I decided to take advantage of Geography’s wide-ranging topicality by writing about a handful of films for my university Honours Dissertation. It went very well. In short, I analysed the changing geopolitical nature of Hollywood movies, with particular focus on how threat has become internalised in recent years (i.e. attacks on the US homeland rather than the depiction of war abroad). I used Independence Day, Arlington Road, Olympus Has Fallen, and White House Down as case studies.
If you’re interested you can read all about the geopolitics of a Roland Emmerich movie by clicking on the download link above. Maybe I’ll write a second part when Independence Day Resurgence gets released in 2016. Having said that, if Will Smith can’t be bothered following up his previous work, why should I?
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