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Robocop under the Microscope

Robocop Under the Microscope – Critical Review

1987's Robocop was a savage commentary upon the state of western civilisation. In the wake of Happy Days, the Beach Boys's resurgence and, of course, Reagan and Thatcher, the power of conservatism loomed large but just as revolutions are prone to breed their own counterrevolutions, the status quo, ...

Wonder Woman: The Making of a Feminist Superhero

Wonder Woman: The Making of a Feminist Superhero #YesAllWomen | Lecture

Click Here to Download from iTunes   Last year when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the forthcoming superhero mashup movie, Batman V Superman, a shocking large proportion of the online commentaries concerning the news concerned Ms. Gadot’s physical appearance.  Gadot, who is ...

Review: 24 - Live Another Day

Review – 24: Live Another Day | Jack Bauer’s Return

  24 was always a combination politics, propaganda, and entertainment.  Now that the series has returned following a four year absence, we examine what the first episodes in this new run bring to the pop culture table.  Is the show still an ardent supporter of American foreign policy or ...

Silent Film Festival App

The Silent Film Festival App for Android Tablets and Phones

The Silent Film Festival app brings four classic movies with new educational audio commentaries to your Android tablet or phone.  The app is, as with everything on this site, open access (i.e. free) and presents the four episodes from The Artist in American History podcast films studies series from ...

Why Comic Books Matter

Why Comic Books Matter: V for Vendetta and the Occupy Movement

The Comic Book Studies series currently running on The Artist in American History has a brand new episode.  "Why Comic Books Matter", the fifth entry in the Comic Book Series, explores some of the reasons why comic books are deserving of academic study and attention.  This episode takes a ...

Lone Ranger's Oscar Nomination

Why Red Face is Wrong – The Lone Ranger’s Oscar Nomination

Press Play to Listen to the Podcast Now   I doubt that I need to explain to most people why red face, the practice of casting non-Native American actors to play Native American roles, is a deeply problematic one.  At least I thought that was the case until the Academy of Motion Picture ...

Inside Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant

Download MP3 | Download from iTunes   In the final part of the 2013-2014 film festival we explore Charlie Chaplin's seminal 1917 film, The Immigrant.  When Chaplin was exiled from the United States in the 1950s for his leftist politics, this film was used as evidence against him.  In truth, ...

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