Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?

Summary:  A people's myths reveal much about them. Today we look at our myths as shown by Hollywood on the big screens. It shows a people with powerful fantasies, but they point to a dead end instead of a viable future. "All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." --- Max Beerbohm's novel Zuleika Dobson (1911) Contents … Continue reading Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?

Rollerball shows us one aspect of America, and a possible future

Summary:  The Arts show us visions of the future. Some bright, some dark. Here we look at Rollerball (1975), one of the most powerful films of that decade, a reminder of when Hollywood made more than cartoons. These visions  can help to shock us our complacency, our unthinking confidence that things will work out for the best. This … Continue reading Rollerball shows us one aspect of America, and a possible future