I'm a film buff... love my films I do. They are a great part of my life and I watch at least one film every day (unless I'm in the woods, but even then I sneak one in one my mobile phone). A disturbing trend in films is the stakes have to be mammoth... huge... the end of the world is nigh. You see it in film after film, that unless the hero saves the day, the Earth will be consumed by evil or darkness or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Okay... so I made the last one up... anyway. So, how high do the stakes really have to go to make something dramatic? Taken was about a man who wanted to save his daughter... Die Hard, a man who wanted to save his wife... and ET... erm... well, a boy who wanted to erm... fly a bike? Okay, so I don't remember ET that well... anyway, onto the next. My point is, Hollywood or at least the studios making the films want to amp up the destruction with every film... if you look at Norse and Greek story telling, it was more about the struggle with every day life, every day problems that the Gods tackled and how to overcome them. Have we lost the story telling ability of our ancestors? Have we really become so shallow that the only thing that excites is if the Earth is destroyed by a glorified smurf? Our films nowadays (and forgive me Hamish) are much like the stories in Hamish's leatherwork. He tells stories through his art and through his skill of translating them to leather... we can learn about our past and predict our future in what he puts down into animal skins... but never have I seen a story in Hamish's work that leads to the total destruction of the the world we know... its an optimistic story, a lesson learned in each story... why can't our films be based on that same optimism, that same hope?