Heroes, Victims, Heavies, Patsies
From some standpoints, it's astonishing that Hollywood has spent nearly 100 years telling stories to a large public and managed to miss, largely or entirely, so many of the great issues and movements that have occupied headlines and transformed public life during the past century. But then, just when you're about to bemoan that neglect and wonder why we can't have a more culturally engaged cinema, you run up against a film like Michael Mann's The Insider, which reminds you of an uncomfortable reality: as a means of examining large, complex events, movies are far less capable and satisfactory than books, print journalism or even good tv journalism.