2: Taps

This week, we discuss Tom Cruise’s first take on masculinity and militarism in Harold Becker’s 1981 film Taps. Are we sympathetic to the wrong execution of the right idea? How has our relationship to the military changed in the last forty years? Is “General Harlan Beche” the best name in the popular culture?

Content Warnings: gun violence, violence against children, death of children, homophobic language

Unanswered Questions:

  • What are the Sean Penn performances that might change our minds?
  • Is Roger Ebert right about this film being more of a fantasy story?
  • Is there a narrative value to doubling-up on inciting incidents? Do we need the school to be under threat and for General Beche to be arrested?
  • Most importantly, can we support Brian Moreland’s actions?

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