The Bus Stops Here, Episode 2: Heroes and Villains of American Cinema

Take that, naysayers! We’ve made it to episode two of The Bus Stops Here, our homegrown Lewton Bus podcast. This time around, Tanner, Adam and I got together for a discussion that wanders through the superhero genre, Die Hardthe films of Paul Verhoeven, and many other topics. It was a blast, and we hope you enjoy the listen.

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  • Allen

    Great job guys! Though I do disagree with Adam’s stance on the Captain America films. I feel like you are running with the most cynical interpretation possible when you say they are anti-immigrant and anti-responsibility. SHIELD’s mistake was not that they let foreigner’s in, it was that they let objectively bad people in because they thought that those people could help them win their battles. They let the rot in and it spread and consumed them. Let’s not forget that the film ends with the hero tearing down the corrupt institution in it’s entirety, he doesn’t just shut down the bad guys, but also the “good” guys that allowed them to grow in power and influence. Beyond that I think that Cap’s stance in Civil War is even more defensible than ever in the aftermath of Trump’s election. When the UN Security council includes Trump’s America, Russia, and China, the question of whether or not it is wise to give them control of a super powered strike force becomes quite serious.

    • I agree with you on the the WINTER SOLDIER there. I don’t read that film as xenophobic. However, I feel like (as much as I understand Cap’s position) I kinda end up on Stark’s side as far as the role of the Avengers in CIVIL WAR. I agree that it does become worrisome when governments have control over walking weapons of mass destruction, especially given who those governments are lead by these days, but I find even more concerning the idea of those same walking weapons of mass destruction operating as global vigilantes, with no oversight or accountability.

      That said, what makes that film work so damned well is that it’s not an easy question to answer.