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    The Rise of Hyper-Realism

    There seems to be a growing trend in millennial produced cinema and television to take real life experiences and events and bring them to the screen (Girls, Master of None, Mr. Roosevelt, Lady Bird, and more, are based closely on the writer’s real life). While many of these works are widely acclaimed, is there a downside to this style of filmmaking? Can we continue to pull out unique insights from films that represent life as we know it? Or is fantasy more effective? What is it about seeing something essentially identical to our lives or our friends/families lives that stands out to us?

    • A good topic and good questions. I'd like to see this essay. – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago
    • Interesting. I think part of the discussion needs to be about whether photography is, in and of itself, about “realism”. It’s a well-worn point to make, but Picasso’s “Guernica” can be argued to feel a more “realistic” expression of the visceral horror of the Spanish Civil War than many photographs. And if the “realism” of photographs lies significantly in the medium’s ability to capture a fleeting and ephemeral moment, does that change when the fleeting, ephemeral moment is artfully and skilfully staged? (Or, indeed, reproduced, as in much of the photo-realistic art on Ivan Terzic’s blog; as you quite rightly remind us, photo-realism is not the sole preserve of the 2D or 3D digital arts) I understand completely the attraction of photo-realism, particularly in archaeological reconstructions. After all, photo-realism is primarily about detail, and some of the data which archaeology captures is highly – even microscopically – detailed. But does “data-detail” really equate to “visual detail” or “representational detail”? And do we really understand the past in terms of the hyper-detailed snapshot – the moment frozen in time? Or do we actually understand the past in terms more like a tracking shot, moving spatially and temporally across an archaeological landscape, with objects, events and the relationships between them slipping in and out of focus? If the latter, then perhaps the practice of “photo-realism” needs to be blended much more into a continuum of representational techniques. – NikaGoddard 6 years ago
    • I think this is a great topic as there are many ways to tackle the questions you've left for us to think about. I think people feel validated when they see pieces of their own realities played out before audiences. They might also feel compassion because some director and team of writers thought a story much like their own was worthy of a budget and cast etc. Watching our stories told through film also brings freedom because it allows others to get closer to our own experiences in a way that spares us judgment. I hope this is helpful in some way. – MadaleneArias 5 years ago
    • well films like lady bird (i.e. coming of age films) have been here for decades. coming of age will probably never die in hollywood due to how its the most relatable thing to portray on film – jayjayhutch 5 years ago
    • None of the works you mention are outstanding in any way. I find older millennials' work to be banal at best vulgar and trite. Ladybird was an average film. Millennials don't have that ingenious magic that Gen X directors and writers do, imagination and fabulous story such as the great Wes Anderson's and P.T. Anderson's works to name 2 of so many great Gen -X directors. So I find this topic boring. There is no millenial work mentioned of great consequence; I can't think of any. Perhaps changing the topic to Great Gen X directors would be fascinating!:) – youngmollflanders 5 years ago

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    Thanks for writing this! While not a big fan of Disney, I’m glad they are creating independent female protagonists. It would have been great to have more of that growing up, and especially to see more of a range of sexuality presented on screen in female characters. It took years to figure out that it’s okay (and perfectly normal) to not want sex – but it’s not something you see often. If you do, the reasons seem to be a crucial part of the character – they’re religious, a-sexual, etc… and it’s never really treated with a casual nod. It’s presented as almost one extreme or the other, instead of “hey, it’s just not that big of a deal to some people, and that’s fine.”

    Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film

    Thanks for writing this article. The whole thing with Jamie and Cersei really bothered me – ” Although the episode’s director stated in an interview that the ‘coupling’ becomes consensual by the end of the scene, nearly all critics of the series agree that Cersei does not give Jaime her consent.” Let’s pretend that she did “become consensual by the end of the scene” – it still doesn’t mean that it wasn’t assault or that it was okay. If someone says no or hesitates, you STOP. The mentality that she changed her mind mid-way and that it becomes romantic or sexy is dangerous, and can’t just be shown on screen casually like that and then ignored.

    Why do the Women of Game of Thrones Suffer So Much?

    Nice article! I’ve definitely noticed that, for me at least, different writing styles and different problems require different solutions. If I get stuck writing an article or review, going for a hike is great. I can clear my head and come back refreshed. But if I’m stuck on a screenplay, walking never seems to help, whether it’s in the city or the mountains. It’s a nice break, for sure, but for some reason it’s hard to think of story ideas. In that case, I find that watching a movie I really love is the best thing. Does anyone else experience this?

    Walking and Writing: The Effects of Exercise on Creative Thinking