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The Bigger Picture: ‘MEN’ and the psychology of masculinity

Houston Matters considers what Alex Garland’s new horror film says about men.

Rory Kinnear and Jessie Buckley in the new folk horror film, Men.


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Viewers of the new film Men might do a double take when they see actor Rory Kinnear playing a landlord, a police officer, a vicar, and even a mischievous child opposite Harper Marlowe, the singular protagonist played by Jessie Buckley.

After arriving in a small English village for some time alone after a traumatic experience, Harper finds herself beset by these men who, in various ways, ignore, disrespect, or outright harass her as she copes with her trauma.

In this month’s installment of The Bigger Picture, where Houston Matters examines cultural and social issues in film, we explore the psychology of masculinity and when certain “male” behaviors become toxic.

In the audio above, producer Joshua Zinn talks with area film critic Donna Copeland and Jonathan Schwartz, dean of the College of Public Service at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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