After spending seven years in marketing writing for national brands, Marcie is traveling the world and consuming content, unrestricted by the 9 to 5.
On TV, Crime Does Pay
A significant number of the longest running shows on television today belong to the crime drama/police procedural genre. I’m thinking Criminal Minds, CSI, and NCIS. What is it about the genre that is so appealing and sustaining on network television? Is there something unique to this genre that comedy sitcoms or other styles of drama don’t have? Is it the format of the shows or does it have to do with the crime, itself?
When Characters Come to an End
Recently, a popular character was killed off in The Walking Dead. When popular characters are killed off, there is often a lot of backlash from fans. How does this affect a show’s success? Does it turn fans off? Or are they pulled in even further by the unpredictability of the show?
When Critics and Fans Disagree
Just because a film is praised by the critics doesn’t mean that the film fans will agree. Analyze a few films that were well regarded by critics, but flopped at the box office. Are there qualities that critics look for in a good film that the mass movie-going population doesn’t seem to care about? Or can critics hyping a film raise the population’s expectations too high, so that they are disappointed once they see the film?
One Hit Wonders in Film
The phrase "one hit wonders" is often used to describe a band or singer who achieved only one Billboard hit in their musical career. Does this phenomenon occur in the film industry? Are there any directors who have only had one successful film over the course of their career (and the director is likely known solely for that movie)? Or is the idea of "one hit wonders" not applicable for the film genre? If so, why?
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Feminism in Isak Dinesen's Writing
I’ve read a number of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen’s works, and I am always struck by some of the feminist aspects/themes in her writing. It seems to me that she was ahead of her time. I would love to read an analysis of this. What are some feminist views she takes? How does this compare to society or the writings of other authors during the same time period? It could also be interesting to touch on her use of a male pseudonym and how this affects the perception of her works.
The (In)Accuracy of Gladiator Movies
Gladiator movies like Spartacus and Gladiator are a lot of fun to watch, but how historically accurate are they? Do the films correctly depict the culture, technologies, and aesthetics of the ancient world? An analysis of one or more of these films would be interesting to read.
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Comparison of The Same Story Across Mediums
It seems that many stories are remade in multiple genres, from books to tv to musicals to film. I would love to see a comparison of what goes into making the same story into a film vs. musical vs. tv show, etc. It would also be interesting to touch on the pros/cons of telling the story in each medium, or talk about which medium was more successful criticially/financially. It could be an interesting case study.
I love this movie and the different portrayals of women in it, but I’ve always been a little disappointed that Mary went back to Steven. Those were different times though!
There are some great examples (like Obvious Child) in film. What I find to be interesting about how abortion plays out on television is that TV has a wider reach, like you mentioned, both in numbers and types of people. A lot of people who are against an issue like abortion will consciously decide not to watch a movie that prominently features an abortion storyline. It’s much easier, however, for those people to turn on the TV and have an episode about abortion pop up or to be invested in a show where an abortion story line unfolds. I guess with television, it’s easier to come across view points you may not agree with or may not have thought about. That’s why it’s so important to represent issues accurately!
Very true! Hopefully in the future there will be an even larger (and therefore more accurate) range of experiences depicted on TV.
Thanks for your comment, and good luck on your thesis!
Snowpiercer is a great film. I’m glad you had the idea to think about id more deeply. Great article!
The great thing about seeing a John Waters’ film is that you’re not just watching a movie, but actually having fun doing it. I saw Polyester in Odorama recently, and what a great time it was!
Very thorough article. The portion about the employees’ reviews on Glassdoor is an interesting perspective. Good job!
It’s really interesting that the game is so popular, when I know so many people who hate playing it.