X-Men Dream Directors?
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This essay is a very belated response to a " part 1 " published in February 2015. The gist of that essay was a response to a corre...
Oddly, the frogs don't do anything directly to anyone, but this is possibly the film's best conceit. The frogs just sit around croaking while the other animals do all the dirty work, as if the batrachians were the brains of the swamp.
academic lintheads and popcult apologists display their usual confusion of values by mistaking something of social interest for something of artistic significance
I have maintained, however, that the relationship between "realistic works" and "escapist works" is closer to that of conjoined siblings, dependent on one another for life.The course of said interaction, though, doesn't always run smooth. Note my comment in the FLEX MENTALLO review:
Wally observes that the Golden Age of superheroes was “pretty simple,” boiling down to the “Charles Atlas hard body homoerotic wish-fulfillment.” (I disagree, but this one interpretation doesn’t undermine the general strength of Morrison’s theme.) Wally then observes that the Silver Age changed the paradigm. “Strange transformations, multiple realities, dreams, hoaxes… it was like the hard body began to turn soft...” I could carp that this description mostly applies to the line of Superman comics supervised by Mort Weisinger, with a little Julie Schwartz on the side, but it’s still a stimulating reading.
"King's analysis remains valuable for the contribution it makes in taking seriously an oft derided and dismissed form of popular culture that speaks directly to issues of masculinity…. This book will be a useful resource for those interested in understanding how images of hyper-masculinity--the "hard man"--represent both the excess and the ordinary parts of masculinity in cinema. King's methodology is helpful in reading media texts, and his provocative interpretations of these films--particularly his readings of homosocial sadomasochism--will likely generate much discussion."