The Plugged In Show, Episode 38: Navigating the Impact of Television on Our Lives

0

Since its inception, television has exerted enormous influence in the myriad ways it can influence us and shape our culture’s values. That’s arguably been even more true over the last six months or so. The unwanted arrival of COVID-19 has meant more screen time than ever for families, including opportunities to binge on TV during […]

Continue Reading

What We Get—and Lose—by Turning History Into Entertainment

1

History, they say, is written by the victors. We might also say that history’s written by the entertainers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—but it does bring its share of asterisks to the party. Take Hamilton, the smash Broadway hit that became another smash on Disney+ this year. The musical comes with some issues that […]

Continue Reading

Listen to Our Newest Podcast and Hear About Non-Screen Activities to Do With Your Kids

0

You can spend too much time with screens. OK, so this isn’t exactly breaking news. Plugged In’s been saying this for years. But with so many of us still semi-sequestered in our homes during this strange, strange time, many of us are beginning to feel the truth of those words. You can only binge so […]

Continue Reading

What’s New and Streaming for Families in August (2020)

1

We’re well into the dog days of summer now And thanks to the ongoing COVID crisis, we’re wondering if the kids will ever leave the house again. We’re worried that huge social-distancing hoop skirts might soon become a fashion craze, hoping that breathing our own carbon dioxide in a mask doesn’t make you lose your […]

Continue Reading

The New Gaming Consoles Will Be Here Soon. Are You Ready For Them?

2

There’s a lot of interest buzzing around about the new, powerful video game consoles coming out this fall from both PlayStation (PS5) and Xbox (Series X). These consoles are supposed to have better speed, better graphics, better everything. And to help boost that excitement (at least for its own PS5), Sony has even gone so […]

Continue Reading

Emmy Noms Confirm: It’s a Streaming World (and Not Too Friendly for Families)

22

The Emmys, television’s annual awards derby, just unveiled its 2020 nominations yesterday. (The awards will be handed out Sept. 20.) And when you look over the list, one thing is quite clear: Streaming services currently rule the roost. Oh, sure, traditional television stalwarts still had their day. Perennial Emmy juggernaut HBO pulled down 107 nominations, […]

Continue Reading

Can’t Keep a Good Evil Empire Down

8

The empire did indeed strike back: The Disney empire, that is. We’re back again with an encore Movie Monday, but only because the box-office charts are just too interesting to let go without comment. According to Deadline, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back climbed back to the top of the box-office 40 years after its […]

Continue Reading

Cyber Criminals Using Family Movies To Target New Victims

1

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a significant increase in media consumption across the globe. In an effort to comply with various governments’ stay-at-home orders, people are spending more time online than ever before, virtually connecting with others and keeping up to date on the news. But one of the biggest spikes we’ve seen […]

Continue Reading

Words Can Hurt Us. Especially the Bad Ones.

6

Sometimes when people ask what I do for a living, I tell them I count profanities in movies. That’s not entirely true, of course, but it is an important part of my job. But why is it important? In a culture that grows ever coarser and, linguistically, less creative, it’s a fair question. And today, […]

Continue Reading

Pictures Don’t Lie? They Do If They’re Deepfakes.

1

Have you ever watched a video where a face swap was involved? On YouTube, you can find plenty of satirical videos featuring celebrity swaps like those of Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd, or Bill Hader and Tom Cruise. One moment you think you’re looking at someone, only to see their face change mid-video. It’s called […]

Continue Reading

Wretched Aside, Family Films Rule Theater-Free Season

0

If you look at official box-office results, The Wretched is the uncontested coronavirus-season champion. The indie horror flick just passed the $1 million mark, theatrically speaking—an impressive achievement, given the lack of theaters actually open. Indeed, Box Office Mojo says it’s been the No. 1 movie in the land since the first week in May. […]

Continue Reading