BostonTalks: Villains

THU, JAN 24, 2019 (40:36)

We love to hate villains, but entertainment certainly wouldn’t be the same without them. They are the necessary evil that defines every hero, but what exactly is a villain? Listen as a TV critic and an academic talk all about villains. Images: Presentation Slides

+ BIO: Matthew Gilbert

Sure, Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert watches Orange Is the New Black and Mad Men by night, but by day he has written an utterly charming book about how his distaste for dogs morphed into love for his own dog, Toby, who taught him that it’s okay for life, relationships, to get intimate and messy. OFF THE LEASH is his homage to Toby, and even non dog lovers will love such descriptions in his work as a pack of bulldogs running around like so many Winston Churchills and two dogs of different colors play-fighting and looking for all the world like clothes seen spinning through the porthole of a dryer.

+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

+ BIO: Frankie Vanaria

Frankie Vanaria is a Boston University PhD student specializing in Hollywood cinema and film theory. Vanaria’s work focuses on how non-native filmmakers have worked to challenge dominant ideologies in order to give audiences alternative viewing experiences. Vanaria is particularly interested in the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and wrote his MA thesis on del Toro’s work.

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