Analyze and discuss the more adult themes and issues in the recent Disney movie "Inside Out." This includes subjects such as depression, anxiety, self esteem, personality identification, memories (long/short term and the concept of the subconscious), and differentiating emotions within the self, especially the imbalanced ratio of generally happy to general sad emotions.
Explore the role of the "disability con" in films like The Usual Suspects, The Score, and The Ex. The disability con consists of a character feigning disability in order to appear harmless or pitiable. This is an example of what David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder call "narrative prosthesis." What is the effect of characters faking disabilities? How do these films alter the way we view disability? Are these portrayals harmful, helpful, or neutral?
Oh, interesting topic! I wonder, would "There's Something About Mary" fit into this trope, too? – cray03092 days ago
Yes, There's Something About Mary is another good example of the disability con, as is Arrested Development: Maggie Lizer first fakes blindness and then pregnancy to manipulate others. – JLaurenceCohen2 days ago
When films are claimed to be "based on a true story," it is difficult to discern which parts are based on fact and which are fictional without knowing or researching the true history. But are the majority of viewers concerned with this distinction, or are most simply happy to watch an entertaining movie? Does finding out the actual story ‘ruin’ the movie, make it more interesting, or have no effect whatsoever?
I think the only downfall of movies like this are when people believe all of its details as the "gospel truth." If they take every facet literally, and refer to embellished or completely fictional events in the film as proof of their rightness in an argument over actual historical facts, then that is a problem. But beyond that, I don't think anybody really cares, nor do they need to. – Jonathan Leiter6 days ago
All in all, these are movies, and movies are made to entertain. Most "Based on a True Story", do have to add content to keep the film interesting. I can't remember one movie in this genre, that didn't have added material. It's inevitable, mostly because no ones life, is actually that dramatic. Yes, there are dramatics, but not enough to cover a 2 or so hour movie. – ADenkyirah6 days ago
I think the disclaimer "based on a true story" should be enough to advise audiences that not every detail is true to life. Discrepancies sometimes lead to dissatisfaction with the end result when the person portrayed in a less than positive light though. One example is in Blindside, where the main character was depicted as somewhat slow speaking and inarticulate. It was insulting. In this instance, it ruined the movie for me. – Munjeera5 days ago
I think people take that disclaimer seriously. They won't search later about the true event which actually happened and if someone asks about the topic, they would talk about the movie. Sometimes it ruins the movie, when you actually find out what happened. – exavenger5 days ago
I think it depends on the movie and how far they stray from actual events. If it's a well-done film that doesn't stray too far, then I think viewers won't mind the disclaimer. They are able to get a general idea, and if they really care, they will look up the facts. They understand that the director couldn't depict the actual events 100% accurately, for either practical or entertainment purposes. If a film is poorly done and also strays too far from the facts, then the "based on a true story" line loses its importance. – fmcfarland4 days ago
I think the emotions connected with knowing the true story are in some ways comparable to those that are relevant when translating a fictional story from a book to a movie. If you read and enjoy a book, then see a movie version that goes in a pretty radically different direction, or changes or ignores details that you view as important, you will probably be pretty disappointed with the movie, whereas if you had not read the book first, it may have stood alone as a good movie. Movies based on true stories often manipulate the story to create a message that really was not there before, so it is important to remember that the movie was framed to accomplish a purpose, whereas the true story was just life. – skylanier1 day ago
Based on emotional intelligence impact, I think people are more inclined to watch a ''true story'' movie, thus believing it will be more interesting to an extent. Of course, the level of questioning if the movie is based on the true turn of events depends on how far the sci-fi approach runs. Well done movies can illustrate a true story in a worth watching manner and sometimes invoke a further interest to search for that very story. – Lostinfiction1 day ago
Mockingjay part 2 has just come out with the last Divergent movie in the line up for release. Write about the top movies that are adapted from young adult novels. How do they stand up in time? Is their target audience broader than young adults? What similarities or differences are there between them? Movies of interest may be the Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Enders Game, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight…etc.Of course, there are more out now than ever and the list does not need to be confined to trilogies, so long as it is adapted from young adult books.
This is very interesting. I really like this topic, especially your emphasis on the target audience, and what makes them stand in time. You could even talk about the Eragon series. – emilyinmannyc1 week ago
Oh God that Eragon adaption was infuriating! I like to pretend it never happened. Thanks for your feedback. – Jordan7 days ago
I feel like there really aren't too many differences in most of the movies you mentioned. Almost all of the movie-adapted young adult novels are in the apocalyptic/science fiction genre. Many of the movies all have the same "feel". I still think this is a good topic though! – Dominic Sceski5 days ago
What an interesting topic! One could even start looking back time and considering older (pre-Twilight) young adult adaptations, before the genre exploded as a "thing." The Harry Potter series, for example, or less "huge" films Inkheart or the Narnia movies. Maybe the question is, why has young adult become SO popular as a genre? – sophiacatherine20 hours ago
Analyze the various trends and features of cult culture, such as music, tv and film.
Talking about the different types of the definition of "cult" could work as well, cult TV shows from the 2000's were something that was a huge hit. Freak and Geeks and Twin Peaks are considered cult classics, Daria is as well. Why are TV show considered a cult classic or a cult TV series? What makes them that way, and what elements define them as a "cult" classic. – scole7 days ago
I am constantly baffled at the still perpetuating amount of Caucasian actors and the lack of diversity in today’s film industry. This can range anywhere from the newest comedies, like "The Intern," to action movies like "Jurassic World," to superhero movies like "The Avengers." There may be one or two characters of another ethnicity, such as one African-American or one Indian, but the majority of the characters, especially the main characters, remain to be white.
Why do you think that is? In the 21st century world that we are supposed to be living in, where racism and discrimination are frowned upon, why is there still a permanence, a continuity, and a focus on almost all Caucasian casts in the film industry? What is it about Hollywood that still lacks diversity? Is it the still perpetuating white privilege of society that elevates Caucasian opportunities, but diminishes that of other ethnicities?
I think some reasons might include the following. 1. Minorities are.... minorities because there are less of them. So just that fact alone would mean that I would expect to see more white actors than other cultures. 2. People like to watch characters they relate to. So a white girl living in the suburbs probably wants to watch some white girl living in the suburbs. And so Hollywood gives us some white girl in the suburbs part 2. But maybe the article could comment on this. Is it really true? Or does Hollywood just assume that of us? And if it is true, how can we change the way people think so that they can relate to actors of all ethnicities and not have it detract from the way they view a film? – Tatijana2 weeks ago
I like that last point, about whether or not it's really true or if it's just the way Hollywood sees society. This could make for a very interesting article if delved in deep enough. – selysrivera2 weeks ago
I don't read comics but "The Avengers" is based on a source material and Sgt. Fury is Samuel L Jackson. I think you need to differentiate films that are original versus films based off another work. Otherwise, this topic seems like it brings up good points!
– Connor2 weeks ago
Also, keep in mind that a lot of film ideas are taken from previous sources and the film industry consciously makes the decision to grossly misrepresent characters that are already POC in their original works. A good example of this would be Tiger Lily from the movie "Pan". – Rachel6 days ago
Money, honey! At the end of the day, producers feel they will get top dollar because people will pay to see White actors. – Munjeera5 days ago
Analyze the increasing use of CGI and visual effects in films and the extent at which they are taking over from real practical footage. In some movies, the only "real" things you see on screen are the actors, and nowadays they are often warped by visual effects. The popularity of large-scale fantasy-action movies means that practical effects are fast becoming a thing of the past, and this has caused many people to question whether in the future, all of film will be made on a computer once visual effects become to foundation of film production.
A great topic choice! Reminds me of how Sir Ian McKellan really struggled with filming for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey because of the sheer amount of green screen instead of communicating with real actors in real environments. Here's an article for reference: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/20/the-hobbit-gandalf-ian-mckellen-almost-quit-acting – Camille Brouard1 week ago
Not if the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, camera manufacturers, and indie filmmakers have anything to say about it. – Jonathan Leiter1 week ago
I guess it's always a matter of how far into the future. But I don't see it happening for a long while. This seems to specifically focus on fantasy/action etc, but there are a lot of movies out there just about "life" with more common real settings. – Tatijana1 week ago
I think some of it depends on the economics and some of it depends on the type of film being made. Mad Max: Fury Road, for example, prided itself on using very little CGI, although it wasn't /entirely/ free. – Winterling7 days ago
There are plenty of people out there, thousands in fact, who just like to shoot stuff with a camera. And plenty of other people who would like to act in front of that camera. Those people may have a liking for certain pieces of animation, whatever they may be. But they wouldn't give up what they like to do in order to make films entirely in animated form, even if they still got to hold a motion-capture camera stick, and act on motion capture stages. – Jonathan Leiter5 days ago
I definitely don't think so...or I hope that's not how it is! In my experience, people actually tend to be bothered by the use of too much CGI. I don't know if that knowledge reaches the ears of the directors and produces of movies, but there may be enough complaints for movie-makers to stay traditional and forgo the use of CGI. – Dominic Sceski5 days ago
I have thought about this as well. I don't know if you've seen The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies, but there was a clear shift. In LOTR, you could tell so many extras were equipped and filmed, which, although expensive, made the films so much more real. In The Hobbit, on the other hand, you did not need a magnifying glass to tell that most of the characters had something digitally manipulated about them. – Medievalist133 days ago
Wow, what a fascinating thought. Its worth considering, though, that in every new era of animation the old animations look cheesy...I was personally also very disappointed that the Hobbit films moved away from old-fashioned prosthetics. It took away from the very raw feel of the LOTR series. – sophiacatherine20 hours ago
I would also take a look at The Mummy (1990s) interview with the director. You might find some of his points helpful. – BethanyS9 hours ago
What role does the various symbolism play in the animated film, The Triplets of Belleville, and how does it contribute to the themes presented? The Oscar nominated film is mostly silent, relying on the images within the story to have an impact on the viewer. What impact, if any, do the reoccurring symbols have? For example: trains, wine, the statue of liberty, etc.
After watching Ring and The Grudge, some horror fans can be at a loss of where to go next. Here is an eclectic mix of J-Horror for you to try out next.
Audition, 1999, Dir. Takashi Miike A lonely widower holds an audition in order to find a girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, the woman he selects has some dark secrets that destroy their relationship and even his life.
Battle Royale, 2000, Dir. Kinji Fukasaku A class of delinquents is stranded on an island, forced to kill each other over the next three days. If there isn’t one person left at the end of those three days, everyone dies. Hell breaks loose, with friendships and rivalries being taken to whole new levels.
Dark Water, 2002, Dir. Hideo Nakata A recently divorced mother moves into a run-down apartment building with her daughter. The constant presence of a mysterious handbag, dripping water, and strange appearances of a dead girl threaten the mother’s sanity.
Hausu, 1977, Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi Six girls travel to one of their aunt’s house for vacation. But after decades of living alone, is the aunt still the same woman she was?
Ichi the Killer, 2001, Dir. Takashi Miike Depraved hitman Kakihara is out for revenge when his gang’s boss is taken out by a mysterious assassin. What follows is a blend of dark humor and disturbingly graphic imagery.
I'm not sure if you would call Battle Royale a horror, but it did have its gruesome moments. I can't believe I was able to watch that on my own! – YsabelGo3 weeks ago
I thought I left a comment but maybe it didn't go through. If you're talking about great horrors and you include Hausu and Onibaba, I feel there is a need for Jigoku and Kwaiden. Otherwise, solid list of the Japanese horror notables. – Connor3 weeks ago
I've never experienced Japanese horror. It sounds interesting! – trapgrandma3 weeks ago
I'm afraid of scary things. They didn't actually used to bother me. I can pinpoint the EXACT movie that ended my scary movie watching. The Ring hahaha. Never been the same. I had to have my parents remove my TV from my room so I could sleep. So I'm sorry to say, that even though a lot of these sound super interesting, I'm going to stick to the ones clearly marked as "more suspense than horror." Haha. – Tatijana2 weeks ago