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Q: What is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries derived from?

Short Answer: The Australian crime drama television show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012 - ) is based on the series of 20 novels by author Kerry Greenwood. In 2011 the novels were selected…

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Marvel’s “Luke Cage”: Blaxploitation or #BlackLivesMatter?

Quick Answer: New Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage is both progressive and regressive in its race politics. Its predominantly black and brown cast – including women in strong roles – and black…

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How is “Breaking Bad”’s Walter White like the Old Testament’s King Saul?

Quick answer: Although one is a 21st century fictional character and the other an historical figure from circa 1000 BCE, Walter White and Old Testament Israel’s King Saul share many qualities…

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Why Aren’t There Mutants in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”?

Quick Answer: When Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996, they sold licenses for rights to several of their characters, losing the rights to these intellectual properties on the screen. This included…

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What Were The First Hollywood Films About Rape?

Quick answer: The first Hollywood films about rape - Johnny Berlinda and Outrage - deal directly with the taboo subject, acknowledging the trauma, judgment, stigma, and the lack of assistance to…

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Kenneth Lonergan Discusses “Manchester by the Sea” at the 54th New York Film Festival

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea (2016) tells the story of Lee Chandler, a Boston-based janitor (Casey Affleck) whose life is turned upside down when his older brother (Kyle Chandler)…

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What is the Significance of the Cyclical Patterns in “The Place Beyond the Pines”?

Quick Answer: Circular storytelling abounds in Derek Cianfrance’s film The Place Beyond the Pines, a three-act epic about fathers, sons, and the pitfalls of ambition. Indeed, Cianfrance imbues…

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Ava DuVernay Talks “13TH” at the 54th New York Film Festival

The first ever documentary to open the New York Film Festival, Ava DuVernay’s 13TH traces the history of systemic racial inequality in the United States from the Civil War up to present day. 13TH…

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Why is it that after 8,000 years, technology in Westeros has not advanced?

Quick Answer: Fantasy worlds are complex beasts. Many factors contribute to the lack of technological development in Game of Thrones; the existence of magic rendering technology somewhat obsolete;…

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Filmmaker’s Handbook: What was Kinescope Recording?

Quick Answer: Kinescope recording was the process of recording a television broadcast onto a film reel by pointing a camera at a video monitor as it played the footage. The result was a…

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How is film noir like the Book of Ecclesiastes?

Quick answer: There are striking similarities between the themes of film noir and those of Ecclesiastes. Both present a deeply pessimistic worldview, lamenting the futility of life and the flaws of…

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In “New Girl” why don’t Jess’s glasses have lenses?

Quick Answer: In New Girl, the character Jessica Day wears frames that don’t have lenses in them to avoid lens flare and shadows which obstruct the audience’s view of her eyes. In New Girl…

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