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    separating the art from the artist

    Morissey, Michael Jackson, there are so many famous and talented people who have done or said deplorable things. to what extent can we separate the art from the artist and when do we need to start holding people accountable?

    • I have not seen any solid proof to convince me that MJ did anything; he may have been weird but even some of the alleged victim's stories did not add up. I think it had more to do with MJ getting that Sony catalog. With that said, I rarely separate artist from art. I cannot support someone who has low values, no matter how good their art is. If I support the art, then I indirectly support the artist and immoral behavior. – Montayj79 4 months ago
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    • Though I agree on the content bit that there's not many great examples of truly talented artists who almost revolutionized their field and then did something utterly deplorable - this is a great topic in my opinion. It's much more likely that an artist (especially in music) falls to grace over time gradually and it shows in the quality of their work, or the world just changes (in cinema or art more often than other media). But if someone is able to find examples of artists who didn't fall from grace that way but did something socially deplorable, this could make into a fantastic read. We don't even need to analyze "why" this happens - there's no formula. For example, many rockstars have died of drug overdose or suicides but even that cannot be generalized as a phenomenon even though there is a "27 club". To the best of my limited knowledge, Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett is someone who can fit the description - truly talented who created experimental work that is still relevant, and fell from grace in an almost socially deplorable way. I think even if we discuss these people the article could be amazing. Not precisely people who did groundbreaking work and then something truly unspeakable - but rather people who had a lot of potential, did great work, but fell from grace due to not unspeakable but still socially deplorable ways such as drugs, violence, pride. – Abhimanyu Shekhar 4 months ago
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    The Cultural Return to Paris

    Paris has always been a hub of artists, intellectuals and wanderers from the surrealists to the Lost Generation. Recently, one can see a return to the city of love in influencers and vloggers such as Moya Mawhinney, Leah’s Fieldnotes and others. Why are social media personalities leaving places like LA and New York and once again gravitating to Paris?

    • Main reason people are leaving L.A is because the cost of living is high. Not only that but L.A has a high rate of of crime and homelessness. This combined with the an increased ability to work from home and upload your art work digitally (whether you're a writer, musician, or visual artist.) there is no longer a need to be on location for work. – Blackcat130 5 months ago
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    • Mild book recommendation for whoever chooses to write this article and/or is interested in the topic: We'll Never Have Paris, edited by Andrew Gallix (Watkins, 2019). It's a great recent collection of short stories and essays by contemporary authors meditating on their relationships to Paris. – ProtoCanon 5 months ago
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    • People seem to be getting more and more disillusioned by the concept of the American Dream by the day. In particular, I would imagine that those who can afford to live in LA are particularly prone to romanticizations of Paris, and want to make a pilgrimage to that heart of culture/intellectual life. I also think of the period after crisis-- WWII-- resulting in a huge flourishing of intellectual and artistic activity in Paris, I wonder if there is a similar phenomenon happening now with COVID (though it isn't "over" we are living in the aftermath of the initial shock of this disaster). – lilikleinberg 5 months ago
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    How to do a good re-boot

    What makes a good film re-boot? What is the golden ratio of original elements and references to the original film? Top-Gun Maverick for example, has been highly successful, towing the line between nostalgia and freshness

    • I would argue that Top Gun is not a reboot. It has the same main character, played by the same actor. While it is a sequel, I do not think reboot is the right term to define the film. – Sean Gadus 5 months ago
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    • For me, the best reboots are the ones left alone. Rarely does it come close to capturing the original magic. I think reboots are so popular too because Hollywood lacks ideas and they are also stuck on creating the same idea over and over. – Montayj79 4 months ago
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    • Does the last movie need to be bad in order for a reboot to be good? George Clooney in Batman & Robin vs. Christian Bale in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy for example. Or is it about adapting better to the time? Mad Max for example - where the 1979-85 trilogy was great, but Fury Road trumped even that with many things including shifting the focus to that time's causes. What about Blade Runner 2049 and Matrix Resurrections? Do they hold up? X-Men, Tomb Raider, Star Wars, Godzilla, etc. there are many titles to elaborate on and what they do right or wrong - then arrive at a conclusion of what works and what doesn't. – Abhimanyu Shekhar 4 months ago
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