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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.