The 2022 Dionysus Awards

Sunday, August 7, 2022
First Aired:
Sunday, March 20, 2022

What Is It

What recent movies artfully explored philosophical ideas and questions, or complicated political or ethical issues that previously seemed straightforward? Josh and guest co-host Jeremy Sabol present our annual Dionysus Awards for the most thought-provoking films of 2021, including:

  • Best Attempt to Redeem 80+ Years of Questionable Ethics
  • Best Film about Complicated Mothers Telling Uncomfortable Truths
  • Best Adapted Novel about Trauma, Marginalization, Self-Deception, and the Gap Between Appearance and Reality

Listening Notes

In this episode, Josh and Jeremy present the ninth annual Dionysus Awards for their favorite, most philosophically thought-provoking movies of the year. They begin by comparing “The Lost Daughter” and “Parallel Mothers” for the category of Best Film About Complicated Mothers Telling Uncomfortable Truths. Josh and Jeremy agree that the award should go to “Parallel Mothers” for its ability to combine the story of two mothers with a larger national story of civilian killings in Spain, which are tied together through the theme of truth-telling.

接下来,哲学家们欢迎西蒙弗雷泽大学的哲学教授亚历克斯·金(Alex King)来到节目中,讨论关于创伤、边缘化、自我欺骗和表象与现实之间的差距的最佳改编小说提名。她比较了《狗的力量》和《过往》的相似之处——两个主角互相衬托。最后,Alex将奖项颁给了《路过》,因为它巧妙地使用了有意的歧义。

In the last segment of the show, Josh and Jeremy hear nominations from the audience as well as from Ray Briggs, a regular co-host of Philosophy Talk. Listeners award “The Last Duel” with Best Rashomon-Style Film About Patriarchal Domination with an Existentialist Hero and “Cuties” with Film that Uses Looking to Get Beyond Looking. Ray highlights the recent motif of strong female leads and global characters in Disney movies “Encanto” and “Cruella,” and the latter receives the Dionysus Award for Best Effort to Redeem 80 Years of Questionable Movie History for its intentional complexity.

  • Roving Philosophical Report (Seek to 1:24) →Holly J. McDede finds the philosophy in the docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back.”



Josh Landy
Welcome to Philosophy Talk, the program that questions everything

Jeremy Sabol
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Harold G. Neuman

Sunday, February 13, 2022 -- 5:50 AM

An affectionate nod to our

I am fond of the Canadian art culture and happy for the success of my kin.

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Tim Smith

Friday, March 18, 2022 -- 10:11 PM

There is no tension between

I think Alex has misunderstood The Power of the Dog.

There is no tension between Phil and Peter. One is a man, and the other is a shadow of manhood. Peter states a definition, protect your mother, then murders Phil to get it done. There is only one man in this film, and it is Peter. Masculinity is redefined to unabashed attention to one's sexuality regardless of the Power of the Dog. That Peter sees it right away emasculates Phil. Take a drag of that anthrax ciggy and reimagine gender expression as a dominant masculine path. And, of course, protect your feminine kin while you are at it. A new masculinity is defined and masterfully executed by Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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Tim Smith

Saturday, March 26, 2022 -- 9:03 PM

这是值得的。Cleary Alex


I like both these movies and the conversation was to the point. It was funny when Alex loses her train of thought. Production sometimes can miss the train.

Good ride though. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 -- 6:42 PM

The brilliance and compact

《狗的力量》(Power of The Dog)在平均分布的歧义中表现出的才华和紧凑的统一,使它成为迪奥尼修斯奖(Dionysius award)的一个可行候选,即使没有成功实现。它的潜在缺陷,阻止观众的想象力用它的生产要素来填补协作练习中的空白,被描述为叙事自主治疗这是伟大电影作品的特点,比如1972年的《解放》或弗雷德里克·霍布斯在同一时期制作的几部电影,是罗斯这个女性角色作为叙事纽带将两个男性角色联系在一起的象征,忠诚的男性菲尔和舒适的不需要成为男性的彼得,一起逆转了性别角色认知,从传统的外表转变为全面的现实,通过设置在牧场工作和牛仔服装的环境中加以强调。罗斯这个角色的目的是使两个男性之间的关系复杂化,并把他们对立的倾向推到对方身上,但她自己却保持相对单一的维度,因此她不需要通过想象的解释来发挥作用,从而把模棱两可的东西结合在一起。然而,除了这个可能的缺陷之外,它可以说满足了在电影背景下提高智力的一个显著标准:观众自己成功地拼凑出一部有许多未解之谜的电影。

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