Category Archives: Cinema and TV

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

Ethel and Ernest: a True Story , is an excellent adaptation of the graphic novel written by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Father Christmas), which tells the story of a married couple whose defining characteristic is its extraordinarily ordinary way of life. In this story there are no superheroes with long capes nor long interplanetary voyages…
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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE SERIES THIRTEEN REASONS WHY?

Thirteen Reasons Why is one of the most recent media blockbusters of the growing film company Netflix and in the past few weeks it has become an ideal product of consumption for lovers of “binge-watching”. In essence the American series can be classified as a brilliant adaptation of the best-seller by Jay Asher of the…
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When a newer love is always greener…

Love stories in movies often have plots straight out of common clichés. Just consider the classic scene where a future spouse flees the altar just in time to meet the person she truly loves, who also at right moment has made a mad dash to the wedding to try and stop the ceremony. One film…
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Once upon a time there was a charming prince…

A central theme of classical fairy tales is the love story between a man and woman, between the prince and the damsel... between the hero and a beautiful young lady, always present to rescue, protect and nurture. In their appreciable purity and simplicity, these fairy tales often have stereotypical stories, characters and far-fetched endings. Just…
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Memory in the Internet Age: A Study Reveals How it’s Changed

Raise your hand if you know the cell phone number of your own parent or child by heart? Who knows the birthdays of their friends, relatives or closest colleagues, without having to check Facebook or some other electronic database? In the vast majority of cases, the response is negative. Nevertheless, our grandparents remembered them all.…
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Disadvantaged children and families in front of the small screen.

According to the recently compiled data by Moige (Italian Parents Movement), concerning its November 2010 report, the Italian Television fails to offer children and family-friendly television products. Fiction, such as Cesaroni, or the TV series My Name Is Earl continues to promote ways of life based only on sex, with an inappropriate vulgar language that…
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Lost: A series that makes you think

In the midst of television today, saturated with inconsistent programs, it’s comforting to discover from time to time a series such as Lost. It’s credited with having brought deep issues to the screen- the identity and fate of man, his responsibility facing free will, the sense of guilt, the possibility of redemption- and having a…
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Films with Family Values Produced in Recent Years

Reading a story can be an enriching personal experience in which one’s sense of wonder is sparked, the mind is opened to question and understand deep human realities in a new light and in a greater depth, and the heart is moved to aspire to the great values transmitted through the plots, subplots and characters.…
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