March 19

Ep. 0138: Free State of Jones: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, we take a look at another film set in the American Civil War:  the 2016 film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. This film tells the story of Confederate deserter Newton Knight, who led an insurgent force composed of escaped slaves and Confederate deserters against the Confederacy in his area of Mississippi.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A synopsis of the film
  • Some discussion of its themes and historicity
  • CJ’s take on the film, compared and contrasted with the professional critics’ take

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February 27

Ep. 0136: Shenandoah: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode, we take a look at the 1965 Civil War film Shenadoah, written by James Lee Barrett, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring Jimmy Stewart.

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  • A synopsis and review of Shenandoahand its themes

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November 30

Ep. 0127: Breaker Morant: A Dangerous History Movie Review

Breaker Morant is an Australian movie released in 1980 that tells the true story of three Australian soldiers of the Bushveldt Carbineers on trial for war crimes near the end of the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War in South Africa.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief background on the Boer War
  • A brief synopsis of Breaker Morant
  • His thoughts on the movie & the significance of its themes

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October 16

Ep. 0121: Ravenous: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In the spirit of the season, in this episode CJ reviews the 1999 film Ravenous, a horror movie about cannibalism on the American frontier in the heyday of Manifest Destiny in the mid-nineteenth century.  This film was directed by Antonia Bird and stars Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, and Jeffrey Jones.

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  • A few words about his recent experience of Hurricane Matthew
  • A synopsis of the movie, CJ’s take on it, and some of the deeper themes in the film

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August 18

Ep. 0114: Three anti-Military-Industrial-Complex films from the 1980s

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  • WarGames (1983)
  • Real Genius (1985)
  • Short Circuit (1986)

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July 14

Ep. 0068: 71: A Dangerous History Movie Review

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  • A basic outline of the movies historical context — ie, the Northern Irish “Troubles” which occurred from the 1960s through the 1990s
  • A basic synopsis summary (without much detail on the second half of the movie, in an effort to avoid too much plot spoilage)
  • Prof CJ’s assessment of the film and discussion of some of its major themes that are related to Dangerous History

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October 24

Ep. 0037: ‘Kill the Messenger’: A Dangerous History Movie Review

Warning: Spoilers!  (Assuming you don’t already know about Gary Webb’s story, and the story he broke.)

Kill the Messenger is a 2014 movie about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, who authored the series of articles in the San Jose Mercury under the title ‘Dark Alliance’ and later published a book by the same name.  In Prof CJ’s opinion, Gary Webb was a hero and may perhaps be the last great investigative newspaper journalist in American history.

This is definitely a dangerous history movie (unlike most historical flicks, which don’t usually raise questions about the Establishment.)  I had to drive over an hour to catch this flick, and I’m happy I did.

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  • Gary Webb and the story he broke
  • How Webb’s reporting met with initial acclaim, but provoked Establishment counterattacks that destroyed his career
  • Webb’s alleged suicide in 2004 (shot twice in the head…?)
  • Prof CJ’s take on the movie, which is generally quite positive
  • His main criticism of the movie — that it didn’t have a bit more

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