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 […]

The Success and Failure of the Movie Sequel

When you think of movie sequels, does the word profit come to mind? When you begin to type into Google “why do sequels…”, the first word the site suggests to complete the sentence is “fail”, so for most people, the answer to that question is probably no.  Yet it generally depends on the franchise, as […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Rise of Technology: The Snapper vs. The Photographer

By far, my favorite form of social media is Instagram. In my free time, I’m usually multitasking, and it’s involved a good 80% of the time.  I love going through peoples photos, as I see photography as the best form of personal expression. When I’m on Instagram, though, it’s clear to see the difference between […]