Sean Gadus

Sean Gadus

Hi, I am recent graduate from the Cleveland State English Department. I am now a 2nd year English teacher. I love to watch movies, read comics and books, and listen to music.

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    Is there a point where the Marvel Universe Model Will Stop Working?

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe has, for better or worse, changed the way that many studios view big budget film making, world building, advertising, and developing film projects. The Marvel Formula, (with individuals films, team ups, and spin offs) has been enormously successful and with Disney’s enormous backing and support, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. Will there be a point where Marvel movies will stop being as lucrative and successful as they are now? What possible reasons could contribute to a slowing of this seeming unstoppable engine?

    • At this point this is highly speculative, but a really interesting topic to put out there and see what happens. It is always difficult to gauge what will endure and what will fall apart. Often it is about the "engagement factor," how engaged an audience still is with a particular work/body of works. I would put out there that like all film and TV, a series of failures for whatever reason will put an end to the MCU. However, you do raise a good point that they now have the backing of Disney, who has experienced failures (a few in a row too) but this has not dented their continuation. So who knows? – SaraiMW 2 weeks ago
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    • Has it slowed? "Engagement factor" seems to be a term needing a great deal of clarity. – Joseph Cernik 1 week ago
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    • I think this is a really interesting topic! A couple areas of focus could be the remaining movies of "Phase 3," and the possible directions that the MCU could take after the fourth "Avengers" movie to maintain its popularity with audiences. – Scalera18 1 week ago
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    In Comics, Are There Real Life Topics That Are Off Limits?

    At San Diego Comic Con 2018, Tom King unveiled his upcoming Heroes in Crisis event for D.C. Comics. The event will focus on a super hero rehabilitation center that is the target of a mass shooting. Tom King has been up front about his belief that comics should confront real issue that society is dealing with, but will this subject matter be too serious and rooted in reality to be successful (both commercially and artistically)? this article could examine other situations that explore real world issues (the struggle of Pakistani-Americans in Ms. Marvel or Drug Use in Batman:Venom) and if and how these more grounded stories are successful. You could also include the comic book industry’s use of rape and domestic abuse as a plot devices, which have largely been criticized by critics and fans alike as often being insensitive or used in inappropriate ways.

    • I suppose the answer is largely no and the focus of the article would become about how these topics have been used in different dicotomies - realistic/unrealistic, objective/subjective, respectfully/insensitively, constructive/destructive. A great topic to discuss indeed! – SaraiMW 2 weeks ago
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    Is Creed The Truest Sequel To The Original Rocky?

    Since its release in 1976, the academy award winning Rocky has received six sequels (Rocky II-V, Rocky Balboa, and Creed). The original Rocky was a relatively low budget film focused on a down in his luck boxer with an extraordinary chance to prove his worth inside and outside of ring. It was hailed for its underdog story, acting, and its iconic training scenes. The subsequent sequels often opted to forgo many of the ideas and the low budget style found in the original film. Sequels sometimes included cartoonish villains and other elements that would be out of place in the grittier original Rocky. When Creed was released in 2015, it received near universal acclaim for its story and acting (especially by Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in the title role), which focused on a hungry fighter working to prove his worth to the world. Like Rocky, the film was a character study of a box working to confront his issues within and outside of the ring. Is Creed the closest thing in style and tone to the original Rocky?

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      What do you want from a new Bioshock game?

      Bioshock was a revered and renown franchise but except for a remaster of the original 3 games, the series has been quiet since Irrational games closed. With the recent announcement of a secret new Bioshock project called "parkside", there is a chance we will see a new game from the series. What do you want to see out of a new Bioshock game? What new setting would fit a new game? What mechanics would you want to see?

      • I would like a new Bioshock game in the vein of the original. Arkane has shown that the immersive sim genre is not entirely dead in the AAA sphere with Dishonored and Prey. The immersive sim is such a unique genre that could really benefit from having more developers involved in it. The two main things I hope for are pretty cynical but I think they're important. One is that I hope 2K doesn't continue with the AAA trend of nickel & diming players at every turn. I've been pretty burnt out on the AAA scene due to excessive mircotransactions, lootboxes, and game design trends that are meant to get as much time and money from the players as possible. I don't have faith in 2K to no do this, however. The second thing is that I hope the developers learn from Bioshock: Infinite. That game failed on so many levels I'm baffled it got any praise. From its design to its story to its themes, everything about Infinite was a step back from the original. Arkane may not make the greatest immersive sims, but they are good examples of how to make that sort of game in the modern AAA sphere. – Scott Dewalt 4 months ago
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      How does God of War use and subvert traditional Norse Mythology

      God of War has been a smash hit since its release April 20th. With a strong sales launch and massive critical praise, the game is primed to be a benchmark in AAA gaming. By setting the game in the Norse world, God of War borrows the mythology of the Norse cultural groups. In doing this, The game sets expectations for what enemies you will see, what locations you will go to, and what events will occur. However, the game plays with the conventions and established canon of Norse Mythology in surprising ways. This article would analyze how Norse mythology is applied to the God of War universe and how the game subverts our expectation of traditional Norse myths and characters.

      • I preordered this game and definitely do not regret that decision! Fantastic game, 10/10 would recommend. Underneath this topic, I think something interesting to explore would be the emphasis on Freya as a mother. I didn't think of her as primarily as mother figure before playing the game, so that would be a change to the original mythology perhaps to explore? – Nezumiria 3 months ago
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      How did 13 Reasons Why change when it was adapted for Netflix?

      13 Reasons Why was hugely popular and important YA novel written in 2007 by Jay Asher. In 2017, it received a 13 episode Netflix adaption, which has renewed interest in the story. How did this story change, develop, or grow in its transition to the screen? Were these changes effective, or did they hinder or distinctly change the overall story or characters?

      Take us through the changes between the netflix series and the book that inspired it.

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        How does Binge Watching change the way we watch or engage with "television"

        With the popularity of online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon, who sometimes release an entire season worth of content at a time, how does this difference in presentation change how we watch and engage with entertainment. Just a few years ago, tv viewers had to tune in week after week to view the last hit t.v. show, but now, many famous and successful shows are released on Netflix at a season by season basis. For example, House of Cards, Marvel Shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage), and Master of None all dropped with their entire season available for viewing from day one of their release. What is the effect on our thoughts and perceptions of a show when we can sit down and view the whole thing in one sitting rather than having to wait week by week for the next episode. What is lost and what is gained in this shift?

        • Very interesting topic. Another facet of it that may be worth exploring in relation to this is how the binge-format is changing, not only how we watch, but also how content is created and structured. For example, something that I noticed while binging BoJack Horseman is that most of the episodes (especially in the later seasons) end very abruptly without a punchy joke or poignant conclusion to facilitate the landing. This would be incredibly frustrating if you then had to wait a week for the following episode to pick up where they left off, but because the show is conducive to binging by design, it works quite well. That's just one example that comes to mind, but I'm sure there are plenty of other ways in which this new form has influenced the content to be found if you take a closer look at it with this in mind. – ProtoCanon 2 years ago
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        • Queer film critic B Ruby Rich writes in her book "New Queer Cinema" that television and film used to be community activities. Everyone would gather around a TV and watch it as a family or as a community, but now, it's all personalized and individualized. While people still watch TV and movies together, services like Netflix and Amazon make it much easier to watch television by yourself and in copious quantities. – X 2 years ago
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        • Definitely an interesting topic... any polls out there to show what people prefer? Do young people who have grown up with netflix see it as normal? Does the availability make people watch more? What kinds of people prefer binging or prefer waiting? – Sboother 2 years ago
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        • This is a particularly alluring topic to explore, especially from a psychological point of view. The concept of binge watching shows has become extremely relevant with the advent of Netlifx and especially, as you mentioned, their originals. Just because the whole season is out doesn't mean that viewers have to scrap their whole Saturday or stay home from work to watch it. The fact that binge watching has become a phenomenon has really highlighted the matter that consumers are showing less and less self control in yet another facet of life. – gabyelan 2 years ago
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        • Binge watching would also affect how tv writers create stories because there's no more waiting around. Before Netflix we would have to wait for the next episode to air & there was a suspense/feeling of anticipation, but that feeling has disappeared now b/c all of these shows are now available under our fingertips – seouljustice 2 years ago
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        • There's also the new water cooler elitism of those who can afford to pay for up-to-date programming spoiling shows for those who can't afford paid shows. Can someone sponsor me and solve this catastrophic first-world problem? – Tigey 2 years ago
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        • Film Crit Hulk, an insightful if somewhat informal writer, wrote a column about this: http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/10/12/luke-cage-netflix-and-the-death-of-episodic-tv I absolutely recommend that any potential writer on this topic read Hulk's thoughts before writing. – bookstudent4 2 years ago
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        • I have found that the final episode of a series is much more bitter than sweet when I have binge watched the entire season. If I have waited week by week for episodes to air, the season finale is much more exciting. Being forced to patiently wait for the finale adds to the thrill of finally watching it. When I watch a show all at once, I usually arrive at the end of the season without even realizing it's the end. Then I am just left to reflect and be sad that the season ended so abruptly. – InvidaSin 2 years ago
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        • I really like to concept of TV shows as forming a community. Even if you sat in front of the TV Thursday night to watch your show at a certain time alone, you knew that many others were watching what you were watching at the same time. What's also interesting is shows "dropping" a whole season at once and then having to wait a whole YEAR to see the next season sometimes. You binge and then by the time the next season comes around you have to rewatch the previous season to recapture the essence of the show again and reconnect with the characters and their plots. – Gaby 1 year ago
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        Best Launch Titles In Video Games

        It is always exciting when a console or handheld device launches! But there isn’t always great games to play day 1 when a system comes out. With the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launching tomorrow (Zelda is receiving rave reviews from a variety of critics), what are some of the best launch games (on any consoles/handheld) in history?

        • Note, after playing Breath of the wild for a day, I think it should be high on this list... – SeanGadus 1 year ago
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        • Great topic, it should also be noted the impact of these launch titles on their respective console. – shynspears 1 year ago
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        • Be sure to go more in-depth with how these launch titles helped the consoles they came out for. – BMartin43 1 year ago
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        • Or how the console highlighted its features. For example: Super Mario 64 and the analog stick and 3D gaming. – SeanGadus 1 year ago
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        Sean Gadus

        We will most likely see him in the Siege of Mandalore arc! Which is a key arc for Ashoka and Rex as well.

        Darth Maul: A Triumph of the Star Wars Extended Universe
        Sean Gadus

        I think you have a really good point about the “self destructive nature of the Sith”. I feel like Anakin and Maul both exhibit that quality in many situations.

        Darth Maul: A Triumph of the Star Wars Extended Universe
        Sean Gadus

        This is a really interesting idea for an article! Awesome job! 🙂

        Rebuilding The Future: What book would you bring?
        Sean Gadus

        As someone who knows very little about the Fire Emblem series, i found this article very interesting and makes me more interested in checking out the series. The investment in interesting and complex characters makes me want to explore this world.

        Fire Emblem's Use of Numbers to Tell its Story
        Sean Gadus

        I really love your article, I think you do an excellent job in your article of discussing the diversity and relationships between the characters. Awesome article! Nine Nine!

        Brooklyn Nine Nine: The Importance of a Diverse Show & Characters
        Sean Gadus

        I agree with your first point alot. For me, and I grew up playing Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, story is a really important part of Zelda so I really missed the story that has been in previous Zelda games.

        Ways That Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Sequel Can Improve
        Sean Gadus

        Chuck was a really great t.v. show and I feel that the first two seasons are some of my favorite seasons/years of any t.v. show.

        Great article!

        Chuck, the Anti-Spy
        Sean Gadus

        I am a huge fan of how different Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are. I think that even the differences between Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask show how incredible Nintendo is at video game design.

        Ways That Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Sequel Can Improve