Let My People D’oh

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.21.15 PMThis week on The Screen Addict: only one film is brave enough to discuss the negative economic impact of freeing thousands of Hebrew slaves. Plus, a brief discussion of the embarrassing and alarming cancellation of Seth Rogen’s The Interview, a look back at Boogie Nights, MALICK COMIN’, and I’m not monkeying around with this week’s streaming recommendation. (Sorry.) Continue reading

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a rare anti-violent blockbuster

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The last few weeks of summer movie season have provided us with something of an accidental contrast in how violence is handled in your usual blockbuster. The weekend before Independence Day, there was the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which provides viewers with the usual heavy dose of constant mayhem, robot fights and boring/embarrassing human storylines. Like the previous Transformers films, along with most of Michael Bay’s oeuvre, it could not care less about what any of the carnage or violence means. On top of that, the scenes of hand-to-hand robot combat would be The Raid 2-level gruesome if they played out between human beings, and the series’ ostensible noble “hero” Optimus Prime is actually a super-violent psychopath who will quickly murder anyone that even looks at him funny. As much as I dislike the Transformers films, however, it is unfair to single them out. Most summer blockbusters and big-budget action films share this series’ bloodlust, and only when something like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes along do we realize that there’s actually another way to go about things. Continue reading