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Watching with a parent, checking the facts, and exposure therapy can all help a child process a scary movie. Shutterstock

How to watch a scary movie with your child

There are various techniques that can soften the fear factor of a scary film: from talking about it to providing facts that contextualise the plotline.
Amy Adams played an inter-species linguist in the 2016 film Arrival but she was a rarity. Most Hollywood films depict scholars as heroic males. IMDB

Friday essay: where are the female academics on film?

For decades, academics have been portrayed as brilliant, heroic men on our cinema screens. It's time to tell the story of more heroic female scholars. Here are some suggestions.
Those mesmerized by NASA’s accomplishments and ambitions wanted so much more out of the reticent Armstrong. AP Photo

Neil Armstrong and the America that could have been

After the first moon landing, the feelings that propelled a unified national mission quickly dissipated. Could Armstrong have played a bigger role in galvanizing the public for future projects?
Scenes from ‘Grease 2’ that may have garnered laughs in the 1980s are cringe-worthy by today’s standards. Paramount Pictures

Brett Kavanaugh goes to the movies

'Grease 2' – which, according to Kavanaugh's calendar, he saw on June 16, 1982 – is an example of the brand of entitled masculinity that appeared in the era's teen flicks.
SAT reading scores in 2016 were the lowest they’ve ever been. Aha-Soft/Shutterstock.com

Why it matters that teens are reading less

In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day for pleasure. By 2016, only 16 percent did.
Composite: Stills from Godfather (1972), Shutterstock

The great movie scenes: The Godfather

The final scene of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola deploys a technique known as parallel montage to great and rhythmic effect.
People are still drawn to cinema to share the mass experience of watching a movie. Shutterstock.com

Cannes is right, Netflix movies just aren’t the same

Netflix's Chief Content Officer has said the streaming service is the future of film. But cinemas have survived many other threats to their dominance.
The Shape of Water offers a clever allegory to Donald’s Trump’s presidency, with Michael Shannon’s character (on the left) representing some of the president’s worst qualities. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Shape of Water: An allegorical critique of Trump

Not everyone can escape to the ocean's depths to avoid the Trump presidency, but we can escape to the movies. 'The Shape of Water' reminds audiences of the humanity of those who are marginalized.
Previous plans to adapt Blood Meridian had envisioned casting Vincent D'Onofrio as “judge Holden.” (You Tube)

The unfilmable ‘Blood Meridian’

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy’s famous novel, may be unfilmable – not because of its gruesome violent tale of U.S. imperialism in the Southwest, but because its religious vision is terrifying.

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