Sean Gadus

Sean Gadus

Hi, I am a graduate from the Cleveland State English Department. I am a 3rd year English/Reading teacher. I love watching movies, reading fiction, and listening to music.

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    Who Will Be The Face of The MCU After The Departure of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark

    While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an ongoing, expanding film series, the original characters from Phase I remained key characters throughout the past ten years of film. In Avengers: Endgame, some of the major original characters completed their narrative arcs including Iron Man and Captain America. With the departure of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers, the MCU will need other characters to play a larger role in the overall narrative. Which new or existing characters will serve as the narrative focus for future phases of Marvel films? This article could discuss potential candidates for new corner stones of the MCU, as well as which characters have the most pressing character arcs that need to be resolved.

    • This is a really interesting topic to discuss considering the fact that Phase II is still nascent. With MCU being the biggest money churning franchise in history, an exploration of the possible future direction the universe may take and how it copes with audience fatigue while managing to still keep things fresh and interesting would make for an intriguing read. – Dr. Vishnu Unnithan 1 month ago
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    • I am an enormous fan of this topic, as it is something I wonder and have many thoughts on. There are so many different ways to go, but I think there are some characters that were given just enough potential to represent the MCU. – Abie Dee 1 month ago
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    How Has Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Impacted The Video Game Industry?

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a huge public health topic that has affected many facets of human life this year. One of the entertainment industries most affected by the virus has been the video game industry, which is a global, interconnected industry. A variety of conferences (like E3 and GDC) have been cancelled or postponed, cancellations of major E-Sports events and even game delays (Virtuos Studios recently delayed the Switch Port of Outer Worlds) due to complications related to the virus. Other thoughts would be to explore how Coronavirus disease will impact the production release of Next Gen consoles that are currently on the horizon.

    • Great topic. If I were writing an essay on it, I don't think I'd be able to resist somehow bringing at least references to at least one video game about epidemics or infestations. – JamesBKelley 4 months ago
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    • Oh, so timely. Love it. I think it would also be interesting to see if there have been any other big events in recent history that have impacted the video game industry -- natural disasters, other crises, etc. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but it would be interesting to see if there's any point of comparison. Definitely want to read this! – Eden 4 months ago
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    • This would be a good topic to write about. – OkaNaimo0819 1 month ago
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    Does the "Snyder Cut" Set A Good or Bad Precedent for Move Studios Going Forward

    The 2017 film Justice League had a troubled production history, with the film undergoing major changes before and during production. This resulted in the theatrical release being very different from how the film had been envisioned by its original director Zack Snyder. For more than two years many fans (and some of the film’s stars) have campaigned for Snyder (using #ReleaseTheSnyderCut) to create a version of the film that more closely aligned with his original vision which include unused villains like Darkseid. In May 2020, HBO and Warner Bros. announced that "The "Snyder Cut" would be an exclusive to the new HBO Max streaming service and the project will launch sometime in 2021. This version will reportedly cost $20–30 million to complete with special effects, editing, and other revisions. Is the Snyder cut a positive thing, allowing a creator to finally realize his true vision in some way and an admittance that the studio made a mistake with the original. In contrast, could the Snyder Cut demonstrate that movie studios are listening too much to a vocal group of fans about a film that even with significant revisions may not fully satisfy its audience? Lastly, would Warner Bros. have allowed the Snyder Cut to be created in a time period where they didn’t have a massive streaming service (HBO Max) to promote/sell to consumers.

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      Why Hasn't D.C.'s "Birds of Prey" Been as Financially Successful as other R-Rated Superhero films like Deadpool and Joker

      "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)", was released on February 7th to generally favorable reviews, but the film has failed to fallen well short of its box office projections within its first week. The female lead and female directed D.C. films has been a long anticipated film and is one of the first comic book films to have an all female team (Harley Quinn, Huntress, Dinah Lance, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain). Despite the film’s similarities to a film like Deadpool (both films have an R-rating, with a narrator who is known for irreverent humor and fourth wall breaks), it is unlikely the film will even approach the box office success of that film or a more serious R-rated film like 2019’s Joker. Despite similarities and common links to other popular properties, why hasn’t "Bird of Prey" been more successful with audiences?

      • Good question. One angle you could take is that audience and critic tastes clearly differ. Rotten Tomatoes review metrics can show this. Go from there after that. – J.D. Jankowski 5 months ago
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      • Good question. From what do have been hearing is that Bird of Prey isn't the Bird of Prey fans are familar with. It's okay for film makers to take liberties with the source material but if they are to really make it work they still need to make it recognizable. One big red flag is that the protagonist is Harley who doesnt exist in the Bird of Prey comic. When I heard the title of the movie I thought it was going to be about canary after all she is a member and she is named after a bird for goodness sake. second red flag is that the film is after suicide squad that was a failure. The final red flag is that it was promoted as a feminist film and had an all female cast. Now there is nothing wrong with a feminist film, however there has been a big backlash towards feminist films in the past few years. I never did watch the movie but I knew it was doom to fail. The only reason why I know this is by a bit of research. – Amelia Arrows 5 months ago
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      How will Disney change the streaming landscape?

      Disney launched earlier this week (11/12/19) and reportedly had 10 million subscribers in the first 24 hours of its availability. This number is expected to continue to grow over the next few weeks. How will the streaming landscape be affected by Disney ‘s release? What effect will Disney have on Netflix and the upcoming HBO Max? Will Disney push these companies out of the streaming business? Will Netflix and HBO Max be forced to adopt new strategies to entice customers? The article would speculate/analyze how Disney is changing the streaming landscape and business.

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        Did the controversy and moral outrage surrounding Joker help boost the film's profile?

        Todd Philips’s Joker film is the most talked about film of the fall. When the film premiered, some critics lauded it as a masterpiece while others expressed dissatisfaction and outrage over the content within the film. With Joker passing $900 million dollars at the box office, it is apt to discuss the factors that contributed to the film’s success. With this in mind, did the controversy and outrage circulating around the film provide easy/free marketing for the film and bring attention from mainstream media outlets that otherwise would have spent less time covering and discussing the film?

        • Fix some of the minor grammar errors please. I think this topic is definitely relevant and has room for debate since we can easily list other controversial movies that did NOT gross successfully at the box office (looking at you Last Temptation of Christ) as a means of providing counter examples to show the movie must have had other factors involved in its success. – Will Nolen 8 months ago
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        • A good topic, but there are some errors."Philip's" --> "Phillips's""the factor" --> Should this be "the factors"? – Emily Deibler 8 months ago
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        • I feel like the controversy absolutely would have made it more popular. There is the old saying "any publicity is good publicity." – Debs 8 months ago
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        • I think I it's absolutely a topic worth exploring as we are all affected by the media around us in multiple ways both great and small. However, to explore this further you would need to expand upon other factors that would have sparked a major market interest: Todd Phillip taking a huge tonal shift away from the likes of The Hangover Trilogy, a strong a popular IP getting a solo outing, the inevitable comparison that is always rife with a new iteration of the Joker as a character not to mention a film that was marketed as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise heavily formulaic genre and industry. Something different was to be said with this film whether good or bad and I think these factors made it a popular talking point and a must-see for many people regardless of the conversations surrounding it. – CAntonyBaker 8 months ago
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        What Will The Future of James Bond Look Like After Daniel Craig's Final Film?

        Daniel Craig will soon be suiting up for his fifth and final James Bond film, titled "No Time To Die", set to release spring 2020. The film will reportedly see Bond retired in Jamaica (a familiar spot for the Bond series and original author Ian Fleming) at the start of the film. Presumably, Bond is reluctantly called back for one last mission. With this being Craig final Bond film, changes are on the horizon for the massively successful and long enduring franchise. Rumors have long been floating around the internet that the next bond may break gender or color barriers with the casting of the next 007. After Craig’s final film, will the James Bond producers make ambitious changes to its iconic character, or will chose to continue the series’s status quo?

        • If we're going to see a Jane Bond, then I demand to see a Marty Poppins! – Amyus 9 months ago
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        • I have a feeling that they will go hard in one of two directions. In one they go even darker and more gritty than they have before, OR they decided to go goofier and more comedic. Either way I will be right there watching. Great idea! – tredmond 9 months ago
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        • I think it'll be interesting to compare it to the Mission Impossible series where you have multiple directors of varying backgrounds using an established IP to experiment and tell a new story. Obviously exploring the potential casting decisions is a hot topic right now but what would a James Bond film look with an expressive and experimental director aiming to turn the genre on its head? – CAntonyBaker 8 months ago
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        • I don't think James Bond will be as relevant anymore. He'll just be another action star/spy like John Wick or Jason Bourne, no longer as unique. With the #MeToo movement and political correctness, his character would also be more different than it was in the 60's and 70's. Maybe better, but not as distinct. And no, I don't believe he should change genders. It's James Bond. 007 as a woman isn't James Bond. People watch 007 because he's a man. I feel a gender change would lose more people. Better yet, do a different agent - you don't need a female 007. Given the fact that he's been a racist at least once and was written as white, it probably also wouldn't be a good idea for him to change races. I wouldn't be against it, but it wouldn't make sense. – OkaNaimo0819 6 months ago
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        Will The Joker Impact The Direction of Warner Bros/D.C. Films Going Forward?

        The release of Todd Phillips’s Joker film is imminent. With Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, the film received honors and praise at the Venice Film Festival. Though the film has been generating controversy for its content, the film is projected to have an opening week of about $80 million dollars when it debuts on October 4th. This is a massive projected gross for a R rated film. Will the critical and potential commercial success of stand alone (and more mature) films like Joker influence the direction of Warner Bros. and D.C.’s future films?

        • I notice that you write about Batman quite consistently. But, this new chapter in the scheme has definitely caught my attention. I watched with awe at Cesar Romero in the 1966 TV series, Jack Nicholson in 1989, and the role that brought me back into the mix, Heath Ledger in 2008. Don't see why this highly anticipated depiction would disappoint. I would like to see a good block of writing on Heath Ledger's outstanding and highly acclaimed characterization. – L:Freire 10 months ago
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        • I think this is a valid question to ask and unless this movie somehow becomes a stunning flop (which, let's be honest, is unlikely) then I think it will have a major impact on future D.C. films. Taking in the poor reviews for Suicide Squad and other D.C. films lately, it appears that D.C. definitely wants to go in a more artsy and niche direction, something that previously hasn't existed (at least to my knowledge) for comic book adaptations. I think D.C. has been criticized a lot for its inconsistency in regard to the tone of their movies, and this new Joker movie may solve that problem for them. – BakerQ 9 months ago
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        Sean Gadus

        I have had a desire to reread Wuthering Heights over the last year and this article was a great incentive to finally do it. I have enjoyed books written by all three Brontë sisters. All three have contributed excellent and intriguing books to the world.

        Wuthering Heights and its Many Genres
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        Just watched Rover, which was another excellent Neo-Western that many people overlooked. The dusty Australian background is an amazing setting.

        Neo-Westerns: Conquering The New Frontier
        Sean Gadus

        I really enjoyed the first seasons of both Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. I thought David Tenant’s performance in Jessica Jones was particularly memorable. Overall, I felt like those 2 shows started strong but did not sustain their excellence as long as Daredevil. Unfortunately, I did not watch either Punisher or Iron Fist beyond a few episodes, though I did enjoy Jon Bernthal performances as Punisher. I’d be interested in hearing your option on the Marvel Netflix shows as a whole.

        Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
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        Thank you for the kind words, it is always good to know someone appreciates what I have written.

        Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
        Sean Gadus

        Very interesting article! The experience of Telemachus is something that often gets overlooked. I always forgot how long the timeline/time span of The Odyssey is.

        The Odyssey: A Father and Son Quest for Kleos
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        I absolutely agree that the Daredevil Director’s Cut is far superior to the original release.

        The added law subplot and the exceptional final monologue are two massive improvements on the original version of the film, along with a generally more serious tone. There are some aesthetic similarities in certain locations in both the film and season 3 of daredevil, as you will see if you watch it.

        Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
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        I would say PC/Steam usually has the best performance for Gris, though the Switch version has the advantage of handheld play and runs well. I also heard that you can get 4K on PS4 Pro as well.

        The Bliss of Playing Gris
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        There are a great number of excellent detective novels. My favorite detective novel is L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy (also an exceptional and distinct movie too). In addition, many elements of detective stories have begun to cross over genres to other genres. For example the recent novel “The Last Smile In Sunder City” by Luke Arnold mixes fantasy setting with more pulp detective plot structure. It’s a really interesting detective read for people looking for something a little usual!

        Why Do Readers Enjoy The Detective Genre so much?