Good talk by Variety features editor and senior film critic Peter Debruge on “Inventing Stories in the Reality Era.” I agreed with many things he said but (of course) not all. He said that the recent glut of comic book super hero films are related to technology that makes feats seem not just possible but real instead of our post 9/11 angst of frustrations and fears over the financial collapse. But, I can’t help but wonder…wouldn’t a dose of cultural relevance (implicit not spot on) make those films more successful? It would certainly make them better and more enduring.


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