The conspiracy story The truth isn’t what it used to be. ‘Dredd’ Vs ‘High Rise’ Social collapse bewitches the inhabitants of two modernist buildings. A review of ‘The Seven Basic Plots’ by Christopher Booker Does every plot fit a pattern, every character an archetype? ‘The Third Man’ Vs ‘The Long Goodbye’ When one man chooses a dark path — who can stop him? The stories of national identity, and self We subscribe to national stories — and feel threatened by rival narratives. Monsters and heroes Monsters used to be beasts — today they take on many forms. ‘Capricorn One’ V ‘The Truman Show’ The system will protect itself, at any cost. ‘Where Eagles Dare’ V ‘Attack’ War: an explosive game — or a nightmare of incompetence. ‘Jaws’ V ‘Predator’ A terrible monster threatens: only a modern hero can slay it. ‘Five’ V ‘The Omega Man’ Two post apocalypse films — armageddon, and racial tension. ‘Barton Fink’: art house horror A Hollywood writer ends up inside his own horror story.