Bolen has pointed out that the main Greek sky deities of Zeus, Apollo and Hermes are the favored modes of being in much of traditional Western patriarchal culture. Images of a sky god, from Man of Steel, 2013 The power of myth in our lives has been pointed out in books like Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Myths & Legends by Philip Wilkinson and The Gods of Greece written by this site’s founder Arianna Huffington, along with the extensive body of work shared by Joseph Campbell. All of these writers remind us that we can read many of the stories we’re presented with, even ones that are blatant mass entertainment, as metaphor. The sky god idea, particularly as presented in recent films, is useful for capturing the need to move in the world, to spread your wings, to take action, to feel dynamic and powerful, to protect others, to zip around, be free. Along with this, we routinely see the male warrior type in contemporary Hollywood, a la the character Wolverine and the new Riddick project — rather grim, no-nonsense gentlemen who have an immediate, visceral need to fight, to slash, to smash. Yet there’s more to life. Several big hero/action films fizzled domestically this past summer in a highly competitive, oversaturated media landscape. In addition to other market factors, there was a continual representation of the same ole, same ole and not a true offering of diverse patterns that reflect who we are. It asks the question of what’s missing. Assuming that Dr. Bolen is right, that ancient archetypes deeply inform who we are, then what are some of our essential habits that aren’t found in speculative cinema?
No safety school pics herejust grade-A entertainment! We’re mixing it up with several movies set in high school and a couple at college. Most are comedies, but we’ve included an Oscar-winning drama and even a musical. (If you think we mean High School Musical, go to the back of the class.) Of course, these school movies are less about academics and much more about the teen and early-20s experience: fashion, cliques, parties, dating/sex and even suicide (yep, things get dark). In fact, the Winona Ryder – Christian Slater starrer, Heathers, has all those things rolled into one subversive package! PHOTOS: Dead ahead, movies from the future You’ll spot familiar faces on the campuses, as many rising young stars got their big breakor made indelible impressionsplaying students. Think Ethan Hawke in Dead Poets Society, Alicia Silverstone in Clueless and Tom Hulce in Animal House. Sadly, other promising talents flunked out soon after. We’re looking at you, Lindsay Lohan . The tabloid queen has never topped her turn in Mean Girls. Pop quiz!
With ‘Mad Men’ nearing its end, Matthew Weiner shifts to movies with a debut in Toronto
But I do think, like all entertainment, on some level: the less you know, the better. At the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Weiner premiered You Are Here, a contemporary comedy about a Maryland weatherman (Owen Wilson) whose best friend from childhood (Zach Galifianakis) is bequeathed a lucrative country estate by his deceased father. It forces both friends to grow up and face some things in their life. Male friendship is so complicated and you sort of wonder: What is the purpose of it? Weiner said in a recent interview. Thats kind of what I was writing about, these two characters who are bound together by not growing up, and what happens if somebody starts to move on? The film, a mix of comedy and drama, doesnt bear any of the stylish severity of Mad Men, his AMC cable TV drama about a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 60s. But its characters do have some of ad exec Don Drapers melancholy. However, You Are Here is a much more earnest story, one that Weiner first wrote (with Wilson in mind) in between his first two seasons as a writer on the mob drama The Sopranos. He spent years trying to get it made, then had to shelve it when Mad Men became an Emmy-winning sensation. But his new status also enabled him to finally get financing for the film. This is not a graduation for me, he says. Its hopefully just a continuation of my work in a different form. Getting your own TV show, that is really, really hard to do. Im greedy for even asking to make a movie. But, like David Chase did after The Sopranos with the 2012 film Not Fade Away, Weiner is in some ways going against the currents of pop culture. Because of shows like Mad Men and The Sopranos, television is where a lot of movie talent is flocking, drawn by its potential for longer, more in depth storytelling, and pushed out by the recent movie industry pull back on medium-sized films for adults.