Why Do Our Movie Heroes All Sound Like Jeff Spicoli?

To understand just how bizarre an experience it is to sit through Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, just imagine watching an alternate version of the moon landing in which Neil Armstrong’s first words upon reaching the surface are, “Holy s–t! I made it!” We’re in an age in which resolutely idiotic and childish dialogue … Continued

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Gravity and the Search for Meaning

The top-grossing movie in the United States this month has been Gravity, a fictional account of astronauts stranded hundreds of miles above the ground and trying to survive and find a way back home. A big part of the movie’s success can be chalked up to the presence of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The … Continued

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Rush and Gravity: Life in the Shadow of Death

“Happiness is the enemy.” This line is spoken by race car driver Niki Lauda in the new film Rush. Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl, is explaining to his new wife that a Formula 1 racer can’t ever be too happy, because happiness implies attachment to something or someone, and attachment can cause hesitation, which can … Continued

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