I think I’ve noticed something and I’m not sure if it’s just me.
How is it that it seems our culture (Western culture in general, USAian in specific) keeps on getting more and more shallow… but there seems to be a steady stream of very deep philosophical movies coming out?
For instance, everything that Charlie Kaufman has had a hand in: “Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”… and others.
Or, the move I just got out of seeing: “I [Heart] Huckabees”, directed by David O. Russell. Just the boldness of putting out a movie based on existentialism and philosophy, amidst the shallowness of a government awash in juvenilia and a complete lack of introspection, astounds me.
The concept owes a lot to Douglas Adams’ character of Dirk Gently, the holistic detective. I would go so far as to guess that there may be a bit of homage in the idea. But the execution is just as chaotic as Mr. Adams’ prose, but a bit more tender towards its cast.
A movie well worth seeing several times.