maya, of course. but the abstraction of this medium precludes the explicit evidence of such a fact. empirical life (experience) is obviously of far more importance to my individual self than any movie, set of films, or ideas generated from films. but i do take case against the devaluation of cinema. just because cinema has been the art form of choice for the middle class since the 1930s doesn't mean there aren't certain filmmakers producing subtle, revealing, abstract, transcendental works. and because of these people, for these people, cinema must be validated. constantly. otherwise, they might disappear.