ok. Your writing is all over the map and its hard for me to tell what you are trying to really get at.
Sure, films are part of culture. Reflecting culture. Whatever. No argument there and nothing new.
Star Wars inspires. Yeah. Did you want to bring this up as an example of a powerful movie? I would grant that it has inspired more than a few to want to get into movies, and it changed how popcorn movies were made, and it's had a big effect on pop culture. There is a lot of fan fiction and people love wallowing in the fantasy world. People love the movies. They are comforting. But how powerful is it? How are you measuring? Has it actually changed lives for the better? I think its escapist fantasy. Quite fun to be sure, but pure fantasy. I've found many documentaries to be much more affecting to me than fiction movies and I hope you can guess why.
Of course I have a list of favorite movies. I don't know how inspiring they are. I enjoy them. I get more inspired by real life. YMMV.
I have no idea what you are driving at concerning an overweight 14 year old girl and how she is supposed to feel. Are you looking for a collective hand wringing? People (at least in the U.S.) have more opportunity now to live and express themselves however they want compared to any time in history. Everybody gets bombarded by media. Doesn't mean you have to buy what is being sold.
Concerning 2, I think you are mistaken in your assertion that BOAN resurrected the klan from death. Racism was alive and dominant at the time and needed no help from a movie to kickstart it again. BOAN was selling the dominant racial ideas at the time to people who already shared those views. I think using the movie as an example of how powerful movies or stories are or can be hasn't aged well as an idea. Most everyone I know doesn't get inspired, motivated, or excited to action by any movie. More often they become passive consumers wallowing in fantasyland. YMMV.
So you would have turned it into something other than a movie intended to make money. I don't take movies like it so seriously.
I have a question for those who liked Wolf. What in the movie appealed to you? Made it special, good enough to be considered good. Could be anything. Living the dream of easy money/hookers/blow (vicariously), or flipping the bird to the world (vicariously), or editing some part of the directing or acting (though that one would beggar belief from me). Just something.
And I feel a need to argue with the video/essay. Concerning from 6 minutes in when the voice says words concerning a viewers disgust/indignation inflicted on him (Belfort) "is less a righteous act than a self-righteous delusion". I say BS. I never screwed anybody out of millions, much less a dollar. I think I'm safe to be disgusted with thieves.
Yes, I like it a lot.
I did not dig Wolf of Wall Street. It just didn't work for me. I agree with those who complain it was overly long. I got bored with it, and with Leo (every Leo movie). I didn't find the multi-minute drug lambo wreck entertaining, just tedious. If that was the actual intention of the filmmaker then should I congratulate for trolling so well?
Moral to the story. The lesson. Could the movie been better if it had a more recognizable one? Like "where are the customers yachts"? He seemingly sold people dreams dishonestly. A predator. Compare with the lowlifes in Goodfellas. Seems like fun but then things get deadly serious. Wolf never goes there. You don't see the lives he/they ruined. Is having no comment on that an endorsement? Maybe not, but then what is it? If I want to see excessive excess I'll watch Michael Bay.