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Jan 16·edited Jan 16

With regard to change, one change in film themes that I think we're beginning to see is "What the hero can't do."

I'm kinda fascinated with films that move from the masculine to the feminine, and I've seen this pattern repeated in numerous movies made over the last couple of decades. Two films that show it clearly (and there are many more) are "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Gravity."

You might see in these two films (as well as others) a pattern that keeps recurring. Both Beasts and Gravity share the same DNA of having a sick or dying father figure being replaced by a reluctant young woman or daughter. And just like the Film Noir movies that emerged just after World War II, the repeated pattern films that move from the masculine to the feminine mean something.

When Sandra Bullock re-enters the atmosphere and lands in a lake at the end of "Gravity," George Clooney — who has up to this point been a classic male movie hero — is unable to be the hero and, instead, literally floats off to the stars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, wet and exhausted, Sandra Bullock's character crawls onto a sandy beach hinting at something akin to an evolution.

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I’d commit to writing an on-the-ground Substack with a few of you. Say if four people got together and each one wrote one post a month -- that’d be a post every week for readers, while still being low touch and low commitment for the writers. A growing document that travels thru time in a sustainable way to become a body of work rather than a burst of it is ultimately more interesting and feasible anyways. Any takers wanna chat?

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Yes to all of this!

I don’t know if we will ever work together on a film project, but this quote makes me want to fight alongside you. “I didn’t want money in any significant way. I wanted the dignity and consistency of contributing my labor to something larger than I was that did no harm and lifted us up higher. I knew I wasn’t alone.”

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