For such a smart guy, I was really puzzled by his opposition to Brexit.
This piece is ostensibly a movie review and comment piece/history lesson. But I think there's a good lesson in here about all the "smart" people and how arrogant and haughty they are about what regular people want, and about the democratically expressed will of the voting citizenry. A lot of these folks are so worried about not getting invited to cocktail parties that they throw their common sense right out the window.
That's why I find his mea culpa quite interesting:
"I was against Brexit a year ago, but subsequently came to the conclusion that it would be better for both the EU and the UK to get a divorce, for they want a federal Europe and we never did. Put less politely, they are prepared to put up with German predominance and we are not."