Why is it Important to Have Black Writers for Black Characters?
When you're a kid and you're only exposed to white people on the page and screen, that just becomes your reality: white people are the heroes and the others are their sidekicks (or villains).
Why Flawed Black Characters are Needed On Screen
Black people are human. We make mistakes, sometimes because of our circumstances and sometimes because of our bad decision-making skills. But, in film and television, black characters are often relegated to a one-dimensional "strong" black woman or man.
4 Things People Mean When They Say, "I Hate Disney Adults"
I'm not going to feel ashamed of liking stuff I like just because people want me to be.
11 Alternative World War II Scenarios in Modern Pop Culture
11 works of contemporary pop culture that reflect back on World War Two and wonder, "What if???"
Is Watching Movies and TV Shows a Waste of Time in 2022?
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?
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.
Narcissistic Parents as Depicted in Film and Television
These are depictions of narcissistic abuse in popular media, from Harry Potter to Cinderella.
Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Gollum, Frodo, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targeayon
Both "The Lord of the Rings" and "Game of Thrones" have revolutionized the art of fantasy storytelling, especially when it involves a great quest. Here is how both franchises skillfully show what costs their main characters endure in undertaking them.
Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Boromir and Daenerys Targaryen, Noble Madness
Did you know that Boromir from "Lord of the Rings" and Daenrys Targaryen from "Game of Thrones" both exhibit the concept of noble madness? Here is how they both arrive at that point from different places and life experiences.
Cross-Franchise Character Analysis: Jon Snow and Aragorn
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.
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.
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"? Here are ten surprising similarities these two protagonists share! Spoilers included.
Villain or Father Figure? "Treasure Island" vs. "Treasure Planet"
This article compares the portrayal of Long John Silver in "Treasure Island" and "Treasure Planet," exploring his character as both a father figure and a villain.
"Catch Me If You Can": The True 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Be a Film Buff - Your Guide to Becoming a Movie Nerd
Today we're going to get down to the nitty-gritty of exactly what it takes to start you on the road to becoming a true-blue movie aficionado. Don't worry, it's easier than it sounds.
Comparing "Beowulf" and "The 13th Warrior": Book vs Movie
Comparing the Movie The 13th Warrior and the novel Beowulf published hundreds of years ago. The similarities and differences are clearly outlined, and are quite simple to understand.
Lacock, Wiltshire: 'Harry Potter' and TV Period Drama Filming Location
Lacock in Wiltshire is a beautiful, quintessentially English village. It is also a popular filming location for productions from 'Cranford' to 'Harry Potter'. Can you spot your favourite scene?
Best Harry Potter Spoofs, Parodies, and Fan Contributions
The best Harry Potter parodies show a familiarity with the characters and an obvious love of the series. Here are some of the most popular, enduring Potter spoofs available on the web.
Famous Gothic and Vampire Women From TV and Movies
Famous goth women and famous vampire women from "The Addams Family" to "True Blood."