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The Pretender (1996–2000): Retrospective

A look back at this series, the TV movies and ideas of how the story could have been concluded (include both official words and speculations).

  • What a classic series. I think it would be good to focus on how this show influenced others such as Dollhouse among others. – Joseph Manduke IV 9 years ago
  • Could perhaps start with reading some of his lesser know work , plays i.e 'The Gardeners Son' – Yama144 9 years ago
  • He’s certainly an interesting author. But this topic seems quite broad. Is there something specific about his work the author could focus on, like the type of characters or settings being used? – Stephanie M. 3 years ago

Groundhog Day (1993): thematic roots in Buddhist and existential philosophy

Analyze how Groundhog Day (1993) has thematic roots in Buddhist and existential philosophy, particularly Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence, and how it offers a compelling look at the process of change and approaching a more authentic existence.

Bill Murray does a convincing job portraying the various stages of the path, making his transformation from cynical/nihilistic to genuinely kind-hearted believable.


    Movies based on interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

    Summarize the concept of Quantum Mechanics and provide a list of movies based on interpretation of it. For example, Coherence (2013) is based on quantum mechanics, referring to a quantum state, where different versions of reality can still interchange with each other. Are there any other movies focusing on the same concept? Triangle (2009) and Timecrimes (2007) comes into mind…

    • The movie 'Source Code' starring Jake Gyllenhaal dabbles in quantum mechanics, and even gives a nod to the star of the old TV show Quantum Leap. – Greg Mac 9 years ago
    • I absolutely love this topic! It might be said that Looper is based on quantum mechanics. I know that Looper is technically about time travel, but since one loop can affect another, it's almost like different timelines are coexisting. However, I find this to be one of the film's greatest weaknesses, because it is the very epitome of a plothole. Still, one might question whether alternate realities are present in every single time travel film, because multiple events happen in different scenarios at the same point in time, which may mean that they have to take place in different versions of reality. – CimoneW 9 years ago
    • Forgive this note if it is a little ignorant of the intricacies of quantum mechanics (I don't come from a science background), but some possible examples that come to mind are Primer, maybe Back to the Future, Twelve Monkeys, Looper, Interstellar, etc. I kind of just feel like I'm naming time travel stories, most of which probably don't have a strong basis in actual science, let alone quantum. If we expand it into television, there's s03e04 of Community (aka "Remedial Chaos Theory"), pretty much all of Rick & Morty (really anything that Dan Harmon gets his hands on could be useful), and though I've never watched Doctor Who I have to assume that there might be some relevance there. Interestingly, a colleague of mine wrote his MA thesis on stage-plays based on quantum mechanics, with his three case studies being John Mighton’s Possible Worlds (1990), Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (1993), and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul (2001). The full text is accessible online for whoever's interested (https://www.ruor.uottawa.ca/handle/10393/31507). Perhaps that can enter the discussion somehow. – ProtoCanon 7 years ago

    Death Note: Retrospective

    Retrospective look at the original manga, anime series, Japanese live-action movies, and the upcoming American remake.

    • Ha ha. Now the person who writes the topic can compare the Netflix film and the original anime/manga to see which is better. (And which is worse - hmmm, I wonder which one that would be...) – OkaNaimo0819 4 years ago
    • Also the The Simpsons version of it ;) – Beatrix Kondo 1 year ago

    Bear Mccregory: The Composer and Musician

    Retrospective look at this composer’s work and a glance at his upcoming titles.


      New Star Trek TV Series

      A look at previously pitched ideas for a new Star Trek TV series and an in-depth analysis of what would make a successful science fiction show in the current era of programming.

      • Potential reference to the success of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series from 2003. – Greg Mac 9 years ago

      The New French Extremity: Psychology Behind The Work

      Exploring the titles with a psychological perspective. For information about The New French Extremity, see Wikipedia article: (link)

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        Bertha Mason: A 21st Century Woman Trapped in 1847

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        Homosocial Bonding in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander

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        The Blacklisting of Michael Parks: How a Hollywood Star Was Quietly Shunned

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        Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation

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        Fairytales and Feminism: "I Don't Wanna be Like Cinderella"

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        Why Is Utopian Literature Less Popular Than Dystopian Literature?

        For a while back, I stayed a week at Ingmar Bergman’s biggest cabin on a beautiful island in Sweden named Fårö. I am a writer and director (outside of my work here at The Artifice) so every year, a few creatives are invited to stay at his inspiring spaces. I went there to flesh out our feature film project and it was profoundly productive.

        Super atmospheric. Every space in the cabin was decorated in a way for you to get inspired to write. It was also really interesting to go through his private film collection. A lot of surprises there.

        One of the most interesting things was how he wrote ideas all over his house – on everything. For example, next to his bed, you can see random writing sketched on a wooden table.

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        Persona: A Journey through the Shadow in Ingmar Bergman's Masterpiece

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