In the mid-twentieth story auteur theory was developed, naming the director as the main author of a film work. In this theory, directors get named auteurs primarily through the development of an individual aesthetic. Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel house style, achieve a similar individual aesthetic? Can Kevin Feige be considered the auteur of the franchise for his production decisions like naming directors and deciding which projects get produced? This can be supportive or critical of the Feige and the MCU.
It seems as though every week has a new superhero film debuting, and even though the different universes play host to a litany of different hero and villains, are filmmakers going to have to stretch in order to create new and compelling films? Are these franchise films going to dry the well for future hero/villain films? When are we going to become bored with the genre? The box-office is flooded with with comic adaptations and there are a plethora of new comic-related films in the works. Is there every going to be a lull in these made-for-film adaptations? This goes even further than film and is now plaguing television, with shows like Gotham, Arrow and The Flash.
I like this a lot, I feel as though since the universes are so expanded they can do so many things with the different characters that they have. You can even add if they work, what more can they do with these universes? What more can we expand on to the point where it's eventually just going to be a huge black hole full of different universes of superheroes. – scoleman2 days ago
This is an interesting topic. Personally I haven't gotten excited about any recent superhero movies (Ant Man? come on.) so this is absolutely relevant. – SomeOtherAmazon2 days ago
This topic is interesting to consider when you think of the vampire/wear wolf/zombie craze that seemed to have just ended. Could a parallel be made between these two trends? Think about the cycles of movies that have occurred in the last 10 years (the overwhelming abundance of Disney/Pixar sequels following in the same vein). I believe that there could be more discussed beyond the superhero movie craze. A good way to focus would be to take past ones in conjunction with this current hold over the box office/television/streaming(think daredevil) service overload. Why are we constantly being saturated in the latest craze? What does it say about our society? – UnapologeticallyGeneva1 day ago
Analyse the treatment of Muslims in various films. Does the treatment of Muslims have a significant impact on its viewers and how they proceed to view Muslims? Some may say that films like "American Sniper" may just be movies but they have a very real impact when it comes to anti-Muslim sentiment in the Western world.
Would be interesting to explore different national cinemas for comparison. Do American films treat and depict the Muslim community in a different way than Europeans do, or Asians, or anywhere else in the world? What about Middle East cinema? – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun3 days ago
Definitely worth talking about. – Winter2 days ago
In Martin McDonagh’s action-tragicomedy film "In Bruges," the assassin Harry represents the overbearing State-figure that philosopher Friedrich Schiller warns about in his Fourth Letter in "On the Aesthetic Education of Man." Harry’s employees, Ray and Ken, are "The Man," subjected to Harry’s authority. How does the movie express these characters as Schillian archetypes?
Really really happy someone wants to discuss this movie. Actually after reading the script and re-watching, I had an idea for a similar article, but comparing it to Dante's Inferno. I've never read Schiller, so I'd love to learn about it in this context. – Travis Cohen1 day ago
As we all await the release of the new Star Wars this winter, we should consider the fact that this series did not start off in print. That is to say, it was a movie sensation before anyone created a printed version of the story. Since then, there have been numerous novels, short stories, graphic novels, etc…that have been written. This is not unique; many movie sensations have prompted authors to create written versions of the film(s). Is there a use in creating written versions of films that have already been created? Readers often love to see movie versions of their favorite stories because it can help bring them to life. A difficult task for readers is often imagining what certain aspects of a story look like (i.e. characters, settings); therefore, a film version often confirms or disproves their previous assumptions. Unfortunately, for many readers, finding out this information, along with knowing how the story ends, can ruin the experience of reading something. In conclusion, what would the point be of reading a book if you have already seen the entire story in film version?
You could also look at what end up being more successful: print to movie adaptations, or movie to print adaptations. – Marcie Waters4 days ago
You could also determine talk about how some books are not fit for film. – birdonawire4 days ago
Perhaps this topic is best approached by genre. It may be that books before movies may be good for some genres--for example love and romance--but not for others--such as mysteries. – kalyraman4 days ago
You could determine your solutions based on top box office adaptations vs top literary adaptations. – Burst744 days ago
I think book adaptations of movies have it too rough. If a great writer did it, I would read it. But as of now, they read like an intern took the script and translated it word for word into an easily digestible novel. However, I want After Hours by Martin Scorcese as a novel. I would read the hell out of that. – coletunningley3 days ago
Books sales, as a whole, should also be researched. You could also look into comic sales before and after a superhero movie is released. – MDanielewski3 days ago
Analyse the methods/extent of effectiveness of the use of the ‘bat-voice’ by the likes of Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale etc. and how it plays into the different dimensions and tones of their respective series.
Maybe include not only how the different voice techniques play into the stories but also how the voice helps define Batman within that story. – TheLegendofPie4 days ago
Maybe focus on how certain Bat-voices are treated in pop culture at large. – FantasticMrMac2 days ago
As a popular reviewing website, Rotten Tomatoes gives an easy to understand percentage ratio to allow people to see what the masses of online critics think of films new and old. With films being rated as soon as they are released, are you one to check the film’s rank before deciding on whether a film is worth watching at the cinema or do you not consider reviewer opinions at all before going to the movies?
You could expand on this by looking at a number of movie reviewing sites, like IMDB, Letterboxd, etc., and talk about the differences and similarities between them, how to use them, etc. – Marcie Waters5 days ago
I agree with Marcie, this article should look at other sites and maybe even each of them in relation to what the fan base of the people who use them are. For example, I don't trust Rotten Tomato because it gives bad reviews to movies I think are good because it's a different fan base using the site and rating them, one which doesn't appreciate or understand certain genres. Which sites support which kind of movies the most? – Slaidey5 days ago
Or have they already? Experimental film techniques often show up in advertising and film. Would Hollywood ever market an experimental film in its own right? This decade’s "Meshes of the Afternoon," "A Movie," or "Entr’acte" might not have a home in Hollywood, but could they? Would their exclusion be less to do with profit margins and more due to the online success experimental films have now? Are experimental films viable as a market to begin with? Should they be?
This topic would be interesting to read about, and could touch on a lot of issues about experimental film. For example, which editing, production processes, etc. that originated in experimental film before hitting mainstream Hollywood films? How does the expense of an increasingly digital experimental film industry affect independent cinemas that would show experimental films but cannot always afford to purchase digital or 3D projectors? – Marcie Waters5 days ago
I shure hope not! "Art" and mass media of the 21st century already deceived and alienated enough audiences without combining them. – LuizRosa4 days ago