Women in film: Backlash and issues with Ghostbusters reboot as your research topic

When news of a Ghostbusters reboot hit the news, fans reacted very strongly. While there was some excitement, many fans loudly decried the decision of Paul Feig to cast an all-female ghostbusting team, led by Melissa McCarthy. The strong reaction from fans has continued to make news as the film debuted this July. Whether or not the film does well, it sparks an important conversation about women in film.

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

Discuss Ghostbusters and women in film in your research paper. (Credit: Heroic Hollywood)

If you are looking for a good research paper topic for your film criticism or women’s studies class, consider grabbing some popcorn and heading to the theater to see the new Ghostbusters. Read more

Free State of Jones offers Civil War history research paper topics

The historical movie Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey is about citizens of Mississippi who disagreed with their state’s decision to secede from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The movie follows historical figure Newton Knight who deserted the Confederate army, led an uprising of guerilla warfare against the Confederacy and declared solidarity with the Union.

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

Learn more about the Free State of Jones movie and the Civil War here. (Credit: Showtime Networks)

He also married a former slave leading to repercussions in race relations in Mississippi to this day. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Civil War history. Read more

Maxwell Perkins and Genius biopic as your film or literature research topic

Most likely, few people outside of the publishing industry are immediately familiar with the name Maxwell Perkins, despite the fact that he played a large hand in shaping modern American literature. In the new biopic Genius, based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Colin Firth and Jude Law bring to life Max Perkins, editor at Scribner’s, and Thomas Wolfe, the tempestuous, verbose author whose friendship with Perkins was nearly as much the stuff of legends as Wolfe’s novels.

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

If you are looking for a topic for your American Literature class, consider taking a look at Genius, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and the research behind both the film and the biography. Read more

Discussing disability issues in your next research paper

Adapted from the bestseller, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the movie of the same name has drawn much criticism from film critics and the disabled community alike. All agree that Emilia Clarke scores a quirky and stunning performance, but critics bemoan an overly romantic and maudlin storyline.

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

The disabled community find fault with the portrayal of a quadriplegic man who wishes to end his life by assisted suicide. An examination of how the disabled are portrayed by the media could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

Topic ideas for art therapy research papers

If you’re taking courses in the psychology or art departments at your university, and especially if you’re taking classes in both, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter the discipline of art therapy. What is art therapy? It’s a form of psychotherapy that engages the creative mind, but depending on where it’s defined, it can have a wide variety of meanings.

Find out more about art therapy here. (Credit: The Shelter)

Find out more about art therapy here. (Credit: The Shelter)

Whether the adult coloring book craze counts as a form of art therapy, or you’re more interested in how art therapy can be used to help children, teens or incarcerated people, there are a variety of topic ideas you can investigate for your upcoming research papers. Read more

Research paper topic: Anti-vaccines and data analysis methods

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who started the anti-vax movement in 1998, has directed a documentary film on the subject of vaccines. Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe opened on May 6, 2016 in several U.S. cities. The film gained attention when it was accepted and then pulled from the lineup at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

The major premise of the film is that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) committed fraud when it published findings saying that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Controversy over the research methods that support anti-vax ideology would make a great research paper topic. Read more

MPAA ratings system and Deadpool as your research topic

It’s something the Deadpool movie jokes about in its own script: a superhero movie with over the top graphic violence, on-screen nudity, and sexual content. There’s been an assumption that superhero movies won’t do well if they’re rated R, because the genre is supposedly a family friendly one. But the appropriately R-rated Deadpool has raked in box office rewards, making some people question once again the usefulness of the MPAA ratings system.

What do you think of Deadpool's MPAA ratings system grade? (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

What do you think of Deadpool’s MPAA ratings system grade? (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Beyond the Check the Box initiative of 2013, the ratings system has changed very little over the years. If you are looking for a research paper topic for your film class or for a course on American ethics, consider looking at the MPAA ratings system and how assumptions about what those ratings mean changes over time. Read more

Comic book superheroes in popular culture as your research topic

The new Batman v. Superman movie proves Hollywood’s embrace of superhero characters for a general audience. Comic book superheroes have permeated our culture.

Learn more about pop culture superheroes. (Credit: The Telegraph)

Learn more about pop culture superheroes. (Credit: The Telegraph)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on comic books’ influence on popular culture and real-life superheroes. Read more

Topic ideas for music history research papers

If you’re a music major, chances are you have a more nuanced view of music history than Pentatonix offers in their “Evolution of Music.” But if you’re not a music major and you’re stuck for topic ideas for your music history research paper, checking out their video on YouTube might be a fun place to start.

After that little bit of musical inspiration, take a look at this range of ideas you can start from to nail down topic ideas for your next paper. Read more

Topic ideas for art related research papers

Whether you are an art major or filling a requirement, there is a high probability that writing a research paper on art and artists is in your future as a college student.

Find a good art related topic idea here. (Credit: SBU.edu)

Find a good art related topic idea here. (Credit: SBU.edu)

The art world offers a range of ideas that you can gear towards your interests or a specific class, whether that means focusing on art history, specific artistic movements or even one or more famous artists. Read more