The first part of the George W. Bush era comes before 9/11, when the Cold War was over and action films reflected a country with superheroes defending the nation against terrorist attacks. The second part comes after 9/11, when American action films briefly lost some of their jingoistic stridency and revealed a country in grief and contemplation.
Kevin Courrier is a writer/broadcaster, film critic and lecturer. He began his radio career in the eighties as co-host of the interview program
On the Arts for CJRT-FM. He moved to CBC Radio, as a producer and film critic, and now co-produces and hosts music documentaries
for CBC Radio 2. He has published five books, launched a popular online journal (Critics at Large) and teaches film courses to seniors
at Ryerson University.