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
Summary: In Will young men break America’s family structure? I asked a question which the comments suggest was too disturbing for many readers. Will most of today's young men marry, as did previous generations? If not, our society will drastically change. Here are the answers readers gave. Will the young men now in high school and … Continue reading Will today’s young men marry? America’s future depends which of these answers is right.
Summary: Our world is whirlpool of hate and fear, driven by lust and greed. Films about love show us glimpses of a better world. Here are nine of my favorite romance films, most relatively recent (i.e., doesn't include Casablanca). You might enjoy some of them, something different for your holiday entertainment. Passengers Director: Morten Tyldum. … Continue reading Recommendation: nine of the best American romantic films
Summary: The previous post described how men are abandoning the rat race and dropping out of the full-time work force. The usual explanations (given without asking them) are that they're pawns of economic and social forces, or neurotic Peter Pans that refuse to grow up. While satisfying to Left and Right and partially correct, these … Continue reading Why men are avoiding work and marriage
Summary: We continue our examination of the hit TV show "Castle", today mining for insights about romance in 21st C America. It's an ugly picture, suggesting (as did previous chapters) that perhaps we no longer defend America because we no longer like it. America has always been an ideological project. It might have evolved into … Continue reading “Castle” shows us a dark vision of Romance in America