game of Thrones turned several gay side characters from the books into caricatures of contemporary gay people, weak gay men and butchy gay women, while the gender fluidity in the books of characters like Cersei and Daenerys was left in the editing room. Gotributor John Taggart, with a BA Film and Television Studies and currently working on his Masters, joins Gil Kidron for a pleasant conversation that devolves into frustrated rants.
Is Severus Snape a horrible person who abused a traumatized child or a fighter against the dark forces? Is he a cynical person who only saw the light when the darkness consumed his loved one, or is he a victim of his upbringing? Anke Bosma, a long time patron of Got Academy with a Masters in Literary Studies and an ardent Potterhead, is coming to defend Snape against the evil forces who want to disparage him, aka Gil Kidron and his arguments about child care.