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The Boys Season 2 EVISCERATES America

The Boys Season 2 EVISCERATES America

October 12, 2020

Amazon's The Boys season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off, and takes it up a notch: portraying America as a capitalist empire that will cooperate with Nazis to make a buck, and corrupt ideas such as feminism, racial equality and gay right to sell more merchandise and movie tickets. Writer Dana Schweppe joins Gil Kidron for a very enthusiastic review.

 


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Depictions of the European Countryside in Movies

Depictions of the European Countryside in Movies

September 7, 2020

The tension between the big city and the bucolic village has existed since settled societies were formed. In this episode, we explore the depiction of the European countryside in movies: the clichés, imaginations, and twists.

Ph.D. candidate Anke Bosma joins Rutger and Gil to share about her research, which covers that topic and was turned into the idea for this episode by Anke. We rely on the movies Hot Fuzz (2007), Welcome to the Sticks (2013), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and A Man Called Ove (2015).


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The Evolution of Paris in Movies

The Evolution of Paris in Movies

June 15, 2020

We re-tell the story of 20th century Paris through four movies from different time periods that represent the evolution of the French capital in the 20th century.

Moulin Rouge (1998) takes us back to the bohemian wave of 1900 (La Belle Epoque); Midnight in Paris (2012) hearkens back to the Roaring Twenties (Les Annes Folles) when post-WWI Paris was a Mecca for artists from around the world; we then leap over WWII and the fall from grace as the US ascended to dominance, to get to Amelie (1997), a French fascist movie masquerading as a rom-com; and we end with the hit drama La Haine (1995) and its intense portrayal of the downtrodden minorities that live around The City of Light but were never part of its story. Does Paris live up to its hype? Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos disagree. 


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Cinematic Depictions of Police Brutality in Different Countries

Cinematic Depictions of Police Brutality in Different Countries

June 8, 2020

Police brutality has been on display in the United States since George Floyd's murder became an international story, but the problem with policing is unfortunately a global phenomenon.

In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos explore five movies (three Americans, one French and one Israeli) to better understand what kind of system has been put in place that produces the same result, over and over again in so many places. The movies are: Do The Right Thing (1989), La Haine (1995), Crash (2004), Ajami (2009) and Fruitvale Station (2013).


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Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

May 18, 2020

The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls Netflix documentary says a lot about the 1990s, as well as about today. Theo Gangi, Knicks fan extraordinaire joins Gil Kidron to talk about the political and social angle of the hit documentary series that chronicles the greatest basketball team of all time and the greatest basketball player of all time.

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Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

March 16, 2020

As the world changes so rapidly because of the spread of the Corona virus, it is a time for us humans to take stock of the society we have created for ourselves and make decisions about the world we want to live in moving forward. After this historical ongoing event, some conventional wisdoms and ideological dogmas will have to be cast aside. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron for a conversation about the world after the Corona pandemic.

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Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

January 20, 2020

Harry Potter's three main characters are the heroes of the story, but in vastly different ways, which can teach us a lot about ourselves and how to face injustices in our societies. We welcome back huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj to join Gil Kidron in breaking down Harry's heroism in facing his inevitable fate with his head held high, Ron's decision to endanger his privileges and family to fight for the rights of other people, and Hermione's journey to accept that the deck is stacked against her and that others want to risk themselves for her.


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Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

November 11, 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. Gortibutor 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.


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Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change

Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change

October 14, 2019

What is the underlining ideology of the the movie Joker, and what's its stance regarding the ability of different populations to work together for the common good? In our first podcast review of Todd Phillips' Joker, starring Joaquin Pheonix, therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron on the podcast to psychoanalyze the way the movie portrays the masses and their relationship with the 1%, through Sigmund Freud, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Donald Winnicott and Jessica Benjamin.


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Stranger Things 3: Weaponized Nostalgia

Stranger Things 3: Weaponized Nostalgia

July 29, 2019

Are 1980s shopping 🛍 malls the best breeding grounds for capitalist monsters and zombies 🧟‍♂️? With divorce rates peaking, were the sickly sweet boy-gets-girl-in-the-end movies 🎥 of that time even believable for the kids living through it? Is there any ideology there or should we just crack open a (new!) Coke and enjoy the ride? Gil Kidron and Rutger Vos have a love fest over Stranger Things 3. Alert 🚨: spoilers. And another alert 🚨: there is some singing. Proceed with caution and at your own risk.


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