This week Don has a hankering for a spankering, returning to the topic of when liberal media gets it wrong…or do they? What follows are old anxieties, discoveries of a new kind of storytelling genre and working to go with the flow.
We’ve arrived at our Battle of the Five Armies, famous Tolkien trilogy topper, counting down our top three. Personal growth, feminist musicals, feminist K-dramas, and the greatest anime of the year? … More Year End Review 2021 Part III
Starting off with Honorable Mentions, our hearts strain with fond items that just didn’t make the cut. Cartoons, splatter horror, sexy comics, anime. From there, we return for numbers seven through four, with the last of the Worst of the Year mixed in. … More Year End Review 2021 Part II
You know he says “The battle for the mind of North America” because it’s a Canadian film, right? This week, we take a look at the highway collision of media criticism and online discourse, so spawning a term for a new age: “media literacy.” Maybe you’re seeing it a lot, too. … More What is Media Literacy?
Weary from the last few episodes, the guys this week discuss storytelling genres, specifically the utilization, diversification and depths of some of the more well-worn. Where do Sci-Fi, Westerns, Kaiju and Coming-of-Age go once the spectrum of stories have all been crossed?
Joshua Lapin-Bertone returns, along with the topic of reboots – this time focusing on television series revamps and reimaginings. Are some changes made for the sake of diversity always for the better? *NOTE* This episode contains spoilers for the Black Widow film.
This week the guys welcome Alex Jaffe and Professor Chris Ceary to talk about Asexual Representation in Media. The gang discusses personal exploration, the inevitability of romantic storytelling, harmful stereotypes and which characters are Ace but don’t know it.
*CONTENT WARNING* This episode discusses series and films involving Sexual Assault and Extreme Violence. Listener Discretion is Strongly Advised. As America seemingly turns a corner on racial justice, Hollywood is rounding the corner on racial representation, returning to the use of violence to put across the reality of oppression. But not all intentions affect equally. … More Agony and Ecstasy: Struggle Movies and Minority Representation in Media
This week the guys discuss their appreciation of sci-fi, how they come to recognize it, and its tendencies towards analogies and tragedy. Looking at four examples from television throughout the 20th Century, how has science fiction been reapplied throughout different genres of storytelling?