See these films. If you intend to vote for President, see The Ides of March. If you want to view a true life story that does more than pull your heartstrings, see The Tale of the Dolphin.
Every character in the film (The Ides of March) has the fatal flaw of being human and acting in a less than perfect way. The secrets and lies of public figures often reflect the mores of the society. It is important to me to emphasize that political chicanery is not the only arena for hypocrisy and greed. The corporate society mirrors the same hubris.
If you don't know the significance of the title The Ides of March look up the play, Julius Caesar, by
Will Shakespeare. If you don't know the definition and the application of the definition of hubris, research it. We all have our hubris. It is something to keep in our consciousness when we are feeling smug about ourselves and our virtue.
The title of this blog is contemporary culture in print, film, and digital media. These two films are a cinematic compare and contrast essay of the best of human potential and the worst of human folly. See one for reality; see the other for hope. Tale of the Dolphin is much more than a 'feel good' film. For me, it shows the importance of the scientific imagination to the improvement of our quality of life. We have many troops coming home from the mid-East with terrific wounds from IUDs etc. This film shows the importance of scientific discovery and the importance of positive relations between humans and animals. We are interdependent.
Have you seen these films? What are your thoughts? I'd like to hear from you. Dr. CW