Media Analysis and Criticism


Video games seem to have a poor grasp on dealing with players who have disabilities. Mark Brown provides a few suggestions on how to improve subtitles and audio cues for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. (This is the first in a series. Other disabilities like blindness and such are coming in future videos.)


Leon Thomas is back again with an analysis of Death Wish. He brings to light the film’s abhorrent fetishism of gun culture and debunks the pathetic arguments that pro-gun pundits like to propagate.


Watch a lawyer discuss the accuracy (or not) of various fictional courtroom scenes.


Wisecrack has spun off Earthling Cinema (remember that show?) into its own channel.


Since The Escapist has recently returned to its original owners (refer to this podcast for details if you missed the news), MovieBob has returned to the site and The Big Picture is back with the first new episode in three years!



Someone call the police, I just saw a murder.



The Purge franchise is a fascinating mess of a…satire (I think?) that I thought I’d share a couple of videos about it. Since USA Network is premiering a Purge mini-series soon, now seems like a good time.

A few months ago (before the series was announced), Wisecrack discussed the psychological ramifications of Purging. They bring up a few lab-controlled tests on the concept of catharsis and whether releasing anger can help relieve tension. Turns out catharsis is bullshit.

This new video came out today from AlternateHistoryHub, who talk about what would happen to an economy if a real-life Purge happened. The results would be as predictable and catastrophic as you’d expect, but he still presents it in a funny way.


I am curious, why didn’t you like the movie? I found it really enjoyable and fairly true to the spirit of the comics.


I just found it hard to connect to it. In part because of the filming techniques as described in the video, but probably more because there isn’t really a good character to empathize with. Scott is a dickhead and he is supposed to be as well, but that also means that the POV character of the story is a dickhead the viewer isn’t supposed to root for. It is also kind of hard because Scott doesn’t gradually learn his lesson and tries to correct his stuff, but it kind of comes out of left field at the end that he overcomes his shortcomings.

Weirdly I didn’t really have these issues with the comic, though they are still present. Maybe that is because the comics tied me over with video game references and fight scenes which I could connect with, but I had already seen those with the movie and it didn’t improve that much on them even though they are “in motion”. Perhaps the bigger reason though is that due to the nature of the respective mediums and the additional layer of abstraction that drawn images have over filmed actual human beings, I was able to view the events of the story more neutrally and didn’t try to find empathy with the POV character as movies have basically trained us to do.



An exhaustive look at tropes involving women and violence and how Mad Max: Fury Road refuses to engage in them, i.e. one of the reasons why Fury Road is such a good film. About an hour of total run time for this analysis.


After a year-long hiatus, Kaptain Kristian is back!



Don’t let the thumbnail scare you–this video isn’t about creepy fanart of restaurant mascots. This video is an examination of the sarcastic behavior that restaurants use on social media and why it’s a problem.


Don’t know if it strictly belongs here but…



I started a Patreon for my music criticism

If you haven’t read any of my stuff there’s a boatload of it on Oddball Magazine for free.


My YouTube recommendations recently sent me to this guy named Lowart, and I’ve been really enjoying his video essays. He recently finished an excellent 8-part retrospective exploring the themes of Teen Titans and he’s now covering Avatar: TLA, but what I want to plug here is his more ambitious project: Comparing Fullmetal Alchemist–both anime series and the manga.