Amanda Dominguez-Chio

Amanda Dominguez-Chio

Contributing writer for The Artifice.

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    The Fly (1986)

    An in-depth analysis of the classic science fiction film, The Fly (1986). A remake of the 1958 film starring Vincent Price, The Fly (1986) proved a successful remake, showing the horrors of technology. What kind of themes does the film depict?

    • Could discuss the how to do a remake right, by comparing how the 50's version was revolutionary for its time, and how the 80's version was revolutionary for its time. The original uses suspense my hiding the Fly's face through most of the picture, while the remake show the gradual evolution of man to fly creature. – Aaron Hatch 5 years ago
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    • This could be very interesting due to the advanced technologies we have available now in the film industry and in science. – Venus Echos 5 years ago
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    Historical Background in Shakespeare's Plays

    A work of literature offers more depth under deep analysis. For example, this article could discuss one (or two) of Shakespeare’s plays (Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, etc.) and explore the social and historical context of the play and its effect on Shakespeare’s audience of that time.

    • Oooh, Richard III is great for this. It basically shows the rise of the Tudor kings & queens to power, and since Elizabeth I was a Tudor... you see where I'm going with this. – Kristian Wilson 5 years ago
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    • Might be worth discussing modern Shakespeare adaptations (10 Things I hate about you - Taming of the Shrew) and their impact on younger audiences. – Thomas Munday 5 years ago
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    • This would be very interesting to read. I hear Stephen Greenblatt is a good critic to read on this period. Take a look at Shakespeare's contemporaries too. I know Christopher Marlowe did a history play. – Travis Kane 5 years ago
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    The X-Files Returns: Expectations for the six-episode arc

    In recent news, stars of the hit series The X-Files, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, are set to return to the television series after thirteen years. As a result, six episodes will be released. This article could discuss expectations for the six-episode story arc, as well as a discussion of the show and its impact on pop culture.

    • I read the article about X-Files coming back, and the writer mentioned how the world had gotten weirder since X-Files was last on. What are some events in the last fifteen years the writers could tie in to X-Files? – Liz Watkins 6 years ago
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    The Americans: Reasons to Watch

    Now in its third season, the FX series The Americans is about two KGB spies posing as Americans. This suspenseful series continues to astound audiences and critics, but, like many shows, is deprived of any recognition from award shows. For example, this article could discuss the themes the show brings up and how the two main characters, Philip and Elizabeth, develop.

    • As a baby boomer who lived through the Cold War and entered true adulthood complete with a real job, a mortgage, and children in the early 1980’s, “The Americans” draws me like an ant to an open sugar bowl. The double lives, led by main characters, Elizabeth and Peter Jennings, as deep cover KGB agents embedded in a Washington DC suburb on one hand and as middle class suburbanites on the other, makes for deeply disturbing and yet compelling drama. The point of view of the two Russians with deeply indoctrinated beliefs in the communist system is new and foreign to me. While Phillip is seeing the positive side of the U.S., he still doesn’t let go of his core loyalty to his Russian ideals, regardless of his new awareness of the weaknesses of those ideals. Elizabeth is more strongly dedicated to their mission and unwavering in her distrust of the American system and the threat it poses to her beloved homeland, a hatred and fear instilled in her from birth. My strongest take-away from the first three seasons of “The Americans” is a refreshing realization that citizens from other countries, including Soviet Russia, love their own country and its culture as much as we Americans love ours. And I am quite happy to live in a country where that fact can be explored as deeply as it is in this brilliant series. – JanJolly 4 years ago
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    Penny Deadful: Expectations for Season 2

    Season 2 of the show "Penny Dreadful" is quickly approaching. So what can audiences expect? This article could provide a brief synopsis on the show and its characters, taken from famous works of literature.

    • A brief review of the previous season would be good to add. It seems like it has been so long since the first season! – Liz Watkins 6 years ago
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    Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Last year, the world lost legendary author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Known for his use of magic realism, this author could discusses his critically acclaimed novels, such as A Hundred Years of Solitude, which one the Nobel Prize in Literature. Garcia Marquez also incorporated themes about politics and family etc., so it would be interesting to read how these influenced his work.

    • This would be a great idea. I love his writing style! I am reading .... Years of Solitude at the moment. – Yama144 6 years ago
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    • I'd love to read this, being a big fan of Marquez's work. I recommend reading his interview on the Paris Review as it gives an intriguing insight into his methodology. – Aliya Gulamani 6 years ago
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    • As far as politics and family Marquez was heavily influenced by the novel Pedro Paramo which deals with these topics it's a sort of predecessor to One Hundred Years... you could incorporate something along those lines. – Christina Cady 6 years ago
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    • Last semester, I gave "Love In the Time of Cholera" a read for school and I absolutely fell in love with it due to Marquez's intricacies in his exploration in the pros/cons/fantasy/delusions/purity of love. It's something to read.There also was "Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." Thought-provoking in the idea of faith http://www.jonescollegeprep.org/ourpages/auto/2014/1/29/42934518/A_Very_Old_Man_with_Enormous_Wings_pdf.pdfThere's also one wonderful magic realism short story that I forgot the title of, but I recalled it involved children experimenting with innovation.You can Google up more free short stories of his. Sure we mostly remember him for the big novels, so its proper to give his short stories the justice it deserves. – AvaKane 6 years ago
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    Television Series Finales We're Still Not Over

    "Parks and Recreation" ended just a few weeks ago, as well as "Two and a Half Men." There are series finales that end with memorable moments, and there always a few were the ending disappoints their fans. This list comprises of t.v. series finales that left many unsatisfied.

    • This is a good topic but it could definitely be a comprehensive list. Perhaps have an organization system that represents the good parts of a series finale and the bad. I.e. Parks & recreation had excellent resolution and promises for the future. HIMYM ending pissed off all fans haha. – Jemarc Axinto 6 years ago
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    • I agree with Jemarc, in that this is a great idea that can be spruced up to be an article to be reckoned with. It would be really interesting to exemplify the qualities that allow these show to be not only memorable, but to also make waves that allow them to remain relevant for long periods of time. Nice idea. – Matt Collazo 6 years ago
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    • Cool topic. Dealing with sitcoms, it's imperative to consider how your favourites characters, and the actors playing them, have grown. Maybe, compare the specifics of the disappointing series finales to those that lived up to their promise eg. How I met Your Mother vs. Parks and Rec. – Thomas Munday 6 years ago
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    • Can't do this topic w/o mentioning The Sopranos and Moore's Battlestar Galatica. – Monique 6 years ago
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    Films that Embrace Sisterhood

    A list comprising of films that embrace sisterhood. I read a book called "Enlightened Sexism" and the author argued the importance of sisterhood. Several films and reality shows pit women against one another rather than having them work together to achieve a goal. Films like "A League of their Own," or "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" show women in a positive light and focus on their problems in a realistic fashion.

    • How would sisterhood be defined? I assume it would be in terms of feminism. There would have to be a common trend which is prevalent within all the examples you would wish to use. – Ryan Errington 6 years ago
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    • In my experience, women generally don't have each other's back. Maybe that's why it's not common to see women supporting other women on film. – LaurenCarr 6 years ago
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    • It could be interesting to see the trends of target audiences as well: are films that portray women as friends and working together more targeted to female audiences? – bookworm2g9 6 years ago
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    • "Strong women build each other up rather than put each other down" - I think this could be a great article - you could even link it into the Frozen craziness, how come the sisterly love was so surprising? – Francesca Turauskis 6 years ago
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    Latest Comments

    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    Loved this article!! Well-re,,written and researched! Sleeping beauty’s story is so dark, but I loved your Little Mermaid section! Nice work 🙂

    The History Behind Disney Princesses
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    I always considered “The Terminal” to be an underrated film. That being said, I was delighted to see that Viktor Navorski made your list. You offered a detailed analysis of his character. Well done! I was also happy to see Margie from “Fargo” on your list. She was my favorite character in the film.

    Cinemas' Angels: 4 Great Movie Heroes
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    I loved your article! I use to watch this as a kid, so reading your article brought great memories. I love your discussion on Raven. She was always an interesting and complex character: there’s a few things you wrote about her that I was never clear on while watching the series. Nice work!

    Teen Titans: Reinventing the Teenage Archetypes
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    I miss this show!! Nice work!

    Danny Phantom: The True Motion Comic
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    Love this movie! I loved how Thelma’s character grows and develops throughout the film. I enjoyed your article; you had a lot of interesting and insightful points to say. Well done!

    Thelma and Louise: The Language of Patriarchy
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    Hey there! Absolutely loved your article! I’ve always considered Buffy a powerful and complex female character, yet I liked how you brought attention how she’s also sexualized. Well done!

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed: The Re-Feminization of Female "Superheroes"
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    Loved your article. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Horkheimer and Adorno, but your argument that an art form becomes a commodity would be something they would agree on (if I remember correctly). I agree that when you watch one episode after another, the details get blurred. I found that happening to me when I was watching House of Cards. Great job!

    The Insatiability of Indulging: Binging in a New Age
    Amanda Dominguez-Chio

    Love your article! I own Joseph Campbell’s book A Hero With a Thousand Faces and I wrote an article tying his book with the Doctor from Doctor Who, but it was not as detailed as yours. Wonderfully written and concise!

    Exploring The Hero's Journey: A Writer's Guide