Episode 814: The Ethics of Depicting Real People
In this episode, David and Scott discuss the ethics of depicting real people on screen as well as recent layoffs at Criterion.
Movies depicting real people are commonplace but, in this episode, David and Scott ask what is owed to those real people, their memories and their families. How far can creative license be stretched when reimagining someone else’s truth and actual experiences? And does any one particular movie being good excuse such potentially hurtful liberties?
Battleship Pretension is a movie discussion podcast started in 2007 by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Since then, we’ve done live comedy shows, written reviews, commentaries and more.
Battleship Pretension is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laidback, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being a destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, independent, studio pictures, theatrical, home video releases, etc. From its meager beginnings in Los Angeles, Battleship Pretension has amassed a worldwide audience and readership. From Germany to Korea to Australia, people have tuned in to share in Tyler and David’s love of film. As Battleship Pretension’s following continues to grow, the purpose remains the same: Reach out to the international cinephile community, invite them to join in the discussion and perhaps even start one of their own.
Did Green Book really fail to “read the room” just because YOU disliked it? The room doesn’t consist of the people you interact with on film twitter. I will admit I haven’t seen it myself, but my understanding is that plenty of people liked it (thus explaining how it won the preferential ballot for Best Picture, which isn’t going to happen with Blonde).
Well, I’m thinking of the fact that Trevor Noah’s FYC campaign for the Emmys was something along the lines of “Don’t Green Book this one, guys.” It does seem like Green Book, like Crash, is one of those Best Picture winners that the culture almost immediately decided was a bad pick.