Violence and Hypermasculinity in Film

“But it’s just so unrealistic. It doesn’t work that way in real life.”

 

As an avid fan of romances, romantic comedies, and other chick flicks, this is a constant refrain from my friends. The thing is, I am an adult woman with a couple LTRs (Long Term Relationships) under my belt and a string of less-than-glamorous personal and romantic mistakes. I am fully aware. What is maddening for me, a grown human with a functioning brain who can separate fantasy from reality, is that I never hear this same criticism lobbied at action films. Romantic comedies are all but dead and buried, largely in part because of this constant asinine chorus designed to question my and other fans’ credibility. But in a world where women fight for their voices to be heard, for bodily autonomy, for equal pay, I’d say we’re doing a lot better at separating our fantasy lives from our real ones than we’re given credit.

 

We live in a world where a man can rape a woman and leave her unconscious behind a dumpster and engender sympathy from a judge. I, and many of you readers, live in a country where mass shootings happen at an alarming rate — all at the hands of men. Boys are discouraged from showing emotion, and even women, in their quest for equality, aspire to be “badass” and “tough” and, ultimately, more like men. Perhaps romance is not the fantasy we should have killed. Instead, we should look at the violence and hypermasculine themes so pervasive in every blockbuster and consider how that impacts us.

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Samantha Garrison belongs to a Saint Bernard named Laddi, so her life is an endless stream of drool. She believes in Ewoks, the true saviors of the galaxy far far away, Tilda Swinton, and a world without Jurassic Park sequels.

1.04: Eeny Meeny Miny Magic

This week on the show Bryan and Nick “Freed The Man” discuss the next episode of the show – “Eeny Meeny Miny Magic,” which introduces the character of Dr. Orpheus.

 


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Episode #241 – Hostiles

This week we’re joined by friend of the show Jackie Trudel as we take a long and hard look at the downer Western that is Hostiles. It packs quite a punch but undercuts itself at every turn by focusing on perhaps the least important character of the story. There’s a lot here and you won’t want to miss a moment of it.

 

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1.03: Midlife Chrysalis

This week on Venture Bros Bryan and Nick spend some time straightening up the episode timeline before diving right into their review of “Midlife Chrysalis,” or as Nick refers to it, “a second season episode that’s in the first season.”

 


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Episode #240 – Dog Movie Battle

This week it’s a battle for the ages as we gear up to fight over which dog movie is the best dog movie. You’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and there will be much discussion over doggo agency. You won’t want to miss this glorious battle episode!

 

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1.02: Careers in Science

In the next episode of Venture Bros: A Venture Brothers Podcast, Bryan, Nick, and Graham go full team Venture and talk episode 3 – Careers in Science!!!

 


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An Ocean’s 8 Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist to get your heist on!

Everyone loves a good heist film, and to celebrate the release of Ocean’s 8 this weekend we’ve put together a Spotify Playlist featuring songs so good they’re almost criminal. We’ve got songs by Ben Folds, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, Metric, Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, Tom Waits, and more!

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Episode #239 – I, Tonya

This week on the podcast we’re talking about the Margot Robbie film I, TONYA, which is quite the fun watch but not without its problems. Samantha Garrison joins us once again to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and everything in between.

 

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