Listeners of the Film Junk podcast may recall a conversation we had a few episodes ago concerning the parallels that have been made between Chris Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Batman and George W. Bush. Personally, I thought the whole thing was absolutely ridiculous. Too topical, too sensational and too controversial. This brought up a discussion about reading into films.
First off, in no way would I ever claim that filmmakers do not intend to inject messages and metaphors into their films. I think Cloverfield’s 9/11 imagery is fairly obvious and clearly intentional. HOWEVER, I must say that my eyes have rolled on numerous occasions during discussions of phallic imagery within slasher films. So when I came across these short Volkswagen ads on Slashfilm today, I was reminded of how horrible film school COULD’VE been if we’d focused more on theory. These ads manage to celebrate film as an art form that’s worth discussion and debate, yet takes the shit out of pretentious, over analytical film theorists. I truly believe you can connect ANYTHING to a film if you really tried, which is what annoys me about most academic film theorizing. How ’bout them apples? You can check out of few of the videos below.
Toy Story – Puberty and Sexuality
Ghostbusters – Obesity in America
Mary Poppins – The Exorcist