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Thursday, December 21, 2006
Hamrah on why we love torture
Globe film critic Ty Burr posted to the Movie Nation blog yesterday about sometime Ideas contributor A.S. Hamrah's recent LA Times op-ed. Here's Ty on Hamrah:
The writer A.S. Hamrah had a brilliant piece in yesterday's L.A. Times on why we like torture movies so much. An absolute must-read for fans of the New Horror and "Casino Royale," and Hamrah correctly connects the dots to Abu Ghraib and points out that Mel Gibson is being pilloried for the sins of others. I have yet to hear a defense of Torture Porn movies that goes beyond "Uh, I just like them." The question still hangs there: Why do you like them?
Hamrah's most recent essay for Ideas was about a fellow Brooklynite, the cartoonist Mark Newgarden. Earlier this year, he demonstrated his encylopedic knowledge of movies and deep insight into what makes us tick by writing about fat suit chic for Reason magazine.
He and I are old friends, so take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt (if you must): Hamrah is America's Barthes or Baudrillard, a sociocultural critic extraordinaire. You heard it here first!