When it comes to making audiences cry, movies and TV shows typically have a playbook. And more often than not, the play most chosen is the death of a character, usually backed by swelling music and metaphorical visuals. Other paths to take may include traumatic plot twists, a detailed descent of someone suffering from a disease, you name it. The thing is, though, all of these scenarios play out in dramatic, story-like ways.
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The Oscars have historically shut out comic book films, with only a few having ever pushed themselves through the cracks of the Academy Awards. Most notably, as of late, Heath Ledger’s posthumous win for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight and Black Panther’s handful of nominations from last year comes to mind. For the most part, though, the superhero genre is largely ignored because of its typical blockbuster format.
Winter break is the time to unwind from the chaotic mess that was the last 16 weeks of college madness. It’s the time to stuff yourself with home cooked meals, spend some quality time with family and enjoy the holiday season by having absolutely no responsibilities. And, apparently, it’s the time to binge the entire Star Wars saga.
Time just doesn’t seem to exist in the world of cinema. Movies that are old seem like they just came out yesterday, and movies that are new feel like they’ve been playing in theatres for years. Time does exist, however, and another decade of movies has come and gone. The question is, what movies from this decade will be remembered for decades to come?
Disaster flicks like 2012 seem to be the only real source of climate change in film and television. Other than documentaries that are explicitly about the hot-button topic, writers and directors seem to largely shy away from it if it doesn’t involve mass CGI destruction.
The Walking Dead has always been known for its revolving door of characters. There was a time a few seasons ago when it seemed like a beloved character was being killed off every other episode. Whether their arc had come to an end, or you swore they still had so much story potential left, the show characterized itself by letting audiences know no one was ever completely safe.
HBO has always been known for having violent, nudity-filled programming. Whether it be a fantasy series like Game of Thrones or a western filled with androids like Westworld, the network has never been one to shy away from making audiences blush. While the programs can certainly be called gratuitous at times, most have gained the stamp of approval by audiences.
Stop motion animation is the ugly stepchild of animation styles. There are a few that work their way into my heart, but it’s hard to love something that makes me so uncomfortable. I am passionate, however, about Jack Skellington kicking off the Christmas season each year.
Fatigue is a very real thing when it comes to television. A show will come around and steal the hearts of viewers everywhere, seeming to have not a single flaw, and then it comes back with the second or third season just to disappoint. Maybe it’s not bad, but it doesn’t deliver anything new or dare to keep going on the path it was during its premiere days.
Friends is one of those of shows that sticks around for a long time. Even after the finale aired way back in 2004, the show has kept its hold on popular culture. It continues to be watched and talked about to this day — and probably for years to come. With this continuing lifespan, there has been a constant, unadulterated hatred that has festered for one character: Ross Geller.
Comic book movies, for the most part, play to a specific formula. There’s the classic origin, a fairly stereotypical bad guy, maybe a love interest, an action-packed finale and, of course, a happy ending with the hero riding off into the sunset.
A lot comes to mind when the name Jordan Peele comes up these days. He’s pursued writing, producing and directing to associate himself and his talents with a lot of fields in television and cinema. However, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t immediately think of Key & Peele when the name is brought up. While his days in comedy were and still are great to look back on, it seems to be following him more like a curse now.
It’s getting to that point in the year when, at times, everything starts to feel a little overwhelming. Right at the cusp of October, which is when it’ll be Christmas in the blink of an eye, September seems to have a flow of time that feels like molasses. For college students, classes start to ramp up, midterms taunt from around the corner and homesickness is as common as a cold.
I watched It: Chapter Two at a drive-in movie theater in the middle of a lightning storm, on Friday the 13th, under a full moon.
Never has a show fallen so far from grace in such a nosedive fashion like season three of 13 Reasons Why.
Summer brings a lot of good things with it. Sunshine, vacations to the beach and, of course, announcements from Marvel Studios, specifically in regard to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
You can’t always get what you want.
I don’t cry at movies. Not often, anyway. Once in a blue moon, a scene will get my eyes to well up or maybe even a few tears to spill down my face, but I rarely cry when watching movies or even TV shows.
Game of Thrones, in one of the biggest shocks of the series, really didn’t deliver too many shocking moments in the opener of its final season. In no way was it a boring episode; it seemed to instead serve as an episode to ease us back into the madness that is this fantasy-drama.
Binge-watching is something that seems to come easy to most people. You sit down, ignore every single one of your responsibilities and glue your eyes to a screen for hours on end. That said, there are things that can make a show easier to binge. For instance, an easy premise, chopped up into shorter increments works incredibly well. Why do you think The Office found such a great home on Netflix?