Vishnu Unnithan

Vishnu Unnithan

A daydreamer. When confronted with reality, attends med school. A writer who romances the English language and loves quotes...

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The effect of time between subsequent installments on film franchisees

Pirates of the Carribean 2 and 3 were shot back-to-back and released soon one after the other. This is something which James Cameron is also attempting with his Avatar sequels. On the other hand, there was a gap of 59 years between the two installments of Disney’s Fantasia. Analyse the various effect the timing between episodes has on aspects like the box office prospects of the films taking into consideration factors like brand recall and set production costs.

  • I think the effect speaks to the creative principle behind the theme. In Pirates, you have the right actor, the necessary chemistry, and a setting that lends itself to dynamic rehashing of plot. Some which of pertain to other cinematic marvels, Tron, for instance; the same which could be said. But, why drown the audience in Tron revivals when the original accomplished what films are expected to accomplish: take the imagination to new and unrealistic frontiers, time and again, without the need for props and people. When the Tron sequel eventually emerged, it was nearly messianic in its prophetic second coming, to the delight of its loyal cult following. This is going to be a worthwhile literary examination, part of which I have only scratched the surface of--looking forward to it. – lofreire 4 months ago
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  • I say if you're going to do installments, space them out reasonably. A gap of 59 years is too long, because by then the original product has already aged too much. People are more inclined to hate the new installment on sight because it's not the old one. Or, they go the other way and give the new installment so much praise, the old one is forgotten. In a series like Pirates, you have to watch spacing of releases so people can keep up. The more episodic your series, the harder it may be for "newcomers" to catch up and keep up. Well-spaced releases, say 2-4 years apart, keep the series audience-friendly. – Stephanie M. 4 months ago
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The portrayal of Medicine in TV Shows

Audience fascination with medicine has resulted in a large number of riveting TV series pertaining to the topic being made. Analyse the various aspects and ethical dilemmas of medicine portrayed on various medical shows.(even the lesser known ones)

  • It should be. But, you should display acuity in choosing products that are not hoax ( giving you only complications.) – droy 8 months ago
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  • This one would take research. So many medical dramas that are designed to come across as authentic still take advantage of common misconceptions in order to cut storytelling corners, and since the bulk of what laypeople know about what to do in a crisis comes from what they've seen on TV, this can be really dangerous. On the other hand, medical dramas are a potential way to introduce little-known or misunderstood health issues to a broader audience, and it could be fascinating to explore the impact of this and the nature of the moral obligation this places on the show to be both informative, non-judgemental yet still present an engaging narrative. – Cat 4 months ago
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Can soundtracks make or break films?

A great soundtrack is so much more than just a collection of good songs. It can pull the story along while somehow effortlessly blending into the background. The right one often helps define a movie. Analyse the effect the much-recognised soundtracks had in such films as Forrest Gump, Drive, The Departed, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight and others.

  • Great topic! I would recommend choosing around three examples for clarity (one that works because of the score, one that doesn't work because of the score, one that is strengthened by the score). Also, score VS soundtrack, which did you mean? The score is in the film, the soundtrack is a supplementary collection, typically for advertising. – m-cubed 8 months ago
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  • Interesting topic...Would be great to do an analysis on animated movies vs live-action, and whether that plays a role in how important the soundtrack is??? – MikeySheff 8 months ago
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  • I buy soundtracks based on their content of music acquired by production. I have several soundtracks in my current Vinyl record collection. If you collect them always purchase VINYL RECORDINGS when available you will be glad you did. – WilliamBailey 8 months ago
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  • Amazing topic, I would look at live action and animated films, as well as the musical score and songs added into the movie because there can be a difference in the mood the two different types create -GingerSavvy – GingerSavvy 7 months ago
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  • As a musician, when the soundtrack is good I definitely have a bias towards the movie. I think the soundtrack definitely makes a difference. Of course, there are times where the acting and plot is not as good as the soundtrack as well. Because music is so important in films, it makes a big difference! – birdienumnum17 5 months ago
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  • I would definitely agree on soundtracks making a great movie. Try focusing on the elements on why those soundtracks you listed are great. Just what is it about them that can resonate with a viewer and make a film truly memorable? – DanielMichael 5 months ago
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  • Sound production plays such a huge yet underappreciated role in film and TV, I would honestly love to see an article or essay written about it. Also possible use examples like the recent Lady Macbeth, or RAW, and other films which utilize extremely tight or sparing use of music. – Cat 4 months ago
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  • Have been waiting for someone to tackle this. Great, great topic. I personally believe film soundtracks can absolutely make or break films. There are so many avenues and arguments to explore about this idea. Hopefully someone writes about it. – JulieCMillay 4 months ago
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Mary Morstan's Impact on the equation between Sherlock and Watson

Unlike her counterpart in the novel, the makers of Sherlock made a bold decision with their attempt at giving Mary Morstan a very prominent story arc in the third season of the hit TV series. However, the first episode of this season put a tragic end to this promising character’s role. Now, with her part on the Sherlock series over, analyze what part her character played in the lives of the leads, how Sherlock and Watson had their individual priorities changed and what changes may be anticipated in the equation shared by them,especially considering that her death was partly caused by Sherlock’s actions.
Also, with Molly Hooper still having a very minor role in most episodes, analyze the consequences of the death of the only major female character in the series and whether this was justified(the makers have stated on record that her character was diverting all the attention from Sherlock-Watson and their bromance) considering that her murky past still held the promise of being fodder for more episodes…

  • I imagine one will not be able to fully complete this article until the season has had its run, as Mary's death will no doubt factor into Sherlock and Watson's relationship - I wouldn't call her part "over" quite yet. I like the mention of Mary's novel counterpart, yet it's sad they created such a strong female character to have her die in what I considered a rather ridiculous and undeserving manner. – Karen 11 months ago
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Vishnu Unnithan

A very well written article and an interesting analysis.

"The Flash" as the Modern Equivalent of 1960's "Batman"
Vishnu Unnithan

This was a much needed analysis. However, from personal experience I can surely say that the more the effects, the lesser the efforts on storytelling. Case in point being films like Fast and Furious 8.

Does CGI Benefit Special Effects or Detract From Them?
Vishnu Unnithan

Everything said, I love Steve Rogers and he is one of the few reasons I have stuck with Marvel for so long. The moment they kill him off, they should realise that they will be losing dedicated fans.

Why Steve Rogers Should Die in Avengers: Infinity War
Vishnu Unnithan

As a medic, one distinct advantage of physical books over ebooks that I have realised is that they allow us to recollect more data by aiding our memory spatially as in I can recollect more protocols and tables by their location in the book. This is lost in an ebook. Apart, from that I personally would never pay for an ebook. I only use free content. If I part with my money, I need to get something tangible in return. Virtual ebooks just never make the cut.

Online vs Print: The Digital Age of Books
Vishnu Unnithan

Fine article on a moving film. I especially likes the quotes you used. Looking forward to reading more from you.

How Manchester by the Sea Turns Social Realism into Social Feelism
Vishnu Unnithan

Thank you so much. Unlike before, it is a matter of pride that Indian films now are tackling an increased number of topical, relevant and often uncomfortable issues. Makes for interesting viewing!
Face/Off indeed had a very interesting premise and like you yourself pointed out, though the medicine was shoddy at best, it was still a very entertaining film.

Medicine in Film: An Insight Into the Brewing Emulsion
Vishnu Unnithan

Even much later, fims are still being used by many governments to brainwash people into accepting their ideologies…

World War II's Secret Weapon: Propaganda in Film
Vishnu Unnithan

Thank you Karen. Indeed, the topic was very vast and it was my humble attempt to put forth all aspects of the idea without going into too much unnecessary detail. Further articles inspired from the various facets of this piece are always welcome.

Medicine in Film: An Insight Into the Brewing Emulsion