An Admiration for Screenwriters

Here I am staring at a blank screen with ideas swirling around my head. I have a concept in mind, scenes and characters thought up from my own experiences and imagination. But the most impossible thing about screenwriting in my opinion is thinking up the dialogue. When an audience is watching a television show or a…

Family Guy: The Adult Arthur

Your favorite childhood show and your favorite adult cartoon are more similar than you think. First of all the houses: a green roof with yellow siding A white (or aardvark) nuclear family   You’ve got the red collared dogs: Pal and Brian …who are two peas in a pod with the babies of the family:…

Alternative Endings of 11.22.63

*Does contain spoilers* If you’ve finished 11.22.63, the ending became completely romantic. When I began watching the show, I expected the show to stay on the historical science fiction thriller path, but come the end of the show all that mattered was Jake’s love for Sadie.  I see exactly what the intention of the ending was.…

11.22.63

Based on a novel by Stephen King, published in 2011, Hulu released a short series starring James Franco as Jake Epping in 11.22.63. Jake, the show’s protagonist, is a recently divorced english teacher who learns that his friend’s diner has a time portal that will take him back to 1960. Al, the owner of the diner,…

Cinematography in The Walking Dead

*Does contain spoilers* The Walking Dead, AMC hit, originally aired in 2010. The cinematography, ironically, captures beautiful, striking shots within the sickly zombie apocalypse. Season 2 episode 12, “Better Angels,” shot by cinematographer Rohn Schmidt and season 5 episodes 12 “4 Walls and a Roof,” shot by Stephen Campbell, both perfectly illustrate the classic “Walking…

AMC’s Brand & The Walking Dead

AMC has come a long way from the inception of the network in the 80s to the current hit The Walking Dead. Originally the cable destination for “American Movie Classics,” AMC has taken on very different content than movie classics and has made a name for itself as the cable HBO. As AMC says in…

Racism and Sexism in AMC’s The Walking Dead

In the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, white patriarchy is still present. Men, women, and children of all backgrounds unite in one community where race and gender doesn’t explicitly matter. However, critics and media scholars break down the subliminal messages of the show and argue that it is not fully the post-racial post-apocalypse that…