Welcome

Hello everyone! So, here’s the story:

I had the interesting experience recently of seeing “The Battle of Algiers” in an anthropology class on violence on the same day that I watched Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Seeing these two movies in tandem provided some pretty interesting food for thought (more on that in a later post).

Basically what emerged was the idea that violence in films serves a lot of different purposes. Some films use it in small amounts; in others, it plays the dominant role. But in every situation, violence in a film carries with it a message. As a discerning filmgoer, it’s important to be able to recognize that message and to decide whether or not it’s one you find acceptable. For me as an (amateur) film critic and general movie enthusiast, it’s important to understand what a movie, director or genre adds to the medium.

The goal of this blog is for me (to the best of my ability) to examine violent movies in a way that evaluates the message it sends to audiences, and what place that message has in our society.

That’s it! I’m looking forward to the project, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.