X-Men

Logan on Logan

LoganShould heroes be clean cut and re-assuring, like Cap’, or messy and troubling, like Wolverine?  Returning guest Logan joins Matthew for a discussion of the movie Logan. They talk about the movie’s portrayal of violence, the power of pride in overcoming stigma, the death and renewal of hope, the danger of putting heroes on pedestals, and the lessons we can take from Logan to our own world, especially in this current political moment.

 

 

 

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Is Magneto Right?

DoesMagnetoIs Magneto a villain, or a hero? Can we agree with his goals, even if not his methods? How does the fight for mutant justice echo similar discussions in our own world? Paul and Matthew talk about Magento and the X-men movies, up to and including the recent, Logan.

 

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Logan: The Realities of Superheros.

Logan(Contains Spoilers for Logan)

I tend to get strange looks when I tell people I wish superhero movies were more realistic. I don’t mean I need the powers to be more realistic- striving for scientific plausibility in the chemical concoctions and alien tech that makes our heroes so powerful always seems like a fool’s errand.  The realism I long for is in the characters themselves. My favorite stories are about people with incredible powers dealing with the same emotions and realities of any of the rest of us, navigating how those superpowers do, and don’t, change the experiences of love, hate, fear, anger, violence and conflict that we all deal with.

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The Ethics of Mind-Reading: New Podcast Episode with guest Dr. Greg Haley

prof-xDo you want Professor X poking around in your head? Did the Jedi overuse their “not the droids you’re looking for” hand wave trick? This week, Dr. Greg Haley joins us for a discussion of the ethics of mind-reading, and a discussion of how it relates to discussions of surveillance and civil liberties in our own world.

Spoilers for the X-Men franchise and the TV show Babylon 5.

Dr. Greg Haley holds a doctorate in rhetoric and writing with a research focus in hermeneutics and identity construction.  He writes professionally on a wide range of topics from politics to mental health and philosophy.  His new website, www.theyrejustwords.com will launch Oct 1st.

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Can we watch the movie before we discuss it?

wolpert-gawron-using-film-analytical-skills-01My twitter feed this morning told me that new revelations about Star Wars VIII explain Rey’s origins and connections to the Jedi. I was also invited to take part in discussion and debate about these revelations, and what they mean about Rey’s character, Luke, the Jedi, and anything else you can think of.

All of this for a movie that won’t hit theaters for another 17th months.

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Do Black Lives Only Matter if they are Wakandan? That and Other Thoughts Inspired by Wiscon, the Feminist Sci-Fi Convention

I spent Friday and Saturday at the awesome Wiscon, and have had a bunch of thoughts bouncing around in my head ever since. Some of them may develop into full posts of their own, but for now I’m going to do a bit of a brain dump, highlighting some of the great things I heard and the thoughts they inspired.

 I’m going to try attribute as many of the ideas as I can, but I wasn’t able to catch the names of all the great people I met or heard present, and I don’t want to quote people by name without their specific consent.  Anything in italics came from someone else, and anything I’m claiming as my own was likely more inspired by others than I’m giving credit for. Similarly, most of the italics are paraphrases from memory, so any mistakes or misquotes are my own fault.

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