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The Black Hole - Movie Club

Alienating the Audience

Release Date: 09/17/2020

Jedi Warriors and Islamic Mysticism show art Jedi Warriors and Islamic Mysticism

Alienating the Audience

Dr. H. A. Hellyer gained international attention (and flak) when he compared Jedi monks to Sufi Islamic warriors in an article for CNN. He joins the show to discuss parallels between the Force and Islamic mysticism, why Star Wars is a cross-cultural touchstone, and the interaction between science fiction and Islam.

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Kurt Vonnegut Hated War show art Kurt Vonnegut Hated War

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The science fiction of Kurt Vonnegut was permeated by ethics and politics, not the least of which included socialism, opposition to war, secularism, and being nice to people in general. Royce Sharp joins to discuss.

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Galaxy Quest is the Greatest Sci-fi Comedy, Ever show art Galaxy Quest is the Greatest Sci-fi Comedy, Ever

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“Galaxy Quest” is the greatest parody of Star Trek imaginable… without technically being Star Trek. Nick Sperdute and Erin Macdonald join the show to discuss what makes the show so memorable--and hilarious.

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The Time-Backwards Robot Monster show art The Time-Backwards Robot Monster

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"Hyperion" by Dan Simmons projects Chaucer's Canterbury Tales onto a distant scifi future. Katherine Mangu-Ward joins to discuss the multiple characters who make their away on a deadly pilgrimage to meet the Shrike—a robot monster who moves backwards in time, and what it all means for humanity, mortality, and literature

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Darth Vader is a 19th Century Supervillain show art Darth Vader is a 19th Century Supervillain

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Michael Weiss, editor-at-large at The Daily Beast, joins the show to discuss Darth Vader: why he’s such a compelling malefactor, the deep inner conflict and tumult which motivates him, and the mythological figures the dark lord of the Sith represents.

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Watchmen Part 2: The Greenwood Massacre show art Watchmen Part 2: The Greenwood Massacre

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"Watchmen" kicks off with the Tulsa Race Massacre, which defines the central theme of the rest of the series: race. Hannibal Johnson is the author of “Black Wall Street 100–An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma,” as well as the host of "Black Wall Street Remembered." 

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Watchmen's Fake Psychic Squid Attack show art Watchmen's Fake Psychic Squid Attack

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Brian Brushwood joins the show to discuss "Watchmen," the televised sequel to the film and book, "The Watchmen." Topics include: underlying tensions in the show, is Dr. Manhattan a stupid character, and was Ozymandias right? 

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Are We Living in “Demolition Man”? show art Are We Living in “Demolition Man”?

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"Demolition Man" is a cult classic, wherein Sylvester Stallone gets thawed out in the near future to stop Wesley Snipes from destroying Los Angeles. Society is bifurcated into infantilized virginal technocrats up top, and rat-eating, free-thinking punks beneath.

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If An Insane Asylum Was an Entire Planet show art If An Insane Asylum Was an Entire Planet

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In "Clans of the Alphane Moon" by Philip K. Dick, a planet is colonized as an insane asylum, then abandoned, so that its inmates develop their own society and cultures.

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Mad Max Has the Best Barbarians show art Mad Max Has the Best Barbarians

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"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the height of post-apocalyptic wasteland glam--everyone is really getting into skulls, cars, and neo-Viking lore. Not to mention it may be the greatest feminist film in science fiction. 

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"The Black Hole" is Disney's 1979 answer to Star Wars--which didn't work out quite as well. It's a fun romp, involving telepaths, snarky robots, and a spacey Captain Nero. Although it has... some issues. Nick Sperdute and Andrew Young join to discuss on ATA's first inaugural Movie Club!