Pop Culture Lens Episode 10: Mad Max (1979)

In the latest episode of our podcast, Christoper and I welcome two of our friends, and friends of the podcast, Joe Belfeuil and Clelia Sweeney, to discuss George Miller’s feature debut, Mad Max (1979). But we don’t stop there, weaving into our discussion all of the franchise, including the most recent one, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)….

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…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part IV

Christopher Olson continues his discussion of the construction of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn by analyzing the violent portrayal of the main characters.  Does this type of portrayal glorify or condemn such violence?  Stay tuned for Olson’s thoughts on just that issue.  Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity:…

From Jezebel: DC Comics Contest: Draw a Naked Woman Committing Suicide

Seriously, just what is wrong with DC lately?  Have the editors in charge taken leave of their senses?  Has the success of Marvel as of late completely rattled them? First the horrendous sexualization of women in the New 52 (and everything else idiotic since then).  Then the horrendous death of Lois Lane to spur a…