Episodes

7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

We discuss the 7 functions of apocalyptic cinema according to Wynn Gerald Hamonic’s 2017 article, “Global Catastrophe in Motion Pictures as Meaning and Message: The Functions of Apocalyptic Cinema in American Film.”

Killing Humanity in Apocalyptic Media

We discuss a book chapter by Dina Khapaeva titled “Killing Humanity – Anthropocentrism and Apocalypse in Contemporary Cinema” from the edited volume “The Age of Spectacular Death” edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Khapaeva discusses the “human” and “anti-human” paradigms in apocalyptic media and the commodification of anti-humanism mentioning examples such as The Incredibles, Avengers, Harry Potter, Wall E, Pacific Rim, and many others.

The Fifth Seal – Nihilist Film?

We discuss the 1976 Hungarian film The Fifth Seal” directed by Zoltan Fabri and its nihilist, moral, and ethical questions.

The Absurd – Thomas Nagel

We discuss Thomas Nagel’s 1971 paper “The Absurd” in which he provides a new outlook on the absurdity of human existence.

2021 in Review

We discuss our channel content in 2021 and what we have planned for 2022!

The Colony – Netflix Film – An Analysis

We analyze Tim Fehlbaum’s sci-fi thriller film “The Colony” (AKA Tides) which premiered on Netflix in January 2022. In addition to the obvious theme of climate change, we dive deeply into the overarching theme of colonialism which is present throughout. The film stars Nora Arnezeder as Blake, Iain Glen as Gibson, and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Narvik.

Albert Camus – The Rebel – Part 5

We discuss Part 5 of Albert Camus’ “The Rebel,” “Thought at the Meridian” in which Camus describes his solution to the problem of totalitarian rebellion.

Albert Camus – The Rebel – Part 4

We discuss Part 4 of Albert Camus’ “The Rebel”, “Rebellion and Art”. In this section, Camus discusses the relationship between art, rebellion, and revolution. We also somehow end up discussing Harry Potter and the Hunger Games.

Albert Camus – The Rebel – Part 3

https://youtu.be/Z2IR15lDtTg We discuss Part 3 of Albert Camus' "The Rebel", Historical Rebellion. This is the section in which Camus provides his critique of totalitarianism, fascism, and Marxism. Other Resources: ✔CrimetInc. Against the Logic of the Guillotine:...

Albert Camus – The Rebel – Part 2

We discuss Part 2 of Albert Camus' "The Rebel" in which he analyses metaphysical rebellion. We cover the Marquis de Sade, Max Stirner, and Friedrich Nietzsche. See Part 1 of our discussion: https://youtu.be/xFj-S_BVK5w Related Videos: ✔ Steve Cutts - Man:...