Thursday, August 7 2014
By grounding the violence of his barely veiled speculative fiction in the here-and-now, James DeMonaco risks inciting an audience beyond the walls of the cinema.
Thursday, July 11 2013
These 20 films are a journey through the social and political conditions of America and a broader history of human violence that crowns no winners and knows no end.
Wednesday, February 6 2013
In a money- and youth-driven culture that seems to understand nearly all human activity as part of a contest, death, like poverty, has come to be associated, however imprecisely, with losing.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?
Sunday, May 13 2012
The weapons deals in The International and the back-door negotiations between corporate lobbies and Congress are two sides of the same coin; both use overwhelming systemic violence to further their ends.
Monday, July 19 2010
Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.
Wednesday, April 7 2010
Darksiders offers nothing especially new in terms of teaching the player to kill, but what it it does do better than many games is teach the player to be a more efficient and effective murderer by changing up some existing mechanisms of training the player in the deadly arts. Largely, this boils down to creating some rules for murder.
Tuesday, October 6 2009
How slow is too slow for non-violence? One girl counts to five and voila!
Monday, August 18 2008
The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.
Tuesday, March 25 2008
L.B. Jeffries takes a look at the arguments behind the debate on violence in modern-day video games.