The Last Jedi: loser Boomers & a new hope from Millennials

The Last Jedi

Summary: The Last Jedi powerfully conveys two major themes of our time, projected with powerful CGI and compelling acting. Critics focus on the acting and CGI, and so usually ignore much of what makes these films a success at the box office. These films are set in a fictional universe, but their dynamics are those we … Continue reading The Last Jedi: loser Boomers & a new hope from Millennials

Our biggest films reveal dark truths about us

Comfort Zone and Challenges

Summary: Our reactions to films reveal much about us and our society. Why are there so many popular dark films based on our children's comic? Why do critics object to films giving their characters horrific dilemmas? Here are my answers. Post your answers in the comments. Spoilers! Boomers bummed by their failures The Batman: The Dark Knight … Continue reading Our biggest films reveal dark truths about us

Why new home sales are slow, and will remain so for a long time

Summary: The refusal of housing construction to join the boom has baffled economists and investment experts. Demographic change explains much of this puzzle, and suggests that housing construction -- a major driver of the post-WWII boom -- will remain in the doldrums for several more decades. Boom and bust of the housing market Large file; … Continue reading Why new home sales are slow, and will remain so for a long time

Review of “The Force Awakens”: a film for Boomers. It’s about us.

Summary:  The new Star Wars film shows how well Hollywood understands us. Not just what we want in a film, but the deeper themes that appeal to us. As such it provides a valuable mirror of early 21st C America, one well worth studying. There are spoilers. Lots of them. ------------ Spoiler Alert!  ------------ Star … Continue reading Review of “The Force Awakens”: a film for Boomers. It’s about us.

We passed a dark milestone: more money came out of 401(k)s than went in

Summary: Lost in yesterday's festival about the latest meeting of America's central planners (wielding tools that Kings of the pre-modern world would envy) was a small article in the Wall Street Journal announcing that we have passed a small milestone on the road to a harsh future.  {1st of 2 posts today.}   America passes … Continue reading We passed a dark milestone: more money came out of 401(k)s than went in