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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Parasite, Ending Explained - Stairway to Nowhere

What really happened at the end of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite -- and what's the deeper meaning? Why must things go down that way? In this video, we take on Bong's "surefire-kill" ending, how the movie tells a story of class divides, and what it says about our world today.

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The Tough Girl Trope, Explained

She's a Tough Girl. Anything a guy can do, she can do just as well, or even better. So what does the Tough Girl represent in our culture, and why is it essential to be more than just "tough"? What really makes a "Strong Female Character"?

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1

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How the Joker Became Political

Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) was 2019's most politically controversial movie, but the Joker himself wasn't always such a political figure. How did the Clown Prince of Crime evolve into one of the most potent and divisive symbols of our time? What are his politics, and who exactly is he speaking to?

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Little Women - Are you Jo, Amy, Beth or Meg?

Which March sister are you: Jo, Amy Meg or Beth? We look at Greta Gerwig's new adaptation of Little Women to figure out the personality and life path each character represents, and how we can still take inspiration from them today.

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Tearing Rick Down - Rick and Morty S4 Explained (So Far)

Rick and Morty Season 4 makes a point of tearing down the myth of Rick Sanchez, telling fans that the Smartest Guy in the Universe should not be anyone's role model after all. In this video, we unpack everything we've seen in the first half of this season.

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Star Wars Defined - Kylo Ren’s Rage

What is Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) so angry about? In this video, we take on his recurring temper tantrums, and explore how these outbursts illustrate that the Dark Side is defined by anger -- and what will happen if you let fury take the wheel.

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