Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

He romances the English language and loves quotes; some of which may inadvertently find their way into his writings: a few, inspired and always,entirely original.

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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 3 years ago
    • 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. 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago
    • 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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

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    Latest Comments

    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    You have taken a lot of efforts in writing this piece and it shows in the results. Wonderful article. I really love reading Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart are personal favourites.

    Edgar Allan Poe: Unknown Horrors
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    Transporter: The Series is another one such show that was simply cancelled just as it was coming into it’s own. I think Chris Vance was splendid. Will we ever get a third season? Someday, I hope.
    The Snyder Cut(2021), possibly as a six-episode miniseries as per some reports, is also proof that the powers that be do listen if enough noise is made.

    Fan-Power: Saving Shows From Cancellation
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    I now see what the fuss was all about! A colleague of mine used to spend his entire downtime binge-watching these episodes. Lovely article! Looking forward to read more from you.

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    The Game of Thrones did a fine job of handling so many character motivations and still keeping things interesting. I had expected the Winter to be much stronger than it eventually turned out to be or perhaps, we were guilty of raising our expectations too much.

    Revenge in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    Insightful. I have watched the first two seasons only but your article means that I will definitely check out the third season whenever I get some time. On a side note, I also believe that Daredevil: Director’s Cut(2003) was quite good. Too bad, they released the movie the way they did.

    Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    Movies play a very important role in educating the masses about history they might not be otherwise very inclined to learn. I personally feel that with the technology currently available where it is possible to recreate almost everything, filmmakers must try to stay as historically authentic as possible.

    How Important is Historical Accuracy in Films?
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    While the New Mutants keeps postponing it’s appointment with the theatres, thinking back, the X-men indeed had a very messed up timeline. Really appreciate the effort that went into publishing this article.

    The X-Men Timeline
    Dr. Vishnu Unnithan

    The article certainly leaves you with a lot to think about. The article reminded me about the Bethesda-Wallace test, which though quite arbitrary is still a step in the positive direction when it comes to the depiction of female characters in movies.

    The Paradox of the Strong Female Character