‘Moonlight’ and Research Paper Topics in Ethnic Groups

Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film, Moonlight, dramatically illustrates the reality of being a Black male in white America. This is the second film from director Barry Jenkins and his first in eight years. So far, the film has garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

McCraney drew heavily from his own life and traumatic childhood when creating his characters. Students, especially those focusing on culture and ethnic studies will find the film touching and informative. Read more

Research Paper Topics: Arrival’s Science Spin on First Contact

In the 2016 film Arrival, Amy Adams acts as a linguistics professor who is summoned by the government to translate an alien language (and find out if the aliens are planning to destroy the world), and tackles more cerebral aspects of actually doing science before taking a shortcut in the final act.

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

This philosophical look at the first contact movie trope in a film that has garnered several nominations in the Academy Awards, could provide a number of research paper topics on language, science, or film depictions of science. Read more

Why Oscar-Hopeful Bilal Movie Could Launch a Research Paper

The animated film Bilal is being “viewed by many to be the birth of global film making in the Middle East,” according to a contributor to the Saudi Gazette in “Saudi animated movie ‘Bilal’ to be screened at Cannes.” Though a film for children, the Bilal movie, produced by UAE and Saudi Arabian company Barajoun Entertainment and an Oscar hopeful in the animated category, presents a tale familiar to viewers in the Middle East or who practice Islam, but not as familiar to Westerners.

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Look for a wide range of topics to discuss on the Bilal movie. (Credit: Barajoun Entertainment)

Loosely based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of the Prophet Mohammed, the Bilal movie focuses on diversity and the inclusive side of Islam. Read more

Fuel Interest in British Monarchy and Queen Victoria Research Paper Topics

Masterpiece on PBS unveiled a new series about Queen Victoria in January, adding to the focus on the British monarchy that Netflix’s The Crown, about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, had sparked.

See what topics you can discuss on Queen Victoria. (Credit: PBS)

See what topics you can discuss on Queen Victoria. (Credit: PBS)

These queens of Great Britain offer many research paper topics, from their places in history to the current revisionist reading of their legacies. Read more

The Film Adaptation of Fences by August Wilson—Research Paper Topics

Many a film adaptation comes from a book or play, but the recent movie Fences by August Wilson, is the first of the playwright’s work to come to the big screen. Movie stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, reprise their Tony-winning roles.

Learn more about the film adaptation of Fences. (Credit: FrozenGate)

Learn more about the film adaptation of Fences. (Credit: FrozenGate)

A research paper could look at the entirety of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh cycle for themes. Read more

Black History Month Research Paper Topics

Ever since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History month. It is a time when the country focuses attention on the many historic contributions of African-Americans to our American culture.

Learn more about Black History Month here. (Credit: CMU)

Learn more about Black History Month here. (Credit: CMU)

Research into Black history facts will take one into topical areas that include civil rights, modern literature, music, theatre and culture, inventions in science and technology, and much more. The choice of research paper topics seems endless. Read more

Hidden Figures Movie, NASA: Research Paper Topics

The Hidden Figures movie provides many interesting research paper topics. It’s a fact-based biography of Katherine G. Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), a black woman mathematician at NASA in the 1960s who helped win the Space Race. The movie also features Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), a mechanical engineer, and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), a researcher in supersonic flight. These women were literally rocket scientists!

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

We’ve all seen old television images of the Houston control room monitoring the progress of manned space flights. They are filled with only white men in white shirts and buzz cuts. But a diverse group of people helped accomplish NASA’s space race. Read more

Research topic: Is the new Star Wars story Rogue One a political movie?

Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger made waves when, in response to a budding boycott, he proclaimed that the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, was not a political movie. The movie centers around the efforts of a team of rebels to retrieve the plans for the superweapon, the Death Star, from the evil Galactic Empire. It is a prequel to the original Star Wars. Given the nature of two opposing governments engaged in both an idealistic and a literal battle, how could any Star Wars film not be political in some fashion?

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

For your next research paper in political science, consider looking into the ideological perspectives in Rogue One, or the elements of realism used in portraying war in the film as compared to the more fantastic elements in previous franchise installments. Read more

Feminism and racism in Disney’s Moana as research topic ideas

The new film from Disney, Moana, has done extremely well in the box office since its release. Though never quite reaching the heights of its princess-style predecessor, Frozen, the film has reaped in critical acclaim from a wide number of reviewers. But while some praise the perceived feminism of a Disney Princess who needs no prince to succeed, others continue to question Disney’s cultural appropriation, particularly in light of the controversy over a Halloween costume of Maui that was pulled from shelves after being deemed offensive.

Learn more about Disney's Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Learn more about Disney’s Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Disney films shine a light into contemporary pop culture and its relationship with feminism and racism in particular, so if you are looking for a research paper topic in film studies, Polynesian studies or women’s studies, you can find plenty of material in Moana. Read more

Musical theater research paper topics

Musical theater plays a big role in our culture as evidenced by the popularity of big budget Broadway musicals.

Explore the many topics to be covered on musical theater. (Credit: Lazarus Group)

Explore the many topics to be covered on musical theater. (Credit: Lazarus Group)

Here are some research paper topics for women in theater, the relationship between Broadway and television, and children’s theater. Read more