Posts Tagged ‘copycat effect’

Subscriber Podcast #25 - A New Direction

Subscriber Podcast #25 – A New Direction

In this month's susbcriber-only podcast I talk about my new screenplay project - a political satire of Hollywood. I talk about my history with acting and writing, and discuss some of my creative process, how I developed two simple ideas and combined them to form the basis for my screenplay ...
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Review - War School: The Battle for Britain's Children

Review – War School: The Battle for Britain’s Children

It isn't often that I see a film that angers and educates me in equal measure. War School: The Battle for Britain's Children is a new documentary exploring the growing peace movement in the UK, and the militarisation of British schools for propaganda and recruitment purposes. It highlights the widespread ...
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Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Subscriber Podcast #24 – Swimming with Sharks

On this month's subscriber-only podcast I dissect the 1994 movie Swimming with Sharks, about a young man who goes to work at a Hollywood studio, where his boss (Kevin Spacey) abuses and bullies him relentlessly. I reflect on the film's relevance in the wake of the #MeToo phenomenon, and how ...
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How the Pentagon Uses Hollywood to Cover Up its Alcohol Problem

How the Pentagon Uses Hollywood to Cover Up its Alcohol Problem

The US military has a drinking problem, but like most of its problems it's OK because the entertainment liaison offices are there to make sure Hollywood doesn't draw attention to it. From episodes of Wonder Woman through to blockbuster films, scenes of services members drinking have been edited or removed ...
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US Navy teaches politics to officers using The American President

US Navy teaches politics to officers using The American President

A recently-released syllabus for the US Naval Academy's course FP130: American Government and Constitutional Development includes a section that advises students to watch and learn from the 1995 romantic comedy The American President.  Bizarrely, the scene does not involve the military or foreign or security policy in any way, but ...
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ClandesTime 147 - Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

ClandesTime 147 – Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

For movie censors, crime is perhaps the most complex issue to make decisions about. They want the public to be alert to the possibility of crimes happening, and respectful of law enforcement institutions. But entertainers and audiences want dramatic, ambiguous villains and stories of institutional corruption and hubris. This week ...
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Documents Reveal Pentagon Censorship of Suicide in Hollywood

Documents Reveal Pentagon Censorship of Suicide in Hollywood

For the last few weeks I've been working a research project on how the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices deal with the subjects of military mental health and suicide.  Today the fruits of that research were published by Insurge Intelligence, a crowdfunded journalism platform run by Nafeez Ahmed, who also published ...
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The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The Untouchables TV series (1959-63) was the first of its kind - a police procedural with explicit violence and action.  Up until then most detective stories focused on the investigation, but The Untouchables featured the gunfights and car chases that became staples of the genre by the 1970s.  It was ...
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ClandesTime 142 - The Last Supper

ClandesTime 142 – The Last Supper

The Last Supper is a 1990s black comedy where a group of ultra-liberal post-graduate students invite right-wingers over for debate, and kill them if they cannot change their minds. In this episode I analyse this film's political satire, the occult symbolism littered throughout the movie, and how the logical result ...
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ClandesTime 141 - The Pentagon, Feminism and Home Improvement

ClandesTime 141 – The Pentagon, Feminism and Home Improvement

In 1995 the Pentagon supported an episode of the popular sitcom Home Improvement, where Tim and Jill get to drive tanks at a Marine base. This week we take a deep dive into this episode, its feminist subtext, and the DOD’s political censorship of the script, courtesy of a file ...
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Subscriber Podcast #18 - How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

Subscriber Podcast #18 – How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I take a look at three TV series which predicted or reinforced various aspects of the official story of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.  I examine Salvation, Homeland and Strike Back have featured dialogue and storylines about Litvinenko, Russian assassination of former spies, ...
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ClandesTime 138 - The Reflecting Pool

ClandesTime 138 – The Reflecting Pool

I am joined today by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to talk about the 2008 9/11 conspiracy thriller The Reflecting Pool. We pick on various aspects of the film that relate or comment on the 9/11 truth movement, including the bizarre consensus that thermite brought down the WTC which has ...
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