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e-Open House (February 2021)

Thinking Critically about Superhero Films:
All Flash and No Substance?


Date: 20 February 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Venue: Zoom (Details will be emailed to you nearer the date)


Director Martin Scorsese sparked heated debate when he said that superhero films are “not cinema”; instead, they are more like “theme parks.” Are superhero films really all flash and no substance? In this talk, Ain and Wei Li will explore popular myths and assumptions about the genre, as well as the role of critical thinking in the (de)construction of superhero films.



Ms Nurul Ain & Mr Wong Wei LiMs Nurul Ain & Mr Wong Wei Li

Ms. Nurul Ain and Mr. Wong Wei Li have been teaching film, literature, and academic writing at SUSS and NUS since 2012. Driven by their common passion for film and teaching, Ain and Wei Li formed subtxt, giving lectures and seminars to teach critical thinking skills through the medium of film. As independent researchers and the content creators of subtxt, they design up-to-date, in-house film packages that promote self-directed learning and create social awareness through the arts.

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