Category Archives: Cinema and TV

“Don’t worry, be violent”. An academic study “reassures” about the effects of movie consumption and video game violence

“Don’t worry mama, even though they can be exposed to violent multimedia content, children don not risk becoming bullies, hoodlums, or criminals. Even with many hours spent watching TV. In fact children remain safe, it is statistically proven.” And just like that, a mother presented with yet another proven statistic will feel a little more…
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5 Movies on the Family

Review of “The Vow” (Michael Sucsy, 2012) Eternal love: that which a man and woman promise when they become husband and wife. That is, a promise to love one another all the days of their life, in good and bad, in sickness and health. What becomes of a marriage, however, if one of the spouses…
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Choose A Film, a book that can help you decide

Choose A Film 2015, Edizioni San Paolo, Milan (price €19.50, 278 pages). One need not be an expert or a fanatic to realise the sheer number of films we are bombarded with every year in the cinemas. And as you know, the greater the capacity for choice, the harder it is to choose. We must…
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Values and Advertising: An Interview with Alfonso Méndiz Noguero

The movies industry and advertising have influenced our lives forever, our consumption, orienting our desires and shaping our lifestyles. At times this can be for the good, at times for the bad. How, and to what extent, does publicity influence our actual behaviors and habits? Advertising has been influencing our conduct from the moment it…
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Advertising and Values: When Ads go beyond making sales

It goes without saying that advertising is a commercial instrument that serves a business to sell its products or promote its image. Other times however, it is instead used in the social setting. Think for example of prevention campaigns, fundraising for rare diseases, those that raise awareness of public issues such as road security, or…
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Identity and Recognition in Film and TV

On December 10-11, 2015, the the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome held the second edition of the international seminar Rethinking Fiction. This year’s theme was “Identity and Recognition of Characters and Stories in Film and TV”. About 60 people participated in the seminar that was structured to incorporate plenty of debate time.…
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Breaking Bad: the lost innocence of the antihero

Albuquerque. New Mexico. A high school chemistry teacher discovers he’s ill with cancer and turns to illegal production of a synthetic drug in order to make money and secure his family’s financial situation after his death. This is how Walter White, assisted by a former student, now drug addict, leaves behind the middle-class provincial life…
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