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  1. The Handmaid’s Tale: Framing Strong Women

    Emmy Nominee The Handmaid's Tale shows us how to tell a story when characters can't say what they mean. The show is a masterclass in using audiovisual techniques like framing, color, music, flashbacks and voiceover to express what characters are thinking and feeling.

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  2. Stranger Things References, Part 1: Spielberg and Oblivious Adults

    In anticipation of Season 2 of Stranger Things, we kick off a muti-part series about the myriad references, homages, and Easter Eggs scattered throughout the first Emmy-nominated season.

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  3. RIck and Morty Character Studies: Why Is Rick Such A Rick?

    Rick and Morty, the immensely popular Adult Swim cartoon, has yet to flesh out the backstory of Rick Sanchez, the egotistical, alcoholic, and exploitative grandfather to the long-suffering Morty Smith. In this first of our Rick & Morty Character Studies, let’s look at a few theories that could explain what makes Rick such a Rick.

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  4. You Know You’re Watching Darren Aronofsky IF…

    Director of Mother!, Darren Aronofsky has 8 signature trademarks throughout his films. We look back at patterns in his work, including highlights like Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan and the Wrestler.

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  5. Bojack Horseman: Unlucky in Love

    Bojack Horseman, the character, is unlucky in love. But Bojack Horseman, the show, argues that it has little to do with luck— it’s all Bojack’s fault.

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  6. Game of Thrones Symbolism: The Greyjoys

    We continue our Game of Thrones House Symbolism series with a deeper look at House Greyjoy and the Ironborn way of life.

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  7. The Wire Characters: Jimmy McNulty and “Good Police”

    David Simon's modern classic, The Wire, is worthy of a multi-part series about the characters, codes and institutions that give the cult classic its definition. Our first entry explores the polarizing Jimmy McNulty.

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  8. What’s So Great About Broad City

    Prior to the premiere of Season 4 of Broad City, we explore what makes the show so entertaining and relatable.

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  9. Game of Thrones: Lessons From History

    Prior to the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, we take a look back at the history that inspires the story -- and even more than the facts, to try to uncovers the messages, themes, and lessons that might be learned (and repeated) from history.

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  10. Terminator 2: Why the Sequel Works

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the rare sequel that surpasses the original.

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  11. Game of Thrones Symbolism: The Boltons

    We continue our series on the deeper meaning of the Game of Thrones house symbols with a look at the House Bolton.

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  12. Stephen King’s It: Why Clowns Scare Us

    The 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's It gives us the occasion to wonder: why are we so scared of clowns, and what is the deeper force that It’s terrifying Pennywise represents?

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