American Assassin – directed by Michael Cuesta

Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The  all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a hypermasculine threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat. Unfortunately, the work of the cast can’t bring a narrative arc to this lazy spectacle of violence.

We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender and character stereotypes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.

Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, and David Warshofsky.

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Police Continue to Investigate Bomb Threat That Cleared Santa Monica Pier

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how terrorists will sometimes call in a fake threat to check law enforcement’s responsiveness. Terrorism expert Errol Southers, an extremism expert, security assessment consultant, said that’s what happened during the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. He said during those Games the suspect had…

President Trump wants ‘the facts’ on right-wing extremism. Here they are.

In USA Today, Erroll Southers, director, Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, published an op-ed on right-wing extremism. The truth of it is that our nation has been conditioned to view terrorism as the exclusive province of extremist Muslims. And now the chickens are coming home to roost. For far…

Job One at Homeland Security Under Trump: Immigration

The New York Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on the reasons to protect grant funding for programs that combat domestic extremism. Cutting grant programs that combat domestic extremism is a mistake when attacks by white supremacist and other hate groups are on the rise, said Erroll Southers, a former F.B.I. agent…

The Kingdom

Peter Berg’s The Kingdom is an action procedural which tries also to be a lesson in cross-cultural tolerance. Released in 2007, we wonder if this film makes the same amount of sense after ten years. The film follows an FBI team which travels to infiltrate and find a terrorist cell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following an attack killing many American citizens (as well as fellow FBI agent). If art is an imitation of life, have we moved on in the last ten years, or does this remain salient?

To listen to the Price Projection Room discussion of The Kingdom click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player at the top of this post. Or download and subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

American Swastika

In American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate (2nd edition), Pete Simi and Robert Futrell look at the white power movement. Over 15 years of interviews allow the authors to use real stories to focus on white power families and the different ways the white power movement indoctrinates the next generation of white power warriors.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of American Swastika click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player here on this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcasts, Soundcloud, or Google Play

Shooting prompts warning from terror experts: Watch out for the left, too

The Orange County Register quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the uptick in hate groups following a presidential election in either party. “When Barack Obama won in 2008, there was an uptick in activity on the right,” Southers said. Membership in anti-government groups jumped more than seven-fold during the first three years…

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is finally on the big screen! 

After dozens of superhero films, has director Patty Jenkins revitalized the DC universe with this superheroine? Amid all the “rep-sweats,” did the film do justice to this classic comic heroine? Why is this film so important? What do we think of the women-only showings at Alamo Drafthouse? Did we enjoy this film?

To listen to the Price Projection Room discussion of Wonder Women click the orange arrow in the Soundcloud player here, or download and subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or Google Play.