Author: Liam Taft

A Spectacle of Horror: ‘Macbeth’ at the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has a habit, it seems, of relying on crowd pleasing. In 2016, their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream stretched the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe to almost a third of the running time, which glazed over the play’s darker elements. More recently, Christopher Luscome’s Twelfth Night did attempt to balance tone more effectively, yet the melancholy of the text was still lost, with its comedy veering dangerously close to pantomime. Although this latest rendition of Macbeth does involve some unnecessary audience participation (at one point, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the poor...

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‘Okja’ and ‘Raw’: Meat in the Movies

In 2008, PETA released their list of the “Top 10 Movies That Make You Go Meatless.”[1] Featured on the list was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – the 1974 horror classic that has, in the wake of PETA’s article, been reclaimed as a vegetarian movie. Namely, essayist Rob Ager gave a vegetarian reading of the film in his 2015 YouTube video; he sees the acts of the Sawyer family, who brutally murder their victims by bludgeoning them with sledgehammers, hanging them off of meat hooks, and, finally, stuffing them into freezers as a metaphor for the unethical treatment of animals...

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