This week in off-brand topical timeliness, we went to see Ad Astra in the theaters and are here to talk about it. Part movie review, part movie analysis, we do a spoiler-free section before moving into spoiler-full about our conflicting thoughts and feelings about this beautiful but frustrating film.
We had a few loose but important threads this week to pluck and ponder that were all united along the theme of context; something that we’re often told doesn’t matter by rigid SJW scripts or, conversely, is exploited by oppressors out to avoid criticism.
Per a listener request in the VWPA Society, we watched Hail Satan? this week and were inspired by it to talk about Satanism, our views on religion and blasphemy, and how the actions of The Satanic Temple and their philosophies relate to vegan activism.
We answer a host of amazing listener questions this week; including how to make friends in a new city when you’re radical AF, complimenting women, and many more. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions!
We’re continuing our conversation inspired by Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette on Netflix, and a ColdCrashPictures YouTube video critiquing harmful cliches in the art industry, particularly the film industry, around “rise and grind” culture and the idea of suffering for your art, starving artist syndrome, etc.
Talking about the themes brought up in Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix stand-up comedy special, Nanette, around an audiences entitlement to creative content, comedy, the creative process, our capitalist approach to art, and so much more. So much more, in fact, that we ended up only covering about half of what we wanted to, making this an unplanned part 1!