The current offering today in the current cinematic landscape, more specifically, most if not all in the romance genre are quite simply boring. Let me explain.

One reason being is that they don’t represent reality as real. Or maybe they represent reality as being too real?! The ratio rests upon some sort of short lived struggle that leaves the viewer satisfied that the illusion of happily ever after belongs in reality rather than fiction. Maybe there is a reason they call it fiction?! Don’t think me cynical, ironically, I am a classical romantic at heart. However, romance has become nothing more about self validation, emotive identity, and finding someone like us. It resists the celebration of difference, demands that all stories end the same. In fact, is this not how most of the west translates their politics or even way of life? Is not the American Dream that which rests upon this exact ideology? Is not religion, as is, also hopes for the consumption of difference and a happily ever after?

Hollywood does not know how to deal with tragedy. Maybe this is what new cinema should be doing, training up disciples in the art of not fixing tragedy but dealing with it first, director Lars Von Trier,Tim Burton and Guillermo Del Toro are such integral voices to this new movement.

It is also patriarchal in that typically the male leads the romance, or the whole of the films equation rests on the woman being socially beautiful and the man being attractive to the woman. Also success is solely defined by status, identity and external laws. In fact decision making in the world today defines the value and values of person, in this culture, no one is valuable unless otherwise decided by the masses.

In this sense, in the most perverse sense, all these laws, false truths, patriarchal rules narrate our reality for us, with no chance at subverting fate.

There is no sanity left in Hollywoods interpretation of reality nor is there any left in western politics that seeks to perpetuate the same foreign political agenda of eradicating that which is different.
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[Hedon]ism with a smile or how F|ather Christmas is like {Capital}ism

I love Christmas. Actually, that itself is an understatement. But language fails. I think there is something to be said about ones cultural upbringing and how it affects our identity.

I also think it is imperative we be critical of our beliefs and objects outside of us, lest they start thinking and believing for us.

Has this not happened with Christmas? Have we not become superstitious victims of capitalistic mythology? Whereby the art of giving has been dumbed down to an annual event.

Where stores look more like a las Vegas strip club, lights glisten and the cashiers like prostitutes sale their wares bombarded with red and green. Is not the color red symbolically attributed to passion or lust! And green associated with envy and jealousy? Also isn’t wrapping itself an act of repression? Its the only moment where we are not encouraged to go to the a very generic sense, it is the most selfish act of all.

What is a gift if not something to give away and what do we do with it, we hide it, we present it as something other than itself, almost out of embarrassment on a subconscious level. If a gift is something to given, then Christmas is not about such a gift. Unless the practice is changed.

Is not jolly old st. Nick the epitome of capitalism? Gluttonous, overweight, requires slaves to do his work, marginalizes women [his wife only plays the role of the symbolic supportive female].

Does this all not sound like capitalism, but rather something that we are also told to enjoy? Is not Santa constantly smiling with red rosy cheeks? almost implying that we should feel guilty if we have an emotional disconnect with the holidays. Are we not somehow meant to be ethical and pass this contextual contextual ethic of being good on to our children?

Is not Santa or also known as capitalism, like god? Does if not see you when you are sleeping? Know when you are awake? Does he not in his anal retentive manner make lists? Maybe this is the trinity of today culture, that Santa, god and capitalism are actually closet bedfellows. That they are actually not three distinctive people but rather three varying functions of the same epidemic.

However, I think religion plays a major factor in holidays and their celebrating. Their is a concept in Jewish inter relations called agape. Its the sacrifice of the ego for the other. The giving up of self and finding it in the other. Not co dependency, inter dependency.I wonder if holidays are meant to be a reminder of this and not hedonism with a smile.