JulieCMillay

JulieCMillay

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    Are superhero movies being overdone?

    In the last few years there have been an influx of superhero movies and they have subsequently dominated the box office. The pro-comic book inspired attitude is fairly recent but not necessarily new in terms of fandom. Things like comic-con have been going on for years, but lately they taken taken on epic proportions. Why our society crave and eat up the classic comic hero’s journey again and again and again?

    • Yes, they are but I love them anyway. – Munjeera 2 weeks ago
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    • Yes, the are, but I mostly dislike them anyway. An exception is the new Wonder Woman movie, which my daughter and I enjoyed quite a bit. – Ben Hufbauer 2 weeks ago
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    • Hi Ben,What about Captain America: Winter Soldier? You can't hate Captain America can you? What about Black Panther? I am waiting with bated breath for BP. The music from the trailer sounds awesome. The best soundtrack yet I am guessing. – Munjeera 2 weeks ago
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    • Perhaps you could discuss history f superhero fandoms and the fandoms about the superhero franchises generally. – J.D. Jankowski 2 weeks ago
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    • They're the popular way to tell the heroes journey. They're importance varies from character to character, but at the very least they'll have a solid core emotional story to them. They can be pretty simple as well. Ant-man has a nice father daughter theme in it. The Sam Raimi Spider-man films have "with great power comes great responsibility" down to a t. Also, if you're just talking about their monetary success, it's pretty simple: kids. – KyleThomson 1 week ago
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    • Quite broad. As others have noted, the big-ticket superheroes today have disparate origins, purposes, and journeys. The "superhero" movie subgenre might deserve some questions, but whoever wanted to tackle the questions would need to establish the themes common to the superhero journey and the outliers to those themes. That is, do *Deadpool,* *Guardians of the Galazy Vol. 2,* and *Wonder Woman* offer parallel themes? If so, what are they? – Paul A. Crutcher 1 week ago
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    • I think we have become obsessed with superheroes because we lack real heroes. Heroes in the past have fallen and it seems as if there is a disappointed generation out there. Also, these are scary times. Is it any wonder we take solace in the idea that someone will rescue us from ourselves? – Munjeera 1 week ago
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    • Every new interpretation, every re watch and every new instalment brings with it excitement, apprehension and familiarity. whats wrong with craving a bit of hope, humour and strength? – miaraszewski 1 week ago
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    • Superhero movies can be considered to be over the top and overdone. But before applying a binary yes no response to this questions, I think it would be helpful to examine this from a different paradigm. If we look at the geo-political state of the world over the last 15-20 years, things have been rapidly declining. Superhero movies offer what the real world cannot - a form of escapism that is affordable, relatable and has generated a lot of buy-in from fandom the world over. Lets be honest, we have all wished for some type of supernatural ability or power at some point in our lives to help us deal with a real world issue we were dealing with in the hopes that it would solve the problem and we would emerge victorious. We have all fantasied and wished for it at some point. Superhero movies are an extension of that inherent wish/fantasy. It is appealing to us to see average people go through a transition of some kind (spider bite/gamma radiation exposure/ being born on another planet/ or a genius tech billionaire) and able to overcome adversity of all types. – mattcarlin 5 days ago
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    What is the greatest obstacle for feminist writer?

    Analyze what themes and challenges a feminist writer might endure when creating fiction or nonfiction. How do they skillfully educate the masses while still creating a story to win over even the most misogynistic in society?

    • Great topic. I wonder if writing with a male nom de plume/pseudonym is still helpful. – Munjeera 2 weeks ago
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    • "Educate the masses" implies that feminism is always 'correct'. Perhaps in its core tenants, but the term has been somewhat co-opted today... I don't know if it's logically coherent to assume one's ideology is of ultimate educational authority? Like, perhaps from another's point of view the so-called masses need no education, and to them this is the ultimate truth. Point being: ideologies can never logically be 'true,' because morally-based (unscientific) truth is essentially subjective. – m-cubed 2 weeks ago
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    • m-cubed, you're misunderstanding the topic proposal if you think it is about saying one side is right. It is about educating people on a subject that they may not have otherwise been subjected to because of previous idealogical belief. Your words:"from another's point of view the so-called masses need no education, and to them this is the ultimate truth." Translation: Some people believe the acquisition of new knowledge or points of view is unimportant so therefore it should be. I simply disagree and I'd assume many people who write for this online magazine would too. Your comment makes the point as to why it needs to be written about.We can debate the philosophical meaning of truth all day and night, but the bottom line is feminism exists and is an important topic. It remains contemporaneous and relevant to many, many social movements today. Unsurprisingly, it has found its way into the literature we read. – JulieCMillay 2 weeks ago
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    • One of the major challenges is to present a plausible, or at least imaginable, alternative to patriarchy. I think Ursula Le Guin is a great example of a feminist writer who does just this in a way that is engaging and not preachy. – SFG 1 week ago
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    • I think it depends on how they identify: female, WOC, LGBTQIA+ and disabled feminist writers are often met with abuse/threats and ignorance... however, when a male (typically cisgender and white) feminist writer conveys similar messages, he isn't met with abuse (at least not to the extent she does), and is hailed as a champion of women's rights/the greater good. Watching that unfold can be daunting and prevent a feminist writer from wanting to publish their work. – stephameye 1 week ago
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    Whitman and his Wit

    Speak to the impact Walt Whitman had on the poetry community and perhaps bring forth a discussion as to why he either does or does not remain relevant today in our fact-based, romance-lacking society.

    • Some clarification on what is meant here by "his Wit" would be nice. If you're using this term to discuss the use of humor/sharpness/jest in his poetry, then why does the below content of your topic make no reference to these traits? An argument can certainly be made that his wit has contributed to his continued relevance, but it would be nice to see that directly posited as a proper jumping-off point for the article. I get the appeal of wordplay, but it only works if you acknowledge its relation to the actual discussion at hand. Just my two cents. – ProtoCanon 2 weeks ago
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    Modern Day Films vs. Oldies?

    It can be said that modern day films are often paced much differently than films from older generations. Everything from the dialogue to plot controversy to conflict resolution; all these ingredients that make good story telling possible are often timed differently in newer films as opposed to older films.

    Why is that and how come most popular contemporary films adhere to this same, rather fast pace formula of storytelling?

    • I would create a stronger definition for "modern popular contemporary films," perhaps in a specific genre or by a particular director who worked in both eras? – m-cubed 4 weeks ago
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    • I would give an example to illustrate your point here. I think it is a good topic though. – birdienumnum17 4 weeks ago
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    • I like this topic and believe it has potential. Could you add a few examples? – Munjeera 3 weeks ago
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    • JulieCMiliay,I think if you were to write on this topic, you would have to explore what it was that each kind of movie had that other didn't. On the one hand, modern movies are with out a doubt more spectacular than old movies. The special effects involved in modern movies are absolutely breathtaking and imaginative. On the other hand, older movies tended to, in my opinion, have better storylines. Most movies nowadays are either sequels, remakes, or reboots; go back 40 years or so, and you'll see that while there were still a noticeable amount of adaptations, most of the movies were original. Go back even further, to the Golden Age which started at the tail end of the 30s and went into the 50s (or shoot, why not go all the way back to the 20s when guys like Chaplin and Keaton were big), and you'd see that all those movies are original.You could also argue that older movies didn't have to rely on cheap thrills, raunchy humor, and pornographic scenes in order to get an audience.Come to think of it, I would recommend that perhaps you shouldn't bundle up old movies and new movies; rather go genre by genre. So are older comedies/sci-fi/action movies/dramas better than newer ones? This way, I think you'd avoid making one huge blanket decision that obscures how modern movies could, in some ways, be better than others.Thanks for your time, August – August Merz 2 weeks ago
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    Why is the public enthralled by Christopher Nolan?

    He has directed some of the most popular movies known to the American public/around the world in the last decade; so what is it about his directing style that keeps raking in audiences by the millions?

    • Nolan's pretty strong on auteur theory, good choice! – m-cubed 4 weeks ago
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    • I think a key feature of his films is that he tends to focus on the psychology of the human mind; what are its extents and limitations, why and how it thinks certain ways. And to audiences, I think that many find it unique and refreshing that he is creating major Hollywood films that deal with something so cerebral ( which is not as common amongst the majority of big budget Hollywood pictures) That could be an angle to take – Yanni 4 weeks ago
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    • JulieCMiliay,Hello again.As you pointed out, Christopher Nolan is without a doubt one of the most financially successful directors working today, and in my opinion, he deserves the praise. While this is a bit of a cheap way to make suggestions, I think it's best to simply write some pros and cons about him in order to be fair in critiquing his work while also appreciating it.First the negative:1. He isn't all that original. While many say that his movies are different and break off from most movies, the bulk of his work isn't actually original material. He's made 10 movies thus far (I'm counting Dunkirk though it hasn't been released), and only 4 of them are original (Following, Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk). The others are as follows: Memento is an adaptation of his brother's short story Memento Mori; Insomnia is a remake of an Icelandic movie of the same name; The Dark Knight trilogy is, obviously, an adaptation of the Batman comics; and The Prestige is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Christopher Priest. While he is definitely an exciting director, his material usually comes from someone else. 2. Sometimes he isn't much of a craftsman, especially when it comes to editing. I'd recommend watching some videos on Nolan's editing and see for yourself how it can get a bit confusing to tell what's going on, especially during action scenes.And that's about all I can think of, really. Now the positive:1. He's a classy director. His movies don't rely on swearing, graphic depictions of sex or violence, or controversial subjects in order to get an audience. 2. He's a spectacular director. His movies are often grand in scope and, more importantly, they rarely involve CGI. The majority of the effects in his movies are practical and as such make the scenery all the more vivid. 3. His movies are, as Yanni said, interested in making the audience think. More often than not (at least in my case), I find myself thinking about his movies long after I've seen them because of the ideas presented and because of how they were presented.I hope these observations help.Thanks for your time, August – August Merz 2 weeks ago
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    Does the hero's journey ever fully encompass a true human experience?

    Since the beginning of language man has entertained himself with storytelling. These anecdotal stories and most popular chronicles at that usually follow the same exact ‘hero’s journey’ formula. But does this form ever truly encompass humanity? We are constantly exposed to the hero’s journey and the outcomes of the triumph of one side or another (good or evil, man vs. Nature ect), but does humanity exclude the reality of the accurate human experience for the sake of mass amusement? Analyze why the hero’s journey could possibly not truly represent the nature of humanity and why this particular set of storytelling guidelines translates so well to an mass audience who will most likely never amount to heroic status.

    • I think the hero's journey is flexible enough to encompass the human experience because a character doesn't necessarily have to make it full circle. There are many stories where the hero isn't able to overcome the tests he meets in the underworld - and he doesn't come back with a boon to society. A happy ending is not obligatory in the hero's journey - it's just that the hero *might* come back.Yet, at the same time, even with an unhappy ending, the cycle reminds us of what might have been or of what was possible, if that makes sense. – LisaDee 1 year ago
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    • I agree that cliche is such a damning critque. – sktthemes 12 months ago
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    JulieCMillay

    Really insightful take on these timeless themes and modern interpretations. Very interesting article thank you for your ideas.

    Ex Machina, Frankenstein and Modern Deities
    JulieCMillay

    Thanks for reading, glad you liked it!

    Free Play: The Social, Cognitive & Emotional Pay Offs of Allowing Whimsicality
    JulieCMillay

    Love this article and this show! The nostalgia it brings along with the witty writing and relatable characters is paramount. This show really is immune to the ruinous wear of changing eras.

    The Effect of "Friends"
    JulieCMillay

    “This proves that it may be a man’s world but the women know how to play the game in a way which leaves the men completely oblivious and, in their own way, excluded from a world of which only the women know of.” This was brilliant!

    I think societies forgets, quite commonly, that the those who are excluded from inherited power create their realm – of which the powerful could never and will never understand. In this way, they silently remain the backbone of these societies, a crucial underbelly of social construction. It leaves one to ask, who really has the power? Who is really blinded to the reality of the world? Great work, I really enjoyed reading your article!

    How A Feminist Watches Game of Thrones: Power Is Power
    JulieCMillay

    I agree with this wholeheartedly. I think our television/media has created a frigid gender role and social expectation for both men and women. Your article was well thought out and well cited. Female subordination has been reinforced by stereotypes, objectification and the overall misogynistic attitudes of patriarchal societies and is in part upheld by the women even today that still adhere to these exclusively domestic lifestyles. Not all women who stay at home are put down by their husbands or lack strength or independent qualities. What I mean is that the moment personal choice or importance is taken out of the equation for a woman- this is the same moment society wrongfully writes them off as the lesser sex. Your piece demonstrated just that, awesome work!

    Reinforcing the Traditional Patriarchal ideologies through Situation Comedies
    JulieCMillay

    I totally see that. I get frustrated too :/ wish they’d just get a little more creative sometimes.

    The Superhero Film in The Modern Era
    JulieCMillay

    I liked the piece overall, though critical and a bit harsh at times. There are some good qualities to those ‘by the book’ Marvel movies, as the author even stating The Avengers practically made box office history. As a human race a good portion of the planet likes to indulge in the same mundane aspects of a brilliant, strong hero’s journey, and that’s why those films are so popular. People WANT to watch them. I agree whole heartedly with the piece in some aspects, the stories have all become as familiar as a broken record, simply being remade with different names and the same exact plot line. These lack a bit of creativity and could be altered to surprise us just once in a while. But in a way, I find a comfort in that fact. That I can go to a movie theatre, buy a jumbo popcorn bucket, and enjoy a film I can basically predict from the very first scene.

    In life good doesn’t over come evil more times than not, and the underdog gets pushed to the side and dies knowing they missed their chance to be great. These movies give a desired escape from these sad, inescapable truths of life. Unfortunately or fortunately, there will always be a place for them in a society such as ours.

    The Superhero Film in The Modern Era