Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

Research topic: Jesse Owens and Race biopic

Films about important historical figures may not be the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood, but they are movie staples that offer a combination of entertainment and history (some more accurate than others). Race, starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens, is one biopic that comes out in theaters this month. The Race movie is additionally important in […]

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, […]

Gardening in space as your astronomy research topic

On January 16, astronaut Scott Kelly posted a tweet from the International Space Station that their ongoing experiment in growing plants in space had resulted in a success: a zinnia showed off its first blossom. This is one step of many in helping astronauts and scientists learn how to grow fresh food in space. While […]

Emma Watson book club as a literature research topic

Emma Watson, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, has announced that in her efforts to research gender inequality issues, she wants to be able to discuss those issues with others. To that end, she is forming a feminist book club, “Our Shared Shelf,” and inviting everyone to join in. “Research topic on gender inequality awareness” on […]

Chi-Raq adapts Lysistrata to critique gun violence as your research topic

Combining Ancient Greek comedy with modern gang warfare isn’t an obvious choice. But for Spike Lee, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata offered an opportunity to show the violence raging in modern Chicago, where gun violence has become so extreme that a Chicago rapper, King Louie, coined the portmanteau Chiraq to describe it. With Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, […]

Research paper topics: The China landslide and natural disasters

A landslide toppled 33 buildings in the city of Shenzhen, China, just before noon on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Landslides are a deadly natural disaster, and while it’s possible to predict them using modern technology, in practice, the damage is almost impossible to fully avoid. If you are looking for research paper topics for your […]

Research topic: Discuss animation in the Peanuts Movie

Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang have returned to the animated screen in the new Blue Sky Studios Peanuts Movie. But unlike their annual holiday appearances in films like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Blue Sky Studios features them in a whole new way: 3d. Using this modern animation style rather than the 2d […]

How much truth in “based on a true story?”: Using the Everest movie as a research paper topic

“That only happens in the movies,” people say, lending to the idea that films aren’t the most credible sources, even those that are based on a true story. But is it possible for a feature film’s primary responsibility to be to present the true facts, to tell a good story, or to do both? In […]

Diverse casts in Hollywood as your research topic

In Dreamworks Home, a young girl named Tip befriends a misfit alien named Oh after Oh’s people, the Boov, have taken over Earth as their new homeland. While the film features a number of familiar tropes, it’s exceptional in that Tip is the first African-American female lead of a 3D animated feature. She’s also the […]

Gender roles and the ideal woman research topics in Disney Cinderella 2015

The most recent of Disney’s animated feature to live action adaptations debuted on March 13 with Disney’s Cinderella 2015. The role of Cinderella, popularized in Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon” in 1697 but found in folklore across the world, frequently sparks conversation about gender roles. Feminist critique often scorns the ideal woman as viewed through the Cinderella […]