Tag Archives: corruption

Supercontext: The Divided States of Hysteria by Howard Chaykin

This controversial comic series about terrorism and identity politics predicts a dystopia that not everyone is willing to agree with. We look at the angry arguments from both Howard Chaykin and his detractors about whether this is artistic expression or just shock value. And… we ask what no one else seems to address. Does Chaykin’s story successfully meet its intended goal?

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Supercontext: The Deuce, Season One

David Simon and George Pelecanos’ show makes us uncomfortable about sex work. But it’s to better understand capitalism. We discuss their exploration of community, corruption and the production of both this show and the labor that inspired it.

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Supercontext: Sicario

Sicario is a 2015 action/thriller about the difference between the drug war and the “War on Drugs.” We look at its complex themes and try to understand arguments about its portrayal of a strong female character, as well as life on the other side of the border. 

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