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    Setting: Iconic places in movies

    Make a top ten list of the amazing settings that have added richness to their movies. From the iconic scene of King Kong on the Empire State Building, to Central Park, to Chicago and LA. How have various scenes been influenced by their settings? Go as far back as Hitchcock. Discuss Central Park as a location that has added a certain flavour to movies.

    • All of these are US locations. Perhaps it would be good to compare with movies set in eg London or Paris? Are there differences in the way locations are used across the cutlrual settings? – CharlotteG 4 months ago
    • I think making a list with so many options would be hard maybe if it was broken by individual city like New York City, you could list all the notable places within it. New York City and San Francisco I would say have some the most popular locations so I feel like it wouldn't be doing other cities justice to put them on the same list when you might much more information on these two cities – tingittens 1 month ago
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    The Cameo: Purpose, Impact and Popularity

    Analyze the reason why directors use cameos. What impact does it have on the audience? Why is it gaining popularity?

    From Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Stan Lee to Stephen King, highlight examples that will look at why the crossover from reality to media is so popular. Big Bang Theory regularly played with this trope with great effectiveness. Why do we love it?

    • Neat topic! In the case of Stan Lee, I like to think of it as a nice little "wink" to the audience. With other cameos, I usually find them to feature celebrities - were they just in the right place at the right time? Did they love the show that much that they just couldn't help but be on it? Did the producers just love that actor so much? It would be interesting to see what answers one could find. – EJSmall 4 months ago
    • I believe some actors are fans of a show and ask to be on. Stan Lee’s cameos were pretty funny. There is one where he plays Hugh Hefner that he did because people sometimes mistake them for each other. I would love to see a list of all time great cameos. SPOILER - There is a awesome one in Hobbes and Shaw. – Munjeera 4 months ago
    • Though there is no direct possible way to verify, I wonder what is the percentage of viewers who do not like cameos or find it distracting. My friend once mentioned that he felt "left out" whenever there was a cameo he did not know about. – kpfong83 4 months ago
    • Good point. Are cameos a distraction? – Munjeera 4 months ago
    • Maybe the need is to distinguish when it is done well and done poorly. Bill Gates on "Big Bang Theory" (well) versus Martina Navratilova on "Hart to Hart" (poorly) provide examples as a starting point. – Joseph Cernik 3 months ago
    • Navratilova on H2H? – Munjeera 3 months ago

    Law and Order, CSI and Criminal Minds: The power of a TV show franchise

    Compare and contrast the varying successes of a TV franchise using Law and Order, CSI and Criminal Minds. Why have some succeeded, such as CSI Miami and others failed, such as Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Take a look at how the actors have succeeded in other shows such as Shemar Moore in SWAT. Not only has the franchise done well but the actors have moved on to other shows with enduring popularity over decades.


      Canadian Literature

      Analyze popular themes in Canadian Literature from LM Montgomery to Alice Munro to Margaret Atwood. Some have noted themes of survival, self-deprecation and social gospel. Also take a look at Northrop Frye’s literary criticism to form a lens to analyze Canadian literature.

      • I know that “Anne of Green Gables” is one of the classics and one of the more famous Canadian works of literature. Any discussion on this should include some discussion of this. – J.D. Jankowski 3 weeks ago

      Loving Vincent

      The new movie "Loving Vincent" is a celebration of Van Gogh’s life. Write about the film that made history as the first fully painted feature film as an international effort.

      • By sheer coincidence I happened to acquire a copy of this film recently and watched it this evening. 'Loving Vincent' is a thing of beauty and an astounding project to undertake. I can only imagine the technical difficulties those involved had to overcome, but the end result is well worth the time and effort. Perhaps the only suggestion I could add to your topic suggestion is to also look at the artists involved in the film making and how they approached the subject matter, what research they did and what insight they (hopefully) gained into the art of Vincent Van Gogh. – Amyus 2 years ago

      Forever Femme Fatale: Reigning Female Villains

      A top 5 list of the best female villains of all time in either literature, TV or film with a description of what makes them so memorable, their motivations and their evil strategies. From Eve to Lady Macbeth to Catwoman to the Borg Queen.

      • Forever Femme Fatale: Reigning Female VillainsA top 5 list of the best female villains of all time in either literature, TV or film with a description of what make them so memorable, their motivations and their evil strategies. From Eve to Lady Macbeth to Catwoman to the Borg Queen. – Munjeera 4 years ago
      • I think this article should stick to one category (like only TV or only literature female villains) since there would be so many to choose from. – LaRose 4 years ago

      The Rise and Fall of the Prime Directive

      Explain what the Prime Directive is and its history in ST. Examine how ST: TNG emphasized the guiding principle with Picard’s pontification on the subject using specific examples where the PD was central to the plot. Conclude with a discussion on how and why the PD has fallen to the wayside first under Rick Berman and now with J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin.


        Justin Lin: Up and Coming Director

        Explore Lin’s rise to direct ST: Beyond. Look at how he began as a director and examine what he will bring to the ST franchise. Address the topic of Justin Lin and Star Trek Beyond applied to the rest of the series and how that will effect them. Mention how Lin’s background in the Fast and Furious franchise will either be beneficial or harmful to what J.J. Abrams has done

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          Great handling of a sensitive topic.

          GLOW: Actual Feminist Filmmaking in #MeToo Hollywood

          I learned so much!

          The Religious Politics of Hellsing Ultimate

          Exchanging one gender stereotype, weak, helpless victims for another female pigeonhole, strong, aggressive dominator is a problem you have articulated well here. I agree.

          The example of Wonder Woman was perfect because the movie portrayed her as motivated by compassion to help people in trouble. So origin stories that demonstrate the motivation of the hero need to be more nuanced. In this way, Captain Marvel fell a little short.

          Of course, movies as entertainment may always rely on their formulas but if audiences demand more sophisticated characters, then we will get them.

          The Paradox of the Strong Female Character

          Hi Stephanie,

          I have an article you may find useful about this topic.

          Lorber, J. (1993). Believing is seeing: Biology as ideology. Gender & Society. 7(4), 568-581.

          Looking forward to reading your novel.


          How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative

          On the one hand, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? With the recent DC Wonder Woman and the new Marvel Natasha Romanov character driven flicks I think as appetites change for stronger female characters, eventually film studios will follow suit.

          Look at the backlash from Ghost in Shell.

          How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative

          Good question Debs. I think Stephanie has noted an important trend. Hopefully by pointing out this discrepancy there will be change.

          How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative

          Hopefully a live action will be done soon. Aladdin was so good.

          How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative

          Esmeralda is my favourite. Thanks for including her. Funny how we can get such strong emotion for characters that are not real. Personally I hope Disney makes a live action movie with Meghan Markle starring in Hunchback.

          How Princesses of Color Have Improved the Disney Princess Narrative