Capra's storytelling makes it unavoidably clear that when we solely pursue our own ends, we create miserable, rootless communities defined by greed, cruelty, and indifference; places where living is expensive, and where being good to one another is unaffordable.
It has to be said Mangold is perhaps the only filmmaker, at least that I'm aware of, who could successfully set a western, neo-noir thriller in the shadow of New York City.
Years steaped in the war against foreign tyranny had slowly tranformed Hitchens into a cold iconoclast; a liberal indifferent to banal injustice.
Antinatalism is a cold, loathing and ultimately resentful delusion that convinces those who believe it that all moments of joyful and loving connection are worthless -- when they are, in actuality, the very best things that we have and do.
What Verheoven shows, at bottom, is that fascism turns living, feeling individuals into non-persons; people who live only for the destruction of something else.
McCarthy unashamedly demonstrates that good journalism is as painfully intimate as critical self-reflection -- containing all the same frustrations, inadequacies and inhibitions.