Revolution and Ideology
History, Philosophy, Film, and Whatever Else We Feel Like Discussing
Zombie History, Metaphors, & Tropes
We discuss the history of the zombie myth and the most common metaphors and tropes in zombie-related cinema and film.
Apocalyptic Tropes in Netflix’s Black Crab (Svart krabba)
We discuss the numerous apocalyptic tropes and themes in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic Swedish film “Black Crab” (Svart krabba) directed by Adam Berg and Starring Nomi Rapace.
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.
The Imagination of Disaster – Susan Sontag
We discuss Susan Sontag’s seminal 1966 work “The Imagination of Disaster.”
Godzilla and the Apocalypse
We discuss the apocalyptic themes from the 2019 film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
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!