Monday, July 23, 2012

The Politics of 'The Dark Knight Rises' at Sounds of Cinema

At the Sounds of Cinema blog I've posted a brief essay about the political subtext of Christopher Nolan's Batman films. Here is an excerpt:
Part of what is interesting here is the acknowledgement by men with very different political perspectives that pop culture matters and that it shapes public opinions about issues that are apparently unrelated to the content of the film. Limbaugh’s predictions are mostly laughable, at least in the way that they insinuate a coordinated effort to slander Mitt Romney, since the Bane character was created in the 1990s and the script for The Dark Knight Rises was finished by early 2011. But Harrison’s comments are off the mark as well, and not just because his definition of “revolution” has less connection with reality than your average superhero flick. There is an undeniable political subtext to The Dark Knight Rises and to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy that has very much to do with reality.
Read the rest of the piece here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

George Will on College Football

On today's episode of This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, the panel discussed the Penn State sex abuse scandal. In the course of their discussion, George Will makes the following comment about college sports:
“We have grafted a multibillion dollar entertainment industry onto higher education. It is inherently discordant with the mission of the university. It is inherently corrupting and you’re going to get this and elsewhere different forms of corruption, but always forms of corruption because big time football has no business on college campuses.”
You can watch the discussion in the embedded clip below, starting at 18:36. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Controversial Films on Sounds of Cinema

Today's episode of Sounds of Cinema was the program's annual Controversial Films episode, in which I observe Independence Day and celebrate freedom of speech by examining films that have been censored, banned, or were otherwise controversial. This year's program included a look at films such as Dirty Harry, The Birth of a Nation, Precious, Citizen Kane, and V for Vendetta. You can find the full text of my comments in a post at the Sounds of Cinema blog.