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GTGC - #180 - Running Scared


Welcome back Trashmaniacs! In the wake of our deadCENTER coverage, we return to give you a scathing look at 2006's crime thriller Running Scared, starring the man, Paul Walker. It's a fun episode as everyone rips apart Dalton's host pick. This could also be an early frontrunner for The Hebrew Hammer at our annual awards show. 

We round up the usual suspects this week to pick Running Scared apart on the analysis table. But before we do that, we play our game. This week we discuss movies that we only finished watching because we were recording a podcast over them. There are a lot of callbacks to early episodes, as well as some of our more recent offerings. After we have a few laughs here, we finally get down to business. Dalton gets things going by discussing the film's look at redemptive violence and toxic masculinity. He debates the film's stance on violence and what, if anything, it's trying to say. The show then grows very somber as Alexandra presents a very personal and emotional reading of the film's commentary on gun control - it is considerably more powerful in light of the events in Orlando which happened on the morning of this record. Dustin brings the discussion home by bringing up the works of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer in relation to mass culture. He presents their work in light of commercial cinema and how it reinforces societal ideology. 

There you have it Dear Listener, Running Scared - a fine example of why we do what we do. The mission of GoodTrash is to bring an analytical conversation to films that you wouldn't otherwise see in this light. We thank you for listening and your support. If you're interested in becoming more involved with GoodTrash Media then head over to and see how you can further support our programming. Now, Dear Listener, go ahead and hit that play button, if you dare. 

Running Scared Timestamps

00:39 - Welcome and Intros
03:17 - Synopsis and Quick Reviews
16:12 - The Game: Movies We Finished due to having to record a podcast
24:16 - Social Media
25:32 - Analysis 
50:38 - Shelf or Trash/Else or Instead
56:18 - Randomizer and Wrap Up
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