Matt Collazo

I am a contributing writer for The Artifice. I'm an undergraduate filmmaker who loves learning about film-craft. Email:

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What Has Marvel Done to American Cinema

I think it would be interesting to look into some of the effects the Marvel films have had on American society, and in turn how it has affected American theaters and box offices. Is anyone Gung-Ho about this?

  • Interesting. It is essential to look at how the comics have impacted American society from Marvel's early creation :) – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 9 years ago
  • It would be interesting to look at the vey beginning of marvel's films, and to see what heroes aged better with time, and which ones didn't. For example: why doesn't the 70's Captain America work as a film, but the new (Chris Evens) Captain America does? – Aaron Hatch 9 years ago
  • What's teresting to note is the change in popular media. So when superhero comics were first being printed, every kid read them. But over time, media evolved. So TV/movies are far more likely to be viewed en masse the way comics used to be. The problem then becomes that movies and tv shows are incredibly expensive to produce compared to comics, so the sheer volume of material being produced has shrunk, even as viewership has waxed and waned. – Natalie Sheppard 9 years ago
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How we Forget to Fact Check Our Fiction

An analysis of how mystery fiction novels are able to distract the reader just enough to be thrown for a loop every time it ends.


    Where TV Shows Are Going, and How you Can Get There

    A well-organized perspective about how Television is changing, namely in the wake of online-exclusive shows and the fight of cable television to compete.

    • Ease of accessibility is a factor. Online-only shows allow the viewer to watch them anywhere at any time, whereas TV has a specific time and date for each episode, so recording shows and online downloading would factor into a cable TV show and wouldn't factor into online as much. Although Netflix only shows still have to face online downloading in countries that don't have Netflix. – Tyler McPherson 9 years ago
    • Online television shows are giving unlimited access to viewing by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. – RaeFunshine 9 years ago
    • Since Powers came out recently this could also stretch out to gaming consoles as the PSN has released Powers, while the Xbox store has released Halo: Nightfall. – Tyler McPherson 9 years ago

    The Fantastic History of the Criterion Collection

    An interesting history on a significant line of films that have lasted as impactful works throughout the decades.

    • Nice topic I would love to read about. Discussing the restoration process and how films are picked would be good. – monstersandneon 9 years ago
    • I think this would be a great topic; the Criterion Collection has a great history over the years and has some impressive films in their library. If you want to explore the restoration process as suggested by monstersandneon, I would recommend looking into the essays attached to Criterion films which gives some specifics on the processes done to restore the films. You can also find a few videos on the Criterion Collection's Youtube page which gives an extensive amount of detail on the restoration of certain movies and even gives comparisons between the old and new versions (the restorations of Richard III and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp are particularly impressive). – Seth Childers 9 years ago

    Decoding the Oscars

    This may seem redundant to some, but many people don’t really understand how the Oscars work, who is part of the group that chooses the winners, or how one becomes part of the guild. There is room for expansion on this topic, but I think it would be a very helpful article to have read.

    • Awesome topic, I hope someone picks it up! Try researching the specifics of the topic and refine the logistics of your topic proposal. What separates those chosen for the guild from everyone else? Who SHOULD be involved? etc. – Thomas Munday 9 years ago
    • You could explore what went wrong with the Oscars, if you feel only a selected few who vote is unjustified. When the Oscars first begin, filmmakers and actors were voted by their colleagues. It would be an interesting point to mention. – Ryan Errington 9 years ago
    • This is a really great topic! Perhaps you could take a look at media coverage of the Oscars as well. With so many sources trying to predict who the Oscar winners will be, does that have any influence on the result? How does the media affect how the public views the Oscars? – ekeating 9 years ago

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    Latest Comments

    I’m really happy to have read about this fresh take on an old story. Still a lot to learn from it! Thanks!

    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Lessons for Parents and Children

    Hi Julia. Thank you for reaching out to me! I would definitely be interested in working with you and providing any insight I can to help your project. I am unable to see any contact information, so please view my profile page (click on my name) and contact me via email. I’m looking forward to where this may lead. Thank you.

    How Movie Critics and Moviegoers View Films Differently

    Yeah. Just realized that I completely Biffed it on the director. Wow, it’s late. Apologies to the film community. I must have been thinking Dial M For Murder somehow. How embarrassing.

    Anatomy of A Murder: The Art of Observation

    I learned that Hitchcock walked onto almost every one of his film sets with a completely finished film; being on set was where the translation occurred, as he had every bit of his film on paper. I wonder what effect that had on this film in particular, especially after you mentioned the clues hidden in the image and how the aspect ratio was utilized to in ways to help hide the clues. I love that you mentioned so much about how the camera, and likely the film as well focused on the observational technique, and how that plays into not only the plot of the film, but engaged the viewer on a whole different level. I haven’t seen the film yet but I intend to, but this made me want to watch is much sooner that I originally intended.

    Anatomy of A Murder: The Art of Observation

    I absolutely loved 12 Angry Men. If that’s the case, I’ll have to move this film up on my watchlist!

    Anatomy of A Murder: The Art of Observation

    Supporting characters are too often overlooked. In some cases, they can provide critical insight into the mind and world of the main character. In other cases, the supporting character is absolutely crucial in developing a main character, sometimes to the point of being the only reason we are able to care for the star. In any case, this article provides a very well-constructed insight into a subject that is too often left underrated and overlooked. Thanks for this!

    Back to The Future: The Function of Supporting Characters

    That’s a very valid point. I’m figuring out more recently that Robin Williams had a huge spectrum of acting personas, and very confidently could play to comedy, thriller, horror, mystery, and in this case, psychological dramas. He quickly has become one of my favorite actors, not just because he was great in a few really good movies, but the fact that he was great in a great amount of movies. In others words, when I heard about him playing a leading role in this film, I was very interested to see it because I had already discovered his talents in multiple genres. Had someone only seen him act in comedy such as in Mrs. Doubtfire, I could see why some people would stray away from a film like this. However, they are mislead, and would benefit greatly from seeing this film.

    One Hour Photo: Viewing Humanity Through a Camera Lens

    I would say that most of the above comments are justifiable. It’s tough to analyze CGI in films (and especially in Hollywood) simply because of the reasons you listed above. It spans the range of necessary (in the sense that some films couldn’t exist without it) to excessive. I agree that Hollywood has been on the side of excessive CGI for some time now, and I wonder if it has something to do simply with cost. It would make sense that its cheaper to CGI an exploding city as opposed to practically destroying a small town in the boonies. Similarly, some directors stand behind CGI as vigorously as they stand behind the digital vs. film debate. Depending on the pull of a director/producer relationship, they may be able to override a practical budget with the creative choice to use CGI instead. However, whatever the case, it definitely needs to be something that adds to the film is chosen to be used, and is done convincingly and correct, and not something that a child would laugh at in a horror film.

    Computer Generated Images: The Utilization in Hollywood Films