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Out of the Ashes: Building New Societies in The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead comic series shows various groups of people trying to form new societies in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. Examine the different types of societies in the show (Woodbury, The Kingdom, The Hill, Terminus, etc.) and how they form and sustain their societies as well as the flaws that inevitably lead to their downfall at the hands of the Walkers.
The Women of Frank Miller's Sin City
In Frank Miller’s Sin City (1991-2000), the prostitutes of Old Town, Basin City’s red light district, keep the pimps and cops out. In a city filled with corrupt cops and politicians, they are the only semblance of true justice. But are they a good portrayal of strong female characters or are they merely a male fantasy? Analyze how well the women of Old Town hold up in the age of #MeToo.
Is Rock and Roll Dead?
Analyze how changes in technology (rhythm machines, streaming services) and people’s changing taste in music have led to the loss of influence rock music (Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Grunge, etc.) had on mainstream pop culture. Also compare the number of new bands signed to major record labels to the number of acts of other genres (Hip-hop, country, folk, etc.) from the early 2000s to the present.
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Recurring themes in David Fincher's films
Discuss common philosophical, social, and psychological themes in David Fincher’s films (Alien 3, Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl).
Deconstructing YA Literature in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
On the surface, Jesse Andrews’ debut novel "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (2012) might seem like another Young Adult novel with quirky teen characters and a bittersweet coming-of-age story. But is there more to the novel than meets the eye? Analyze how the characters comment and critique certain cliches found in YA literature and how it deconstructs this facet of the literary community.
World War I Through the Eyes of Wonder Woman (2017)
How does the latest Wonder Woman film portray World War I and the physical/emotional effects it had on the soldiers and/or civilians. Also worth exploring is Diana Prince’s/Wonder Woman’s character development as she struggles to hold onto her ideals amid the horrors of the trenches, mustard gas, and the moral ambiguity of humanity.
Rumors, Lies, and Bullies in Joel Edgerton's "The Gift"
Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut film "The Gift" (2015) shows how a small rumor can ruin someone’s life and how the past eventually catches up with us. Analyze and discuss the psychological and emotional effects of bullying. Also discuss whether or not time actually heals all wounds and if people actually change as a result.
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