I was involved earlier today in a panel discussion at my local cinema of the film Chinatown. If you have not seen this film, you should be ashamed of yourself. Anyway, I showed up prepared to defend at length my reading of the film, according to which it is primarily an epistemological film: it is about the gap between truth and (even very high levels of) justification.
But I didn't get the chance to develop this reading, because one of the other panelists asserted something truly absurd, namely, that the famous line at the end of the film, "forget about it Jake, it's Chinatown...," signals that unless Jake and his associates leave the scene, the police will arrest them. WTF????
This same person also went on to claim that Chinatown tries to prove to us that "there is no good and evil," because... brace yourself... "whatever Jake does, he hurts the innocent and makes things worse." My rejoinder that it's contradictory to read the film as denying that there is good and evil while at the same time holding that it's possible for Jake to make things worse and it's possible for people to be innocent, was entirely lost on this guy.
Never bothering to do that again.