Elephant and the Video Games Controversy
I have highlighted Rob Ager’s work here before, with his analysis of spatial awareness and set design in The Shining being one of his best productions.
Now, in a new analysis, Ager has tackled Gus Van Sant‘s Elephant and the theme of video game violence influencing real world behavior. Ager has chosen not to publish it on YouTube, but is still providing a free download of this analysis in both low and high quality formats. I highly recommend it, even if like me, you still haven’t seen Elephant.
Also, unrelated to the topic of this post, Ager has recently added an analysis of Paul Verhoeven‘s Starship Troopers. Having seen the movie, I can’t imagine what needs explaining as none of the symbolism in it seems subtle. However, Ager’s work is always enjoyable. I haven’t watched his analysis yet, but look forward to doing so at my earliest convenience. The YouTube is embedded after the jump.
UPDATE: I was very wrong. I didn’t catch all the symbolism and layers of Starship Troopers. Ager’s analysis of that flick is even more compelling than his treatment of Elephant. Great stuff, especially starting at the 11 minute marker of the first part and then continuing through to the end. Great parallels to 21st century events!