Monthly Archives: December 2013

Write on what you ‘Enjoy’: EVERYDAY aNALYSIS

Probably the most significant criticism that Everyday Analysis has come under in the course of its first year (our birthday is Jan 14th), is that it fails to criticize heavily enough the problematic popular culture that it tackles (see the #THICKE saga and the Twitter fall-out below), or even that it has defended problematic elements […]

Secret Santa: A Christmas Analysis

                      ‘Suppose someone unthinkable for us, one of those gentlemen who, we are told – if indeed any have ever existed, don’t believe I attribute any importance to such hearsay – was ever capable of such self-discipline that he no longer believed in Father Christmas’. […]

Nelson Mandela: Symbol or Allegory?

Nelson Mandela’s recent death has been overshadowed, it seems, by two events which took place at his memorial service; the first a ‘selfie’ taken by Danish Prime Minister Hella Thorning-Schmidt, which also features Barack Obama and David Cameron, and the second a controversy surrounding the sign language interpreter employed to translate the speeches at the […]

Nebraska: My Miracle, My Right

Nebraska examines an old alcoholic’s delusion that he has won a million dollars in a junk mail sweepstakes. His son indulges him so far as to take him on a road trip to collect the “winnings”; and when the two stop at the old man’s hometown, his claims about the money provoke both excited good will […]

Reading Between the Lines of What Stays Within Them: Genre Fiction, Normality, and Analysis of Structure

Oscar Wilde said that ‘nature imitates art’, as opposed to the other way round. It is through such a statement that we might be able to investigate the phenomena of genre fiction – in so many areas of culture – and its consequences. Broaching the subject invites fire from two camps, that bivouac on either […]

‘Epic’ and the Hysteria of Modernity

Of the family movies released in 2013, those who chanced upon Blue Sky Studio’s ‘Epic’ witnessed the most non-normative of the lot.  The film, described by Time Out as ‘a Freudian lineage anxiety drama for all the family,’ treats questions of parenthood and of the symbolic value of the parent in truly complex ways.  Further, […]

Radical Faking in Catching Fire

The premise of the Hunger Games franchise is that, in a post-apocalyptic future, the revolutionary energies of various third world ‘districts’ are kept down by an officially imposed carnival death match, in which two young people from each “district” are filmed in combat with each other, until only one of the cohort survives. At the close of […]