“Justice League” is the film we need, not the one we deserve

Justice League

Summary:  Few of the reviews, whether giving one or five stars, well describe Justice League. This brief spoiler-free review (nothing not seen in the trailers) explains why you should see it. If you have seen it, this highlights some points you might not have fully appreciated. Post your thoughts about it in the comments. This … Continue reading “Justice League” is the film we need, not the one we deserve

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a passionless apocalypse, but revealing

Summary: Thor: Ragnarok is a fun, shallow, passionless film. Good to fill an empty afternoon, but a waste of potentially great mythic material. Like all our blockbuster films, it provides a mirror in which we can more clearly see how the West is evolving. Thor: Ragnarok is a fun film. Like most recent blockbusters, the … Continue reading “Thor: Ragnarok” is a passionless apocalypse, but revealing

An America without heroes. We’ll miss them.

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes our lack of heroes, a theme often discussed here and of underappreciated importance to American society. It has taken generations to remove the love of heroes. We might regret it for even longer.   "A World Without Heroes" By James Bowman. Speech to the 13 Stars Social … Continue reading An America without heroes. We’ll miss them.

Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics

High Noon - standing alone

Summary: High Noon is a great and prophetic film, pointing us to a cause of the problems with America, and why political reform remains necessary but elusive. “Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful — horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember…” — An insight from a demon (they know us … Continue reading Watch “High Noon” to see why we don’t reform America’s politics

Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Superheroes

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed -- making us weaker. "The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes … Continue reading Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness