Category Archives: good & evil

Trick ‘r Treat (part 1): Tradition and Ritual

The reason why I like horror is that it reverses the order of things. Those who fit society, be they conventional types or ‘alpha men and women’, are ridiculed, tortured, and killed. Horror is not just about our subconscious or … Continue reading

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The Babadook – the ‘horror’ of parenting and social conventions

(This was first published on Wales Art Review, available here) More than a horror, Babadook is a tale of a woman’s sense of inadequacy before society’s conventions and expectations. Australian director, Jennifer Kent, reinterprets F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) to give … Continue reading

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The Homesman – a lesson in humanity

Homesman is an excellent film with a great interpretation by Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy. It is not a feminist western! It does not put forward a feminist idea and should not be judged accordingly. It is a lesson … Continue reading

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Fight Club – Authenticity, Consumer Culture & Masculinity

Fight Club has the pretension of being sociological by pretending to critique consumer society. It’s never a good idea for film-makers to play sociologist unless they are well versed with it and David Fincher ain’t . As a results, the film … Continue reading

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Black Sheep – The Enlightenment Project & Nature

Black Sheep is a true classic! It  presents a critique of the Enlightenment project by exploring modern science, phobias, environmentalism, myth and monster sheep. Henry (the hero) develops a phobia of sheep due to a childhood trauma and leaves the family farm. … Continue reading

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House of Cards – Power & American Values

The first series of the American House of Cards translates rather well the homonymous British mini-series with the splendid Ian Richardson. Spacey’s House of Cards is more polished and more ironic. Kevin Spacey pontificating to camera while having sex is priceless. The second … Continue reading

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Gomorra – of Power & Loyalty

The TV series Gomorra is simply perfect. It is well written, well shot and well acted. With its pithy style and occasional irony it plunges the viewer into the criminal microcosm of a city where different ethnicities, nationalities and languages … Continue reading

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Candyman – Class, Race & Durkheimian Religion

Candyman is jolly good fun and great food for sociological thought. As ever, this is not a review, but a short analysis of the film from a sociological angle. Set in Chicago, the film tells the story of Helen (Virginia … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead – Anarchy (S 3-4)

It didn’t get better, it got laughable. The gun festival continued unabated. The zombie doomsday scenario might mean being short of food but not of artillery. The action scenes still lack tension. They are interspersed with “let’s pretend we’re deep” … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead – Patriarchy & Guns (S 1-2)

It’s intolerably bad. The Walking Dead tries to be a straight drama with zombies, but fails to deliver any character development. The action becomes quickly repetitive and tiresome and the moral dilemmas constituting the plot are dealt with superficially. All … Continue reading

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