The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope Is Supposed to Be Dead — So Why Is It Alive and Well in ‘Paper Towns’?


The formulation and discussion of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl was a net good; awareness was raised of this simplistic approach to the writing of women in films, and the odious trope went, to a great extent, the way of the dinosaur. But it’s still popping up in YA fiction and film adaptations of said books, which brings us to Paper Towns, which may well be the MPDG’s …Read More

Clever Posters for Imagined Superhero Movies From Hollywood’s Golden Age


These days, the comic book adaptation feels like the engine that’s driving Hollywood; though we get fewer of them than you might think (Ant-Man is only the second of three this summer, for example), they suck up a disproportionate amount of our attention (to say nothing of studio budgets). Yet it wasn’t always so; in fact, in the grand scheme of movie history, our superhero obsession only goes back about a quarter-century, to 1989’s Batman (the first two Superman movies had been hits, but they were anomalies).
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