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Cinemasculinity

Cinemasculinity - A podcast studying masculinity in American film and media. Making academic gender studies research fun since--hey, wait no come back! Hosted by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion).
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Jul 31, 2017

 NOTE: This episode contains some strong language.

The 2014 neo-noir action film John Wick has a lot more to say than what's in the script. Baba Yaga.

 

Unmasc'd:

  • Sad Keanu destroys the world
  • Action film as grief narrative
  • Not out to save the world
  • Loyalty is good for side characters
  • Black people are plot convenience or die
  • Women are inept and die
  • Latino dudes are badass though

 

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All sound clips are from John Wick. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

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Nov 3, 2016

Taking a look at another manifestation of black masculinity in the Netflix series Luke Cage, based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. Don't call him a hero.

Unmasc'd:

  • Remedy for toxic black masculinity

  • Socially conscious superhero

  • Black masculinity as reformation story

  • Over-symbolic blackness

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All sound clips are from The Exorcist. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

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Oct 27, 2016

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Unmasc'd:

  • Submission to God is manly

  • Contrarian take on the post-Vietnam edgy virile male

  • White Science vs. Black Magic

 

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All sound clips are from The Exorcist. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

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Oct 6, 2016

Director masculinity for the month of October. Ghoulish.

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Unmasc'd:

  • The business of interpersonal relationships
  • Blunt talk
  • Subtlety, shmubtlety

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All sound clips are, in order of their appearance, compositions by John Carpenter for the films Halloween and Assault on Precinct 13 and by Ennio Morricone for the film The Thing. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

 

Sep 23, 2016

Spike Lee's black masculinity.

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Unmasc'd:

  • Blackness on its own terms
  • Young vs. old black men
  • Coolness
  • Personal as political
  • Violence
  • Black male patriarchy

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All sound clips are from Do the Right Thing. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

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Sep 8, 2016

In which we take a look at the 1988 action-adventure film Die Hard and see a right-leaning libertarian masculine model in John McClane.

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Unmasc'd:

  • Male body as a spectacle of pain
  • Parallels to the American Western "lone hero" film archetype
  • Anti-corporate sentiment
  • Anti-second wave feminism
  • Anti-bureaucracy
  • Rigid adherence to heterosexuality

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All sound clips are from Die Hard. I do not claim ownership to these clips and use them for fair use purposes only.

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Aug 25, 2016

Our first episode dives into the strange waters of a dark and mysterious era in American history--the 1990s, wherein horror/detective drama/sci-fi/conspiracy thriller TV show The X-Files finds an unlikely masculine role model in its male protagonist Fox Mulder.

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Sound clips from The X-Files episodes "Small Potatoes", "Bad Blood", "The Blessing Way", "Syzygy", "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "The Post-Modern Prometheus". I do not claim ownership of these clips and implement them in my podcast for fair use purposes only.

Copyright Bryan Cebulski 2016.

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