I don't normally highlight my posts over at Bleedingfool.com that much, but my column excoriating modern - and especially Disney - films seems to have struck a chord.
While hardly a viral post, it got an unusually positive reception and this site saw a surge in traffic.
One can only conclude that I'm onto something.
I've been doing these retro-reviews for a while and I think they key difference between movies made decades ago and those of more recent vintage is simply that back then it was taken for granted that people in movies should behave like, um, actual people.
Now it's pretty much a given that people should behave like a Platonic Woke Ideal, that is - something that never was and never will be.
Flawless heroes demonstrate their flawlessness while also appearing Stunning and Brave. The villains they face are a hitherto unknown combination of stupid, malevolent and impotent, which makes the triumph over them completely without any tension whatsoever.
When a rare film does allow something approximating reality to appear, it's shocking and seems at first glance to be better than it really is. Alternatively, films that realistically portray human nature have to be steeped in irony lest anyone of the Woke Police denounce it as heresy.
Diminishing box office hauls and new funding sources for alternative entertainment indicate that we may be on the brink of a serious shift in cultural preferences. We'll see.