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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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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