The word "monster" comes from the Latin monstrum, which refers to a warning or judgement that traumatically breaks into this world from the realm of the divine. It is in this sense that British director Gareth Edward's 2010 film Monsters is well-named.
In the tradition of movies like Gojira, Edwards uses a giant monster invasion as an allegory for serious real-world dangers. This allegory stands atop an ancient mythical subtext underlying all monster stories. If the allegory deserves interpretation, the subtext demands exegesis. Monsters is both a commentary on the violence inflicted by an imperial power on an impoverished nation and a depiction of the religious horror the violence unleashes upon the world.
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The film Margin Call takes us inside the foul-mouthed, high finance world of the one per cent. The low budget production, the first from writer/director J.C. Chandor (the son of a stockbroker) went from the Sundance Festival to theatrical release (also on iTunes, and Video on Demand) just in time to validate the Occupy Wall Street movement. It has just been released on DVD.
Gloria Black Plume was an elder and the matriarch to a family of six children. She moved her family off Stand Off reserve to Calgary to give them a better life. In 1999 she accepted a ride from two men and shortly after was stomped to death in an alleyway.
Xstine Cook lived in the home behind this alleyway. That proximity bred an immediate connection for her to Gloria, both as a woman and mother; it also fostered a concern for the marginalization of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.