WHAT CONTEMPORARY FILM, IF ANY, OFFERS THE BEST INSIGHT ON WHERE WE ARE OR WHERE WE'RE HEADED? Well the comedy is still happening but it is more at The Daily Show or The Colbert Report than in the movie theater. Of course, I have a five year-old so I may be missing things. I think the films that speak most powerfully about where we are and where we are headed are documentaries. This might include Charles H. Ferguson's Inside Job (2010), Leslie and Andrew Cockburn's American Casino (2009), or Danny Schecter's Plunder: The Crime of Our Times (2009). But there are also a wide range of environmental documentaries such as Josh Fox's Gasland (2010) which are showing the devastating costs that many Americans experience to their quality of life.

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