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Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.
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2.38 - BATMAN RETURNS (1992) and Power
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Who’s in a position of power, and who isn’t? Our respective assessments of this film may surprise you; Rob’s diversion into the world of feminist theory certainly will!
This Week’s Media
POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR (2013—): Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (2016—): David Guggenheim, Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone
THE PERFECT SCORE (2004): Brian Robbins, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016): David Yates, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002): Stephen Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks
CELEBRITY (1998): Woody Allen, Hank Azaria, Kenneth Branagh
ALL SUPERHEROES MUST DIE (2011): Jason Trost, Lucas Till, James Remar
WEIRD SCIENCE (1985): John Hughes, Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Rob mentions the phrase ‘beyond the pale’, right at the start, which is an interesting phrase to use when talking about power, duality, and exclusion; this is a good introduction: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/beyond-the-pale.html. There’s more on the etymology of the name Shreck/Schreck/Shrek (also seen in cartoon form, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek) here: https://surnames.behindthename.com/name/schreck. As Rob explains, the name may well be a reference to German actor Friedrich Gustav Maximilian ‘Max’ Schreck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Schreck. Finally, there is a LOT about feminism and femininity on film to get your proverbial teeth stuck into — the following are good places to start: http://www.annekesmelik.nl/TheCinemaBook.pdf, http://flavorwire.com/467279/50-essential-feminist-films, https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Feminism_Femininity_and_Popular_Culture.html?id=sXWjnG5LWO0C, and (for an older take) https://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC27folder/SanderonFemsmFilm.html.