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Is Watching Movies and TV Shows a Waste of Time in 2021?

Americans aged 18 and above spend an average of 4 hours per day watching movies and TV. But is there any actual benefit in engaging in this seemingly frivolous hobby?


In This Object We Trust: How Fictional Things Take on Mythical Stature

There's a difference between a legacy and a flash in the pan. In the moment it can be hard to tell, but those that go beyond the confines of their stories through its audience can be a indicator. Certain objects and weapons have reached this status.


The On-Screen History of "The Addams Family"

From their humble beginnings as comic strip characters, the Addams Family has proven their enduring popularity over the decades.


Mehran Karimi Nasseri: Inspiration for the Movie “The Terminal”

Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in the departure lounge area of its Terminal One. He stayed there for 18 years. He wrote a book about his life at the airport and inspired a movie starring Tom Hanks.


Rod Ansell: Inspiration for the Movie "Crocodile Dundee"

Rod Ansell was a buffalo hunter known for spending time in the Australian Bush. His life inspired Paul Hogan to create the movie character Crocodile Dundee.


Kim Peek: Inspiration for the Movie "Rain Man"

A Hollywood screenwriter named Barry Morrow met autistic savant Kim Peek during the 1980s. This meeting led to the creation of the movie "Rain Man."


Where Are Our Heroes?: An Examination of the Cultural Shift in How We See Heroes

When it comes to onscreen heroes, there's a nostalgia for the icons of 40 years ago and a desire for new ones that match today's values. Both sides criticize the other, but what were the changes to heroes and when did they happen?


18 Greatest Witches in TV & Film

There's something about witches that we just can't get enough of. They have captivated and fascinated us for centuries, and Hollywood's version of witches makes for some exciting entertainment. From Sabrina the Teenage Witch to Hermione Granger, witches are front and center in Tinseltown.


Narcissistic Parents as Depicted in Film and Television

These are depictions of narcissistic abuse in popular media, from Harry Potter to Cinderella.


10 Great Shows and Movies for Avengers Fans

If you're having superhero withdrawal while waiting for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, check out these ten TV series and movies for a healthy dose of action, adventure, and character development.


Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Gollum, Frodo, Daenerys, and Jon: The Bearers

Undertaking a great quest is almost fundamental to any fantasy story. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have done more than any other stories to revolutionize it. What both franchises masterfully do, however, is to show the cost of the trope on the characters who undertake them.


Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Boromir and Daenrys Targaryeon, Noble Madness

In the onscreen portrayal of these two characters, their falls into madness take similar paths and end up with similar ends, but also come from very different places and life experiences.


Cross-Franchise Analysis: Daenerys and Aragorn, Exile Legacies

In the second of the cross-character analysis series, I examine two characters that are both of royal lineage and exiled. Many parts of their arc parallel each other and then go awry, making it fascinating to compare their psychologies.


Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Jon Snow and Aragorn, the Hidden Kings

The hidden king trope has been a classic technique in literature and entertainment for centuries. In the last twenty years, The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have taken this idea and done very different things with it that are both unique and interesting.


“Aaaaalllviiinnn!”: The Story of Ross Bagdasarian Sr., Liberty Records, Format Films and The Alvin Show-Book Review

In 1958, Ross Bagdasarian created Alvin and the Chipmunks. A new book by author Mark Arnold tells the story of Bagdasarian (better known as David Seville), the label he recorded for, and especially the 1961-1962 "Alvin Show". Marshall Fish takes a look at the book.


Fandom's Universe: To Be or Not to Be Fanatics

Once considered the outliers of youthful society, nerd and geek culture has come of age at the turn of the century. From comic cons to tent pole franchises, the comics and movies we made fun of now make millions of dollars. However, that recognition has brought a growing extremism with their fans.


The Addams Family A to Z

I provide facts about The Addams Family franchise including the comic strip, TV show, cartoons, movies, and merchandise labeled from A to Z.


10 Dark Live-Action Fairytale Remakes Made for Older Audiences

With so many kid-focused fairytale remakes being made, the selections for us "big kids" can be a bit...Underwhelming. But fear not! I have composed a list of fairytale remakes specifically created for an older audience. Simply pick your favorite one, grab some popcorn and enjoy!


What Is "Bad Faith" Media Criticism?

A lot of people have started to hate on CinemaSins on YouTube. But what does it mean to call them "bad faith criticism"? What is good faith criticism? What should we expect from critics?


Ten Marvel Superheroes That Desperately Need Representation in the MCU

An articulate list registering all the treasures of the delightful trove of Marvel character properties that desperately require representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Robby the Robot Changed the Image of Robots in Movies Forever

Robby the Robot is a movie prop first seen in the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet. It cost 7 percent of the movie's budget to build. It forever altered the way movie audiences viewed robots in cinema.


Ten DC Superheroes That Desperately Need Representation in the DCEU

Listicle positing the requirement of the inclusive exposure of some of the greatest virtuous alums of Detective Comics within it's cinematic realm through Warner Bros. Studios.


Seven DC Supervillains That Desperately Need Representation in the DCEU

Listicle positing the requirement for the inclusive exposure of some of the greatest nefarious alums of Detective Comics within the cinematic realm of the universe through Warner Bros. Studios.


What's Toxic Fandom, and What Creates It?

Almost every anime series, show, movie, comic book, book series, you name it has toxic fans among its fan community. Some more obviously than others. How does this happen, and how should normal fans respond?


Getting the Big Picture: Ian Fleming's 'Casino Royal' and Its Film Adaptation

A comparison analysis of the legendary Bond novel and the Daniel Craig interpretation we know and love.


The Muppets' Wilkins Coffee Commercials

I explore the history of the Wilkins Coffee commercials which featured early Muppets performed by Jim and Jane Henson.


The Tension of Brotherly Love: Why It Can Be Difficult for Men to Express Love

Saying 'I love you' is already a hard thing to say to people. Yet for men to say that to each other can be even more difficult because of the tribal, social contexts we live in today.


10 Amazing Similarities Between Ike From Fire Emblem and Luke From Star Wars

What does Ike from the Fire Emblem video games have to do with Luke from Star Wars? Discover ten surprising similarities these two protagonists share!


Villain or Father Figure?: Treasure Island vs. Treasure Planet

This article compares the portrayal of Long John Silver in Treasure Island and in Treasure Planet, exploring his character as both a father figure and a villain.


'Twilight' Spin Offs

For fans of the Twilight series, there are Twilight spin offs that can captivated you. These plots truly belong in the Twilight universe.


Rant: I'm Sick of World War Two Films

It's almost putting me off the "watch all this year's Oscar nominees" thing for good.


Catch Me If You Can Is a Movie Based on the Real Life Story of Frank Abagnale

When people meet Frank Abagnale today, they meet a well-known security consultant. His life prior to starting his business made him one of the most famous con artists in American history.


Chris Gardner: The Inspiration for the Movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”

During the 1980s, Chris Gardner was a homeless man struggling to raise his son. He eventually became a successful stockbroker and investor. This inspired a book and movie about his life.


Representations of Women in Film & TV: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, wife of the 35th American president, married to one of the richest men in the world--how was she portrayed on the screen?


Representations of Women in Film & Television: Maid Marian

Best known as the wife of Robin Hood, Maid Marian's on-screen character has evolved through the years from delicate virgin to woman warrior.


Shows, Films, and Theatrical Productions for Sherlock Fans

Can't get enough of Sherlock? Try some of these suggestions when waiting for another season.


On the Road to Phase 4: Ranking the Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe

In this article, I rank the entire MCU including movies, TV and Netflix shows, one-shots, and shorts from the best to the worst. It's been an incredible ten years and I look forward to the next ten.


14 Best Survivalists on TV and in Movies

This article suggests a list of the 14 best survivalists in the world, as seen on English-speaking TV shows, documentaries and movies.


Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Fanbase Wars: How Our Love for Our Favorite Franchises Becomes Hostile

They say you never talk about poltics and religion at the dinner table. They may want to throw in popular shows and movies as well.


How to Review Something That's Good

How do you react when something goes terribly right? How do you criticize a good movie without looking like you're nit-picking?


Famous Fictional Robots We Want in Real Life

We are fascinated, frustrated, and fearful of robots. But there are famous fictional robots which have become models for functions we want them to do in real life. What's your favorite from this list?


King of the Mountain: A Comparison Between Star Wars and Star Trek

These two legendary franchises have been around for decades. Why is there still an appeal, and are they more similar than different?


Beware That, When Fighting Monsters, You Have Your Alpha Bits

Drawing on the appeal left during the final gasp of classic horror movie monsters, the rather bland cereal Alpha Bits thrived in the 1970's thanks to wonderful -- and humorously-scary -- commercials.


Top 15 Saddest Korean Dramas and Movies

Grab a box of tissues because these 15 movies and shows are guaranteed to make you cry. Here is a list of the top 15 saddest Korean dramas and movies of all time.


So You Want to Be a Critic? Here's What You Need to Know!

Can anyone be a critic? While certainly, anyone with the time and internet can start a blog. But here's what you should know if you want to be a good critic on the internet.


Classic Kids Halloween Specials to Find This Season

These classic cartoons date all the way back to the 70s, but they are still just as great now as they were back then.


Alice in Wonderland and Scott Pilgrim: What They Eat, Their Choices, and Defining the Self

Learning how to use food and drink theory in literature and film. What dinner time reveals about your characters, and subconsciously your food choices have more meaning than previously thought.


How to Make a Live-Action Wonder Woman Work

One of the world's greatest superheroes can't seem to catch a break in live-action. Certainly not for a lack of substance. I outline ways that Hollywood can do justice to our favorite Amazon.


The Revolution of Brothers Grimm

This article is about how the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm have changed over the years and have been modified to fit into the modern times. I also look into why there has been a revival of this folklore today.


Top 10 TV and Movie Warlocks

The TV and movie wizards on this list all cast a spell on us. Find out which film warlocks made the top 10.