Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Does the Vatican Have Obamamania? --
Well, OK, probably not. But a column in the Vatican's official newspaper criticized Hollywood for rewarding films such as There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men for their "hopelessness." Gaetano Vallini was critical of the "lack of moral conscience" and the "obliterat[ion] of the American dream," preferring more positive films such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Juno.

I haven't seen any of these films, but I share the general sentiment that there is too much of a "grim and gritty" focus in popular culture at times. What are some good recent movies with hopeful, optimistic outlooks that can serve as an antidote to the Bush years?
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