according to a recent "Newsweek" cover story,
has turned inward.The article points to Americans' disinterest in foreign
policy (only 3% in a poll think Afghanistan might be worth worrying about) to make its argument, but had
the story come out after the election, it might also have noted the voter
apathy, Tea Partiers notwithstanding, that resulted in 45 million fewer ballots
being cast in the 2010 Congressional races than in 2008.
But just in case further proof is needed, take a look at
what's playing in the movie theaters. In particular those films being touted as
Oscar favorites. It's a strong list of contenders, no doubt, but you'd have to
admit that navel gazing dominates this year aspirants, especially when compared to the
more outwardly engaged Best Picture winners of previous years such as "The Hurt Locker" (2009)
and "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008).
So here are six hopefuls looking inward for that Oscar Gold.
TOY STORY 3
On the one hand, it is one of the best movies of the year. On the
other hand, its celebration of the innocence and imagination of childhood
doesn't do much thinking outside the (toy) box
A masterpiece of subjective point of view, a solipsistic
nightmare, and a showcase of mirrors that never escapes from the disintegrating
mind of its protagonist.
All alone, trapped under a boulder in Utah slot canyon with no resources except for a camcorder, a
dull knife, and your own urine. It's kind of like "Black Swan" for rock
Remember "Network" (1976), in
which the crass, cynical vulgarians who wanted to debase the news into
vapid entertainment were the bad guys? Nowadays they are the heroes, whose
victory includes reducing a veteran newsman into a buffoon.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Half a billion souls, untold billions of dollars, all reduced to
the petty vindictiveness of one lonely man.
The ultimate inward journey: death.