In the new remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, aired on FOX last night, choices on set, costume design, as well as the lead protagonist deviate from the original impressions and genre classic that Rocky Horror is known for. Many might claim that being unhappy with Laverne Cox’s choice for protagonist is wrong etc., but I think personally she represents a woman, through and through. But, the original production resonates so clearly as a man in woman’s clothing, a sweet transvestite, gothic sexual, and eerie, through and through. The clothing choices misgender the cast and portray a different set of queer statements throughout.
Your topic requires a strong controversial argument and will present a challenge for anyone who tackles it. – Kevin2 days ago
I would warn anyone who takes on this topic not to let your feelings as to which one was "better" influence the gender and sexuality discussion. It is difficult sometimes to separate nostalgia from analysis. It is quite possible that the new version is specifically trying to separate itself from the original. Ask "why"? – Christen Mandracchia1 day ago
Analyze the ideology behind attempting to capitalize on nostalgia and how it has effected the film industry. This includes remakes, Quentin Tarantino, and the B-list aesthetic.
This is absolutely everywhere, and is a super broad, big idea in my opinion--a really good one!--but definitely too big to effectively analyze in one article. A more narrow focus (like remakes, Tarantino, B-aesthetic, etc.) following a broad intro to the overall topic might be more successful and ultimately more exciting/enjoyable to read. For sure a pervasive part of the zeitgeist that many people would be interested in and probably benefit from, haha. – skohan3 days ago
I think this would be a great and interesting article. I have definitely noticed how modern culture has adopted a love for old things. It's very fashionable to wear certain things that clearly have a relation to old-fashioned styles. Music also has been taking a lot of older styles and bringing them to the surface again. It would be cool to discuss the influence on music and clothing, not just film. But those could be separate articles, even, because you could go into great detail about each thing. – Wordmaster23 hours ago
The film movement New Queer Cinema was meant to describe independent films of the 1990s that helped bring queer narratives to the screen. This article would review the history, importance, and films of the movement.
A work of fiction is considered to have passed the Bechdel test if it features two women who talk about something other than a man. In many cases, it also requires that the women have names. Nearly half of films meet this requirement. Does this test truly examine the portrayal of gender in media?
Maybe an additional question you could also ask is, what kind of insight does applying the Bechdel Test on films give us about particular filmmakers (and give some examples) and has the introduction of the Bechdel Test changed the industry at all? – Kevin3 days ago
I think another important question might be, does a film that fails the Bechdel Test always portray gender negatively? Does a film that passes the Bechdel Test always portray gender positively?If not, what does the Bechdel Test truly show us? – C8lin3 days ago
You probably already know this, but there are a lot of films, such as Showgirls or films by Russ Meyer, that pass the Bechdel Test despite the fact that they are FAR from positive portrayals of women. – jsanoff2 days ago
With great, iconic musicals like Grease in the late 1970s, would it be possible to create such a hit musical now? How would modern music like house music be incorporated into such a film? What do you think a modern musical would look like?
Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda just won a ton of Tony awards and it features hip hop and rap. House Music might be a little different since it doesn't often feature lyrics and musical theater is dependent on words by definition - but I would like to see if someone argue the house music could become material for a musical... – Kevin3 days ago
I think now with the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as the huge success of Hamilton, musicals definitely have been revived and have become hits. I think now musicals speak to a specific genre or time period in order to be successful, their flavor is specific as well as culturally relevant. Even High School Musical created such unproar! I think if done correctly, marketed correctly, and the scoring was impeccable the musical would definitely be adopted by large demographics. – amirnaveh2 days ago
With live-action versions of Cinderella, Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, etc., it seems that every animated Disney film is likely to be re-imagined. Discuss why filmmakers are drawn to recreate these classics and the consequences. Have the most recent Disney animations, such as Moana, been influenced by the sudden live-action interest?
Don't forget to talk about Beauty and the Beast! – albee6 days ago
Also The Jungle Book and how this particular reimagining may be superior to the original film. – DallasLash175 days ago
Maybe one of the reasons is that they needed more original ideas and they thought the concept was good enough to keep the economy going. – RadosianStar4 days ago
Most movies about fraternities and sororities seem to want to convince us that they’re either full of slobbering-drunk, pain-inflicting "students" (because they never seem to do homework or care about class) or clones forced to fit a certain mold. Why might this be? Are these accurate depictions of Greek life or not?
Also another interesting dimension could be how these types of movies influence collegiate Greek life in America as well. – Kevin4 days ago
I feel this is a very stereotypical viewpoint most have about Greek life. What movies don't mention is how some Greek organizations are solely academic/educational and are helpful for students looking for jobs post-graduation. Movies also forget to mention that a lot of Greek organizations give back to the community, volunteer, and do lots of fundraisers. I feel like most depictions of Greek life are inaccurate. This is a great topic to write about. – Marina4 days ago
Analyze the media’s excessive purging of sequels to the public. Are sequels more or less becoming strictly a financial gain, as opposed to continuing a beloved story to audiences that is worth value? Why is it that sequels are generally deemed disappointing?
Another thing to consider would be "reboots" of certain films. For instance the Spiderman movies (how many origin stories does he have at this point?). Other interesting areas would be Disney's insane sequealing habits vs. Pixar (who has a substantially small amount of sequels with Toy Story being the only one with such a high amount of them). Do these films need the sequels? Nonetheless something I would like to see in this topic/article is a compare and contrast. Have their been successful sequels? Why so? – Mela7 days ago
I totally think that sequels are a financial gain, a story line could truly come off as brilliant and beyond great. However once it ends that should be it, but I suppose instead of making a total different story line and different characters it's somewhat easier and cost efficient to use that same story line, revamp it and drag it on a little bit more. Besides, from a writers stand point it is easier to use the same characters that the audience has already known and gotten to love. – Karolyn115 days ago
I agree with the "reboots" comment. The obvious example is Harry Potter, both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, but I'm really not sure whether to be happy about the spin-offs. But I'm still paying to see/read them! Maybe you could go into that - the extent to which potentially bad sequels to a good movie still can make a profit. – jonese195 days ago