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3.11: The Sandlot PLUS Reactions to Gun Violence

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SEASON FINALE! 

Celebrating one more completed season of the podcast. Unfortunately, it is in the midst of numerous tragedies going on in our country. I don't want to end the season on a somber note, but I can't ignore the hate that continues to claim the lives of innocent Americans. I do my best to find a silver lining, but doing so during such a sad time is never easy. 

This episode's movie review is on The Sandlot, the coming of age cult classic that you probably still remember if you were raised in the 90s. There is so much to say about the film. And since it was so incredibly popular among children during the 90s, the messages the film imparts are especially influential. 

Unfortunately, the messages are a lot of the same things we're used to hearing. That women are objects to be ogled at, and boys must prove their masculinity to each other constantly in order to fit in. 

REFERENCES 

- 5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained to Hate Women - Cracked - http://bit.ly/1UqSwlC 

- Mass Shootings 2016 - Gun Violence Archive - http://bit.ly/28NxWyt 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from The Sandlot courtesy of 20th Century Fox 

3.10: Pleasantville PLUS The Depp-Heard Controversy

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Critical discussion of the film Pleasantville by Gary Ross. On the surface it's about two teens who get trapped in a black and white television world. Below the surface we see a pointed commentary of society, discrimination, and reluctance to change. And it is this mentality that informs many of the ways people develop opinions on topics like gender and masculinity. 

I discuss Tobey Maguire's character David and how he goes through the all-too-familiar transition from geeky loser to self-confident man. We often see this transformation in film, but both the definition of "loser" as well as the solution to being a "loser" is problematic when you consider how this translates to real-life men. Additionally, I discuss other portrayals of masculinity and how the conservative mindset works to hold not just men, but all of society back. 

At the top of the show I talk about the recent news surrounding the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorce case. People have been arguing about Heard's accusations of domestic violence against Depp and it's brought some ugly rhetoric to the surface. Should we really be spending this much time digging into the personal lives of people we don't know just because they're famous?

Note: The next episode of the show will be the Season 3 Finale of Romeo And... Excited to close yet another chapter of the show, and looking forward to what is yet to come! 

REFERENCES 

- What to Know About Amber Heard’s Domestic Violence Accusations Against Johnny Depp - TIME - http://ti.me/1RUPnpp 

- New Photos Show Amber Heard's Injuries Allegedly Caused by Johnny Depp in Another Domestic Violence Incident - People - http://bit.ly/1RUPSQc 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from Pleasantville courtesy of New Line Cinema