Most contemporary Hollywood films are completely unwatchable; behind some little embellishments and other frou-frou most boil down to being predictable, anti-intellectual, ambiguity-free moral fables of good versus evil - or in other words fairytales.
I'm not sure whether Hollywood conducted some market research back in the seventies that caused them to conclude that the public likes trite nonsense or whether the public voted for this at the box-office - perhaps a little from column A and a little from column B....
In any case I like cinema but I have for the past twenty years found very little to like in the contemporary mainstream and so older Hollywood films, art-house cinema and foreign films tend to be what I watch, I occassionally see the odd contemporary film but generally afterwards I feel like I've been over-dosed with sugar.
During the week I watched Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film 'The Conversation' a film that is by a far measure the best thing he ever made.
I'm curious how Hollywood films often hold up a mirror to their times, The Conversation with it's warning notes on the morality of privacy and the darker potentials of surveillance is very much of it's time.
The post-Watergate U.S. had just witnessed a presidency brought down by wire-tapping and concerns regarding privacy were very much the fear of the moment.
There was a whole Orwellian concern about corporations, the government or the C.I.A. listening in to private conversations and acting on the information gleaned.
It's curious how little we care about privacy now, we have taken our parents' lace-curtains off our windows and off our lives.
Big Brother doesn't have to spy on us because we do the leg-work for him, self-mediating on our blogs, divulging our inclinations and intentions, fears and aspirations, politics and beliefs.
We equip Google with a list of the websites we visit leaving a cyber-record of our interests, our purchasing-inclinations,our political leanings, our hidden vices, our idiosyncracies.
We don't give much thought as to whether this self-divulgence could be utilised against us but of course in very particular circumstance it could; in Bangkok and China peoples blogs have landed them in gaol.
Those 'very particular circumstances' are an important disclaimer however, one of the leitmotifs of this blog has been a rejection of the Culture Of Fear -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_fear
- and a countering belief in human resourcefulness.
Of course this resourcefulness can of itself be useful in subverting the online persona your right-clicking creates.
Like the Soviet spies who created false personae by joining right-wing groups within the U.S. during the Cold War it is equally easy to doctor your profile to appear as 'benign' as possible.
Or if this seems ludicrously self-defeating and you wish to opt out of the Age of Information a few key-strokes can eliminate your blog persona entirely.
Online suicide is genuinely painless.