Is Disney Still On Top?

    According to Jennifer Holt’s book, Empire of Entertainment, Walt Disney dominated the box office since nearly 1984 when Jeffrey Katzenberg left Paramount to lead Disney. Holt calls this a renaissance period for Disney. Between 1991 and 1996, Disney was still top of the box office and Warner Bros. was the only other close […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle becomes particularly […]

Time Isn’t Money: Does Runtime Affect a Film’s Box Office?

Across the web, pieces about the supposedly ballooning length of films crop up every time the runtime of the next Hollywood picture is confirmed. Whether this is factual is contentious, as well as why. If films are getting longer, it would imply that Hollywood sees a correlation between the length of films and their box office […]

The Making of “How Did This Get Made?”

I am not a regular podcast listener. I find it somewhat awkward to listen to disembodied voices simply talking, even if I’m a fan of whoever those voices happen to be coming from. The length of podcasts tends to be a barrier for me;  it’s hard for my attention to be kept by something without […]

Phelous – Small Success on Patreon

Relatively, Phelous’s Patreon is quite successful. Other creators, such as Kinda Funny, have a larger fan base. Kinda Funny has – at this time – 6,772 patrons, and their rewards are much higher. Phelous, by contrast, has 336 patrons, with much smaller rewards; however, Phelous has the advantage of making low-budget content with the aid of a small, yet loyal community of fans.

The Secret Success of Nathan Rabin

When discussion of writing regarding Patreon began in class, my mind flared with excitement, because I knew exactly who I wanted to write about: Nathan Rabin, a film and pop culture writer I had admired for years, who just recently launched his own Patreon page some months previous. Rabin was the first head writer of […]

Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation

Last year I took John Miller’s econ class Sweatshops in the World Economy in which we examined the ongoing impacts of globalization, free trade and capitalism on working conditions both abroad and in the United States. Throughout the semester we were given four definitions of a sweatshop and asked to choose the one we felt […]