Mad Max Fury Road Review (E09)

Mad Max Fury Road

One of the summer’s big hits was Mad Max Fury Road, adored by critics and lambasted by Misogynist Rights Activists (MRA). This movie was loud and really chaotic, but had some really interesting feminist themes that we hope sunk in with a lot of its intended viewers. On a film level, this may not really have been our type, but we love the themes. Alexis wonders if they are delivered with too much of a sledgehammer, while Chepe hopes it will be the right kind of delivery system to some of the video game generation.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Review — Protest Songs and Radical Symbols

The Podcast Criticize After Dinner reviews "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1"

In our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, we examine the role of song in the film as a tool for dissent, the role of heroes and radical symbols, and how Katniss fits into that. We also explore how District 13 uses mass media as a revolutionary strategy, and discuss the different ways the Capitol and District 13 wage war. Finally, we talk through how Mockingjay gives us a stark, real-world look into what it’s like to be a refugee, what real-world regions we’re reminded of as we learn more about District 13, and how…boring and artless District 13 seems, and why that disappoints us.

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Gender, Race, and Revolution in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (E01)

Criticize After Dinner Reviews the Hunger Games: Catching Fire

We discuss “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” exploring the film’s treatment of race, look at Katniss’s gender dynamics with Peeta, and take a critical look at the different districts, and what we think they represent.

Also discussed: How District 13 are like the Zapatistas, Plutarch as the 5th column, can you repress your way to a revolution, and is the Hunger Games just Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, but times 12?

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