Major film studios have a massive creativity problem. Not out of lack of resources or lack of talent at their disposal, but out of an increasingly algorithmic decision-making process to take whatever was financially successful from the previous years and replicate it. The only way to find any substantial funding for mid-range artist-driven films with
Few independent filmmakers of the last several years have had as interesting of a short-spanned career thus far as Trey Edward Shults. Starting off in the early 2010s as an intern and production assistant on Terrence Malick’s films “The Tree of Life”, “Voyage of Time” and “Song to Song”, Shults steadily created short films with
A few years ago, the Russian media bombarded with news about the so-called “Blue Whale challenge” which, allegedly, has led to the suicides of many teenagers in the country. The “Blue Whale” consists of 50 challenges over 50 days; the first tasks are innocuous (“Wake up during the night.” or “Watch a scary movie.”), but
Because of her truly altruistic aspirations, I hope Greta Thunberg perpetuates herself as a symbol of the youth raising awareness of significant social issues, and not as ‘the overly emotional sick girl who has to go to school’. However, if her good deed falls into the wrong hands, she could become a dangerous political weapon.
Compared to countries with a polarised media landscape, i.e. a political spectrum ranging from the extreme left to the extreme right, reflecting an equally polarised society (e.g. the USA, the UK), Germany offers a system wherein all major media are clustered around the media-political centre (Reuters Institute Digital News Report, 2017, p.20-21). The weight of