This evening I was catching up on one of my favorite television shows, Arrow, and just finished an episode which dealt with the aftermath of a mass shooting and touchy subject of gun control. Arrow, which is currently in its fifth season, is a modern take on DC's Green Arrow, and tells the story of a rich playboy, Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on an island, returns home to Star City to fight crime with a bow and arrows.
The “Jaguar Pitch”, scene that appears in a season 5 episode of Mad Men, is a perfect example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the “male gaze”, a masculine point of view across movies and literature in which women are presented as the objects of male pleasure. Mulvey states that the female characters have no direct... Continue Reading →
Cocktails with clients, glamorous parties, and behind the scenes manipulation are common practices implemented by public relations agents in movies and television. Shows like Scandal, Ray Donovan, Mad Men and Sex in the City has cast a spotlight on the activities of the featured press agent, or "fixer" in an evolving and sometimes problematic light. According to University... Continue Reading →
I wrote this essay during my freshman year of college and thought that it fit perfectly with the ideas expressed in my blog. “One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice”. -Jim Lee, artist for DC Comics DC Comics Inc. is... Continue Reading →
Why has American society responded so well to the television anti-hero? Shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Bates Motel, and Dexter, have dominated our screens and have catapulted their major characters, who often engage in activities that bring into question their hero status, into household names. In this day and age, everyone now knows... Continue Reading →
Everyone in our society is familiar in some way with Star Trek, a franchise that has become a staple in popular culture and that has “warped” its way into the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. Watching Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock take on the evil warlord Khan, or the brave crew of... Continue Reading →