The Turner Diaries provides an insight into the mind of a right-wing extremist in America during the social upheaval of the 1960s and 70s. As morally corrupt and disgusting as his ideas are, they are unfortunately, not very shocking. Continue reading
Apocalyptic themes prevail heavily in the films Apocalypto, Children of Men, and 28 Days Later. While these movies use different plot schemes and settings, they converge at the portrayal of a largely apocalyptic event in which doom has disrupted the world “as we know it” and created a post-millennialist scenario. Through graphic and technological means, these films offer visual representations of the awaited and questionably irrevocable doomsday experience.
This week, we viewed three films that portrayed the apocalypse through the lens of a post-modern director. They all have hints and obvious influences from the perennial apocalyptic tale, but at the same time tell a story that is much more individualized and complicate traditional gender norms. Continue reading
First, I must say I was surprised that I enjoyed reading Watchmen. Even though I never opened a comic book before, I somehow managed to have a preconceived bias. I spent a lot of time getting through to the end and still, I feel that I could use another sit-down with the novel to fully grasp the story. Continue reading
It took quite some time to get used to the tone of Glorious Appearing. As a liberal New Yorker without strong religious affiliations, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop (so to speak). This can’t be serious, I kept thinking, even though I knew the premise of the series. Continue reading