Fully challenges the myth of violence and/or autonomous desire and offers non-violent alternatives to being and acting in the world.
Examples: The Simpsons; the 1947 movie The Bishop’s Wife
4 Claws: Pretty Darn Good
Fully challenges the myth of violence and/or autonomous desire, but without offering non-violent alternatives.
Examples: The Dark Knight; Seinfeld
3 Claws: Oooh, so close
Offers some good insights into some aspects of violence and desire, but doesn’t get the whole picture.
Examples: Avatar; Men Who Stare at Goats
2 Claws: Disappointing
Retells the myth of violence or desire but with a vague sense of irony or discomfort.
Examples: The HBO series Rome; Mad Men
1 Claw: SPLAT!
Mindlessly retells the myth of violence and/or autonomous desire.
Examples: Lethal Weapon movies; The Bachelor and The Bachelorette