Episodes

Zombieland – Zombie Comedies and Their Significance

Zombieland – Zombie Comedies and Their Significance

We discuss the dramatic significance of zombie comedies using Zombieland as an example. Dr. Kyle William Bishop in his article “Vacationing in Zombieland : the classical functions of the modern zombie comedy” applies Northrop Frye’s frameworks for criticism to demonstrate how the zombie comedy is more than just gratuitous violence and should be taken seriously by academic and critics alike. We use specific examples from Bishop, Frye, and the film itself to show why Zombieland, for example, is a traditional dramatic romantic comedy.

7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

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

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?

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.