We’re building off of last week’s episode on pop culture today with a deep dive into film analysis with a special guest, Prof. Brian Brutlag from The Sociologist’s Dojo! Brian talks with us about two seemingly unconnected concepts– Zen Buddhism and the White Male Savior Complex– and how they’re now being used together in film narratives. Tune in here to learn more about how we can use sociology to make sense of film trends and stories, and also how we can use it to analyze cinematic flaws. You can check out Brian’s blog at thesociologistsdojo.blogspot.com, and you know where to find us!
Popular culture, Zen Buddhism, white male savior, film, masculinity
- Prof. Brian Brutlag’s fantastic pop culture sociology blog The Sociologist’s Dojo.
- His twitter can be found here: https://twitter.com/ThesociologistS
- A few of the movies and shows we brought up were…
- Books that Brian recommends to those interested in learning more:
- The ______ and Philosophy collection
- The texbook, Cinematic Sociology
- And he’d like to add Simply Zen by C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins to the mix as well!
- Our favorite movie of 2019: Parasite, by Bong Joon Ho, who majored in sociology, FYI!
- And the shocking yet illuminating way that Academy members vote for the Oscars