Kephart's Slaxx breathes life and death (lots of death) into a seemingly absurd subject: murderous jeans. Balancing fit and function, the film is expertly crafted, fun, and presents important social commentary on fast fashion, greenwashing, and globalization. Slaxx stands in stark contrast to the tedious, surrealist gimmicks and pretension of a film such as Rubber (DuPieux 2010).
0:35 - Introductions 4:15 - Discussion begins 10:40 - historical materialism, Antebellum, and Slaxx 14:00 - anti-consumerism, anti-capitalism 17:00 - Veblen and conspicuous consumption, conspicuos leisure, conspicuous waste 24:06 - "Cool Stores, Bad Jobs" by Besen-Cassino 28:30 - "Gift and Exchange" by Zygmunt Bauman 33:10 - Stealing the jeans? 40:30 - Race, ethnicity, and gender 45:00 - Shruti, Libby, Keerat 1:04:25 - End credit scenes 1:08:00 - Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric
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