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Screenosophy: Is there such a thing as “mere” or meaningless entertainment

Diminishing the significance of entertainment allows those who create it to abnegate responsibility — after all, it's "only" entertainment. If entertainment is inherently meaningful, then its makers are responsible for what they produce.

Jurassic World
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Furious 7

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What do “Inception” and “The Matrix” have in common?

Films in which dreaming is central to the story, characters, or theme are themselves somewhat like dreaming.[1] When we enter a film world, we activate certain features of our minds that may be the same as when we dream. While other types of art — reading a novel, listening to music, or viewing a painting – may activate some aspect of our minds, none are as all encompassing as the medium of film. Film arguably engages a larger share, if you will, of our perceptual apparatus.