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    What is Hollywood willing to take a chance on?

    Recently, Hollywood has been focused on franchises, adaptations, and remakes that are guaranteed to have an audience (Disney live action remakes, Star Wars continuations, Ready Player One, Jumanji, comic book movies, etc.) What movies have come out recently that the film industry took a big chance on, and have they done well or have they flopped?

    • this is a very interesting topic, considering last year Hollywood made one of their biggest gambles on Darren Aronofsky's Mother! The film, for me, felt like a test production to see if audiences would gravitate to more artistic and experimental projects. It failed, and it is rather rare to see big studios funding new and original projects unless the director has a certain weight (ex. Spielberg). I think this could work, but I think it would be important to discuss the trend, specifically in the 21st century, of big studios supporting riskier projects and when it seems viable to do so. There should be specific films, like Mother!, but the topic should be more weighted towards Hollywood trends and what the general public is more likely to lean towards as far as genres/ideas in films. Specific films don't always work as an indicator, it is better to focus on trend and changes, even sociopolitically, anything that could influence viewership. – Connor 5 days ago
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    Whenever I talk about my love for this book, someone tells me that they didn’t like it because they didn’t like any of the characters. And, to me at least, that’s the whole point! It’s been nearly 100 years, but the nature of humans and society has changed very little.

    The Endurance of Gatsby

    I totally agree! I really believe that what we see in our entertainment affects how society acts. If we have a higher representation of celibate women in film, real-life women can feel comfortable with their choice to remain celibate without feeling juvenile.

    Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film

    You make a good point! There seems to be an argument right now about whether Black Panther is the first black superhero movie, but the debate is less relevant than people want to believe. What’s important is that Black Panther made an impact (and that it was amazing!)

    Black Panther: Not the First Black Superhero Film but the Most Impactful