The Value of Film Auteurs to Movie Studios

The Value of Film Auteurs

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About ten years ago, the studios seemed firmly in control of the film industry. They had noticed the runaway success of superhero films, and suddenly film release schedules were filled with more and more films starring comic book characters.

A large section of the filmgoing public ate them up, but as they aged, the demographic of comic book readers and admirers became pickier about the characters they would pay to see. 

The DC and Marvel universes were created out of this turmoil, and they continue to wage battle with each other at the box office. As the budgets for these films become larger and the production values, special effects and star talent become more of a factor in the marketing of these types of movies, the media focuses on these films.  

But the studios are smart enough to keep spots in their schedule open for the auteurs. 

Giving People What They Want

The main role of a film studio is to provide a variety of productions that cater to a large part of the movie-going public. But nobody knows with any certainty which films will be hits and which will be flops. 

Film Auteurs are well-respected filmmakers in the industry. They include Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, and many others. They each have a recognizable style. They take complete control over their pictures to make them their way. 

You may think this goes against the studio’s role of guiding the movies under their name. But studios are willing to bend to accommodate popular auteurs because they create films on a wide variety of subjects. They supply the balanced slate of pictures for a studio that only really knows how to make superhero films or rom-coms. They also may be the studio’s best chance at an Academy Award when Oscar time rolls around each year. 


Don’t Get Too Invested in Your Favorite Show

Don’t Get Too Invested in a Show You Like

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The increase in the number of streaming services offers a greater variety of choices for consumers, but it also offers a double-edged sword to people who like to watch shows that air in an extended series format. 

We’ve all heard of niche shows that were deemed to be great by the critics, but they didn’t garner enough viewers to justify their being renewed for another season. Maybe they didn’t have enough publicity, or maybe they suffered from a slow build-up that only a few viewers appreciated. 

Devoting the time and intellectual effort to following the plot of a series and developing empathy for the characters is a form of personal investment that you take pleasure in. Suddenly cancelling that show can feel like the rug is being pulled out from under you. You crave an ending to the story and a resolution to all the plot points that you’ll never get. 

Be Prepared for Disappointment

With the increase in the number of streaming services comes an increase in the amount of competition for your viewing time. Streaming channels can no longer afford to air shows that get only a small number of viewers. Every streaming channel has to constantly air shows that appeal to the widest demographic to ensure the shows are seen by a large number of viewers. 

This is both good and bad. It’s good in that a wider appeal to the shows generally means a higher quality of writers, actors and production. But it’s bad for a show with a good premise that simply doesn’t garner the number of viewers initially to warrant continued support from the channel. 

So, choose your shows carefully and don’t get too invested in the plots and characters until you know the show has a future on the channel. 


Real-life Plots are Just Fine with Me

Real-life Plots are Just Fine

There seems to be an alarming trend in the movie business these days. No actor can say they’ve truly had a successful career unless they’ve played a superhero or nemesis of a superhero at least once. I’ve lost count of the number of Batman and Spiderman movies. But I’m sure there’s at least enough for all the A-level actors to put on the costume and have a crack at the roles. 

The problem with superhero movies, is that they offer such predictable plots. The plots also often feature impossible difficulties that can only be overcome with the help of copious and ridiculous amounts of expensive CGI, after which the hero takes a knee to celebrate their victory. 

Not Aimed at Adults

The studios, when criticised for the sheer amount of superhero movies, point out that these movies are aimed more at juvenile audiences. It seems like the studios have discovered a can’t-miss way to make endless amounts of money by churning out the same types of movies to an audience that eats them up. 

The problem is, that they’ve forgotten about the adult audience. Adults crave real-life stories they can appreciate. They want to explore different facets of the human experience through quality films, rather than be subject to a cartoon-like plot that can be replicated over and over.  

I can see a trend happening where movie studios cease to enjoy a better reputation than TV offers. With the streaming services still finding their audience and establishing a level of quality that can be maintained, this isn’t the time for a movie studio to take the easiest road to profits at the expense of quality productions. Let’s hope the superhero fad starts to lose steam and studio execs come to their senses.  


Great Fantasy Films on Netflix

Best Fantasy Films on Netflix This Month

Fantasy films are a great way to unleash your imagination and travel to new, exciting places. And the best part about watching a fantasy film is that you can explore intriguing fictional lands all from the comfort of your own sofa. If you’re craving a thrilling fantasy adventure, check out these fun fantasy films currently available on Netflix.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

A sequel to the new rendition of the classic film, Jumanji, this follow-up is sure to be full of fun, excitement, and laughs. The original Jumanji film included the fantastical journey of children who found that events in an enchanted board game they were playing came to life. In a similar fashion, the characters of the new film find that they get sucked into an all-too-real video game scenario together.  


Another film connected to video games, Warcraft, is a thrilling fantasy adventure for those who enjoy stories like The Hobbit or Harry Potter. This film is a story based on the popular computer game, World of Warcraft. It takes place in a fantasy world where races like humans, dwarves, and orcs have to struggle for claim over land and resources. In this magical world filled with a variety of intriguing creatures and players, excitement is not in short supply.  


For those looking for a more old-school fantasy experience, Beowulf is the perfect option. This film is based on the Old English epic poem, relating the story of a famous hero who protects a village from ferocious monsters. This movie adaptation doesn’t follow the classic story precisely but does include the horrific monsters and daring hero in many thrilling clashes.

Check Them Out

There is a reason that movies about far-off fantasy realms never waver in popularity. These intriguing stories, fantastic worlds, and imaginative characters capture our attention and allow us to free our minds from present-day worries. Check out these films and see which one is your favourite fantasy film.


The Upcoming ‘Man Vs Bee’ Series Will Delight Mr Bean Fans

Get The Scoop on the Upcoming ‘Man Vs Bee’ Series

Many Rowan Atkinson fans are excited about the upcoming series starring this well-known British comedy actor. Rowan Atkinson is most well-known for his comedy television series, ‘Mr. Bean’, which has become a classic character that brought joy and laughter to many households around the world. 

Following his role as Mr Bean, Atkinson starred in the ‘Johnny English’ comedy action film franchise. In these movies, Atkinson plays an incompetent British secret agent who, through many mishaps and misunderstandings, is able to save the day and foil a variety of evil plots.

’Man Vs Bee’ Plotline

For those who love Atkinson’s comedic style and previous works, ‘Man Vs Bee’ is an exciting perspective show. This new series will showcase the beloved actor in a struggle against a single annoying insect. 

The recently released trailer for this series shows Atkinson in an expensive house with plenty of breakable items that fall prey to his battle with the bee. The trailer opens with a courtroom scene as Atkinson is on trial for all the items destroyed in the process of trying to eradicate the bee.

This intriguing glimpse into the story of ‘Man Vs Bee’ allows us to wonder what delightful shenanigans are in store once this new series is released.

Where to See ‘Man Vs Bee’

‘Man Vs Bee’ will be released on Netflix on June 24, 2022, so excited Atkinson fans don’t have long to wait before enjoying this wild new comedy series. The series will be composed of ten short episodes of only ten minutes each. 

This series is being developed with the help of Will Davies, who worked with Atkinson on the ‘Johnny English’ series as well, so viewers can be sure to expect the same classic style of humour that this actor is known for.


Hoping for a Return of Our Favorite Shows

Hoping for a Return of Favorite Shows

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the regular TV and movie fare we’re used to enjoying. But viewers become invested in the series they watch on a regular basis. So, the pandemic was a particular blow to these viewers. 

But what about the other side of the camera? Nobody will shed many tears for wealthy leading actors who’ve faced quarantine inside their huge mansions. But it’s been a tough couple of years for struggling actors, writers, producers, directors, not to mention the thousands of crew people trying to make a living in the film and TV industry.

And the addictive nature of episodic television has made both the production people and the viewers uncertain how to proceed.   

Making Sure They’re Remembered

The entire industry had to apply the brakes once the dangers of the Coronavirus became apparent. Studio sets closed their doors, location films had to be paused, and networks had to rely on rerunning old programs. 

The situation had to be particularly painful for shows that had just started to hit their stride and gather a devoted audience. Some projects did an admirable job in making sure viewers remembered them. The producers of the crime serial drama Queen of the South had stars Alice Braga and Hemky Madera making short videos that appeared on YouTube channels apprising viewers that they were still working on the show and when they could be expected to return.

But other shows seemed to fall off the face of the earth. They left devoted viewers wondering if they should just move on and forget about getting any closure. Of course, some of the cast and crew of these shows weren’t given a choice in the matter. Their fates were controlled by the networks that owned the show. 

So, next time you’re disappointed that you can’t find a favorite show in this somewhat post-Covid era, remember all the struggling creative people who had the rug yanked out from under them. They may have lost their only opportunity at success.


Feel-Good Movies to Watch on Netflix

Top Feel-Good Movies on Netflix

In stressful times, when we haven’t fully recovered from a global pandemic, we are always looking for positive ways to chill out, destress, and feel good. One great way to relax and bring some joy and laughter into our lives is with a good movie. Here are some of the top positive movies on Netflix that you can watch to feel good.

Always Be My Maybe

This romantic comedy features the iconic comedians Ali Wong and Randall Park and many other great Asian American actors. As one of the contributing writers, Ali Wong’s humour is clear throughout the film, which also has a fun storyline and many loveable characters. This film is a wonderful way to cheer up while celebrating great Asian Americans.

Late Night

This heartwarming film is the story of two women of different cultural backgrounds, age ranges, and experiences who find common ground in their shared love of comedy. A late-night television host is afraid she may be losing her seat but can make a dramatic transition with the help of her new female show writer. This film will certainly make you laugh and boost your mood.


This adorable film is the story of a chef at a high-class restaurant who quits his job to regain his creativity as a food truck owner. Throughout this process, the main character learns more about himself and strengthens his bond with his family, rekindling his passion for cooking. This truly inspiring film is a great way to feel good and destress.

Check Them Out

Great films are a wonderful way to relax and destress after a long week. Save these titles in your Netflix watch list, so you’ve got some great movies in the queue ready to cheer you up.

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Reasons to Go See ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’

What Critics Are Saying About ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’

Everyone expected die-hard Spiderman fans to be excited about ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’, but few people anticipated how monumental it would be in tying together different Spiderman universes and delivering a truly enjoyable film for any superhero fans. 

Uniting the Spider-verses

There have been so many Spiderman story remakes that many people are skeptical of new additions. ‘No Way Home’ has united several different spider-verses in a truly delightful way, however, bringing together storylines from several different movie adaptations in a meaningful way. This movie is entertaining for long-time fans and less experienced Spiderman movie viewers.

Staying True to Spiderman

While the combination of so many storylines and characters in this new movie can be overwhelming, the way it comes together emphasizes who Spiderman is as a character and the values essential to his identity. Fans love that Peter Parker is a nerd who stumbles into herodom and that he is devoted to justice and compassion even after suffering terrible hardship and loss himself.

Touching and Inspirational

Aside from the many Spiderman movies made, there are also many superhero movies made in the general Marvel universe. In a world dominated by high action and complex storylines, it can be difficult to create a compelling and heartfelt storyline, but ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’ does this in a truly remarkable way. It adds to the character development of multiple characters and story arcs while connecting them in the same web. 

Don’t hesitate to take a look at this new addition to the Spiderman series, which has both hardcore fans and critics singing its praises.


Pakaian Muslimah Profesional untuk Kerja

Berpakaian secara sopan ke pejabat ada seninya tersendiri. Ramai wanita bekerjaya hari ini telah memilih untuk menggayakan pakaian muslimah ke tempat kerja. Namun begitu, ada juga komen-komen yang berbunyi dan mengadu akan kesukaran untuk menggayakan fesyen pakaian Muslimah memandangkan terdapat beberapa halangan dan produk pakaian Muslimah yang agak sukar untuk memberi rupa profesional.

Jangan bimbang, selain daripada mix-and-match ataupun campur dan padankan, anda juga boleh mencuba beberapa gaya yang berbeza supaya anda boleh tampil yakin dengan fesyen sederhana pilihan anda. Ada beberapa tips untuk menggayakan pakaian Muslimah ke tempat kerja yang boleh kami kongsi dengan anda. Semoga bermanfaat!


1. Pilih padanan yang sesuai

Ada beberapa padanan yang boleh digayakan sebagai contoh seluar dan skirt yang digandingkan dengan baju kemeja dan blaus. Anda boleh memilih skirt dengan potongan a-line dan seluar formal yang tidak terlalu ketat. Bagi kemeja pula, ada sesetengah kemeja yang direka dengan potongan pendek. Jangan risau! Pastikan anda mempunyai koleksi blazer dan cardigan yang panjang dan labuh serta menutup paras punggung anda. Dari sudut warna, anda boleh mempelbagaikan fesyen pakaian Muslimah dengan warna yang terang dan ceria serta disesuaikan dengan blazer dan cardigan yang berwarna gelap.

2. Bolehkah saya memakai skirt?

Seperti kami ulas dalam poin pertama, skirt adalah antara pilihan terbaik untuk memberi kelainan kepada pakaian Muslimah. Skirt A-line yang panjang dan penuh pergelangan kaki adalah pilihan yang mempunyai spektrum yang kelihatan kasual dan mewah. Menggunakan skirt lengkap akan menambahkan sentuhan berpakaian feminin pada pakaian boleh menjadi cara yang baik untuk mengekspresikan keperibadian anda melalui fesyen.

3. Gaya Hijab

Gaya hijab adalah penting kerana ia memberikan impak kepada pandangan pertama seseorang individu. Pemakaian hijab untuk dipadankan dengan pakaian Muslimah bukan sahaja perlu mencerminkan gaya profesional tetapi juga perlu kelihatan kemas. Padanan warna adalah sangat penting dalam mengenakan hijab dan pakaian Muslimah. Pastikan hijab ataupun tudung dipin supaya anda boleh kekal kemas dan selesa sepanjang hari. Pilihan bahan untuk tudung juga disarankan agar diberi keutamaan kerana anda perlu memakai hijab sepanjang 8 jam waktu bekerja. Elakkan bahan yang jarang dan tidak menyerap peluh.

4. Lengkapkan gaya dengan kasut bertutup

Kasut bertutup memainkan peranan penting untuk melengkapkan gaya anda ke pejabat. Tumit juga disarankan tidak terlalu tinggi, tapi memadai untuk memberi anda gaya yang berkeyakinan. Kami turut menyarankan agar anda membuat sedikit pelaburan kepada kasut yang berjenama dan berkualiti tinggi terutamanya bagi melengkapkan pakaian Muslimah anda dan memberi imej yang profesional. Melabur dalam kasut berkualiti yang tahan lebih lama daripada trend fesyen adalah idea yang bernas. Kasut bertutup dengan reka bentuk ‘pump’ klasik akan sentiasa bergaya. Jenis kasut ini boleh memberi kepelbagaian rupa yang tepat pada pakaian Muslimah yang anda gayakan ke pejabat.

“Berpakaian untuk pekerjaan yang anda mahukan, tidak semestinya pekerjaan yang anda miliki”. Anda tidak boleh merasa tertekan ataupun enggan memberi fokus bagi mencapai penampilan profesional. Gaya pemakaian akan menjadi elemen penting yang mempengaruhi cara anda bekerja sehari-harian. Semoga petua ini dapat membantu anda tampil berbeza dengan pakaian Muslimah. Tunggu apa lagi, cubalah supaya anda tampil berbeza ke pejabat dengan gaya sederhana tapi kelihatan klasik dan profesional.


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