Jamie Weinman’s piece on socially conscious criticism got me thinking about the flaws of the approach: it has a preference for bluntness over subtlety. I’m reminded on one relatively recent example: the years-old debate about whether American Sniper was too jingoistic; perhaps a modern version of John Wayne’s pro-Vietnam War… 280 more words
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The traditional western tended to view things in black vs. white terms and was mostly affirmative.
Traditional westerns honored “the verities” (themselves the product of pulp romancers)–face-to-face Main Street showdowns vs. 633 more words
Nobody actually feels guilty about a guilty pleasure. Not really. It’s more of an embarrassment thing. You’re embarrassed to admit that you like this particular movie or show or this particular song or singer but if your secret happened to be revealed, you wouldn’t feel legit guilt, right? 2,916 more words