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October 28, 2008


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Margaret Oomen

i am going to take the optimistic view that it is not palliation in the form of escapist entertainment that society needs . We need to not be resigned to hopelessness about our anxiety and bewilderment ( confusion) because if we take that view then maybe hollywood style euthanasia might be a less painful option. I think entertainment can be therapeutic and effect positive changes in an ailing society . It is the little gems that have the greatest cure rate and are worth more than the price of admission.


I share Margie's optimism. With Youtube and blogs and digital films and editing, it seems like we as media consumers have mamy more sources of entertainment than just what the mainstream studios provide. It seems like there are lots of independent filmmakers (especially cartoonists) using these easily accessible tools who are pushing the boundaries of established genres and making us do more than just consume; they make us laugh and think and feel. Of course, keep in mind that this is my opinion as a total media outsider and (of late) infrequent moviegoer.

And, wow, when did the main genres proliferate to the point where they are barely recognizeable? I wonder if it's just a handy marketing strategy to create all these sub-categories? People want to know instantly what they're going to be paying to go see, rather than letting something surprise and mystify them.


When I look at the list, I think it is a strange that this huge genre list describes more about dieselpunk and clockpunk than it does about documentary!

People seem to have a NEED to categorize, and although categories can be useful, they tend to become their own authorities and can then become so limiting (like in describing race). It is sad but not surprising that people are trying to create films that will fit into these categories.

It seems to me that when people want to see only superheroes, it is because they are feeling weak and powerless. Just like the boys in my son's preschool who are all superheroes for Halloween, always asking, "How strong am I?" because they feel like they're too small. Maybe Al Gore's movie, along with "Sicko" and "Supersize Me" pushed the moviegoers over the edge! Do you think this will change after the election?

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