Valhalla Rising and the Demythologization of Male Violence

In a reworking of some analysis from his Master’s thesis, Christopher J. Olson presents his analysis of Nicholas Winding Refn’s existential film Valhalla Rising. In his analysis, Chris argues that Refn portrays a violent version of masculinity in order to critique globalized popular culture’s tendency to portray men in such rigid and limited ways. Read…

Christopher J. Olson On Nicholas Winding Refn

From Pusher to Bronson to Drive, join three movie nerds, cinephiles, and film scholars to discuss the “Danish delight.” Christopher J. Olson joins the bi-weekly podcast Director’s Club to discuss the up and coming Danish director, Nicholas Winding Refn. Olson is currently doing his master’s thesis on the director’s work, and particularly how Refn represents and criticizes the portrayals of masculinity…

Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers: A Presentation

Christopher Olson of DePaul University presents an analysis of the depiction of masculinity in the films of Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn: Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings and Drivers ppt. For more information, you can contact him at chrstphrolson@gmail.com.