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English, TV & Video, 1 season, 427 episodes, 4 days, 9 hours, 9 minutes
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This is the Take. It's where you come to understand more about your favorite movies, shows and culture. Our video essays make the story worlds you enter richer and deeper. Think: Endings Explained, Character Studies, Hidden Messages and Symbols Revealed, Actor and Director Profiles, and more. We want to share our love of visual culture with the world. So here's our Take.
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Clueless: How Cher Was Totally Right About (Almost) Everything

Clueless' Cher Horowitz at first might seem like just another character stuck in the 'dumb blonde' trope, but when we look closer, we realize that she was actually right about a lot of things! She definitely doesn't get everything right, but she is quite astute - and, importantly, willing to fight for what she wants (*and* admit when she's wrong.) So let's take a deeper look at the lessons Cher can teach us about life, love, and friendship!
7/15/202410 minutes, 52 seconds
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Legally Blonde: Elle Woods' Guide to Self Confidence 💅💁‍♀️

Go to http://rocketmoney.com/thetake to cancel your unwanted subscriptions with Rocket Money! Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods is an iconic beacon of optimism and thinking pink, and one of her defining characteristics is her confidence. It can often be hard to find confidence within ourselves when it seems like the whole world is trying to put us down, and Elle certainly has her own moments of wavering belief in herself. But no matter how many times she gets knocked down, she always figures out a way to get back up. And so she provides us a great guide on how to believe in ourselves, even when no one else does!
7/14/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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Euphoria: What's Really Wrong With Nate Jacobs | Explained

Euphoria’s Nate Jacobs at first seems like he has it all, so you’d think he’d be a pretty happy guy. But a happy guy Nate Jacobs most certainly is not. He’s a dangerous and spiteful presence, his anger and intensity fusing to form something much darker than your run of the mill teen meanness. So why is Nate so miserable – and so prone to taking his misery out on everyone else? Let’s take a deeper look at Nate’s story to analyze what’s really going on behind all of that anger – and what the true takeaway of his story really is.
7/13/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Quiet Place Day One Explained & Review: Symbolism, Ending, & Meaning

Download Opera for free using https://opr.as/Opera-browser-thetake Thanks Opera for sponsoring this video! A Quiet Place: Day One, a prequel to the original films, takes the quiet action out of the small town of the first two films and into one of the noisiest cities in the country. While Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn have been universally praised for their takes on their characters, audiences’ responses to the film as a whole have been quite a bit more split. So what works, and what doesn’t? And what is this film actually trying to say? Let’s analyze all of that and more!
7/11/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Bikeriders Explained & Review: the Real Story, Love Triangle, Ending & Symbolism, Accents & More

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today! The Bikeriders, the new film starring Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, and Tom Hardy as members of a growing and splintering motorcycle club initially had a lot of buzz, but since its release, it's been getting some pretty mixed reviews because to some viewers, it feels like… nothing much really happens. The film is (very loosely) based on the real life story of a Chicago motorcycle club, and so many went in expecting a bit more action. And the movie has raised a lot of questions – how much of it, exactly, is true to life, what was made up, and… what’s up with those accents? Let’s unpack all of that, plus take a deeper look at what the film was actually trying to say. (No worries, no major spoilers for the film until the final chapter!)
7/10/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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Gilmore Girls Lane Kim: The Rebel That Was Forced To Settle | Explained

Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next month. Gilmore Girls' resident rocker rebel Lane Kim ended up with one of the most disappointing outcomes in the series. While she began the show with a buzzing love for music and lust for personal freedom, as the show went on and her character was pushed further to the side, so much of what made her Lane was sanded away. In recent years, as more people have begun re-watching show on streaming, a wider conversation has opened up about Lane’s bummer of an ending and how she deserved so much better – or at least the chance to have tried to live the life she dreamed of. So let’s dive in and unpack what made Lane so great, why her story went off the rails, and why her ending feels so hollow (but maybe there is one positive aspect…)
7/9/202412 minutes, 43 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother: Everything Ted Got Wrong About Love

At this point, it’s no secret that How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby has a pretty delusional outlook on life – he’s the definition of a toxic Nice Guy and also not a great friend. But what is it, specifically, about his way of looking at the world (and the people in it) that was so wrong? And what can we learn from it, even if he didn’t? Let’s take a closer look at what Ted got wrong about life, love, and finding happiness.
7/1/202412 minutes, 8 seconds
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Movie & TV Vacations, Explained: 1% Luxury to Relatable Trips | Family Vacays, Solo Travel, & More

Vacations, from the super expensive & extravagant to totally relatable, feature in so many of our favorite movies & shows. Sometimes it’s a lot of fun just to watch some of our favorite, everyday characters go on some amazing – or hilariously not so amazing – vacations around the world. Just like our TikTok and Instagram feeds getting flooded with images and videos of influencers flitting around the globe, sometimes these onscreen vacations can give us a pretty unrealistic expectation of what an average vacation should look like – not to mention some pretty intense FOMO. So let’s take a deeper look at some iconic on screen vacations to unpack how they influence our own ideas of what our vacays should be – and sometimes remind us how important it is to just enjoy the ride, wherever you are. Don't forget to check out https://www.cyclingfrog.com and use our code THETAKE20 to support The Take & get 20% off of your order!
6/29/202414 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sex and the City: Samantha & Charlotte's Surprising Similarities (Are So Important) | Explained

Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones and Charlotte York were set up to be complete opposites: Samantha the free-loving, up for anything hottie and Charlotte the romantic, repressed Park Ave princess. But when we take a deeper look at their stories, we actually start to see that surprisingly… they’re a lot alike. While they don’t always see eye to eye on the ‘right’ way to live one’s life, they do share some important similarities in the ways they go about getting what they want (and in how they grow over the course of the show.) The pair actually provide some really interesting insight into how – regardless of the boxes that society might try to put us in – we’re not actually that different from people we think are nothing like us, and how having those people in our lives can actually help us form a more accepting, multifaceted view of ourselves. Get 50% off your first order of CookUnity meals — go to https://cookunity.com/thetake50 and use my code THETAKE50 at checkout to try them out for yourself! Thanks to CookUnity for sponsoring this video!
6/27/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Bikeriders, Explained: the Real Life Story, the Ending, Those Accents & More

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today! The Bikeriders, the new film starring Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, and Tom Hardy as members of a growing and splintering motorcycle club initially had a lot of buzz, but since it’s release has been getting some pretty mixed reviews because to some viewers, it feels like… nothing much really happens. The film is (very loosely) based on the real life story of a Chicago motorcycle club, and so many went in expecting a bit more action. And the movie has raised a lot of questions – how much of it, exactly, is true to life, what was made up, and… what’s up with those accents? Let’s unpack all of that, plus take a deeper look at what the film was actually trying to say. (No worries, no major spoilers for the film until the final chapter!)
6/25/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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Modern Family: How Gloria Was Right About Everything

Modern Family’s Gloria Pritchett was initially discounted by pretty much everyone else on the show. They were so blinded by her more obvious qualities and the fact that they assumed she was a gold digger, that they couldn’t even see the amazing person inside that beautiful package. But it quickly became clear that she was the one with the best outlook on life. And not only did she use her smarts to create a good life for herself and her son, she also helped the others on the show grow and become better, happier people themselves. So let’s take a deeper look at how, in the end, Gloria was right about pretty much everything.
6/16/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra vs Alicent: Their Deeper Battle & Their Destined Doom | Explained

House of the Dragon's Rhaenyra and Alicent’s opposite personalities are the sun-and-moon gravitational pull that makes their relationship the heart of the show’s central conflict. Starting as each other’s closest companions, Rhaenyra and Alicent must contend with their own position in a patriarchal society that view women as merely vessels for male dominion. Let’s take a look at how each woman is shaped by their experiences with abusive men, desire, duty, and motherhood, which ultimately pits them against each other in a fearsome battle for the Iron Throne.
6/14/202420 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mean Girls: How Regina Was Right About Everything (Unfortunately...)

Mean Girls’ Regina George is one of pop culture’s most iconic high school villains. Perhaps the worst thing about Regina is that what’s horrible about her is actually what’s… true. Regina was a menace because she understood some pretty dark fundamental truths about the world, and the fact that she was right about them underlines some major problems in society. So let’s take a deeper look at what Regina, unfortunately, got right in her outlook on life (and why it’s so important that society, like Regina, learns to change for the better.)
6/12/202411 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Millennials Seem To Be Aging So Slowly | Explained

Millennials (aka people born between 1981 and 1996) seem to be aging at a slower rate than previous generations… but no one agrees on why. Some say it’s because they’re just immature, dodging responsibilities and spending too much time on nostalgia. Others blame the rise of cosmetic procedures and the increased focus on looks in our social media focused world combined with the lack of access to the old school markers of “adulthood.” So let’s take a deeper look at this perceived collective youthfulness of millennials, and how cultural shifts have changed our image of adulthood.
6/10/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Yoko Ono Trope, Explained: Why She's Hated | From Yoko to The Idea of You & More

The myth of Yoko Ono destroying The Beatles has persisted for decades. Anytime something goes wrong with a group of male musicians, there always seems to be a woman that catches the blame. In the years since Yoko was accused of ruining the biggest band of all time, many other women – in real life and on screen – have gotten caught up in the same trope of the evil woman who slides in and breaks up the otherwise happy group. But, of course, there’s always more to the story. So let’s take a deeper look at the true story of Yoko and The Beatles, why the trope has continued to be so pervasive, and how we’re finally starting to leave it in the past.
6/8/202411 minutes, 29 seconds
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Euphoria: How Maddy Was Right About Everything

Euphoria’s Maddy Perez is the ultra confident queen bee of Euphoria High, and for two seasons the universe seemingly continually tries to destroy her sense of self. But Maddy has no problem fighting back against anyone or anything that tries to shake her confidence. Her story is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and we can learn a surprising amount about staying true to yourself and not letting the hard times derail you from her refusal to give up. So let’s take a look back at Maddy’s outlook on life, loyalty, and confidence, and how in the end she was so right about pretty much everything.
6/6/202413 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hit Man & The Forced Flop Problem: Why Streamers Sabotage Their Own Films | Explained

Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next month! Hit Man seemed to have all of the makings of a hit summer movie: a rising star leading man, a magnetic lead actress, a beloved director, a successful festival run, and great reviews. Then it got bought by Netflix and… completely fell off the radar. It was released in a handful of theaters this past weekend and is set to begin streaming this upcoming weekend, but… had you even heard about it before clicking on this video? Why is it that this film, with all of its great elements and mix of romance and action and comedy – all the kinds of things people love seeing on screen seems to have completely had the wind taken out of its sails right when it’s meant to be taking off? The problem, it seems, isn’t with Hit Man at all, but rather is a much larger issue keeping good movies from actually being able to find their audience. So let’s take a deeper look at Hit Man itself (including how much of it is actually based on the real life events of the story) and how the budding mid-budget movie renaissance could save Hollywood if studios would stop blocking their own bag. (And don’t worry, no major spoilers for the film!)
6/4/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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Gilmore Girls: How Rory Was Wrong About Everything

Gilmore Girls’ Rory is a beloved Smart Girl icon, and was the kind of girl so many of the girls watching at home wanted to be when the show began airing. But, given that Gilmore Girls follows Rory as she evolves through young adulthood, it’s not surprising that she had to learn the hard way that some of her outlook on life was totally wrong along the way. That doesn’t make her a bad person – messing up is a big part of growing up – but it does give us an interesting opportunity to take a look back and analyze what specifically about her personality and choices caused those issues, and how they affected her story (for better and worse.) So, let’s take a deeper look at some of the things even super smart Rory got wrong about life, love, and becoming your own person – and how they ended up being important lessons for Rory and viewers.
5/26/202412 minutes, 48 seconds
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Movies & TV 's Unrealistic 30s Personal Finance: Expectations vs Reality | SATC, New Girl & More

Being in your 30s used to mean that your life, finances, and job felt stable -- but things are often quite different nowadays. Movies & TV love showing the more secure side of things, but in recent years we've begun to see more characters on screen working to survive their very unstable 30s. Sometimes the lives of characters on screen in their 30s on screen can feel hilariously out of reach, but thankfully in recent years we’ve also started to get many more films and shows that are willing to get honest about what it’s like to be in your 30s now (the good *and* the less than stellar…) So what do movies and tv get right and wrong about life and finances in your 30s today?
5/24/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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Back To Black: Why The Controversial Amy Winehouse Biopic Doesn't Work | Explained

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today. Amy Winehouse was a one-in-a-generation talent plagued by inner demons and tabloid-splashed controversy, but who through it all brought a spark of life and joy to the world and filled the airwaves with her incomparable voice and witty lyrics. The new biopic of the star, Back to Black, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Marisa Abela was an opportunity to take a deeper examination of Amy’s inner life and her work, but instead seems mostly interested with a more surface level (and, in many cases, sanded down) look at the star’s life. So what did the film get right and wrong about Amy’s life and story? And why does it, in the end, totally fall flat as a biopic of such a larger than life, interesting person?
5/21/202415 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Everyone On Screen Kind Of Has The Same Face Now | Explained

From always having to look picture perfect even during the literal apocalypse, to “smartphone face” – aka actors who just look too modern to fit into period settings, to the rise of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures leading to so many people we see on screen starting to have nearly identical features, the effect of aesthetic trends has become more and more talked about in recent years. And while the expectation certainly isn’t that everything on screen has to be exactly true to real life all of the time – it is entertainment after all – it is interesting to take a deeper look at what drives these kinds of societal trends. The judgment is usually placed on the actresses themselves, but there is much more at play here. So let’s take a deeper look at the truth about these on screen trends, how they alter our viewing experiences, and can even affect how we see ourselves.
5/11/202412 minutes, 15 seconds
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The O.C. - Seth Cohen Was Wrong About Everything (& That's Okay) | Explained

The O.C.’s Seth Cohen is an iconic heartthrob of the early 2000s. He was cute and awkward and always had a hilarious quip ready to go. But as the show celebrates the 20th anniversary of the end of its mega-hit first season, we can look back and realize that Seth was actually… wrong about a lot. His mindset hindered him in so many ways – but many of his faults were also what made him so relatable to many at the time. So let’s take a look back at Seth Cohen, what he got wrong about life, and why his growth was so important for him and us.
5/9/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Hot One Trope, Explained: Why She's Chosen | Friends & Beyond

Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next month! Friends' Rachel Green, Monica Geller, and Phoebe Buffay are all beautiful – but the show singled out only one as *the* "hot one". For a long time, there was a trend on screen where, within any group of female friends – regardless of what any of them looked like – one was always upheld as the hot friend (pretty much always because she was the main love object of the story.) But this trope split off from other ‘hot girl’ tropes for one key reason: her friendships. So where did the ‘hot one’ trope even come from, and how did Rachel (with the help of Monica and Phoebe) change it for the better? (And have we *finally* gotten rid of it altogether?) Let’s take a deeper look at the ‘hot one’ trope!
5/7/202412 minutes, 1 second
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Seinfeld's Elaine Benes: Morally Grey, Majorly Hilarious | Explained

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today. Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes is one of the most iconic and hilarious characters of the 90s – played by the comedy legend, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She stood out for being the only woman of the friend group, but also because she was (at least at first) also less cynical than her friends. Her confidence and unapologetic attitude were refreshing and radical, and her character opened the door for so many of our faves that followed after. So let’s turn back the clock and analyze what made Elaine so different, why she became such an iconic and beloved character, and how, even if she wasn’t always a great person, she still managed to be a new kind of role model.
4/23/202417 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Toxic Productivity Took Over Our Entire Lives

Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next box. Workaholism and hustle culture are certainly nothing new, but now it’s not just about being efficient at work, but reworking *every aspect* of your entire life to be “productive.” There’s a pervasive feeling that nothing in life is worthwhile if it doesn’t count as being productive – but productive pretty much always boils down to financially lucrative. In a world where making ends meet feels harder than ever, we’ve all been pushed into framing our lives around chasing capital and “maximizing our profits” like we’re over-the-top venture capitalists and not just… people trying to live our human lives. So let’s take a look at this modern streak of ‘toxic productivity’, the media and pop culture it evolved out of, and how we can best try to combat it and take back our hobbies and peace of mind.
4/9/202414 minutes, 4 seconds
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Analyzing 3 Body Problem's Deeper Symbolism

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today. Netflix’s new hit adaptation 3 Body Problem is filled with symbolism, but what does it all really mean? The book on which the show is based is famous for leaning hard into the science aspect of sci-fi, creating an engaging but incredibly dense work. The Netflix series streamlines some of the story’s more confusing aspects, but it still takes us on a wild ride and leaves us with more questions than answers. The show uses a lot of symbolism to help get across its major themes, and unpacking these can help us understand the story on a deeper level. So let’s break down some of the show’s most important symbols to get a better grasp of what the story is really trying to tell us. Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/28/202415 minutes, 19 seconds
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"Content Creator" Finances Onscreen v Real Life, and the Real Costs of the Career

From shows like Emily in Paris and You to movies like Not Okay and Ingrid Goes West, influencers and content creators of all kinds have begun popping up more and more as they become a larger part of our everyday lives. And just like their real-life counterparts, these on-screen influencers can give us some pretty unrealistic ideas about what it’s like to be a full time content creator. But sometimes they give us a more realistic, deeper look into the darker side of influencing that social media stars often try to hide… So, let’s look at what the media constantly gets wrong about these careers and their associated finances, the ways all creators are portrayed as uber-wealthy, and why they still get so much hate. Click here to watch the video version of this epsiode!
3/24/202414 minutes, 17 seconds
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Movies & TV's Most Unrealistic Job Salaries: Writers, Teachers, Lawyers, & more

So many film and tv characters have jobs that seem to be almost no work and all pay, pretty much the exact opposite of how things are in their careers in real life. From freelance writers somehow managing to live the high life, to public school teachers who seem to be financially secure and have so much free time, to lawyers who spend more time enjoying their lavish lifestyle than putting in the billable hours to afford it, salaries that don't line up with real world are part of the fun of movies and tv, but can also give people some pretty unrealistic ideas of what those jobs are really like. So lets dig into some of our favorite shows, like Sex and the City, New Girl, Suits, Friends, and more to unpack some of the more unrealistic salaries on screen, plus we'll take a look at some other shows we love that actually seem to be getting things right like Insecure and Abbott Elementary! Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/17/202412 minutes, 56 seconds
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Movies & TV's Most Unrealistic Grand Gestures: Dates, Proposals, $$$ Gifts, & more

The Romantic Grand Gesture is one major romance trope that film and TV just can't get enough of. From filling a room with candles or bouquets of flowers to orchestrating a flash mob proposal, there are some wild romantic gestures in media that are so unrealistic they’re almost laughable, but... we love them nonetheless! Let’s take a minute to zoom out and take a look at all sides of this trope, unpack some of the most ridiculous dates and grand gestures in film and TV, who gets to experience them, and why this trope often conveys the wrong message about love. Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/15/202415 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Horse Girl Trend, Explained

From real life Horse Girls like Bella Hadid and TikTok #HorseGirls to book and tv icons like The Saddle Club, Horse Girls are everywhere. It's long been a trope both on screen and in real life – you probably knew a Horse Girl growing up, or maybe you were the Horse Girl. The trope often splits in two directions: the bratty rich-girl equestrian and the tough and free spirited outcast true horse girl. Both types usually end up getting mocked, though for different reasons. And they both have important lessons to teach all of us, even if we don’t know the first thing about horses. So saddle up and let’s jump into this trope! Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/13/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bradley Cooper's Failed Oscar Run & The Reason For Awards "Desperation"

Bradley Cooper spent years perfecting his performance (plus writing and directing) in hopes of securing an Oscar for Maestro, but instead, his performance was seemingly overshadowed by his "desperation" to win, and the Oscar for Best Actor instead went to quiet frontrunner Cillian Murphy. Cooper’s Oscar’s journey actually highlights an interesting conundrum for Hollywood actors: it is very much a part of their job to go out on the awards trail and try to convince everyone that their film – and they specifically – deserve to be rewarded. But, if they get a little too overzealous, it can lead to some pretty intense backlash. (There’s also the flipside that if they don’t promote themselves enough they can essentially get forgotten, passed over again and again even though everyone knows they’re incredibly talented.) Let's take a look at *why* Bradley got hit with so much backlash, plus take a deeper look at the overall mystery of what it really takes to run an Oscars campaign (and why it’s kind of started turning people off of the Oscars all together...)
3/11/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why Rich Kids On Screen Are Always Miserable

'Poor Little Rich Kids' like Succession's Kendall, Shiv, and Roman and Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf seem to have everything, and yet… they’re still miserable. Hearing the old adage “money can’t buy happiness” can be grating, especially in financial times like these – but there is a kernel of truth in it. So to get a better understanding of this trope and why it keeps popping up on screen, let’s take a closer look at the Poor Little Rich Kid in film and television: the important truths the trope can expose, the places it falls flat, and why (no matter how much we might love the characters) it’s still often hard for us to sympathize with them. Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/10/202413 minutes, 17 seconds
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Movies & TV’s Most Unrealistic Personal Finances: Friends, SATC, Emily in Paris, & more

Film and TV love to show partly-relatable, partly-aspirational lifestyles that… actually don’t make a whole lot of sense when you really think about them. Of course, we’re not always watching movies and shows just to see real life, and it can sometimes work well when media choses to let go of realism a little bit to have more fun. But this can also lead to some pretty unrealistic ideas about life and money… So let’s take a look at some of the most nonsensical finances in media, from Friends to Sex and the City to Emily in Paris and beyond, why we’re influenced by them, and how we can enjoy our favorite shows without comparing ourselves to the fantastical examples on screen. Plus, we'll explore some shows like Broad City that are much more realistic in their portrayals of personal finances. Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/8/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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Capote vs The Swans: Scandal, Lies, And Secrets... But What Was True? | Feud, Explained

Go to https://www.expressvpn.com/thetake and find out how you can get 3 months of ExpressVPN free! Feud: Capote vs The Swans follows the downfall of arguably the most famous American mid-century writer, Truman Capote. His best seller In Cold Blood catapulted him to stardom, and with his natural magnetism and inclination for spectacle catapulted him into the closest inner circles of New York City’s elite, where he befriended a number of very powerful society women, who he referred to as his Swans. However, everything changed for Capote after he published a scathing excerpt about his friends in Esquire Magazine – which got him exiled from high society and sent him spiraling. While these women were very much real, how much does Feud rely on facts and where does the show, and Capote, bend the truth for dramatic effect? Let’s take a look at how the show has portrayed the Swans so far in the first half of the season compared to their real stories to figure out how much fact is woven into the show’s fiction. Click here to watch the video version of this episode!
3/6/202420 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dune: Part 2 and Paul's Dark Turn, Explained

Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off. Dune: Part 2, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and a host of other stars, has become a huge hit – crossing $80 million in only its first weekend at the box office. It’s no surprise that people love the second installment in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel given how much we all loved the first one. But Paul Atreides’ story is a lot darker than most Chosen One characters we see get the big screen treatment. So how has Paul changed in part two, and what does that mean for what’s to come in his story? (And how might audience reactions cause a bit of a problem?) Let’s dive in!
3/5/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Office: Review Every Amazing, Ordinary Season With Us | Extended Take

Go to http://zocdoc.com/THETAKE to download the Zocdoc app for free and book a top-rated doctor today. The Office is a beautifully crafted comedy that manages to bring the laughs, tug on our heart strings, and make us appreciate the magic of or everyday, ordinary lives. Over it's 9 seasons, we watched the characters stumble and grow, rooting for them all the way (well, most of them...) So join us in taking an extended look back at every season to highlight all of the things that made the show so great, and that have catapulted it to comfort show classic status! To watch the video version of this episode, click here!
2/27/202449 minutes, 54 seconds
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30 Rock Why Jenna Is An Unhinged, Relatable Icon

30 Rock’s Jenna Maroney still managed to stand out in a sea of hilarious characters. She was unbelievably vain, shallow, manipulative, unstable, thin-skinned… but instead of being annoying and unlikable, she became one of the most entertaining, iconic characters of modern television. So, how did Jenna manage to capture that ‘beloved star’ status that she was so desperate for on the show in real life? Let’s take a deeper look at Jenna’s character arc, the way she perfectly embodied all of the wild pressures that the industry puts on aging actresses, and how such an outlandish character managed to be so oddly relatable. Click here to watch the video version of this Take!
2/24/202411 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Mean, Hot Mom Problem On Screen, Explained

Moms can be many things, but on screen if they’re hot they also often happen to be kind of evil – or, if not outright evil, still pretty bad. From The Graduate's Mrs. Robinson and Mad Men's Betty Draper to The O.C.'s Julie Cooper and Regina's Mom in Mean Girls and beyond, this trope pops up all over film and television. Thankfully this is finally starting to change as more modern shows and films have started tackling this trope head on, but it still hasn’t totally gone away. So let’s take a deeper look at why media was so afraid of hot moms, the problematic sub-trope that often pops up, and the iconic characters like Married with Children's Peggy Bundy and Modern Family's Gloria Delgado-Pritchett that started flipping the script. Click here to watch the video version of this Take!
2/22/202411 minutes, 3 seconds
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Big Bang Theory: Why Bernadette Was The Meanest *And* Nicest Character

The Big Bang Theory’s Bernadette's (Melissa Rauch) tiny stature and high pitched voice might make her seem unthreatening at first, but one wrong move and you’ll quickly learn that she's not afraid of anyone or anything. But, instead of making her hated, her willingness to stand up for herself and speak her mind actually made her beloved – both on the show and in real life. So let’s take a deeper look at how Bernadette’s attitude was born out of her Oldest Child Syndrome, and how she learned to use her "mean girl" powers for good. Check out the video version of this Take here!
2/20/202428 minutes, 18 seconds
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Paris Geller: from Villain to Smart Girl Icon | Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls’ Paris Geller is many things: hyper-intelligent, laser focused, extremely intense… but she became a beloved character because as the show went on we got to peel back the layers and see Paris as less of a looming threat and more as a real person. While things always seemed to turn out great for Rory Gilmore no matter what (at least for a while), Paris was hit with some big setbacks that caused her to have to rethink her life plan. Join us in taking a deeper look at what made Paris' story so interesting and how she became such an iconic character (and why she deserved all of the praise Rory got for being The Smart Girl.)
2/11/202410 minutes, 39 seconds
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The O.C.'s Marissa Cooper: The Darkness Behind The Beauty

At first glance, The O.C.’s Marissa Cooper might seem like the epitome of the ‘poor little rich girl’ trope – she’s gorgeous, lives in a mansion in southern California, and never seems to be having a good time. But the show gave us a chance to see beyond the outer facade of Marissa’s seemingly-perfect life and into the darkness hiding beneath that beautiful surface. Marissa was a complex young woman trying to figure out who she really was in a world that was intent on telling her who she had to be. Let’s take a deeper look at Marissa’s attempts to break out of her gilded cage, find real connections, and grow.
2/9/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Love Bomber Trope: Rom-Com Dream to Total Nightmare

Love bombing has been a huge topic of conversation in recent years, and if we take a closer look, we might start to notice that the TV and movie characters who we thought were so lovable and charming are actually doing this too – from self-identified “nice guys” like How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby to full on bad guys like Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl and Joe Goldberg from You. But what is love bombing, what are the signs, how does it tie into narcissism, and why is this trope in so many TV shows and movies? Go to http://factormeals.com/thetake50 and use code thetake50 to get 50% off your first box and 2 free wellness shots per box while subscription is active.
2/8/202415 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Curse: That Crazy Ending Explained, and Nathan Fielder's Version of "Reality" TV

Nathan Fielder uses his brand of awkward, uncomfortable humor (and a hint of darkness) to flip the script on contemporary TV’s obsession with reality. From creating cringe comedy that’s achieved cult status on his shows Nathan For You and The Rehearsal to his latest hyper-real horror show with Benny Safdie, The Curse, he shines a light back on the audience, making us reflect on the less pleasant parts of human nature. That might be our awkwardness or our selfishness; or, in the Curse specifically, our obsession with looking at the lives of other people. So what is Fielder really trying to tell us about the world and ourselves? And why has he decided to do it in such a weird way? Let’s take a closer look at Nathan Fielder’s special brand of unreality.
2/7/202411 minutes, 25 seconds
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Boy Meets World's Angela: The Sad Story of the 90s Teen Icon

Boy Meets World's Angela Moore (Trina McGee) quickly became one of the most influential Black teen sitcom characters of the 1990s when she joined the cast in season 5 and became one half of the show's best power couple with on-again-off-again boyfriend Shawn Hunter. But as beloved as she was, she still ran into a number of problems both on screen and behind the scenes. So let’s take a deeper look at this groundbreaking character, her lasting legacy, and why so many fans still believe she deserved better.
2/5/202410 minutes, 21 seconds
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Annoying Overachiever Trope: Obnoxious, Ambitious Perfectionists (& Why We Love Them)

Annoying overachievers seem to somehow be doing everything, perfectly, all of the time which, while great for their resume, can get a little old for the more “average” people around them. But while they might make being perfect look easy, oftentimes a peek below the surface shows us that there are complex motivations that drive these ambitious figures. So let’s take a look at what’s really motivating this drive to be the best at everything and how this attitude can actually hold these perfectionists back from reaching their true potential (plus we’ll break down the weird double standard that is the reason these characters are so often women.)
2/3/202413 minutes, 45 seconds
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Gilmore Girls: A Coffee-Fueled Recap of Every Season

Gilmore Girls, the early 2000s hit following Lorelai, Rory, and their town full of quirky friends, is one of our favorite shows. We've done several videos digging into specific aspects of the show, but today we're taking a look back at the whole thing. So whether you're a long time fan who wants to enjoy a bit of nostalgia or someone who's never watched the show but always wondered what it was about, join us on this trip down memory lane through all seven seasons and the revival!
2/1/202436 minutes, 16 seconds
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Poor Things, Explained: Empowering or Exploitative?

Poor Things, the new Yorgos Lanthimos film starring Emma Stone, has been racking up nominations and wins on this year’s award circuit. But it also sparked a bit of controversy thanks to one major feature of its plot… So what is the film actually about, and is it empowering or exploitative? Here’s what you need to know about Poor Things, those scenes, and the message the film is trying to convey!
1/30/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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How Sheldon Became The Heart Of Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper is definitely a smart guy, but there were still some things he had to learn to have a happy life filled with strong connections. Let’s take a deeper look at Sheldon’s story and why his personal growth was such an important part of the show.
1/9/202413 minutes, 38 seconds
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Best of 2023: Our Favorite Films & Shows, Performances, Underrated Releases, & More!

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite releases from this year across film and TV! This is definitely not an exhaustive list, but we wanted to share some things we loved this year with you (and hope that you'll share your favorites with us, too!) We’ve split them into ten categories, from the best performances, to the best zany comedies, to the shows that got canceled way too soon, and more. So no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got something for you!
12/23/202314 minutes, 5 seconds
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Modern Family’s Alex: The Dark Side of Being the Smart Girl

Let’s unpack Alex Dunphy's life as the Smart Girl, what actually caused her problems, and how she overcame them (plus the real reason she and Haley were always fighting.)
12/12/202312 minutes, 53 seconds
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Inside The Hollywood Method Acting Backlash

After being heralded for decades, method acting has in recent years begun receiving a lot of backlash .So what’s really behind this turn?
12/9/202313 minutes, 18 seconds
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Niles Crane: The Moments That Prove He Was The Funniest (& Best) Character

Frasier might have been the titular character of the hit sitcom, but Niles was clearly the star of the show. Let’s take a look at what made him so hilarious (and lowkey relatable) and unpack why he provided such an important balance to the show!
12/7/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Netflix vs Carl Rinsch: The Mystery of the Missing Show | Controversy Explained

How did some basically unknown director allegedly scam Netflix for over $50 million dollars? And why is Keanu Reeves involved?!
12/2/20239 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Gilded Age: Yes It’s Boring, Yes We Love It Anyways

HBO’s The Gilded Age initially got off to a pretty rocky start, but even with all of its faults, there was just something about the show that kept viewers coming back. So what is the show's true magic?
11/30/20239 minutes, 57 seconds
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Saltburn, Explained: Does The Ending Ruin The Film?

Saltburn, the new film from writer-director Emerald Fennell, was initially hailed as a shocking eat-the-rich psychological thriller, but upon its release, audiences have found that while it’s definitely a fun ride, it ends up lacking much of the promised bite.
11/28/202316 minutes, 22 seconds
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How A24 Built Its Own Fandom & Saved Indie Film

A24 has become known for producing deep, introspective indie films that feel different from Hollywood’s usual fare. What's their secret?
11/26/202313 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Crown on Diana's Final Weeks & Her Tragic End | Season 6 Part 1

In the first four episodes of The Crown season 6, the show paints a touching, insightful picture of the weeks leading up to Diana's passing. So let's analyze this portrayal of her relationship with Dodi and the loss the world felt at large.
11/24/202321 minutes, 39 seconds
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May December: Analyzing A Shocking True Story & Problematic Trope | Controversy Explained

How close are May December's portrayals to the real Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau? Let’s unpack the true story behind the film, and what the film's really trying to say.
11/21/202312 minutes, 30 seconds
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Sex and The City, A Total Analysis | Total Take

Why exactly was Sex and The City so different from what came before, and why did it have the impact it did?
11/18/202322 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Blue-Eyed Girl Trope: What Blue Eyes Really Symbolize

Whether she's a sweet innocent or an alluring vixen, let's take a deeper look at the blue-eyed girl, analyze her two main types, and explore what really drives the blue eye obsession. 
11/16/20239 minutes, 48 seconds
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Our Flag Means Death Season 2, Unpacked: Why It Resonates Deeply

We’re unpacking the show’s deeper messages, taking a look at why the show works so well, and exploring where a possible season 3 could take our favorite pirates!
11/14/202313 minutes, 16 seconds
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How Indie Films Are Fixing Hollywood’s Intimacy Problem

After seemingly falling out of fashion for a while, it looks like sex scenes are making a comeback in one arena: prestige indie films. So what’s really going on here, and what does it mean for films (and audiences?)
11/11/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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Justin Timberlake: What Britney Revealed + The Era That Shaped Him

Why are people really mad at Justin Timberlake now post-Britney book release, and where do these changing attitudes fit into the larger societal shifts we’ve seen since the early 2000s? 
11/9/202314 minutes, 22 seconds
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Gen V Recap: Character Arcs, Story Breakdown & The Boys Connections

Let’s break down how Gen V flips Gen Z tropes, unpack all of those shocking twists, take a deeper look at what everyone’s pain secretly represents, and explore what those surprise cameos could mean for The Boys Season 4!
11/7/202312 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Actor-preneur: Why It’s The New Actor Career Path

From Margot Robbie starting a production company to Ryan Reynolds becoming incredibly wealthy by hawking… well, a little bit of everything ,let’s take a dive into the world of the “actor-preneur” and unpack what’s really driving this trend.
11/4/20238 minutes, 50 seconds
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Matthew Perry: Friends, His Brutally Honest Memoir & True Legacy

Matthew Perry was most well known for his iconic turn as Chandler Bing on Friends, but his real life was of course much more complex, and unfortunately much darker, than the sitcom character he became synonymous with.
11/2/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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Female Horror Victim Tropes: The 5 Types We Can’t Escape

While horror films are rife with peril of all kinds, one dark thread is the brutality with which female victims are slain. The female victims usually fall into one of five categories, so let’s unpack each one and take a look at what they really represent.
10/31/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Momager & Almond Mom Evolved From This Dark Trope

What drives the stage mom to push her kid towards fame, even at their own expense? And why does she seem to keep evolving with the times, but never in a way that’s better for kids?
10/26/202316 minutes, 53 seconds
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Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Explained + What Was Really True

While Killers of the Flower Moon might seem far from Scorsese’s usual fare, if we look closer, we see that his dark cinematic cannon actually prepared him to bring this story to the big screen in a number of surprising ways.
10/24/202315 minutes, 41 seconds
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Frasier: Why The Sequel Is Dividing Viewers (Is it Any Good?)

 Today, we’re taking a look at the new Frasier reboot so far, why it’s caused such a split in opinions, and unpacking if it really has a chance of holding a candle to the original.
10/21/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Succession’s Logan Roy: Inside A Media Mogul’s Psyche

In the world of Succession, Logan Roy was a larger-than-life captain of industry that clawed his way to the top with no remorse and reveled in keeping an iron grip on that power until the very end. So how did Logan grow beyond this initial sprout of real world connection and develop into one of the most iconic antiheroes of the modern era?
10/19/202315 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Difficult Woman Trope: How The Label Evolved & Why It Sticks

When a man puts himself first, without worrying about what society thinks, he’s an aspirational character. But give those same attributes to a woman, and she becomes difficult.
10/17/202313 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Full Time Child Trend: A Strange New Career Path for Millennials & Gen Z

The job market, like so many things nowadays, is total chaos. But some young people have found a surprising solution: getting paid to be… stay at home children.
10/15/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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Weird Girl Takeover: Why Everyone’s Embracing Their Kooky Side

The “weird girl” used to be the black sheep of society on screen and in real life, but in recent years she’s started taking center stage. 
10/13/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Sopranos’ Carmela: How The Anti-Hero Wife Hides Her True Self

We’re fascinated with Carmela Soprano. So today, we’re peeling back her many layers to reveal the truth that lies underneath.
10/7/202313 minutes, 15 seconds
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Total Analysis | Total Take

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of those movies that stays in your head - which is fitting for a film that comes out vehemently against the virtues of forgetting. So what exactly makes this film as memorable to viewers as Clem and Joel are to each other, compared to plenty of other stories that faded from consciousness?
10/5/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mean Girls, A Total Analysis | Total Take

Mean Girls has solidified its place as one of the most iconic teen comedies of all time – but what is it about this movie that makes it so enduring?
10/3/202314 minutes, 1 second
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Trinity’s Motherly Dilemma: The Most Radical Plot in The Matrix Resurrections

Trinity, in order to leave the Matrix again, has to abandon her three children. So what does Trinity’s choice, and the fact that she was trapped with this choice to begin with, tell us about what it means to be a woman in society?
9/28/202314 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Bridezilla Trope: Why Brides Get Labeled “Difficult”

The Bridezilla is everywhere on screen, throwing tantrums and making threats – she’s posited as the exemplification of everything bad about brides to be. But if we look just a little bit closer, much of her rage starts to make a lot of sense.
9/26/202311 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Boho Woman Trope: From Quirky Sidekick To Beloved Icon

Boho Woman, Hippie Chick, Earth Mama, Granola Girl – this character type has been popping up in our favorite movies and shows for decades. Carefree and quirky, she's gone from a kooky sidekick to a beloved character type by dancing to the beat of her own drum.  Here’s our Take on where the Boho Woman came from, who she really is, and how she found her own place in the spotlight.
9/23/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Wire’s Bunny Colvin & His Quest to Disrupt The System

The Wire’s Howard “Bunny” Colvin represents the force for positive community change – like very few others in this ecosystem, he tries to “F with the program”. So what can we learn from Bunny and his dogged drive to make things better – is it even worth it, or possible?
9/21/202313 minutes, 17 seconds
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Jimmy Fallon & The Downfall of Toxic Media Workplaces | Controversy Explained

Jimmy Fallon is the latest seemingly-nice media figure to be outed as a terrible boss. So what allegedly went down, and why does it seem like so many dream media jobs are actually nightmares?
9/19/202314 minutes, 51 seconds
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Parks and Recreation’s Jerry: The Most Disrespected Sitcom Character... Ever?

Parks and Recreation is celebrated as a relentlessly optimistic, kindness-centered show, but that’s not how it treats one of its main characters: poor Jerry Gergich. Here’s our take on why the persecution of Jerry is one thing that hasn’t aged so well about Parks and Recreation, and if it secretly revealed a flaw in the show’s attitude.
9/17/202316 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Cult of Greta Gerwig: Barbie, Little Women & More | Director Profile

Don't miss our new on what makes a Greta Gerwig movie a Greta Gerwig movie, why many people connect so deeply with her characters, & fandom's surprising impact on her career.
9/16/202312 minutes
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How Barbie Found Power in Being “Ordinary” | FEMINISM

Barbie has struck the hearts of movie goers, and women in particular, worldwide. But why? What do the film’s themes say about being a real, "ordinary" woman?
9/14/202314 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Sopranos’ Adriana: Why Her Story is The Darkest In The Show

The Sopranos’ Adriana La Cerva was beautiful, smart and an early 2000s fashion icon - but above all else, she's remembered for her tragic story. So what is it about her that we love – and that in turn, makes her the perfect tragic character?
9/12/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Secret To Elemental's Major Comeback

When Pixar’s Elemental premiered, it was branded a total flop. But then, somehow, everything seemed to turn around... So what’s the truth about Elemental – is it a boring misfire or a heartwarming success? (& What even went wrong to begin with?!)
9/9/202313 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Bear: Creating Chaos & Building Tension Through Sound

The Bear delivers a masterful Season 2, and if you look (and listen) closer, a big part of what makes it work so well has to do with what we’re hearing. Here's our take on the skillful way the show uses this technique of overlapping dialogue (and noise in general) and how it serves the narrative.
9/7/202318 minutes, 23 seconds
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Every Reason Friends’ Phoebe Would Have Made an Awesome Mom

Many of the qualities that made Phoebe Buffay the best Friend would have also made her a great mom - so maybe her shift to wanting to be a soccer mom in the later seasons wasn't really so surprising after all!
9/5/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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Selena Gomez & Mabel Mora: Their Secret Connection | Only Murders In The Building

Mabel Mora is the glue that holds the OMITB podcast together, and Selena Gomez does the same for the show itself! Here’s our Take on Mabel, how Selena brought her to life, and the way they’re more alike than you might have realized.
9/2/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Real Princess Diana: Parts Of Her Story You Didn’t Know

Princess Diana was one of the most well known people of the 20th century, but there's still an air of mystery around her life. So today we're taking a deep dive into her story to get a better understand of the People's Princess!
8/31/202316 minutes, 24 seconds
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And Just Like That: Season 2 Finale, Samantha’s Return, & Finding Sex and the City’s Magic

Here’s our take on And Just Like That’s season two finale, what worked and what missed the mark, and that Samantha Jones cameo.
8/29/202315 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Suits Resurgence: Analyzing Meghan Markle’s Paralegal Bombshell Rachel Zane

Suits has become the surprise hit of the summer, so we're taking a deep dive into one of the characters that make the show so bingeable: Rachel Zane!
8/26/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Blind Side v. Reality: How the Film Twisted the Narrative | Controversy Explained

Michael Oher's recent revelation that the family he thought had adopted him actually placed him under a conservatorship has ignited a number of important conversations. Here's our rundown of the case & how it fits into the larger conversations about guardianships.
8/24/202314 minutes, 43 seconds
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And Just Like That's 'New Samantha' - Why It Does & Doesn't Work

SATC reboot And Just Like That has been struggling to replicate Samantha Jones' special spark. So here are the characters that come the closest to filling her stilettos and the one that might actually have a chance at bringing the sparkle back to the show.
8/22/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Rihanna’s Hybrid Working Mom Model: New Era, New Goals

Is Rihanna the ultimate example of the changing face of modern motherhood? She can surprisingly teach us a lot about what it means to create your own path as a working mom today.
8/20/202310 minutes, 26 seconds
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Depp v Heard, Today: How Opinions Majorly Shifted Since The Trial

Despite recent wins for women in high-profile court cases, the new Netflix Depp v. Heard trial Netflix documentary makes it clear that society hasn’t totally moved on from treating the case as one-sided tabloid fodder. Here’s our take on the aftermath of the media circus, the myth of the “perfect” victim, and how more recent cases are paving a way forward for victims.
8/19/202311 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mickey’s Zany History & Disney’s Crucial Copyright Battle, Explained

Today we're taking a look at cultural icon Mickey Mouse's weird & fascinating history, his lasting legacy, & the truth about his rumored entry into the public domain & retirement.
8/17/202310 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Wizard of Oz’s Bizarre History & Crazy Adaptations

The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy and her friends journeying to the Land of Oz has been adapted into countless sequels, spinoffs, stage musicals, animated specials, and tv series. So what is it about this story that continues to capture the public imagnation?
8/15/202312 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dead Reckoning: Why Beating Sequel Fatigue Was An Impossible Mission

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning has made over $500 million at the box office... and yet is still considered a major *underperformer*. So what went wrong? And what does this film getting outpaced by Barbenheimer mean for Hollywood going forward?
8/13/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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The B**** Incognito Trope: Mean Girls Who Fake Nice

She’s beautiful, charming, and sweet as pie… or, at least, that’s what she wants you to think. Whether she’s a Queen Bee we love to hate, a comedic obstacle, or a full on villain, there’s just something about her that keeps movies and shows coming back to the trope.
8/12/202312 minutes, 14 seconds
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Did Friends Ever Jump The Shark? - Most Controversial Plotlines

Friends is a cultural icon, but even its most ardent fans can agree that along with all of the great moments, the show has also had some duds... but did it ever truly Jump the Shark?
8/10/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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And Just Like That Finally Understands What It Should Be

And Just Like That has been a disappointment to Sex and the City fans since the beginning, but as it nears a second finale… is the show finally starting to get its magic back?!
8/8/202311 minutes, 34 seconds
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Online Generations: How When We First Logged On Shaped Us

In all of the discourse about the difference between generations, people have kind of let out the effect of 'online generations' - that is, the era in which you became a regular user of the internet. Today we're taking a quick look at how *when* we hopped online also had a huge part in shaping us.
8/6/202313 minutes
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How The Graduate’s Quarter-Life Crisis Lasted Decades Onscreen

The Graduate didn’t invent the quarter-life crisis, but it might have been the first movie to really dramatize it. It also laid the groundwork for some of our favorite more recent quarterlife crisis films!
8/5/202315 minutes, 55 seconds
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Barbie's Hidden Easter Eggs & Margot Robbie's Best Barbie Looks

Barbie had so many great easter eggs and references, both in the film itself *and* the press tour before hand! So today we're taking a look at all of the best Barbie references.
8/3/20239 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bromances Are Back On Top: Behind The Trope's Resurgence

Bromance movies exploded in the early 2000s, and then kind of disappeared for a while... Today we're looking at the evolution of male friendships onscreen, and why it’s so valuable for men to feel secure in their bromances!
8/3/202310 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Amnesia Trope: When Hollywood Gets It Right and SO Wrong

Amnesia is often used as a plot device on screen, but memory loss in real life often looks quite different from what we see in movies & shows. So what are the real thematic reasons filmmakers keep returning to their Hollywood vision of amnesia?
7/30/202313 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Snow White Controversy, Explained: How Hollywood Gets In Its Own Way

Here's the true scoop on the live-action Snow White casting debacle. Plus, how can Hollywood toe the tumultuous cultural line without overcorrecting in either direction?
7/29/202313 minutes, 28 seconds
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Barbie: How Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie & Co. Saved Barbie From Being Boxed In

Barbie is the Blockbuster of the summer, and everyone's loving it! But the creative team did run into one obstacle when trying to make the movie of their dreams - so what *really* caused the problem, & how did they do their best to overcome it?
7/27/202316 minutes, 14 seconds
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Oppenheimer, Explained: The Devastating Ending + What Was Really True

Christopher Nolan’s three-hour epic Oppenheimer has managed to turn what would normally just be cinema-lover Oscar-bait into a huge summer blockbuster. But how much of the film is actually true, and what did that ending really mean?
7/26/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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Jayne Mansfield’s True Story: More Than Just a Tragic Bombshell

Jayne Mansfield might be best known as Hollywood’s attempt at a Marilyn Monroe replacement, who also met a tragic end – but there’s a lot more to her story! So here are some interesting things you might not have known about Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield.
7/23/202312 minutes, 57 seconds
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Policing Women’s Clothing Needs To Stop | FEMINISM

Have we really made it to a place where women are free to wear whatever they want, whenever they want? Don't miss our take on the history of fashion shaming, the strides women have made to escape it, and how we’re finally starting to see the light on the other side.
7/22/202313 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Idol’s Original Version We Never Got To See

We've already covered everything that went wrong with The Idol, so today we're diving into what the show could have been (and how it could maybe turn things around in the 2nd season...)
7/19/202313 minutes, 5 seconds
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How "And Just Like That" Lost Sex and the City's Magic

Season one of And Just Like That proved to be… pretty lackluster. And now it seems that even the second season won’t be able to recapture the magic of the original series. So why has the reboot been so unable to reproduce what we all loved so much about the original show?
7/17/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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Stranger Things' Queer Themes: Chosen Family, Community and Shame

Stranger Things has been immensely popular ever since its debut, its themes have especially resonated with queer audiences. Today we're taking a look at all of the underlying queer elements at play within the show.
7/16/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why Grey’s Anatomy’s George Isn’t The “Nice Guy” You Remember

George O’Malley often complained about being a maligned underdog, but… was the world really out to get him, or was it mostly all in his head?
7/15/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dark Truths of Reality TV Controversies: Exploitation for Entertainment

Reality TV practically runs on controversy, and as “scripted” as reality TV can be, it still illuminates something about human nature... Don't miss our new video on reality TV’s biggest controversies, & what they can teach us about both reality TV as a whole & the world beyond the cameras.
7/13/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler: Always Good, Even When She's Bad

Kim Wexler quickly became a fan favorite on Better Call Saul. So, who is Kim, and what makes her so intriguing?
7/11/202312 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Feminism of Hyper Femininity - More Than a Style

Modern hyperfemininity isn't just a fad, it's a movement. It aims to be a more nuanced & intentional brand of Girl Power that celebrates traditionally feminine characteristics as strengths, while being more inclusive and forward thinking.
7/9/202310 minutes, 23 seconds
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How Hollywood Got Less Sexy and More Violent

American movie culture and rating systems are pretty squeamish about sex onscreen – so why do we readily accept graphic violence? Don't miss our take on the sex and violence paradox, and what it says about our culture that we hold one to a higher account than the other.
7/8/202310 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Idol: Why HBO's Scandalous Show was Shockingly... Boring

The Idol was initially hyped up as a scandalous, dark, and erotic new must-see from director Sam Levinson and musician The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) but it turned out to mostly just be… a boring mess. So what went wrong? (And did anything go right?)
7/6/202317 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Ingenue Trope: Innocent, Naive and On Her Way Out

With her youthful charm and naivete, the ingénue is a long-time Hollywood staple… but in recent years, she seems to be disappearing. So is this trope really on the way out because it no longer works in the modern day, or is it just changing with the times?
7/5/202313 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Rise of Content House Cults: YouTube's Dangerous Influencers

Are viral content houses a new type of cult? Today we're looking at the dark truths behind the internet’s most viral content houses.
7/2/20238 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Older Woman-Younger Man Pairing: An Acceptable Age Gap Relationship?

It's becoming less taboo and more normalized, but there are still a lot of obstacles to the older woman-younger man pairing... Here’s our take on the rise of the older woman younger man relationship, what it offers, and what it tells us about romance in the 21st century.
7/1/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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Black Mirror Season 6, Explained: What Worked, What Didn't and What's Next

Here’s our take on the ups and downs of Black Mirror’s sixth season, and what its notable shift in storytelling says about the future of the series as we know it.
6/28/202314 minutes, 53 seconds
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And Just Like That’s Fashion-Forward Season 2 - Returning To Its Roots

Here’s our take on how the fashion of the first episodes of Season two of And Just Like That reflects the characters’ emotional journeys, including Carrie getting her groove back, through fashion.
6/27/20239 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Sitcom Wives Shook Up Family Dynamics In Every Era

The sitcom wife has been portrayed as many stereotypes, from a nagging nay-sayer to a stern and strict wet blanket to a trophy wife. But with societal norms shifting over the years, it’s led to more creative freedom in the depiction of a wife on television.
6/25/202316 minutes, 39 seconds
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Inside Rita Hayworth’s Tumultuous Rise to Fame: What You Didn't Know

Rita Hayworth is one of Old Hollywood’s greatest stars, but while her roles have remained iconic, many important facts about her life have been forgotten. Join us in a deep dive on Rita's often less-than-glamorous real life story.
6/24/202311 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sex and the City: If Samantha Was the Star…

Samantha Jones was one of the best parts of Sex and the City, and we all can’t help but wonder... what if Samantha had been the star of the original show?
6/22/202314 minutes, 35 seconds
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Essential Reality TV Tropes: Analyzing How TV Built Its Own "Reality"

In the past 30 years, reality tv has become its own genre, filled with its own cliches & character types. The best reality TV is made from the same ingredients, from the lies to the villains to the drama. Today we're breaking down the most essential tropes & characters in reality TV.
6/20/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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How Modern Family’s Phil Made The “Uncool Dad” Trope Pretty Cool

Modern Family's Phil Dunphy may not be cool, but he is a cool dad. Here are Phil's seven lessons on how to ace parenting.
6/18/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Black Mirror, Joan Is Awful Explained - Did Netflix Just Admit It Sucks?

Black Mirror's “Joan Is Awful” suggests Netflix’s style of content is making people today… kind of miserable. So, how, exactly?
6/16/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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Goodbye "Friend Zone," Hello Platonic BFFS

It seems like we’re finally moving out of the “friend zone” tropes of the past and seeing more positive platonic relationships between men and women on screen.
6/15/202316 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Most Unrealistic Things About Portrayals of Work Onscreen

What are the worst and weirdest movie and TV tropes about careers? Here are the most commonly misrepresented professions in TV and movies – and why they’re so off-base.
6/13/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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Succession’s Real Inspirations: What’s the Same and Different

Succession has a knack for finding Shakespearean drama & dark hilarity in an honest reflection of today’s billionaires & media ecosystems. But how much of it is directly inspired by specific facts?
6/12/202314 minutes, 38 seconds
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Euphoria’s Jules: More Than a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Jules Vaughn is just one of the many magnetic characters in HBO’s Euphoria – so why does everyone seem to be obsessed with her?
6/10/20239 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ted Lasso’s Disappointing Downfall: How The Series Jumped The Shark

Did Ted Lasso lose its way? And is the problem that it changed... or we did?
6/8/202317 minutes, 2 seconds
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Barry, Ending Explained: The Misguided Quest for a Legacy

Barry’s harrowing final season was a bleak genre-defying story that was ultimately about how the stories we tell ourselves matter.
6/6/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Wide-Eyed Girl Trope: How Baby Faces Lure Us In

You may have noticed a look being celebrated among many female characters and actors in movies and TV––the “wide-eyed girl” look. And it’s not just you; people have been doting on the look for ages. I
6/4/20239 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Wire’s Marlo: An Iconic Villain with a Terrifying Message

Looking back on The Wire now, we can see how Marlo Stanfield’s ability to make a very bad state of affairs even worse conveys an important, timeless message: just because things feel like they can’t get worse, doesn’t mean that’s true.
5/30/202314 minutes, 51 seconds
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Anna Nicole Smith’s True Story & Why The Netflix Doc Failed Her

Anna Nicole Smith is getting the Marilyn and Pamela treatment – the once-vilified voluptuous blonde is now getting reframed to embody the 'glamorous yet tragic' arc. But, why do we keep repeating this tragic revolution, and is there any lesson in Anna Nicole's story about how to stop the deja vu?
5/27/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Queen Charlotte: What's Fiction & What's Surprisingly True

Netflix’s Bridgerton and spin-off Queen Charlotte blend of fact and fiction to tell an engaging story about then and now... So what’s the real history behind the fascinating Queen Charlotte and how does it line up with the series?
5/25/202310 minutes, 19 seconds
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Succession’s Pre-Finale Recap: Kendall v. Shiv and Roman’s Fall

Succession's final showdown is coming into sight: it’s Kendall versus Shiv for the crown, while Roman completes his spectacular self-destructive fall.
5/23/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Little Mermaid Remake vs Classic: Most Important Differences, Explained

How many differences have you caught between the 1989 Disney animated The Little Mermaid and the modern live action remake? Today we're taking a closer look at the details to see what’s different between these two stories of Ariel.
5/22/202315 minutes, 3 seconds
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TV and Movies Are Too DARK - Why Is this Happening?

No, it’s not just you. TV and movies are getting darker. So…why?
5/20/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Nepo Boyfriends and Girlfriends: The Latest Hollywood Rage Trend

Nepotism doesn’t always flow from parent to child – there are nepo parents, nepo partners, even nepo friends. While we’re quick to point out nepotism, are we forgetting about the importance of collaboration, & the inspiration that creators derive from their close ones?
5/18/202310 minutes, 21 seconds
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Unforgiven’s Legacy and the Evolution Of The Western | CINEMA CLASSICS

At first, Unforgiven might just look like another old-school Western, but it also challenges the genre of the Western and the black-and-white idea of a Western hero. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably seen modern neo-Westerns that stand on the shoulders of the revival this movie kicked off.
5/17/202313 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why Rich People Dress Broke And Broke People Dress Rich

Fashion today is veering in one of two directions: on one end of the spectrum is "hobocore," and on the other is the "old money" aesthetic. Here’s why these class-crossing fashion trends are so in right now, what their histories are, and their biggest problems.
5/16/202310 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why Everyone's So Obsessed With #Scandoval | CONTROVERSIES

Scandoval: It’s got fan theories. It’s got lawsuits. It’s got brawls. And it’s got everyone’s attention. What makes this Vanderpump Rules scandal different from the endless reality tv gossip flooding social media?
5/14/20239 minutes, 53 seconds
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Netflix’s Queen Cleopatra: Conspiracy Docuseries and The Decline of “Truth”

In our post-truth age, have conspiracy theories got more power than ever? Here’s our take on the current climate of conspiracy theories, how the lines between fact and fiction have become more blurred than ever, and the danger of living in a culture where trust is hard to come by.
5/13/202313 minutes, 5 seconds
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How Daniel Radcliffe Grew Out of Harry Potter And Into A Weird, Engaging Star

Daniel Radcliffe has pretty much defied all expectations people had for him as a child star. He's grown into a mature dad and respected actor by embracing his weird side.
5/11/20238 minutes, 41 seconds
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Harry & Meghan: From Heroes to Villains - What’s Next?

In the aftermath of the Coronation, do Harry and Meghan need to repair their relationship with the Royals, go full Hollywood, or take an Entrepreneur route?
5/9/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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The MCU’s Dark Truths: Have Marvel’s Secrets Caused Its Downfall?

For nearly two decades the seemingly invincible MCU has dominated the cinematic release schedule, but some cracks are showing in their audience response... So what's really going on?
5/6/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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Celebrities Are Trying to Get More Private, Here's How

Are our standards for celebrity-privacy that low, that we’re shocked if a celebrity has *anything* in their life they're not broadcasting to the paparazzi? Today we’re so primed to expect famous people to share everything, we get blindsided when they still have secrets. But a striking celebrity “trend” today is the subtle clawing back of privacy.
5/4/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dune: Part Two’s Trailer Reveals Paul Atreides’ Tragic Turn

Has splitting Dune into two parts potentially confused the message of the sci-fi epic? Paul Atreides checks many of the boxes of the noble protagonist chosen to lead. But some of Paul’s prescient visions of the future hint at future disaster. So what’s the effect of director Denis Villeneuve dividing this narrative in two, and what hints do we get about what’s to come from the trailer?
5/3/202311 minutes, 6 seconds
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Succession’s Kendall - How The “Tribute Band” Bro is So Close To Winning

The final season of Succession is the ultimate test for Kendall Roy: now that his father is finally out of the picture, can he become the killer his father doubted he could be?
5/2/202319 minutes, 9 seconds
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Twilight's Suckiest Messages: This romance is worse than you remember | TOXIC TAKEAWAYS

Was Twilight really the fairytale many took it for? And what views on love and relationship did Twilight actually teach its fans?
4/29/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Emily Ratajkowski’s Radical Evolution: The Struggle To Be Taken Seriously

Our take on Emily Ratajkowski, how she evolved from being "the Blurred Lines girl" into an inspirational icon, reminding us that only we should get to define ourselves, and that there’s power in examining the countless assumptions we take for granted about our bodies and how we exist in the world.
4/27/202311 minutes, 36 seconds
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Celebrity Dinner Party: What Food Reveals About These Stars

Food-focused celeb interviews show a different side to celebrities than the more formal press junkets of years past. Today we're looking at how this niche content has blown up online, & what it's shown us about our favorite celebs
4/25/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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Do WAGs Take Up Too Much Space In Sports? (Why Some People Hate Them)

There’s something about WAGs that just gets people annoyed. But is this all a way of demanding that women in the public eye be a little… quieter, and not get too dominant in sports?
4/23/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Catherine, Princess of Wales: From Public Enemy To Queen-In-Waiting

These days Kate Middleton seems to be constantly plagued by rumors and scandalous news stories - so who’s really behind it all?
4/22/20238 minutes, 50 seconds
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Romy & Michelle: Why We *Still* Relate To Them Today

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion was ahead of it's time - it managed to anticipate many of the anxieties about status& self-image that drive people in the age of social media (despite being released at a time when most people were still going on the internet through AOL)
4/20/20239 minutes, 12 seconds
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How Society Invented the AGING CRISIS (& How To Break Free)

Our culture spends a lot of time fearing aging, trying to hide all signs of it, even attempting to eliminate it all together – but what if we stopped assuming it's all bad? If we face our fears, then the joys of getting older can come to the surface.
4/19/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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Succession’s Endgame: The Winner is...

Succession is finally closing in on answering the question that's been on everyone's minds since episode one: which of Logan Roy's children (or other inner circle members) will truly have what it takes to seize power?
4/18/202315 minutes, 33 seconds
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AI Actors: The Ethical Dilemma of Bringing Dead Stars Back

We are firmly in the era of artificial intelligence, which means we have technology to digitally resurrect dead artists for new projects – but does that mean we should?
4/16/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Royal Wombs: The Obsession With Royal Fertility

We may think questions of bloodlines and royal heirs seem archaic, but these concerns have greatly shaped the lives of royal modern women, too. From Princess Diana in the 80s, to Kate allegedly having to take a fertility test pre-marriage, to Megan's revelations about the Firm's interest in her pregnancy.
4/15/20239 minutes, 47 seconds
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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn: The End Of One Era, The Start Of Another?

It looks like Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn are over after 6 years together... So what does this mean for Taylor’s eras – and the new era of her personal life that she’s embarking on?
4/13/20238 minutes, 1 second
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What ruined the concert experience (And can we fix it?)

Fans and artists alike are speaking out about a troubling shift in concert culture, from the nearly-impossible-to-get tickets, to seas of phone screens, to heckling, to... just nearly everything about the concert going experience getting worse. Why did this happen, and how can we turn things around?
4/11/202313 minutes
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Body Typing: Why We’re Still So Obsessed With Labels

There’s no scientific proof that your body type says anything about you as a person – but this idea is back in the zeitgeist with the reemergence of Kibbe, and body typing has blown up into a surprising modern craze. So is there anything to body typing – and why are we so willing to believe there must be?
4/10/20239 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Today’s Onscreen Elites Prove Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness

Everywhere we turn, we’re seeing unhappy rich characters. Even though today we’re pushed constantly to lust after having money in our culture, it seems that at the end of the day lots of money still turn you into a bad or miserable person...
4/8/202314 minutes, 58 seconds
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Princesscore: The Fun Aesthetic vs. The Dark Reality

Over the past few years, real life Princess fairytales have been exposed in the press as apparently pretty nightmarish realities. So why does princesscore persist, for today’s adults and new generations?
4/6/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Anya Taylor Joy - How She Keeps Us Guessing | SCREEN ICONS

Anya Taylor Joy is THE alternative it girl. Anya intrigues us because it feels like we don’t know her - unlike some of her other peers who we’ve seen grow up on screen, it feels like Anya started her career suddenly, already fully formed. So how does this unknowability elevate her work on screen?
4/5/202310 minutes, 51 seconds
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Social Media Dysmorphia: Beauty Filters Are Rewiring Our Brains

Social media apps make it easier than ever to filter, contour, smooth and shape our selfies into something completely different from what we actually look like, and this is leading to a big problem: Selfie Dysmorphia.
4/4/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Modern “FEMCEL”: Who She Really Is and What She Desires

The term "incel" was first coined by a woman in 1997, but has been hijacked by men who promote misogyny and blame women and feminism for their struggles. This lead to a new term emerging: femcel. But what makes a femcel unique and different from the stereotypical male incel?
4/2/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why Handsome Hollywood Clones Are Taking Over Cinema

Between the Chrises, the Ryans, and all of the square-jawed, dark-haired guys on Ryan Murphy's shows, it’s getting harder and harder to tell movie stars apart... So, why is this happening & what do these types really represent?
4/1/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Trial: The Wackiest Moments from Rich People Court

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ongoing trial is a deliciously ridiculous combination of wealth, celebrity and courtroom drama. Here's a rundown on the case & our take on why everyone's so obsessed.
3/31/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hailey Bieber: The Face of Gen Z’s Anti-Aging Crisis

Hailey Bieber’s rise in the skincare community has coincided with a crisis of the younger generation fearing aging at ever-earlier points. So is Hailey really that into health and skincare, or is her glow only skin deep and she’s just taking advantage of a market and generation already trending that way?
3/30/202312 minutes, 48 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother's Marshall - The Truth About Being The "Good One"

On HIMYM, Marshall seems like the perfect man... But, upon further inspection, he seems to be just as self-serving and morally limited as the rest of the cast, and he displays the show's inherently limited moral outlook.
3/29/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why Hollywood Can’t Ignore Its Consent Problem Any Longer

Sex is out at the movies, and family-friendly superheroes are in. That’s partly because sex no longer sells, but also because the way audiences feel about movie intimacy has changed, too. Here’s our take on how consent plays into how we view intimacy onscreen – and whether Hollywood needs to start censoring again.
3/28/20239 minutes, 38 seconds
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How Olivia Wilde Became the Internet’s Dream Villain

Olivia Wilde had a wild past couple of years and still gets *a lot* of hate online. But how did Olivia Wilde become the Internet’s Most Hated Woman in the first place – and are there any darker agendas at play?
3/26/202314 minutes, 29 seconds
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What Chris Rock’s “Selective Outrage” Says About Today’s Rage Culture

Here’s our take on Chris Rock’s attack on outrage culture, what he gets right and wrong, and whether becoming more conscious of this outrage cycle can break us out of today’s tired back-and-forth culture-war conversations.
3/25/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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Plastic Surgery Regrets: How Stars Shape Dangerous Fads

The plastic surgery business is booming, and more people than ever making body modifications that they regret but that are impossible to reverse. Can create a culture that allows people the freedom to choose what they do with their body, without making them anxious about the body they’ve been born with?
3/23/20239 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Royal Family’s “Other Women”: A Brief History of Affairs

Is Prince William’s Royal Affair actually real – or could it be totally invented by gossip and the media? The history of the Royal Family is full of juicy affairs and beloved mistresses, so the press is highly aware of how magnetically we’re drawn to this story arc of the royal “other woman.”
3/21/20238 minutes, 32 seconds
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Endless Summer Vacation: Miley Cyrus’ “Personal” Era, Explained

Miley Cyrus is the queen of reinventing herself - and with her new era, it looks like Miley has found her most honest form yet. Our take on the hidden messages of Endless Summer Vacation, the new “Miley era,” and why it pays to drop genres and personas to get personal.
3/20/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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Selena Gomez: The Queen of Kindness… And Drama

Selena Gomez: queen of kindness... and controversy? Today we're looking at why, despite her best efforts, Selena keeps finding herself embroiled in controversy after controversy.
3/20/20238 minutes, 58 seconds
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Succession’s Shiv - The Real “Woman Problem" in Business

Succession does a great job of dealing with not just how the “woman” dynamics realistically play out around Shiv, but also how they’ve shaped her psychologically. Shiv has been molded into an arrogant-yet-insecure Girlboss who not only doesn’t help other women but often weaponizes feminism in service of her family.
3/16/202313 minutes, 17 seconds
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Yellowjackets Ending Explained: S1 Character Arcs + S2 Teasers

Don't miss our Take on the hidden significance behind Yellowjackets season one’s most poignant reveals.
3/14/202313 minutes, 35 seconds
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Elvis: What Baz Luhrmann Left Out… and Why

Biopics aren’t always the truth, but they are versions of the truth. With Elvis, we are hearing the King’s story through the voice of a classic unreliable narrator. So, what was left out… and more importantly, why?
3/12/202310 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Banshees of Inisherin, Explained - What Those Fingers Really Mean

Why do friendships break down – and once a conflict starts, can it ever really be over? The Banshees of Inisherin takes on these questions on both the personal and the political level...
3/11/202314 minutes, 58 seconds
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Friends' Rachel & Her Sisters: What’s Really Driving Their Problems

Rachel’s sisters on Friends are unimpressive human beings – so what was it about Rachel that let her escape their spoiled, stunted adulthood?
3/9/202310 minutes, 11 seconds
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Andrew Tate’s Empire Proves the Toxic Male is Thriving

Andrew Tate’s rise to fame has been rapid, but how did someone with such openly misogynistic views build up such a devoted following in a short space of time?
3/7/202312 minutes, 38 seconds
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Leonardo DiCaprio & The Decline of The ’90s Heartthrob

Do young women still have a thing for Leonardo DiCaprio? Leo remains forever etched in our collective memory as the archetypal 90s heartthrob. But has our culture largely moved on from that 90s male ideal he’s clinging to?
3/5/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why Today’s Content Creators Get So Much Hate

Content creators are some of the most famous, influential, and popular people in our culture… so why don’t they get the same amount of respect as other creatives?
3/4/202314 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Stay-at-Home vs Working Mom Binary Has Stopped Making Sense

The stay-at-home versus the working mom. For too long women have been pigeonholed into these caricature-ish, loaded ideas of identity that prioritize capital and a social order over humanity and nuance.
3/3/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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Austin Butler and Why Women Don't Get to be "Method" Actors

Sure, Austin Butler has been mocked on social media for retaining Elvis' drawl for years after filming wrapped... but he's also still getting awards & puff piece after puff piece. The fact that woman could never get away with this style of method acting exposes a bigger double standard in Hollywood.
2/28/202315 minutes, 53 seconds
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How We Fail to Count Women: The Female Information Gap | FEMINISM

Gender gaps – we see them across the world, in almost every industry and aspect of our lives. But did you know that there’s a gap between men and women in information itself?
2/27/202310 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why Sex No Longer Sells in Hollywood

They say that ‘sex sells’, but if that’s true, why has it practically disappeared from modern Hollywood filmmaking?
2/27/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why Your Favorite Show is Getting Canceled Soon

The streaming revolution has given audiences immediate access to a larger catalog of shows than ever before, but what good is that if they keep getting canceled midway through narrative arcs?
2/23/202312 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Toxic Male: Why We’ll Never Really Escape Him

The era of outrage over toxic masculinity is truly dead – and Hollywood and social media have doubled down to put the toxic male back on top and at the center of our stories.
2/21/202312 minutes, 24 seconds
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The “Industry Plant” Problem: Harry Styles is not the only one | SCREEN ICONS

Ever since going solo post-One Direction, Harry has been on a mission to establish himself as a unique, creative voice. But has he done enough to really stand out as an original artist? And how does he fit into the larger conversation of the problem with industry plants and how hard it is for original artistic voices to break through?
2/21/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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Prince Harry’s Spare: What He’s Really Looking For | ROYALS

Between Prince Harry's book Spare, the Netflix docuseries, and countless interviews, it feels like we finally got an inside look at the Duke of Sussex’s private life... so why does it still feel so unclear what Prince Harry really wants?
2/21/202310 minutes, 5 seconds
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You S4, Explained: Everything you need to know... so far

Don't miss our new video on the first half of You's fourth season, how Joe’s new European surroundings becomes its sharpest-ever critique of class, and how the show keeps getting us to empathize with this serial killer.
2/17/202310 minutes, 12 seconds
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Couples Therapy's Growing Problem: Weaponized Therapy-Speak

Couples therapy is on the rise – and that’s mostly a good thing. But is there a darker side of those seemingly good intentions that may be hiding something not-so-good?
2/15/20238 minutes, 28 seconds
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Star-Crossed Lovers: Why Their Stories Must End Tragically

Some of the best love stories of all time are tales of star-crossed lovers... is part of the reason we are so drawn to these stories is because there is something cathartic about seeing when things don’t work out?
2/12/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Magic Mike Complicated the Male Bombshell | Last Dance

Seductive, sensual and scintillating, Channing Tatum’s titular character, Magic Mike, is the epitome of the modern male sex symbol… so what’s the legacy and impact of the Magic Mike trilogy, as it finishes up with Magic Mike’s Last Dance?
2/11/202310 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why Young Celebs Look Old and Old Celebs Look Young

Older celebrities are looking younger, younger celebrities are looking older…it seems like no one wants to actually look their own age. In our heavily filtered, face-tuned world, are we all in danger of trying to reach for some idea of perfection that forces everyone to turn away from their natural looks?
2/9/202311 minutes, 18 seconds
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Sex Work Onscreen: Old Tropes & Stigmas That Are Dying

Sex work is slowly being de-stigmatized with more nuanced on-screen depictions that show what the reality of the industry is like — and it’s about time.
2/7/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Millennials Outgrew These Tired Tropes

Millennials in the real world are full-fledged adults now, so why does millennial representation on screen often feel like a caricature rather than the real thing?
2/7/202312 minutes, 48 seconds
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Wakanda Forever: Shuri's Amazing Transformation

In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri's evolution shows us the power of grief as her losses compound, one on top of another, and she’s forced to make a choice between what will feel good and what will be good.
2/7/20239 minutes, 57 seconds
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Prince Harry’s Spare: The Conflicting Way He Paints Meghan

With Prince Harry’s autobiography, Spare, we’re finally getting a look at their relationship from the inside... So does Harry’s loving account of Meghan humanize her more, or does it inadvertently throw fuel on the fire thanks to feeling like it has an agenda?
2/2/202310 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Nepo Baby Rage Trend: It's All Worse Than You Thought

These days, it seems like the only thing more common than nepotism babies, is people hating nepotism babies. In today's video we're looking at why the nepo baby rage is so intense this time around, and how the nepotism plaguing Hollywood is a symptom of a much larger issue.
1/31/202311 minutes, 24 seconds
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Infidelity Onscreen: Why We Just Love Watching Cheaters

Infidelity is one of the most traumatic, heartbreaking experiences someone in a romantic partnership can go through, so why does it often get glamorized on screen?
1/29/202310 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Modern Feminist is a GIRL'S GIRL | FEMINISM

The “Girls’ Girl”: She believes in uplifting other women, has a strong group of girlfriends, and always abides by the girl code. And her modern version is a reaction to our current feminism in crisis.
1/28/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why Megan Thee Stallion’s Win is Huge For Hip-Hop

What’s happened to Megan Thee Stallion has exposed another layer of deep-seeded misogyny within our culture and serves as an indictment of how women in rap and hip-hop are treated as a whole.
1/26/20239 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Fashionista Trope - Why She’s So Perfectly Terrible

The fashionista: Vapid and cruel, but oh-so beautifully dressed, they're one of film’s most reviled characters. But what's beneath that perfect veneer?
1/24/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why "Perfect-on-Paper" Love Interests Always Come Second

That love interest that *seems* like the perfect choice, but just isn't *the one*... What exactly makes for a perfect-on-paper love interest, and how do these qualities differ between the male and female versions of those characters?
1/22/202312 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Last of Us Ep 1: Does It Live Up to the Game?

The Last of Us is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, and it's HBO series might just be the first great video game adaptation. Here's how TLoU is breaking the adaptation curse.
1/20/20239 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Dangers of Making Infamous People TV Antiheroes

Everyone loves a story with a juicy villain—but what happens when those compelling, cinematic monsters are based on real people?
1/19/202313 minutes, 57 seconds
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The White Lotus Symbolism & Ending: What You Missed

The White Lotus season 2 had *so much* going on - here's our take on which characters came out of their stay at The White Lotus as winners, and how the show gave us all the clues to its ultimate ending along the way.
1/17/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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The "Good" Ol' Days: Romanticizing an Era That Didn’t Exist

Cinema loves reliving the so-called 'good old days' – but the reality is that the time period wasn’t good for everyone. Click to watch our take on why we should stop looking through the rearview with rose tinted glasses.
1/15/202314 minutes, 40 seconds
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Revenge Stories: Satisfying or Problematic?

We love seeing revenge played out on screen, but do revenge narratives that celebrate the vindictive anti-hero enact an unhealthy fantasy that we should be trying to get away from?
1/14/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why People Are Turning Away From Harry and Meghan | ROYALS

By trying to set the record straight and elicit some sympathy, have Prince Harry and Megan Markle damaged what people liked about them in the first place?
1/12/202313 minutes, 15 seconds
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Your Honor, Season 1 Explained & What To Expect in S2 | SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME's Your Honor season 1 was full of twists and turns, secrecy and revenge... and now the dangerous cycle is set to continue in season 2! Click to check out our new video unpacking season 1 and sharing our favorite theories about season 2.
1/10/202312 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tarot, Astrology, Crystals - Spirituality is replacing religion

Tarot readings, healing crystals, witchcraft, and astrology… spirituality definitely seems to be on the rise both online & irl. But is it just for the aesthetics? Or does it reflect how, even as traditional religion declines, new generations still need to find frameworks that make sense of our troubled times?
1/8/202310 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Hot Mess - Why we love a chaotic heroine | TROPES

The "Hot Mess" has been the queen of the female-led sitcom (and sad-com) for two decades now, but is it time to move on from her as the main representation of young-ish female protagonists onscreen?
1/7/202316 minutes, 35 seconds
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Women Everywhere Are Reaching Their Breaking Point

Worldwide there are increasingly more attacks on women’s liberties and lives. Here’s our take on how the global war on women has reached a breaking point – and how we can fight back by learning from other women in similar positions around the world.
1/5/202314 minutes, 41 seconds
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How "Toxic" Discourse Can Do More Harm Than Good

Is it time to retire the word “toxic”? It’s beginning to feel like the word is losing its meaning. If everything is toxic, then nothing is...
1/3/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Dirtbag is the New Sex Symbol - And We’re Here for It

For leading men on screen, it looks like the alpha male is out and the dirtbag is in. Click to watch our video on the rise of the dirtbag, and why it’s the perfect moment for men to embrace their rough edges, and show us a more chaotic side of themselves.
12/29/202213 minutes, 16 seconds
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Death of the Movie Star - What It Means for Hollywood’s Future

Hollywood is still full of A-listers, but the true movie star is dying out. But is this because the business has changed, or because actors have changed?
12/28/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Fab 4: Why 4-Person Shows Work So Well

The four-person ensemble creates a particular screen magic audiences love, especially on TV. So what is it that's so special about the Fab 4 set up?
12/27/202213 minutes, 32 seconds
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You’ve Got Mail - In Defense of Joe's "Toxic" Traits

Tom Hanks’ Joe Fox makes some questionable choices in You’ve Got Mail, but Joe’s duplicity gets at the ultimate message of the film – which is that a lot of us are actually living double lives, often without realizing it. Is Joe not actually as toxic as we thought?
12/24/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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How Prince Charming Became a One-Note Joke | TROPES

It’s safe to say that the fairy tale princess archetype has been reclaimed, now a far cry from the stereotypical damsel in distress, waiting for her prince. But what about Prince Charming himself? Has he been updated?
12/22/202216 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Ugly Pretty Girl: It’s the Stories That Need a Makeover | TROPES

In 2022, ideas of beauty and self-acceptance feel far more fluid than ever. So does the old-school “ugly-pretty girl” story even work in today’s context?
12/20/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gen Z Brought Twee Back and It’s Here to Stay

The "adorkable" trend is back, but Gen Z's new version of twee is a lot less smug and more unfiltered – striving to embrace the DIY creativity in a realer way.
12/20/202214 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Kristen Stewart Became an Icon of Authenticity

How did Kristen Stewart go from child actress to Twilight superstar to indie darling? Above all, by owning her authentic self, no matter what anyone thinks. Click to watch our new video on how Kristen became an icon through her non-conformity & authenticity.
12/18/202213 minutes, 21 seconds
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Disappearing Content: Media is still getting wiped today

When content gets removed from the internet and streaming services…where does it go? And should we be worried about the future of shows that have only ever existed online?
12/15/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Millennial Mom - A New Brand of Anxious Parenting

Both on screen & in real life, the millennial mom is a master of juggling, up on all the trends, and totally exhausted – expected to be a superwoman as the bare minimum.
12/13/202215 minutes, 57 seconds
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House of the Dragon: Rhaenyra, Her Own Worst Enemy

How did Rhaenyra Targaryen go from the sweet, timid girl we met in episode one to a woman willing to burn down the entirety of Westeros to settle a grudge against her former best friend?
12/11/202212 minutes, 39 seconds
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Gen Z Dating: Not the Puriteens They're Made Out to Be

Gen Z’s dating priorities may be different, but are they really the "puriteens" they’re made out to be?
12/10/202211 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Crown S5 Explained, The Institution vs It’s People | ROYALS

The Crown S5 has faced a lot of criticism for being too soft on the Royals. The Crown invites us to blame the system in order to sympathize with the rich elites caught in its crossfire, and asks if we need a Monarchy at all if it does more harm than good, even for those who are meant to benefit most from it?
12/8/202211 minutes, 47 seconds
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Drew Barrymore - Troubled Child Star to Memeable Queen

In our new video, we're taking a look at how Drew Barrymore beat the curse of the child star, and why it’s so satisfying for us to watch her succeed.
12/6/202211 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Childfree Woman Trope Needs a SERIOUS Update

On screen, motherhood is still depicted as the idealized end goal for all women, to the point where depictions of childfree women often feel reductive or even vilified. Watch our take on the childfree woman, why she desperately needs an upgrade to reflect society’s changing attitude towards the decision to not be a parent.
12/4/202217 minutes, 53 seconds
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Female Friendship Stories Are FINALLY Taking Over

The new generation of female BFFs onscreen are finally dispensing with so many bad cliches and showcasing how having a true friend makes everything in life better.
12/3/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why “Female Entertainment” Still Gets Written Off

Why is there still so much shame and belittlement directed towards popular female media?
12/1/202215 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why Today’s Content is Suffering a Quality Crisis

How did Kristen Stewart go from child actress to Twilight superstar to indie darling? Above all, by owning her authentic self, no matter what anyone thinks. Click to watch our new video on how Kristen became an icon through her non-conformity & authenticity.
11/29/202213 minutes, 14 seconds
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What’s Really Behind Elon Musk’s Twitter Chaos

Elon Musk’s purchase and redesign of Twitter – a place that was once a public forum for underdogs to question those in power – could be its ultimate downfall.
11/28/202211 minutes, 23 seconds
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How the Boomer Myth Shaped the World, and Then Fell Apart

Here’s our take on the way boomers mythologized themselves, the stories they left out along the way, and how they’re more similar to their Gen X and millennial children than anyone might expect.
11/26/202211 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Makes the Trophy Wife Such a Prize

Who is the trophy wife, really? How do the qualities that make her a prize shift over time, and what does her evolution says about “ideal” womanhood?
11/22/202214 minutes, 11 seconds
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The “End” of Cancel Culture - Why We Need a Better System

In our new video, we're looking at who gets canceled, who doesn’t, and why there needs to be a better system for holding people accountable for their actions, while still allowing for second chances in our culture.
11/20/202213 minutes, 11 seconds
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Will These Controversies Finally Bring The Royals Down?

The British Monarchy has always had a dark side – but in recent years a lot of the public has been willing to ignore that out of a deeply-rooted respect for Queen Elizabeth II. So, with their matriarch gone, how long can the rest of the family go without a scandal they can’t come back from?
11/19/202213 minutes, 56 seconds
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Derry Girls’ Michelle - Rise of a Brash & Rowdy Alpha

On Derry Girls, while Erin, Orla, and Clare are all some shade of meek, nervous, or unusual, the leader of their pack Michelle acts like she’s got it all figured out, and can’t wait for adulthood to start – but how real is that act?
11/17/202210 minutes, 56 seconds
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Doomerism Isn’t Helping Us Cope. So Why Can’t We Stop?

Our take on Doomerism, its impact on Gen Z and mental health, and how – even if there’s a lot that is bad right now – there’s also a better way to deal.
11/15/202212 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Notebook - Madly In Love, But Toxic As Hell | Mixed Messages

What made The Notebook the romance movie of the early 2000s, and how much of it actually holds up?
11/13/202215 minutes, 19 seconds
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"Coastal Grandma" - Why Gen Z wants to skip adulthood

After a few years of exceptional uncertainty, does the rise of the coastal grandmother aesthetic prove that above everything, gen-z just wants to slow down?
11/12/202212 minutes, 51 seconds
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TikTok is the new Gen Z search engine. Are they in trouble?

A study from Google found that nearly 40% of gen-z use TikTok as their primary search engine... How worried should we be that gen-z is using TikTok to search for facts?
11/10/20229 minutes, 56 seconds
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There Are Too Many "Annoying Liberals" Onscreen

Why are liberal film and TV characters always so annoying? Here’s our take on why movies and TV try to present themselves as being in the reasonable middle—by punching at anyone trying to make a change.
11/8/202215 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why The Crown Season 5 REALLY has the Royals so angry

The Crown season 5 is dredging up one of the darkest times for the royals’ reputation, the 1990s. So what exactly are the royals worried about? We're breaking down the controversy surrounding the show.
11/6/20228 minutes, 52 seconds
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The “Wife Guy” Downfall - He Was Too Good to Be True

Culture is coming for the “wife guy” – because can anyone who’s that performative about simply having a wife really be trusted?
11/5/202214 minutes, 48 seconds
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Daddy Issues Onscreen - Why Our Culture Mocks Abandonment

Why are daddy issues mocked or fetishized, when they’re a byword for absent, neglectful, or dysfunctional parenting?
11/3/202213 minutes, 34 seconds
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Female Body Horror - Today's Terror of Not Owning Your Body

It can sometimes be hard to put words to the fear of losing the right to control your own body – but horror movies have been putting those fears on screen for decades. The female body horror genre is all about the terrifying idea that a woman’s body does not belong to her.
10/31/202216 minutes, 52 seconds
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Rings of Power, Ending Explained - The Deeper Meaning of Those Reveals

The Rings of Power Finale had some big reveals, which all underlined the biggest takeaway of the story: that it can be difficult to tell the light from the dark. So how did all this come together and where did the first season leave us?
10/31/202215 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Vamp Trope - Everything a Woman "Shouldn't" Be

Gorgeous, heartless, and almost supernatural - the Vamp is as evil as she is beautiful and one of culture’s most alluring villains. The Vamp embodies exaggerated versions of all the things women are told they can’t be, and eventually, she’s punished for it.
10/31/202213 minutes, 28 seconds
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How Wednesday Addams Became a Modern Weird Icon

Wednesday Addams, the sick, subversive, unfailingly cool and composed daughter of Gomez and Morticia is a powerful and extremely important character for us to look to right now.
10/27/202210 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why Passing The Bechdel Test Isn't Enough

Is female representation in film and TV actually getting any better? Did the Me-Too era resurgence of interest and attention around the Bechdel Test and female representation make a difference in what we’ve seen since?
10/25/202216 minutes, 7 seconds
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How House of the Dragon “Fixed” Game of Thrones

It’s time to ask: how does House of the Dragon stack up against the original Game of Thrones?
10/23/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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Euphoria's Maddy - A New Kind of "Mean Girl"

Maddy Perez is the Queen Bee of Euphoria High, but unlike the other on screen mean girls we’re used to, she has something special: a heart.
10/20/202212 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bridget Jones's Insecurity - Why Women Hate Themselves

Bridget Jones is smart, successful, and... deeply insecure. *Why* does Bridget have such low self-esteem?
10/18/202215 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why Quiet Quitting is a Good Sign - The Future of American Work Culture

"Quiet Quitting" itself is probably overblown and not enough of a solution to our collective burnout, but this craze does signal an opportunity to, as a culture, find a more enlightened understanding of the role work should take in our lives.
10/16/202211 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Glee’s Santana Went From Villain to Icon

Was charismatic mean girl and queer icon Santana Lopez ever really a villain, or a secret hero all along?
10/15/20229 minutes, 9 seconds
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Elizabeth Olsen’s Mixed Feelings on Marvel - Has it Blessed or Cursed Her?

Has the Marvel Cinematic Universe held Elizabeth Olsen back?
10/11/202210 minutes, 59 seconds
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How This Became the Sad Girl Era

The sad girl is having a moment. And her sadness isn’t a heavily politicized rage; it’s an internalized burden — a directionless angst that’s being filtered through music, film and literature.
10/8/202210 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Royals’ Future Is Looking Messy

The British Monarchy is facing a long-dreaded question: what is the future of the Royals in the public’s eyes and hearts?
10/6/202214 minutes, 33 seconds
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The "Death" of Feminism - Why We Need a New Vision

Is feminism going out of fashion? And is it possible to channel all of the recent setbacks to reignite our passion for women’s rights with a more meaningful feminist framework for our times?
10/4/202214 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mean Girls' Cady - What Peer Pressure Does to a Girl

Cady Heron’s journey in Mean Girls showcases how *seductive* peer pressure can feel, and in the end illustrates that adolescence is about figuring out who you are, not who other people think you should be.
10/3/202212 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Socialite - A "Heroine" We Love to Hate-Watch

Drama ostensibly comes from problems and obstacles—so why do we love watching people who seemingly have none? Here’s our take on our love-hate affair with the socialite and whether the voyeurism of watching her is really hate or rooting for her.
10/1/202213 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Dangers of Making Everyone Too Pretty for Screen

Is it a problem that Hollywood’s stars are too beautiful – especially when they’re playing real people?
9/30/202214 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Modern Family Ruined Haley’s Story Arc

For most of the Modern Family's run, Hayley was pigeonholed as the pretty, dumb, popular character – but did the show let her down by not letting her be more?
9/29/202212 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Devil Wears Prada - How Andy Predicted the Girlboss Era

What would it cost to buy your soul? In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy gets the kind of opportunity people dream of. But in order to benefit from it, she needs to give up part of herself...
9/27/20229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Red Herring Male Love Interests - He's Not The One!

There are five main types of red herring male love interests – and each represents a particular type of guy to be wary of, with a good reason: he’s not Mr. Right.
9/24/202215 minutes, 20 seconds
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Who Will Gen Alpha Be? - How They'll Become Empowered

We’ve all been watching the rise of Gen Z as they replace millennials to dictate the rules of today’s cultural capital – but what comes next? It won’t be long before members of Gen Alpha are driving youth culture and popular media.
9/22/202212 minutes, 24 seconds
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Gossip Girl - Serena and the Nice Rich Girl Fantasy

Why is everyone on Gossip Girl so obsessed with Serena, and is her “nice rich girl” persona just an act?Gossip Girl encourages us to strive to be rich and gorgeous like Serena, while it reminds us there’s no way we’ll ever truly be like her.
9/20/202210 minutes, 51 seconds
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Marilyn Monroe's Mythic Femininity - Why The Blonde Was Always More Than An Icon

When does a person stop being a person and become a symbol? Marilyn Monroe as an idea has taken on a meaning all its own—the blonde bombshell, and the ultimate embodiment of a certain type of mythic femininity.
9/17/202212 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Con Artist Trope - Why Lying Doesn’t Matter Today

The Con artist is all over today’s film and TV – so are we supposed to be appalled by this figure, or are we actually… impressed?
9/15/202216 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Biggest Hollywood Clichés - What’s Really Behind Them

So often stories resort to lazy, easy shortcuts we’ve seen a million times before. When are they effective or timeless, and when is this just a boring lack of imagination?
9/13/202210 minutes, 25 seconds
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Succession - The Strange Tragedy of Roman Roy

Roman Roy is an exhibitionist, but his kinkiness doesn’t just make him a memorable treat of a character. His particular perversities outline the Roy family’s psychological pitfalls.
9/10/202216 minutes, 54 seconds
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Sydney Sweeney - The Serious Sex Symbol for Gen Z

Sydney Sweeney is putting a Gen Z stamp on the sex symbol. Here's our Take on how Sydney has deconstructed and rebuilt the sex symbol in a more serious way:
9/8/20229 minutes, 37 seconds
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How We Overcorrected the Damsel in Distress Trope

The damsel in distress character has fallen majorly out of fashion – and for good reason – but have we overcorrected against her?
9/6/202214 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Bad Female Leader - Why Film and TV are Obsessed With Her

Why is Hollywood so against women being in charge?
9/3/202214 minutes, 31 seconds
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Nepo Babies are the symbol of our broken meritocracy

Nepo babies are everywhere in entertainment these days – from Maude Apatow to Dakota Johnson to Nicolas Cage, one of your favorite actors is probably related to the Hollywood elite. So what do these stars really say about inequality in entertainment, and in America more broadly?
9/1/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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Girls' Hannah - Why the millennial antihero was so hated

Hannah on Girls was widely deemed one of the most annoying TV characters of the 2010s, but was she just misunderstood?
8/30/202212 minutes, 13 seconds
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The "Dead Girl" Story - Why It's Dangerous to Simplify Her

So many stories center around the mystery of a beautiful dead girl who is often flattened into a symbol and treated as a mystery to be solved. Here’s our take on the dead girl story, and the loss she really represents in our culture:
8/27/202213 minutes, 56 seconds
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Beyoncé v Kelis - Who's Right, and The Bigger Problem with The Music Industry

Beyonce may have quietly removed a portion of her song Energy that interpolated Kelis’ Milkshake… but did she do anything wrong in the first place? Here’s our take on the drama, where the line is drawn, and why maybe even if you don’t legally deserve a credit, maybe you still deserve respect.
8/25/202212 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Freaks and Geeks gets youth culture right then - and now

Freaks and Geeks taps into 80s nostalgia (from a late 90s perspective) – but in a genuine, complex way. The show got youth culture right - and it still resonates now.
8/23/202215 minutes, 11 seconds
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How Barbiecore Turned Feminism Hot Pink

Barbiecore is the fashion trend of the moment, but the fun act of reclaiming this hot pink femininity can still be so fraught with controversy, debate and criticism.
8/20/202210 minutes, 49 seconds
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The "Rich Guy" Lie - Why Tinder Swindlers and Romance Cons Work

Why do women often fall for the rich guy – even when there are a lot of red flags he’s a total fraud? It’s not fair to blame these victims or sim ply assume they’re shallow and materialistic when there’s a much bigger cultural problem at play here.
8/18/202212 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Manifesting Trend - When it's a lie and when it can work

Manifesting is everywhere these days, especially in the cultural collective of gen z. But today’s mainstream resurgence of manifesting also hints at a larger feeling of powerlessness in the face of bigger, systemic problems out of our control.
8/16/202211 minutes, 25 seconds
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How Clueless's iconic fashion actually told the story

Did you ever think about the meaning behind Cher Horowitz’s most memorable looks in Clueless? Are all those perfectly curated clothes an expression of power – or are they actually hiding a teenage girl who feels powerless?
8/13/202217 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Daddy’s Girl Trope - Why Our Culture Fetishizes Her

The daddy's girl onscreen is an idealized – but stunted– version of femininity, who is seen through the rose-colored glasses of a father who never wants her to grow up. Here’s our take on the daddy’s girl, and what happens if she doesn’t outgrow seeing her dad as the greatest guy in the world.
8/11/202212 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rebel Wilson and the Dark History of Forced Outings

Rebel Wilson’s attempted outing at the hands of an Australian newspaper was a shocking and revealing window into our current moment. Here’s our take on why it might prove we’re finally moving on from the shocking history of tabloids targeting LGBT people for profitable scoops.
8/9/202213 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cassie’s Euphoria Season 2 looks and their hidden meanings

In season 2 of Euphoria, Cassie goes through some major changes, and so does her style. So what’s the secret emotional meaning underneath each of Cassie’s looks?
8/6/20229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why Gen Z is already burning out (and how to cope)

Gen Z is just getting started with adult life. So what does it say if the youngest adults are feeling burnt out already – and will the kids be alright?
8/4/202212 minutes, 2 seconds
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Stars' Second Chapters - Why They Give Us Hope

So often we’re led to believe that, after a certain age, people are just stuck with their lot in life, however bad the job or relationship is. But the celebrity-starting-over trend is here to give us hope!
8/2/202211 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Fight Club Predicted Today

Fight Club has long been a cult classic, and today Tyler’s complaints about the spiritual costs of turning ourselves into consumers instead of people feel more prophetic than ever – so do any of his solutions make any sense, too?
7/30/202213 minutes, 49 seconds
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How the Manipulative Victim Trope Shaped the Depp-Heard Trial

Stories about women being deceptive or manipulative have been embedded in our culture for millennia, dating all the way back to Adam and Eve. Here’s our take on how narratives around the Depp-Heard trial draw on the tropes of the perfect victim and the devious manipulative woman, and how both of these fictional ideas fuel dangerous societal misogyny.
7/28/202212 minutes, 59 seconds
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The It Girl - What Makes Her "It" In Every Era

The “It” girl represents something indefinable — a quality, charisma, or spark that makes her stand out and captures something of her time. So what truly makes a generation’s It Girl?
7/26/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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House of The Dragon - A Targaryen Deep Dive and What We Know So Far

Three years after the end of Game of Thrones, we’re heading back to Westeros. But what can we expect from HBO’s upcoming House of the Dragon?
7/26/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Cougar Trope - Why this joke is outdated

The Cougar used to be a punchline, but has the joke of an older woman preying on younger men stopped being funny? And was it ever?
7/21/202216 minutes, 27 seconds
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Donnie Darko - What's the Meaning of Life?

For all its confusion and ambiguity and humanoid rabbits, what major takeaways did Donnie Darko leave us with?
7/19/202216 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Handmaid's Tale - What's Come True and What Hasn't (Yet)

Is America truly becoming Gilead? How much of The Handmaid’s Tale’s terrifying fiction has already come to pass? Maybe more than you’d think.
7/16/202213 minutes, 12 seconds
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Euphoria Rue - A modern portrait of the addict

What is it about Euphoria’s portrait of Rue and her addiction that feels so honest?
7/14/202216 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Elder Millennial - A generation lost in time

As quickly as they arrived, it seems like millennials might be over. So where is the Elder Millennial today – and will they be okay?
7/12/202214 minutes, 23 seconds
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Stranger Things Season 4’s deeper meaning, explained - Why it’s better than ever

Stranger Things’ epic fourth season hits close to home: unlike in the previous two seasons, the threat feels personal. So what did season 4 really mean?
7/11/202212 minutes, 26 seconds
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Celebs don't age anymore. Is that bad for the rest of us?

Aging is an unavoidable part of life - or at least it used to be. But this doesn’t seem to be true for today’s celebrities. Here's our take on the mixed messages that today’s never-aging celebrities send us about how (and whether) it's okay to get older.
7/7/202215 minutes, 52 seconds
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Teen stories onscreen are all so risqué. How true are they?

Teens on screens big and small are having some wild times. But is the risque teen trope an accurate depiction of what teenage life is like (now or ever)? Or is it an adult’s imagination of what kids today are up to?
7/5/202213 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Single Lady - Why single life is in fashion

Are we finally moving into a new age where the single lady is aspirational? While she may still have her challenges, the single lady has come a long way from being shunned, to being celebrated.
7/2/202213 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Millie Bobby Brown overcame the child star curse in Stranger Things’ digital age

Millie Bobby Brown is breaking free of the child star curse with poise and confidence – and exposing a lot of what’s pretty shocking in today’s culture along the way.
6/30/20228 minutes, 2 seconds
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Fifty Shades’ Toxic Takeaways - What’s Not Hot About The Trilogy

What are the messages the Fifty Shades trilogy leaves us with – and are any of them actually useful in real romances, or should we pretty much view this story as a cautionary tale?
6/28/202219 minutes, 2 seconds
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How Workplace Dystopias Represent Our Toxic Jobs Onscreen

The workplace sitcom has given way to widespread workplace dystopia and how it reflects our angst that the nature of work today is not just soul-crushingly meaningless but actively wrong.
6/25/202214 minutes, 12 seconds
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Margot Robbie’s Barbie - How The Doll Became Feminist

Who is the real Barbie, and who is she for? Here’s our take on how Barbie has managed to remain relevant and iconic for so long, and the essence of this character that’s persisted across her series of changing models.
6/23/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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What Daria says about the 90s (and today)

Daria made it cool to be a wry and cynical loner and was the picture-perfect example of ‘90s alienation. Years later, Daria still resonates with anyone who’s ever questioned whether the problem is you or the system you’re living in.
6/21/202219 minutes, 31 seconds
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How the "Diva" label went from insulting to iconic

The term is often thrown around as an insult, but the diva is a figure of self-created power many of us can take inspiration from. Here’s our Take on why the diva has become an icon to so many people.
6/18/202212 minutes, 13 seconds
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Everything Everywhere All At Once - Every Symbol Explained

True to its name, Everything Everywhere All At Once has a lot going on. What’s the deeper symbolism?
6/16/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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Who's the real Jennifer Aniston?

Jennifer Aniston was the archetypal girl next door of the 90s – but has that label limited her career, and did it ever actually represent who she really was?
6/14/202217 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Brainy Brunette Trope - Why people think she’s smarter

Bookish, quiet, intelligent… and brown haired? The brainy brunette is embedded in our culture, but why do we correlate female smarts with hair color?
6/11/202213 minutes, 47 seconds
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Riverdale's Jughead is the ultimate indie jerkboy

Riverdale's Jughead Jones is part of a longer tradition of obnoxious, indie guys in movies and TV who serve to make the rest of the cast look good by comparison, and give us someone we love to hate.
6/9/202217 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sex and The City - What each lady tells you about yourself

Are you a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda? For years, Sex and the City viewers have used this question as a kind of sorting hat or personality quiz. Each woman feels so real, distinct, and clearly defined – so we can easily see ourselves in them. So, which one are you – and what can we learn from each of the ladies?
6/7/202218 minutes, 5 seconds
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Closeted Bullies are all over our screens. How real is this trope?

The "closeted homophobe" trope dominates pop culture today, from Power of the Dog to Sex Education. So why is this tired cliche still so easy to spot?
6/4/202219 minutes, 55 seconds
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What's So Great About Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary has become an unlikely hit and critical darling. So what makes it so fresh, and popular? The characters are endearing and place in a setting that’s, above all, realistic.
6/2/202221 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bridgerton Season 3 - Big Theories and Predictions

Bridgerton will be back for a third round of perfect couples, pastel frocks and lots of flirting – here’s what we know, what we don’t, and our Take on what might be in store for our favorite Georgian beaus!
5/31/202214 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Depp-Heard Trial is an ugly, scary trial by social media

The court case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is messy, complicated, and full of mixed evidence for and against each person – so why has so much of the online response rushed to assume his innocence and her guilt?
5/28/202214 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dune, Ending Explained - Why Paul is a Tragic Hero

Like an ancient Greek tragic hero, Dune's Paul Atreides has options to avoid his inevitable downfall, but instead leans into his fatal flaws – his desires for power and revenge, thus becoming all of the things he's afraid of.
5/24/20229 minutes, 32 seconds
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Romantic stories are full of red flags. Why do we love them?

Dating red flags persistently get romanticized in modern media – but they should probably send you running for the hills IRL.
5/21/202216 minutes, 32 seconds
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How the Tech Villain Became Today’s Most Hated Bad Guy

Tech villains on screen are nearly as old as film itself, but the trope is surging today – reflecting the non-stop stories of tech companies behaving badly.
5/19/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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Modern Family’s Claire is the Perfect "Husband-Wife"

Modern Family’s Claire Dunphy refuses to remain boxed in by prescriptive and restrictive roles, making her the model for the husband-wife.
5/17/202215 minutes
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Age Gap Relationships Onscreen - Why They Bother Us

Age gap relationships make us uncomfortable, but where exactly is the line – and can they ever be a good thing? Right now, these relationships are being explored a lot in culture, for good and for bad.
5/14/202218 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Bookworm Princess Hero - Beauty and The Beast's Belle

Belle is the ultimate bookworm hero princess. Her skills like empathy, insight, and knowledge aren’t as flashy as princess-type characters with superpowers or fierce warrior skills. But Belle’s model of heroine is an important one that we probably need more than ever.
5/12/202220 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Tragedy of Will Smith - What Made Him Snap

Will Smith has been a pillar in Hollywood for decades – until his decision to slap Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars seemingly toppled his carefully-built reputation overnight. So what happened inside Will Smith’s mind in that moment?
5/10/202218 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Quarter-Life Crisis Is More Stressful Than Ever

Quarter-life stories onscreen make us see that recognizing this crisis can be an impetus to go out and get what you want from your life at exactly the right time. Because in your twenties you have so much more of life left to live.
5/7/202219 minutes, 40 seconds
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Parks and Recreation - Why Everyone Loves Ron Swanson

Parks and Rec's Ron Swanson is a mix of three key myths that underpin our culture: the manly man, the authentic libertarian, and the wise elder. This vintage superhero teaches us how to feel hopeful about the world, even when we don't all agree.
5/5/202220 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Pamela Anderson is Reclaiming Her Bombshell Narrative

Pamela Anderson has long been defined by her infamous sex tape. Now, with an upcoming official Pamela Anderson documentary, it looks like Pam is finally aiming to retake control of her narrative, her way.
5/3/202220 minutes, 24 seconds
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Why Bruce Willis (And His Career) Deserve Respect

Bruce Willis is more than an action hero, and as he ushered in a new kind of movie star, he cemented his place as one of the most influential actors of his era. So how did he do it?
4/30/202220 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Antihero Problem - What They All Fear

Most antiheroes repeat the same mistakes in their lives and commit monstrous acts as they pass their emotional trauma on to future generations. But why?
4/28/202224 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bridgerton Season 2 - Why We Love Enemies-to-Lovers Arcs

In Season 2 of Bridgerton, Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma are star crossed lovers, but rather than being thwarted by external forces, it’s their internal hostility to one another that gets in the way of their obvious desire.
4/26/202220 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Other Woman Trope - Demystifying The Villain

The "Other Woman" is a threat to the family unit, always wants what she can't have, and is seemingly motivated to 'steal' a married man. Despite attempts to humanize her, The Other Woman remains a powerful, often hated taboo.
4/23/202224 minutes, 40 seconds
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The “Real” Jennifer Lawrence - Cool Girl or Serious Star?

Who is Jennifer Lawrence, really – the cool girl who can hang with the guys she long acted like in public appearances, or the steely, resilient and deep heroine she’s often played onscreen?
4/21/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Kanye-Kim-Pete Feud - How It Mirrors Back to Us

The surreally intimate and disturbing Kim-Kanye-Pete feud, as well as celebrity drama as a whole, reveal a lot about the state of social media and fame today.
4/19/202212 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Heather Trope - Why We’re So Obsessed with Her

The Heather is popular, coveted, and mean. But she's also often unhappy and voiceless. So what can we learn about pop culture’s most mysterious, and most misunderstood archetype?
4/16/202219 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Buff Clown Trope - A New Masculine Ideal

The Buff Clown has become one of today’s masculine ideals that seems to dominate blockbuster movies, and he’s often used to skewer stereotypes of toxic masculinity and ridiculous egotism. So who is this new Hollywood hero?
4/14/202218 minutes, 8 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother - Lily, The Perfect Family Woman

How I Met Your Mothers' Lily often has her professional and personal goals sidelined. She serves as the show's ultimate "domestic goddess," modeling true, long-term romance with her own kind of assertiveness.
4/12/202221 minutes, 36 seconds
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Cruel Intentions - Kathryn, A Misunderstood Villain

At its core, Cruel Intentions is about elite society, and the emotional reality of kids who grow up in a rich but loveless environment and then go on to perpetuate cruelty in the greater world. So is Kathryn's rage justifiable?
4/9/202222 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Special Girl Trope - Moving Beyond a Male Creation

If the "Special Girl" onscreen is given her status by a guy, then surely her specialness can be taken away as quickly as it’s bestowed. So beyond loving the special girl, what really makes her more deeply special?
4/7/202221 minutes, 36 seconds
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Euphoria's Cassie - Why Women Like Her Are Still Judged

In season 2 of Euphoria, Cassie goes bananas. Her arc has a lot to say about self-esteem, sexuality and the “slut” trope in today’s world.
4/5/202220 minutes, 46 seconds
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Everything That Went Wrong with the Oscars 2022

In 2022, it’s harder than ever to know what the Oscars are supposed to be. If the “slap” is the main thing we’ll remember about the 2022 Oscars, what does that say about any deeper value the Academy Awards even still hold in our zeitgeist and cultural conversation?
4/2/202213 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Tall Girlfriend and Short Boyfriend - Ending The Bias

Coverage of Zendaya and Tom Holland's relationship often centers on the Tall GF/Short BF debate. What’s the real reason behind the media’s fixation over just a couple of inches – and why is a shorter man dating a taller woman even a story at all?
3/31/202212 minutes, 23 seconds
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The 30 Crisis - Adulting When Adulthood's Unattainable

What’s expected by the time we turn 30 has changed drastically over the last decades, leading to the new 30-crisis, as seen in titles like tick, tick... BOOM!, Inside, Starstruck and The Worst Person In The World.
3/29/202218 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Power of The Dog, Ending Explained - The Meaning of The Dog

The Power of the Dog is ultimately a story about how toxic masculinity is a corrosive force that destroys people from the inside, and so the movie’s title refers to those dark, secret selves we fear.
3/28/202223 minutes, 4 seconds
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West Side Story - All The Differences Between The Films

While 1961’s West Side Story is a tragic love story with a laser focus on the Romeo and Juliet romance between Tony and Maria, Stephen Spielberg’s 2021 update is a wider story about the bigger forces in society that contribute to hate.
3/23/202223 minutes, 9 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother - Why Dating Rules Don't Work

On How I Met Your Mother, Barney's "rules of dating" reflect our “laws” about how to act on a hook-up, who’s an acceptable match, and how a potential partner’s behaviors should be interpreted. But real love demands throwing out the rulebook.
3/22/202223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Modern Family’s Gloria - A New Second Wife Playbook

Modern Family's Gloria Pritchett tore up the "second wife" playbook, proved those caricatures aren’t all real, and gave us hope that sometimes you really can get it right the second time around.
3/21/202222 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Celebrity + “Normo” Romance Boom - Normal is the New Fairytale

Celebrities - they’re just like us! Or that’s what we like to believe, and nothing sells that story better than when celebrities get together with “normos”.
3/17/202221 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why Game of Thrones Already Feels Dated

Game Of Thrones rushed toward a finale that left a confusing and disappointing legacy. So, are we ready yet to talk about the show again - and can it ever regain that place in our hearts?
3/15/202220 minutes, 58 seconds
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The “Cheugy” Problem - Why No One Can Keep Up with Trends

When does something stop being trendy, and start being "cheugy" – and is it time to just stop trying ever to be “up to date”?
3/12/202215 minutes, 7 seconds
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Licorice Pizza and Love in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films

Paul Thomas Anderson's films present a portrait of love that entails accepting the good, the bad, and the ugly in another person – seeing all your partner's flaws and adoring them anyway.
3/10/202221 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Disposable Black Love Interest - A Tokenistic Cliché

We can spot the “Disposable Black Love Interest” character almost instantly: they’re the fleeting guest star, presented as great in theory, yet we know the main character’s not actually going to end up with them.
3/8/202222 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Euphoria Visualizes Feelings

When you’re a teenager everything can feel overwhelming and intense. Euphoria takes this to an extreme, communicating "emotional realism" through cinematic techniques.
3/7/202221 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Material Girl Trend - Buying Your Way to Empowerment

The Material Girl TikTok Trend can be viewed as an inclusive rallying cry for marginalized people and increasingly disenfranchised youth to declare and flaunt their fabulousness, however much material wealth they have (or don’t...).
3/3/202217 minutes, 49 seconds
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Unreliable Narrators - Why We Love To Be Lied To

Unreliable narrators of books, film, and TV often explore mental illness, the fickle nature of memory, and revisionist bias. And these days, it’s gotten harder and harder to trust the narrator of any story, fictional or not. This is the unreliable narrator, explained... Or is it?
3/1/202220 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Margot Robbie Escaped The “Bombshell Trap”

Margot Robbie has always managed to bring something extra to her "bombshell" roles, but she became a master of her own destiny and widened the range of roles available to her by developing not just as an actor but as a producer.
2/26/202222 minutes, 35 seconds
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Inventing Anna - American Dream Gone Haywire

Anna Delvey embodies the 21st century American dream gone haywire in a “fake it 'till you make it” world that treats image as reality. So what lessons can we take from her playbook on how to hustle?
2/24/202214 minutes, 55 seconds
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That Girl: Turning Self-Care Into a Job

While "That Girl's" lifestyle promises shortcuts toward fulfillment, does it actually create more work, and raise expectations for women yet higher?
2/22/202220 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Imperfect Mom Onscreen - Why She Deserves to Have a Self

The Imperfect Mother is so jarring because she doesn’t fall in line with our culture’s assumption that a good mother must be selfless. The controversy around this figure reveals we haven’t come as far as we might think.
2/19/202222 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bennifer - The One Who Didn't Get Away

Why are we even more enthralled by Bennifer’s second go-round than their first one? In part, it’s because we’re fascinated by the concept of “the one that got away.”
2/17/202222 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pam & Tommy - Our Obsession with the Barbie-Bad Boy Romance

The upcoming release of the Pam & Tommy miniseries coincides perfectly with the resurgence of interest in Barbie-&-the-Bad-Boy pairings to reexamine the couple’s cultural significance, as well as the most infamous part of their story - the leaked sex tape.
2/16/202218 minutes, 48 seconds
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How I Met Your Father - Why We Crave Comfort TV

How I Met Your Father understands that today, the totally uncynical rom-com sitcom is a rare, if not extinct, relic – but that struggle to keep believing in love is still real if not far more dire.
2/15/202221 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Matrix Ending Explained: A Guide to Freeing Your Mind

The Matrix is far more than a sci-fi action classic - it's a practical guide to freeing your mind and fulfilling your potential, to becoming "The One" yourself. The Wachowskis ground-breaker - now celebrating its 20th anniversary - shows us how to follow the 7 steps of Neo's journey to Enlightenment.
2/11/202226 minutes, 24 seconds
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And Just Like That - What It Got Wrong (And What It Did Right)

While And Just Like That faltered early on, it ultimately got its groove back, and left us with the classic Sex And The City takeaway that it’s the ever-evolving relationship you have with yourself that matters most.
2/10/202222 minutes, 3 seconds
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Pam Beesly - The Perils of Being Normal

Pam Beesly is the "normal" one in The Office. Is that actually a good thing? Here's our take and find out how being normal is both the strength and the downfall of our favorite "Girl Next Desk."
2/9/202222 minutes, 5 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother - The Mother Deserved Better

How I Met Your Mother's Tracy was the perfect love interest viewers spent 9 seasons waiting for... and then the finale undercut the romantic ideals at the show's core and underestimated it's audience by treating the Mother as disposable.
2/8/202222 minutes
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The Little Mermaid as a Queer Allegory, Explained

Is The Little Mermaid actually a story about realizing you’re queer and the world you’ve grown up in can’t accept you as you really are? If it is - it suggests that there's a lot of pain, sacrifice, and compromise ahead of anyone who wishes to come out.
2/5/202217 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Smart Girl Trope, Explained

She's a Smart Girl, and it's never been cooler to be one, to be proud of what you know and what you can achieve. So how has this archetype evolved, and what does it really mean to be a smart girl today?
2/4/202217 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Rise of The “Cool Mom” 2.0 Today

The unexpected life of the new Cool Mom both onscreen & in real life is defined by enlightened parenting philosophies, mom hacks, & venting sessions over wine with other Cool Moms. But can she really exist?
2/3/202222 minutes, 11 seconds
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Clueless - Cher, Master of the Argument

How do you win an argument? Learn from the master of rhetoric: Cher Horowitz, star of Clueless. The Alicia Silverstone character may be remembered as a 90s fashion icon, but she's in fact most impressive for the debate skills she puts to use in all aspects of her life. She teaches us a few things about how to make our case so that people will listen.
2/2/202221 minutes, 43 seconds
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The "Disabled Villain" Trope Is Medieval - Why Is It Still Here?

While strides are being made around disability representation on screen, disabled characters are still often reduced to monsters, bridges to the supernatural, or bad guys.
2/1/202219 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sex and the City - Why Carrie Should Have Chosen Aiden

In Sex and The City, growing old with Aidan would have made more sense for Carrie if marriage was what she truly wanted – but secretly, it seems like she really prefers to be alone.
1/29/202221 minutes, 18 seconds
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The "Dyed Hair" Girl - How She Stopped Being Edgy

Dyed hair was once a visual shorthand to convey a character’s “edginess” or "alternativeness.” It even came across to some as scary, unsettling, a threatening challenge to the social status quo. Today, though, it's almost the norm. So what changed?
1/28/202218 minutes, 57 seconds
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Don't Look Up's Real Message and Ending, Explained

Don’t Look Up is an eerily accurate echo of how we continue to mine our world for non-renewable resources instead of investing in green energy, even though burning fossil fuels is explicitly causing our downfall.
1/26/202220 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Pretty Girl Trope - The Pitfalls of "Pretty Privilege"

We’re told to worship (or try to be) the "Pretty Girl," but that pursuit can erode a deeper sense of self. When people see you as the "Pretty Girl" type, they’re really seeing preconceived, culturally entrenched notions of what your beauty represents.
1/22/202221 minutes, 13 seconds
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Gossip Girl - Why Chuck and Blair Deserve Each Other

Much of Gossip Girl focuses on Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf’s endlessly destructive love affair. Why are viewers so compelled by their toxic love, and why does it make so much sense that they end up together?
1/21/202218 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tangled - How Girls Get Gaslit

In Tangled, Rapunzel’s mental imprisonment and her desire to take the agency to see the world herself speak generally to how young girls need to free themselves from damaging longstanding cultural myths.
1/20/202221 minutes, 42 seconds
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Friends’ Emily - The Tragedy of the Runner-Up Love Interest

Friends' Emily is the Runner-Up Love Interest, a character who serves as a transition to the show's one true pairing. Let's take a look at what we can learn from her side of this story.
1/17/202220 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Pandemic Onscreen - How Film & TV Does Covid

How much do we want to see the Covid-19 pandemic reflected in our Films and TV shows – should stories be helping us process, or just letting us enjoy a much-needed escape?
1/15/202222 minutes
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How the Madonna-Whore Complex Still Reigns

Many of the labels we still put on women - good girls and bad girls, wifeys and femme fatales – come from Madonna-Whore dichotomy. Here’s how to spot these archetypes on-screen.
1/12/202221 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why Ted is the Villain of How I Met Your Mother

Is How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby the good guy he claims to be? Or is his romantic journey more self indulgent and sometimes sinister than he claims it is? What if he's the bad guy?
1/10/202223 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bridesmaids: Why Helen Has No Friends

Helen is that woman you hate -- but also want to be. What's the problem of the Bridesmaids antagonist? Why is she incapable of getting what she really wants: friends?
1/9/202220 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Matrix 4, Ending Explained - "Fixing" Trinity Syndrome

The Matrix Resurrections is an interrogation of the original film and its legacy, asking whether anything has improved as a result of the Matrix’s message to free your mind, or if the mind-control in our actual world has just gotten worse.
1/8/202222 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Pick Me Girl - Reflecting Our Insecurities Back to Us

Today's "Pick Me Girl" often manifests like the traditional "Good Girl Wifey” who judges single women. She can can even be an antifeminist who disavows women’s rights. But she is truly defined by her lack of time or respect for other women.
1/7/202221 minutes, 41 seconds
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Janet Jackson, Taking Back Control

 Janet Jackson's early music tackled the body insecurities she’d dealt with throughout her early life as a child performer. Now, she's taking back control once again with her own 2022 documentary. So let's celebrate her legacy of centering female bodily agency in pop.
1/6/202215 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Girlboss Villain Is Everywhere - It's Enough Now

The Girlboss Villain is everywhere -- but are these stories about toxic female bosses incisive capitalist critiques, or are they actually kind of misogynistic, suggesting their desire for power is unwomanly or unnatural?
12/30/202121 minutes, 2 seconds
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Grey’s Anatomy - Why McDreamy Isn’t That Dreamy

The less dreamy traits of Grey's Anatomy's Derek Shepherd have been the topic of discussion since the seemingly charming doctor was written out of the show. So what can we learn from his lack of growth?
12/28/202117 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why We Need Classic Movies (And How To Save Them)

Classic cinema is rapidly declining in popularity, largely because streaming services prioritize only the newest content. As a result, viewers are actually losing the ability to engage with the language of older movies. So how can we save dying classic cinema?
12/26/202123 minutes, 19 seconds
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How Phoebe and Mike Redefined "Settling"

Friends’ Phoebe Buffay is quirky, unique, and has lived an interesting life, while by comparison, Mike Hannigan is... kind of bland. So did Phoebe actually settle or did they find the key to happy ever after?
12/24/202117 minutes, 39 seconds
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Succession Season 3 - The Secret to Winning ‘the Game’

The Season 3 finale of Succession leaves us with some key takeaways about the nature of power: so much of it stems from others believing you have it, and that it’s not just about winning the stated game, but setting the terms of winning -- making up the rules and defining what power itself even is.
12/23/202123 minutes, 57 seconds
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And Just Like That - How Sex and the City Changed

In the premiere episodes of revival series And Just Like That, Sex and the City catches up with its characters to show us what it's like for women to grow older, though it remains to be seen if ladies can resurrect the seemingly joyless, sexless city that was once theirs.
12/19/202114 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Office - In Defense of Toby

Since The Office ended, theories on Toby have proliferated, with many even finding a bunch of clues that he’s the true Scranton Strangler. But Toby doesn’t deserve the hate, so why is he such a punching bag?
12/18/202119 minutes, 18 seconds
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Legally Blonde and the History of the “Dumb Blonde”

A key mission of Legally Blonde's Elle Woods is fighting the bias against blondes -- in particular, the "dumb blonde" stereotype. But where does this stereotype come from? Let's all dig into the roots of the assumptions about blondes and find out what's really behind them.
12/17/202117 minutes, 22 seconds
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Forrest Gump: The Myth of America

The story of Forrest Gump is a myth of 20th-century America. Like any good myth, it filters historical facts through allegory, creating a symbolic journey that helps us make sense of a complicated era. So, what does Forrest Gump has to say about us -- and our national identity?
12/15/202124 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Good Girl Trope - Why Women Can't Win

The good girl of film and tv plays by the rules. She's nice, polite, and probably a straight A student. Yet this perfect-seeming facade can mask her darker struggles, even from herself.
12/14/202119 minutes, 1 second
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Pete Davidson, Heartthrob - Why the “Hotness Gap” is BS

Media coverage of Pete Davidson suggests a society that’s still as obsessed as ever with conventional female beauty and a “hotness gap” between the men and women in celebrity couples. But Pete's attractiveness is actually pretty obvious, and the coverage of his relationships needs to calm down and catch up with the times.
12/11/202114 minutes, 44 seconds
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The "Mean Girl" Trio - Three Types of Bad Female Rulers

Variations on the terrible trio, like The Plastics and the Unholy Trinity, have long dominated cinema’s and TV’s fictional high school hallways. So what is it about this rule of three and these particular recurring character types that add up to the perfect recipe for high-school popularity and oppression?
12/10/202116 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Dragon Lady Trope - Reclaiming Her Power

East Asian women onscreen have long been haunted by the figure of the Dragon Lady: a violent seductress who will do anything to achieve her goals. At the same time, the dragon lady is unapologetically driven, ultra-assertive, and has agency.
12/9/202121 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Weird Girl Trope, Explained

She's a Weird Girl, the black sheep of all female character tropes. Why do people misunderstand her, or are even scared of her? What secret powers does the weird girl have?
12/8/202120 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Office's Andy - Privilege Can't Buy Happiness

Privileged and miserably insecure Andy Bernard is The Office's cautionary tale about the limits of what wealth can (or rather can't) do for you. Many Office fans found Andy’s arc disappointing, but his choices eventually proved how many who grow up in toxic, status-obsessed environments often don’t transcend their learned behaviors.
12/7/202118 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Housewife Onscreen, Start Valuing Her More

In capitalist terms, housewives as a group are highly influential, shaping everything from department-store stock to global politics. But whether she’s framed as an object of envy or pity, the housewife figure is routinely disrespected in our culture.
12/4/202122 minutes, 54 seconds
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How I Met Your Mother's Controversial Ending, Explained

How I Met Your Mother's ending has never sat right with fans. Why is this conclusion regarded with such infamy? Should Ted and Robin have gotten together? Did the Mother live up to your expectations? Let's take a look at what doesn't work about the How I Met Your Mother series finale.
12/3/202117 minutes, 3 seconds
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All the Metaphors in The Matrix, Explained

The evolving discussion over symbolism in The Matrix is a testament to how much meaning the film holds for audiences. So which interpretations offer the most insight, and what does the Matrix teach us about the fundamental nature of art?
12/2/202122 minutes, 16 seconds
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Stop Talking About If Female Characters Are “Likable”

Why are we still talking about whether or not female characters are likable? Historically, female characters have been over-defined by how much a male viewpoint character likes, or indeed, doesn’t like them -- creating a gendered bias of likability.
11/30/202122 minutes, 18 seconds
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The “Victim” Onscreen and How She’s Been Misrepresented

The female victim-survivor binary of film & tv has produced both hapless "victim" characters and unrealistic "survivor" heroes -- so it's time we truly listen as the person who lived through hell tells her complicated story herself.
11/27/202121 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Nice Guy Trope, Explained

He's not like the other guys. He's a NICE guy -- but wait, is he really that nice? What's behind his sweet, romantic act? In this episode, we take on the Nice Guy archetype and figure out what he represents in our world today.
11/26/202122 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly - A Defense of Perfectionism

Is Miranda Priestly actually "the devil" in The Devil Wears Prada? Her pursuit of excellence actually makes her a role model for working women, and we can all use a touch of Miranda in our professional lives -- that is, of course, if you’re willing to pay the price of perfectionism.
11/24/202122 minutes, 28 seconds
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Clickbait’s Crazy Ending, Explained - The Clickbaiting of Film & TV

Netflix's Clickbait uses the same kinds of techniques as internet clickbait to keep us pressing “next episode”: focusing on sensational, violent spectacle; raising tantalizing questions that it delays answering, and ending episodes with cliffhangers that tease a big reveal, only to send us down a lot of false paths.
11/23/202121 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Antihero’s Wife - Home Is Where The Crime Is

The anti hero’s wife enables him to self-identify as a ‘family man,’ but they also serve to highlight that -- however much these men claim that their wrongdoing is separate from their pure family home -- it’s impossible to cleanly close the door on dirty business and retreat into the realm of pure domesticity. 
11/20/202119 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Office: Why Michael Scott is Actually the World’s Best Boss

The mug speaks the truth: The Office’s Michael Scott (Steve Carell) IS the world’s best boss.
11/19/202117 minutes, 22 seconds
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The "Quirky Black Character" - How Black Creators Challenge Stereotypes

More than ever today, the Quirky Black Character is becoming a well-rounded protagonist in a Black-created story -- expressed not just as a personality, but through an individual or downright weird worldview that shapes the whole texture of the narrative. 
11/18/202119 minutes, 17 seconds
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Mean Girls: Regina George, The Psychology of a Dictator

Did you know Regina George (Rachel McAdams) actually tells us a lot about how dictatorships work? Listen to our take and find out more about this iconic character and her North Shore High “regime.”
11/17/202119 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ted Lasso on Today's Toxic Positivity