Felicia Bonanno

Felicia Bonanno

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    Empathizing with the villains in Legend of Korra

    This is a theme in many anime style films and series, but in watching Korra I noticed that every "villain" turned out to be someone who had been deeply hurt in their past. The analysis could be a walk-through of the prominent villains in the LoK books and how when they are defeated, Korra always finds empathy for the enemy.

    • Same could be said for Last Airbender, as well. Especially Zuko. – Natalie Sheppard 6 years ago
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    • I've watched up to season 3 of this show. I absolutely adore the character makeup and watching the characters evolve. It really gives me a lot of insight into my own creations. The one question I have is this: Are we talking about the LoK manga or the television show? Narrowing this topic's genre down is important to the article. Also, I believe that this article should focus mainly on the villains who are intricate to the plot of the story. There are some villains that aren't nearly as important, and quite frankly these villains won't provide enough support information in the article. – Kenneth Merchant 6 years ago
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    • It's worth mentioning how villains in general have changed throughout out the year, when regarding their motivations. The reason The Avatar villains work is because their motivations for doing what they do are relatable, besides being evil for the sake of being evil. Look at Kuvira: She wants to bring order to her kingdom, but she goes overboard, to the point she is a ruthless dictator. – Aaron Hatch 6 years ago
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    • Your could focus on Korra's relationship to those around her. How does she relate to the villains? How does this lead character deal with consequence compared to similar heroes? – Thomas Munday 6 years ago
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    • I think it's less that every villain had been hurt in the past, but more that each of them saw Korra as a direct affront to their goals; either her presence or absence made their lives more difficult. A major way that LoK felt more mature than A:tLA is that the larger point being made or situation being addressed by each villain is valid, and Korra does have to consider their ideology. The hero and villains weren't quite as black and white as Aang and Fire Lord Ozai. – chrischan 4 years ago
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    Transgender characters in films

    Make a list and of films with at least one transgender character and give brief analyses of each. Examples: "Ma Vie En Rose" and "Tomboy."

    • Hedwig and The Angry Inch is a great example to include. So much can be said about it. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 6 years ago
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    The brilliance of political comedians in relaying news to the masses

    I recently watched a John Oliver segment from when he flew to Russia to interview Edward Snowden. Oliver, realizing that the case around Snowden is incredibly important, but also finding that many Americans don’t have a clue who he is or what he did, he decided to find a way to relay the news in a way people could understand – through comedy. Instead of laying out the "boring" facts of the matter, he spoke of the NSA operations with Snowden in regard to "dick pics," something Americans can laugh at and actually pay attention to. In this way, he brought attention to an important matter that many otherwise wouldn’t bother knowing. Examine how Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and the like brilliantly dumb-down the news so people will actually know what’s going on in the world.

    • It would also be interesting to look at the recent polls that show that a majority of young adults (18-24 yrs is the range I believe) report that they get all or most of their news from political comedy shows. – Katie Brown 6 years ago
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    Four French Films that are NOT Amelie

    Introduce some French films that give the feeling of being in France without having to watch the over-watched Amelie. Many Americans or non-French may not realize that Audrey Tatou isn’t the only captivating French actress and that there are several other lovely films that have this same romantic, Parisian feel.

    • This is a very generalised topic, you would have to narrow it down. If you are focusing on French actresses, how about Juliette Binoche? She is well known to both French and International audiences. It would give the article structure in reference to Audrey Tatou. – Ryan Errington 6 years ago
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    • What do you think about dividing into two different articles? The first, four French films that are just as good as, but less known as, Amelie. The second, five French actresses who star in French and international films. – Felicia 6 years ago
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    • I thought Marion Cotillard is more overrated than Audrey Tatou! I agree with Ryan's comment above. Maybe focus on the works of selected actresses and go from there. Talking about good French films in general will probably take up a whole encyclopedia. – Arlinka Larissa 6 years ago
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    • The others are right, this topic would be too large to handle. Also, any film made in France will give you the feeling of being in France! :D If you want to focus on French 'atmosphere' and the specificity of the country's lifestyle rather than specific actresses, how about older films as well, or the French New Wave? If you are looking for typical (and stereotypical) French settings then you can find plenty in that category. For the less typical ones, look at Bunuel, Jaques Demy, Bertrand Blier... Also, what about French films that show the 'not so polished' side of France? The issue of Paris vs. the suburbs for example. In terms of famous comedy you have The Intouchables and a more serious film like La Haine. But these are only the internationally famous ones, have a deeper look – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 6 years ago
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    Felicia Bonanno

    That one passage of the beautiful prose writing makes me want to read the book, but I don’t know if I could handle the horrible violence you described. I love how you tie the presence of hideous violence into the author’s gorgeous imagery with the line “If the violence and horrible people in Blood Meridian are sometimes too much to deal with, McCarthy makes up for it by undeniably beautiful language.” I loved this analysis.

    Blood Meridian: What Makes a Book “Unfilmable?”
    Felicia Bonanno

    I think every reader will certainly know what you meant by the term, as I did, as well. I just found it worth bringing attention to. Thank you for being so open about it!

    V for Vendetta vs. The Dark Knight: Depictions of Anarchy
    Felicia Bonanno

    I think it should be noted that “anarchy” is not synonymous with “disorder” or “chaos,” as you seem to think. As an anarchist, I find it quite common that people who don’t have knowledge of what anarchy is as a political system use the typical propaganda-driven definition of the term. There are multiple forms of “anarchy,” but the most popular is more synonymous with social libertarian ideals than with the ideals of chaos or disorder. Anarchy is actually a highly intelligent branch of political thought and ideals, and although I understand what you’re saying in your article, I think it’s important to note that what you mean is anarchy by the definition of “chaos,” not anarchy in its actual definition. If you’re interested in actual anarchy, Noam Chomsky, Bakunin, or Emma Goldman are good places to start for some reading.

    V for Vendetta vs. The Dark Knight: Depictions of Anarchy
    Felicia Bonanno

    That’s a good question! My personal opinion is that the image of a heterosexual romance draws more people to be interested enough in a film to watch it than would the image of a strong independent woman by herself. There seems to be an inherent craving for a love interest in most films. Whether this is necessarily good or bad, I don’t know, but I think it says something about our society.

    Chocolat: The Most Over-looked Feminist Film of the 21st Century
    Felicia Bonanno

    Thank you thank you thank you for this article! I thought I was the only one noticing the Westernization/hipster-ization of yoga.

    Why Yoga Isn't Really Yoga: The Trendy Path to Divine Hotness
    Felicia Bonanno

    It always annoys me how Zooey Deschanel ALWAYS plays a manic pixie dream girl. I love that there are people out there shattering this sexist stereotype in films.

    Paper Towns: John Green’s Deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
    Felicia Bonanno

    One of my favorite aspects of this show was Adam’s character development. At first, I found myself cringing any time he’d come into the scene, but after the first season I realized he was my favorite character. His weirdness, depression, and honest love of himself are strangely endearing. It’s always the weird characters you always end up falling in love with.

    Has anyone else felt this show could be a little boring at times though because it’s almost too much like real life? Sometimes I don’t even find it entertaining because it’s not an escape into t.v. land, but a mirror of my own life.

    Why Boys Should Watch 'Girls'
    Felicia Bonanno

    Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie D’Adele) is the best film I’ve seen in years. I can’t believe it is not more well-known in the United States. I wonder if this is due to the still high percentage of right-wing Conservatives in the United States who don’t support gay rights … ? I’ve heard France is more liberal about the issue.

    The 10 Best Movies of 2013