The Forever Purge (Gout 2021)

The Forever Purge (Gout 2021)

The Forever Purge is the fifth film in the Purge-iverse. The fourth film, The First Purge, was a highpoint in this series. It was followed by a TV show that was destined to fail because it had to be sanitized for USA network. I wish they would have put it on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, or somewhere with teeth! Anyhow, The Forever Purge returns triumphantly continuing to expand the scope and allegory of the purge concept. Since the first film that while entertaining seemed like somewhat of a missed opportunity for social commentary. Since then, DeMonaco and crew have subsequently seized those chances. Gender representation remains epically bad throughout all five films, however if you can get past that failing, these are fascinating sociologically interesting films. Join us for the full discussion.

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The First Purge

TOPIC INDEX – TOPIC INDEX – The Forever Purge  (Gout 2021) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
3:00 – Movie discussion begins
3:00 – overall thoughts NO SPOILERS
7:00 – SPOILERS begin
7:00 – ideological argument
8:00 – empathy
13:00 – trapped in the binary – most interesting questions in the world
17:00 – making the villains the hero?
21:30 – back to Human Smoke
27:30 – Klein’s Shock Doctrine (video link)
32:00 – natural vs person-made disasters and empathy
37:45 – panic myth
40:00 – ethnocentrism vs multiculturalism
43:15 – gender
47:00 – the Purge films
53:00 – Sociology moment – Anzaldua on borders in The New Mestizo
56:00 – plaudits on masks and camera work
58:15 – lack of fear
1:04:00 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
1:13:45 – credits

Related Episodes
The First Purge (McMurray 2018)
Red State (Smith 2011)
It Comes at Night (Shults 2017)

Related Films
The Purge (DeMonaco 2013)


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Episode 103

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