Category Archives: Cinema and TV

Racism on TV: the cultural generation gap

Have you ever watched an old TV series or a movie from years ago and found it particularly offensive? You may find some of them which are really offensive towards the communities that today are fighting for an equality not yet fully achieved in some countries of the world; some others are not yet totally…
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CHRISTMAS MOVIES WITH SOUL

We're celebrating Christmas. It’s time for sharing, to spend time together with all the family and - why not? - time to watch Christmas movies with timeless values because, even as the years go by, the message always remains the same: we have to think of others at the cost of thinking less about ourselves.…
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The social dilemma

With a very pressing, very American style of storytelling, the documentary The Social Dilemma gets straight to the crux of the issue it is aims to address. Tristan Harris opens with a very poignant phrase: "If the service is free, you are the product." Professor Shoshana Zuboff (author of the book The Age of Surveillance…
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Bing: a cartoon for children and adults

I must admit: I never expected to learn anything about education from a cartoon. And instead, to my surprise, during the period of isolation caused by Covid, it happened. I'm talking about Bing, one of the most popular and beloved in the 6 and under age group. Bing is an English animated series produced by…
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Macabre fascination. Why do we love horror movies so much?

Halloween is over. Nevertheless, apart of this occasion when playful horror is even good business, the horror has become omnipresent. Considering the countless number of movies, TV series -not to mention the video games- we can see the increasing number of people, especially teenagers, who are more and more attracted to horror works and “consume”…
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Maleficent 2. The Mistress of Evil: If Only Love Builds

When Maleficent came out (a 2014 Disney movie directed by Robert Stromberg), someone conjectured that the kiss with which Maleficent awakened Princess Aurora - fallen into a perennial sleep, after pricking her finger with the needle of a haunted spinning wheel - was a sign of the director’s sympathies to the LGBT world. It was…
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What are the best movies of 2019? Here are the 5 star films

The Oscar awards have always provided a reliable measurement of world cinema trends and and professionals’ preferences, albeit of unavoidable polemics which helps making profitable noise for the movie industry. The Oscars greatly influence the viewers choices, as well. In 2019, Hollywood honored movies focused on accepting diversity and fighting prejudice. One of these that…
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