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The Office’s Ryan - A Millennial Tragedy

The Office's Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) was a promising millennial go-getter -- and then he became the villain of the show. What happened? In this video, we look into Ryan's unfortunate fall from grace and how it illustrates the pitfalls of the generation he's meant to represent.


The Good Place, Ending Explained - What Happens After?

After all its twists and turns, The Good Place ends by returning to its original question: what happens after we die? In this video, we figure out where Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) all end up, and how a show about the afterlife is in fact about what we do here on earth.


Why 1917 is More Than a One-Shot Gimmick

Sam Mendes' 1917 is made to look like one continuous shot -- without being gimmicky. How did they do it, and why did they choose to do it? The one-shot exercise is a showcase of technical excellence, but more importantly it creates a sense of immersiveness, a potent emotional effect that brings us back to the trenches, allowing us to imagine the reality of being in that horrific war.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ending Explained

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie) has a wild ending that suggests movies can right historical wrongs. Why did Quentin do what he did? In this video, we take on how the movie's surprise ending gets at the essential stories we tell ourselves.


The Evolution of Harley Quinn - Birds of Prey

Where did Harley Quinn come from? In this video, we take on the fascinating and colorful history that led up to the Margot Robbie super anti-heroine in Birds of Prey, and figure out why she matters for the future of female heroes.


The Smart Girl Trope, Explained

She's a Smart Girl, and it's never been cooler to be one, to be proud of what you know and what you can achieve. So how has this archetype evolved, and what does it really mean to be a smart girl today?


Riverdale’s Betty and the Death of the Nice Girl

What happens after Archie Comics' Betty Cooper stops 1) being so hopelessly in love with Archie Andrews, and 2) being a Nice Girl? In this video, we explore how Riverdale gives a modern update to Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and digs into her pathological Niceness, and how this reflects the death of the Nice Girl in our culture -- and what's left after the Niceness is no more.


Marriage Story Explained: Themes, Meaning and True Story

Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is not a "divorce story." It's a story of a marriage as a whole, told from from the vantage point of its final days and honors all the good things that still remain between Adam Driver’s Charlie and Scarlett Johannsen’s Nicole. It's ultimately an affirmation of love in all its messiness, complexity, and impermanence.


Captain Jack Sparrow, Radical Leading Man - Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was not your average blockbuster hero. Even today, he stands out for his freedom-loving, gender-bending trickster persona, and we could certainly use more rulebreakers like him in our movies today. What made the Pirates of the Caribbean hero so popular? How did this particular swashbuckler shape today's cultural landscape?

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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