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    The Post Game of Thrones Landscape: The Rise of Blockbuster TV

    Game of Thrones demonstrated that shows can be bigger than the movies being watched in the theater. With the ending of Games of Thrones, it seems like networks are investing more and more resources into big event shows. Netflix has The Last Airbender and The Witcher in active development, Amazon is working on Lord of the Rings show, and Disney has its Star Wars and Marvel shows that promise to have the production value of the films. With Game of Thrones’ massive success, are big budget blockbuster shows becoming the norm?

    • This is a very interesting topic! I hope you would also discuss the consequences if these kind of shows became the norm--what might the repercussions be for small budget shows, fantasy lovers, or cable tv networks? What might be the pros/cons of this becoming the norm? I'm super stoked to read this. – Eden 1 year ago
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    • On Last Week Tonight on May 4, John Oliver commented that HBO is f****d after Game of Thrones finishes. He may be overstating it, but he brings up a good point: the landscape of TV is still changing. It had to change when streaming came into the picture, but now it's changing with the arrival of bigger and bigger quality TV. The Sopranos was a different kind of show. Then The Wire. Then Breaking Bad. Mad Men. And now Game of Thrones didn't just up the ante; instead, it went all in. Supposedly, the latest season cost $15 million per episode. If that's the going rate, a 10-episode season of a television show will cost $150 million.Can streaming services keep up with such costs? Does their business model even allow for such costs? I know Netflix is worth around $20 billion, but $150 million for a TV show season is the cost of a blockbuster movie that can expect to make way more than that through theatrical releases, etc. Can Netflix really see an uptick directly linked to such an expensive production that makes the $150 million outlay worth it?These streaming services are going to have to make a lot of changes in their models, methinks. – ChadW 1 year ago
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    • This is a very interesting topic! I hope you would also discuss the consequences if these kind of shows became the norm--what might the repercussions be for small budget shows, fantasy lovers, or cable tv networks? What might be the pros/cons of this becoming the norm? I'm super stoked to read this. – Eden 2 weeks ago – cwlsmelbourne 1 year ago
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    God of War and Fatherhood

    The original God of War trilogy saw Kratos as a shallow killing machine, while the latest one gives a lot more depth to the famous character. The game revolves around Kratos and his son Atreus trekking the dangerous realms of Norse Mythology so they can reach the highest point and spread the ashes of his past love. How has Kratos changed and has he changed for the better with a son around? Is this game an accurate portrayal of a father and son?

    • Please explain why they want to reach the highest point and spread the ashes of his past love. It's helpful to add the reasons behind the stories. – Yvonne T. 1 year ago
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    • Another interesting contrast can be drawn between the stories told by Mimir about the father-son relationships between the Vanir gods and the evolution of Kratos throughout their journey. A comparison between the Greek and Viking philosophies of fatherhood can be examined as well to gain a deeper understanding behind the choices of the characters. A different approach could highlight the role of parenthood as a whole with reference to Freya and Baldur, Thor and Magnus & Modi, etc. This topic seems really interesting and would make for a wonderful read. – simonmalik 1 year ago
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    • I think this topic is even more interesting since the release of the Raising Kratos documentary on YouTube because Cory Barlog is very transparent about his influence and motivation in making the father-son dynamic so integral to the new tone, narrative, and atmospheric direction. The central crew from Santa Monica are all quick to point out how their own experiences with raising children lent more emotion to the new direction, for better and worse, and they seem to be happy with the final depiction of fatherhood.From a personal perspective, I think the new direction is great because it slows the pace of the game to concentrate on the more poignant aspects of being a father while still acknowledging Kratos' quick-temper by having Atreus take on the role of "father" during some points of their journey. This is especially prominent in the scenes in which Atreus has to read anything for Kratos, and seeing the power structure flip in those moments complicates the depiction of fatherhood more by highlighting how parents must continue learning from their children even as they are tasked with teaching and raising them. Overall, Kratos seems to learn to embrace humanity and empathy more fully by the end of the journey while maintaining the strength that is needed to live in a world of Gods. – Aaron 1 year ago
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    The Academy Awards Are A Victim of the Moment

    What makes something the Best Picture? And why have so many of them been forgotten about? Many movies that were considered the best movie of that respective year are not really talked about and pander to many of the voters expectations and agenda during that time. Great movies that are still talked about today like Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan unbelievably lose to something that a lot of people consider lesser. While film opinion is subjective, it’s a failure from the voters to recognize and snub a film that has resonated with a lot of people for legitimate reasons. What makes voters so caught up in the moment with certain films that causes the notorious awards snub?

    • In writing this topic it's definitely important to talk about the handicaps of the Oscars. As the poster said, the voters have a lot of room to improve on. Many vote only for what they know and for movies that focus on people similar to their demographic - usually white, affluent males. There's the notorious animation section which almost always goes to Disney, then Pixar. Superior animation is ignored in favor for the well known, status quo Disney. There was also that quote of the voter who said he votes for whatever animation his daugher likes. Does the Oscar's shortcoming stem from subconscious bias, laziness, or connections/deals or for preserving the status quo? – RyderVii 2 years ago
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    • "Snub" is a cute word. When it is used it implies some broad acceptance that many know a movie is good and was ignored. But, is that true? We all have our own favorites that were ignored and instead of just saying "my choice was ignored" saying "snub" raises it to a different level. Is that different than wondering why certain players are not in the Hall of Fame? – Joseph Cernik 2 years ago
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    Where does Disney's Pop Cultural Domination End?

    Disney owns Pixar, Marvel, and Star War. Three properties that constantly earn a lot of money for the corporation. Each year one of their movies is a top earner making close to if not surpassing a billion dollars at the worldwide. With Marvel and Star Wars showing no signs of stopping it seems like Disney will continue to dominate the movie scene. Along with the impending Disney/Fox and their upcoming new streaming service, how can Disney be stopped?

    • Before jumping into this topic, I think it would be important to determine whether or not Disney needs to be stopped. One potential argument might be an unrealistic depiction of women, love, etc, but does this fault solely belong to Disney? How and why would other corporations be better? – MackEmb 2 years ago
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    • Maybe focusing on how Disney has changed, or how far it has come from the Steamboat Willie Days and from Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on TV. – Joseph Cernik 2 years ago
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    • Consider the competition. How far are they from Disney. Could they merge to challenge Disney's dominance? Do consumers care? – Jiraiyan 1 year ago
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    • I doubt it will. The reason for all their live action remakes are to renew copyright licenses - which means they'll keep a tight hold on the industry. – Andi 12 months ago
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    Fatal flaws of the Superhero films

    Superhero movies are some of the most popular movies coming out today. After so many being released at this point, and two major comic book film universes, some people are getting "superhero fatigue". What that means is that people are starting to get tired of these movies, and are accused of being all the same. What are some patterns and flaws that are commonly seen in superhero movies?

    • I'd say removing the part about superhero fatigue from this topic would make it sound a bit better. It really has nothing to do with exploring the patterns and flaws of the recent superhero films that have come out. I'd say box office records and an influx of social media superhero presence would make the "some" people who are tired of the movies irrelevant. – Steven Gonzales 4 years ago
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    • A fatal flaw that should also be examined is their balance between trying to make differences with the superhero to draw in fans, but risk alienating fans of the actual comic. This attempt to balance between the two has been one of the defining factors for superhero movies. – shugo828 4 years ago
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    • To me it is the reliance on CGI at the expense of story. There come a point when I get bored watching computer generated bots fighting each other; it has to have meaning from a character/plot perspective for me to feel satisfied leaving the theatre. – Jeff MacLeod 3 years ago
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    Is Intelligent Sci-Fi Making a Comeback?

    Well done Sci-Fi films like Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian, Prometheus, Arrival, have all been successful with critics and audiences, and the upcoming Passengers, Valerian, Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner 2, Life, and Alien: Covenant all seem to suggest that quality science fiction films are making a comeback. Is there a reason for this, and do you think this is going to be the next popular genre in movies.

    • This is an important topic for a number of reasons. Most important of all, however, is that hard sci-fi's recent increase in out-put needs to be discussed in a meaningful fashion.That also said, what about Children of Men? A little older, sure, but important. On that note, what separates "intelligent" sci-fi from "unintelligent" sci-fi? X-Men Days of Future Past is undeniably sci-fi, and also quite intelligent. Would that count? What about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Is that any less intelligent than Prometheus? Isn't it even more intelligent? – agramugl 3 years ago
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    • Love the idea. I agree with ProtoCanon's comment that it would be good to define 'intelligent sci-fi', or just change the term to something different. Providing a history of the sci-fi genre to establish how these recent movies have captured the essence of the classics, and what happened in between, would be a good start. – Daonso 3 years ago
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    What's The Next Big Fictional World To Come To Life?

    With so many fictional worlds in movies right now like Star Wars, Wizarding World, Middle Earth, the MCU, the DCEU, etc., what should be the next big fictional world from a book to come to life? Talk about some book series that a rich history and world that deserve to have the same treatments as a Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, where the worlds come to life on screen.

    • I might also analyze what makes a 'film world' successful, then using these conditions to determine a franchise's potential for success. Also, what qualifies as 'big,' because both the Hunger Games and Star Wars are technically film franchises from large studios, but the latter is clearly 'bigger' than the former. Is the fact that SW is 'extendable' while THG has a finite story the difference? The scope of world-building? – m-cubed 3 years ago
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    • I might avoid the phrase "come to life" when talking about books adapted to film as if only the filmic genre brings things "to life" in a way that literature cannot or does not. Or the very phrase could be an interesting point of departure for an article. – pjoshualaskey 3 years ago
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    • I think that the next book series that deserves a successful big screen adaption is the Dark Tower Series. It is an absolutely incredible series that hits on so many high notes. The characters are deep and interesting, the world(s) are fleshed out but leave plenty to the imagination, and it covers so many texts that it is mind boggling. Hopefully the film with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey succeeds. – ZachCarlson 3 years ago
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    • For me, apart from animation from children I believe one place where Hollywood can clearly pick up franchisees is teen detective novels like say,The Three Investigators. Would make for a break from routine and some interesting viewing! – Vishnu301196 3 years ago
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    • Although this probably won't happen, I would love for them to re-do the Percy Jackson movies. Those were such a huge disappointment for fans and I think we deserve something more true to the series. I'm sure many fans would be more than happy to see this happen. – Jenae 3 years ago
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