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chrischan

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    It's the end of the world as we know it

    Dystopias are often used in science fiction films to explore the worst possible outcome of the ideals of the present. How has the depiction of the bleak future changed over time, and what themes, if any, emerge from era to era?

    • Very interesting topic that can be taken in quite a few directions in terms of focus. A couple cool things to look at with dystopian films is the effect that advancements in CGI has had in depictions of the future and connecting the themes to the political climate surrounding the era the film was made – Dominique Kollie 8 months ago
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    • I read a book that where the author mentioned her definition of a dystopia being the corruption of a utopia, and it got me thinking about the paradise we were trying for in a lot of dystopic movies. The first one that came to mind was Serenity, but there are so many. – chrischan 8 months ago
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    • I remember one of my professors mentioning that during the Cold War quicksand was used a lot more in movies as a physical representation of the uneasiness Americans were facing, I wonder if any similar themes or metaphors pop up in dystopias in different eras. – Rayna 8 months ago
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    • I think there is a current trend towards environmental dystopias in film, specifically the anthropocene that focuses on catastrophic global events that are caused by humans. I am thinking of films such as Snow piercer. – Treva 8 months ago
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    • There definitely seems to be more movies lately where we caused our own destruction, be it through technology (Terminator and its sequels), environmental negligence/manipulation (Snowpiercer), or trying to change people and then a disease breaks out. – chrischan 8 months ago
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    • Another way of approaching the topic could be to locate when dystopias first came about (in literature or film) and ask why this happened. I believe this happened at the same time as we began to imagine utopia. One is often seen as the flip side of the other (as brilliantly realised in the film '2001').Have a look at British Library publication 'Out of This World' for an overview of the topic. – Benedict Hadley 8 months ago
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    • perhaps it would also be a good idea to look at how this dystopian trend reflects on people's view and beliefs of the world now. dystopian writing is a more recent trend even if there have been significant writings in the dystopian genre before. I think focusing on the impact of dystopias in modern media would be a good way to narrow down this topic. – Jutor 8 months ago
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    chrischan

    I think Unalaq felt like the weakest of the LoK villains because he didn’t turn evil by going too far with his ideology, he just wanted to be powerful and evil and was using his belief and spirituality to trick Korra into getting what he wanted. There was great promise when Unalaq was first introduced, because people can and have and do commit evils in the name of religion and belief, but it was like he dropped all of that and said ‘Nah, I was kidding, I just want to be the anti-Avatar. Psyche!’.

    The Legend of Korra: Empathizing with Villains
    chrischan

    This is a fantastic article; your analysis of each film is really in depth and is really effective motivation to watch those of these that I’ve yet to see.

    The 21st Century Films Prepared For Classic Status
    chrischan

    I didn’t even realize We Stand On Guard was written by Vaughn until I read this, and I own it. Honestly, it’s a topic I used to think about a lot when I was a kid (and still do from time to time), and I do wish it had been longer, or that these were 6 out of many more issues. It’s one of those comics that instantly made me wish it was a TV show.

    Brian K. Vaughan's Characters: From Lost to Saga
    chrischan

    Absolutely! I love listening to the music from Miyazaki movies, especially the waltz from Howl’s Moving Castle. All of Joe Hisaishi’s work for those movies so strongly invokes the world of the movie.

    The Importance of Scoring in Films
    chrischan

    I saw a fan theory that Coulson should be the one to get Tony and Steve back on the same side, which would be a great integration of the Marvels’ TV universe with their film universe, as well as possibly the only person who could reunite the broken Avengers for Infinity War.

    Moral Codes: Heroes, Villains, and Agents of SHIELD
    chrischan

    I wish the MCU would acknowledge Agents of Shield more. I was really excited when the show was announced because, even without knowing much about the comics or SHIELD, there was a lot that could be done just within the world set up by the MCU movies. To be honest, I haven’t watched AoS since the mid-season finale of season 3, but I hear it doesn’t get more included into the MCU.

    Moral Codes: Heroes, Villains, and Agents of SHIELD
    chrischan

    I totally agree with your analysis. When shows have tried to steer away from this archetype, they are met with a lot of criticism and complaints.

    Reinforcing the Traditional Patriarchal ideologies through Situation Comedies
    chrischan

    I never did like sitcoms where the was a clear divide and difference between the husband and the wife – the moneymaker and the homemaker. In part, it must have been because it was so unlike my childhood, both in that my mom was the one who wore a suit and went to work, but also because both of my parents worked. TV used to make it look like having both parents in a family working wasn’t common, but I think that’s changed in more recent shows.

    Reinforcing the Traditional Patriarchal ideologies through Situation Comedies