Analyzing society through the lens of its cultural products.
49 - The Prison of Your Mind (ft. Aaron Hickland)
Actor Aaron Hickland joins Helen to discuss 'The Shawshank Redemption' (Frank Darabont) in relation to hope, lack and capitalism.
48 - Love Robots (special q & a episode)
Sex, alienation, capital. Helen answers your questions about Punk, 'A Ghost Story' (David Lowery), Cottage Core, 'political' art, 'The Vow' (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer), 'Blade Runner 2049' (Denis Villeneuve), the best countries at making movies and what awaits us after Covid.
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47 - Not In Freud's Name! ('Visual Pleasure' analysis part 2)
We get way too worked up about the second half of the essay ('Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' by Laura Mulvey), which can be found here:
46 - Misleading Light ('Visual Pleasure' analysis part 1)
Adrian and Helen read and analyze a canonical essay in so-called 'Lacanian' film theory - one that ushered in an oppositional, identity-based ethos to both how films are made and how they are talked about - showing that this 'theory' isn't Lacanian at all.
45 - 'Cancelling Comedians while the World Burns' (ft. Ben Burgis)
Philosopher and author Ben Burgis joins us to discuss his latest text with Zer0 Books ('Cancelling Comedians while the World Burns'), which is due to be released in the spring of 2021. We analyze Dave Chapelle's 2019 comedy special 'Sticks and Stones'.
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44 - The Hunt Squared
In this belated episode (recorded last month at the time of the presidential debate), we talk about 'The Hunt' (Craig Zobel), 'The Hunt' (Thomas Vinterberg) and Trump's enviable curves...