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Race and Film

Analysis of films as they relate centrally to race as a primary lens.

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    Life Action Remakes of Animated Films

    Specifically looking at Disney, it seems to be a fad of late that animated films from the past are being given a life-action face lift. Is there an actual reason behind re-creating the Disney classics other than doing so from a purely capitalistic standpoint? There is controversy that Disney films are quite dark and if they are appropriate for their target audience, that is children. So are these remakes being created to be targeted more towards the children and being used to censor their animated predecessors?
    To they alter too much from the original and does it retain the same magic created by the hand painted animated stories that established the Disney brand?

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      Death Note: The Positive Effects of Kira's Global Genocide

      Explore the ways in which Light Yagami’s plan for the human race was effective. With the sheer number of criminals dying, what were some of the positive changes that the world saw? In what way could these changes have been sustained if Light was able to maintain sanity through the transition? Find the good in Yagami’s fall from grace.

      • I believe the title Deathnote is generally written as "Death Note." Otherwise great topic (though possibly controversial) about a great show! – Connor Gregorich-Trevor 2 days ago
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      Pixar's 'Braintrust' model producing high-quality films

      Pixar produces some of the most high-quality animation films in Hollywood. Pixar president Ed Catmull attributes this success to the "Braintrust" model, a set of four rules Pixar teams should follow that aims to "remove ego" for the ultimate creative success. Very briefly, these rules include

      1. Removing power structure from the group
      2. Only lateral, peer-peer interactions (no subordinates)
      3. All success shared between team members
      4. Honesty from peers on ideas proposed

      How is this seemingly simple Braintrust model the key to Pixar’s success? Further, can this model be applied to other forms of entertainment (such as anime, film, literature) to unleash the potential to create quality, well-received work?

      • I think this is an interesting topic to analyze, but does require some knowledge of business I would assume, as well as some research into Disney's success as compared to other studios, as well as the knowledge that Disney is probably the largest media corporation in the entire world. A look into Pixar's history and the success of movies produced after this model was introduced in comparison to movies before would be a good contrast to have in this article as well. – Nayr1230 10 hours ago
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      • This sounds like a fascinating topic. Disney has also put into practice certain leadership ideals and their workshops available for business executives are legendary. I mean does anyone actually need anything from Disney, a cap with mouse ears? No of course not, but we all buy Disney. Their marketing strategies combined with corporate leadership has set the bar high. – Munjeera 9 hours ago
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      Batman Arkham Knight: Destruction of Characterization?

      An extremely popular and successful franchise, the Batman Arkham series is yet another universe added to the Batman canon. However, the latest addition to the series brought in the controversial role of Jason Todd — the former "second" Robin who had been murdered by the Joker — as the "Arkham Knight" and main antagonist of the game. Most fans expressed their outrage for the use of Todd’s character and the way it was conveyed within the Arkham Verse, along with (yet again) using the over saturated Joker trope, and Batman’s decision with the "Knightfall Protocol". Was this addition to the gaming series poorly plotted out? And most importantly: was the characterization of these iconic characters destroyed by the Arkham verse canon?

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        Shakespeare in Films

        Select a few of Shakespeare plays that have been adapted in films and analyse them. What can film techniques bring to the plays? How does it change our relationships to characters? The story? Are there elements that can only be efficient on stage? What do actors who do both (David Tennant, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen etc…) say about the difference between performing Shakespeare on stage and in front of a camera?

        • Wow, there's a lot here to talk about! I love this topic and am excited to see it. Paring this down into specifics would be easier to write about. For example, Branagh is probably the most prolific in bringing Shakespeare to film, so it might be interesting to choose just one of his film adaptations and write at length about what it brings to (or detracts from) the play. Most directors these days set Shakespeare in different time periods; how does Branagh's version of Hamlet, for example, set a tone that may be different from a displaced staged version? – Katheryn 3 months ago
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        • A very interesting concept and will make a great article. There are certainly many things you propose to be discussed here. I think first of all the title should reflect that you are trying to do a comparison or discuss both Film and on stage plays. In addition, it will be beneficial to narrow down the discussion to a degree as it might result in a very long article that would not have coherency and a good flow. Compare and contrast topics are very interesting read and fun to do, but if there are too many elements, the article becomes difficult to follow. – Arazoo Ferozan 3 months ago
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        • BBC's Hollow Crown trilogy would be a good adaptation to explore (even though it's a mini-series) as many of the actors in it also did stage work. The recent Macbeth (2015) film would interesting as well given how pared down it was--mostly striking visuals and score, but very little of the play's actual lines. A question, maybe, of conveying atmosphere and tone vs. faithfully sticking to the original. – Tiffany 3 months ago
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        • As others have noted, there is a lot to explore/discuss here. There are numerous adaptations of Shakespeare's plays that can lend important insight to your piece - especially if you're thinking about it in a global context. How do adaptations outside of the English language come closer to or further from the original? How do certain cultural or community specific values (i.e. arranged marriages in certain cultures) impact an adaptation's depiction or love, duty, remorse, etc. Maqbool (2004) is an awesome example of some of these questions and issues. If you're thinking of expanding to a more global context that is a great place to start! – GemMarr 8 hours ago
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        • This is a very broad topic, maybe stick to one popular and well adapted Shakespeare play. Also keep in mind the historical context of live action plays: they were supposed to engage the audience to get involved, for example the well known fact that audiences used to throw tomatoes at actors. But the audience could also contribute real time opinions and feelings to a play, even help improvise lines. Audience participation is something film adaptations lack. I'm not sure if you have studied more modern plays, like Beckett or Susan Lori-Parks, but the trend of post modern plays is to implicate the audience and make us feel culpable. I know this might be going off track, but it would be an interesting research. Good luck! – Rayna 12 mins ago
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        Western Children's Cartoons Still Don't Directly Represent the LGBTQ Community

        Although there are cartoons like Steven Universe and Adventure Time that implicitly show homosexual relationships, or have an "out" where the characters have no gender, why do children’s cartoon networks still have a stigma towards letting cartoons directly address the LGBTQ community?

        • I think the big question is are we ready to show the LGBTQ community to children? There is still a lot of homophobia and not enough education about the community in many areas. I think networks are trying to slowly integrate LGBTQ characters so that children aren't thrown something they don't understand. – LaRose 1 week ago
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        • I would love to see the LBGTQ community represented in a Disney cartoon. I think the critical mass standard has been reached. I agree! – elwilson 1 day ago
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        Social Media and Mainstream Journalism

        User-generated photographs or videos regularly dominate television bulletins and the front pages of newspapers, while opinionated blogging also gains significant traction in redefining the field of journalism. Analyze the impact of participatory action on social media in steering journalism, and the implications of this shift in control towards the individual consumer.

        • Very important topic. I think it's sad that our society is viewing a death in traditional journalism with the rise of sites such as Buzz Feed (where copying and pasting gifs off of blogs is more important than critical journalist skills) or even just popular magazines like peoples, etc. I think another interesting social media platform to explore with a topic like this is tumblr. A lot of people (especially young people) use the site as a way to vent their frustrations and write about heavily loaded topics without any sources, etc. It usually causes more harm then good with passion and opinions rising -- especially when these opinions are often skewed or lack research to back up claims. In a way, people use the sight to mimic aspects of journalism but do so incorrectly. – Mela 2 days ago
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        • The Illuminati runs the media. – Riccio 1 day ago
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        • Whenever you're dealing with the traditional journalism vs. citizen journalism debate, it's important to note that many citizen/alternative journalists still rely on traditional outlets to break stories (to the tune of more than 90%). The usual process is that traditional news brings the facts and citizen/alternative journalism brings near endless analysis. – Ian Miculan 8 hours ago
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        Film

        Batman Vs Superman: What Went Wrong?
        Batman Vs Superman: What Went Wrong?
        Why was Spectre a Disappointment?
        Final Girl: Horror, Action, and Gender
        The New Wave of Biopics

        TV

        Home Reno Shows: Our Guilty Pleasure
        Home Reno Shows: Our Guilty Pleasure
        The Effect of “Friends”
        Superhero Live Action Shows: Conventions and Evolution
        How has the Idea of “Family” Changed on Television since World War II?

        Animation

        Bojack Horseman: Balancing Humor and Dark Themes
        Bojack Horseman: Balancing Humor and Dark Themes
        Steven Universe: The Rise of Popularity in Internet Fandoms
        Animated Poetry: A Starting Point
        Inside Out and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Philosophy of the Emotions

        Anime

        Harem Anime and Manga – Expectations vs. Reality
        Harem Anime and Manga – Expectations vs. Reality
        Surviving SHIMONETA: Living in a World Without Dirty Jokes
        The Endings of Evangelion: Exploring Shinji Ikari
        A Look at the 1980’s Anime OVA Legacy

        Manga

        Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
        Manga: How to Travel Between Dimensions
        Naruto: The Unresolved Revolution
        The 5 Saddest Moments in One Piece
        Dragon Ball: Why is it Still Endearing to People Everywhere?

        Comics

        Overweight Superheroes and Supervillains
        Overweight Superheroes and Supervillains
        Civil (Ethics) War: A Marvel Comics Event
        The “It’s Complicated” Relationship of Deadpool and Spiderman
        A Guide to Reading Comics: Where to Start?

        Literature

        The Face of Classist Tyranny: Haddix’s Uprising and Yezierska’s “Soap and Water”
        The Face of Classist Tyranny: Haddix’s Uprising and Yezierska’s “Soap and Water”
        Vampires in Literature: Opera Cloaks, Sparkles, and Prevailing Themes
        7 Classic Books For Those New to Dystopia
        Five Slightly Less Conspicuous Classics of British Literature

        Arts

        Swinging Los Angeles: L.A.’s Forgotten Role as a Psychedelic Rock Mecca
        Swinging Los Angeles: L.A.’s Forgotten Role as a Psychedelic Rock Mecca
        Passion Pit: The Personal and the Political
        The Art of Sales in the 21st Century
        That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: An Argument that Art is Objective

        Writing

        The Act of Writing: A Semantic Exploration
        The Act of Writing: A Semantic Exploration
        The Modern Translation of Writing
        Fanficton: A Practice in the Art of Storytelling
        Attention Writers: The Myth of Writer’s Block