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‘Game of Thrones’ has taught audiences to never get too attached to any one character. HBO

A happy ending for ‘Game of Thrones’? No thanks

The vast majority of stories told in movies, in books and on television conclude with happy endings – and this has real-world political consequences.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius. © 2017 – Disney/Marvel Studios

‘Black Panther’ and its science role models inspire more than just movie awards

The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
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.

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