Whit Stillman in The Last Days of Disco captured the earnestness and cluelessness of youth a generation ago. The film speaks just as clearly to the present moment.
We are not merely individuals. We’re also relational beings, in need of love and friendship.
In the movie War for the Planet of the Apes, the civil-rights movement and Exodus are invoked but diminished.
Reagan’s speech at Normandy in 1984 exemplified the nobility that Americans political leaders should invoke again.
In his later movies, Clint Eastwood reaffirms manliness and the nobility of America’s warrior classes.