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You Didn’t See Anything

by on Nov.09, 2008, under family, movies

The title would be a quote from Madagascar, specifically from the penguins which made the movie worth watching.  Today we went on a family outing to see the sequel at a matinee showing.  It had to be done since my daughter had been asking about it and/or had the opportunity to see it held over her head since Friday (she’s been in a funk recently – not listening, snapping and throwing things when she doesn’t get her way – picture teenage angst mixed with ADHD in a 5-year-old body).  So with the kids eager to go, we head to the theater.  By the time we get there my daughter changes her mind about seeing it as she started mixing up Madagascar and The Wild in her mind (if I thought it was a sequel to The Wild, I wouldn’t want to go either).  But we straightened her out and again we are good to go. (continue reading…)

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Wall-Eyed

by on Jul.21, 2008, under environment, movies

A few weeks ago I took my kids to see the latest Disney/Pixar production, Wall-E.  As was to be expected, it was amazing – stellar CG work combined with a heart-warming story that both kids and adults can enjoy.  But I can’t help but continue to ponder the sub-text of this film (I will do my best not to ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet, but procede with caution).

The setting of the movie is Earth some 800 years in the future.  And what we find is a landscape riddled with garbage.  And it would seem that the failure of society to avoid such a fate is directly tied to the success of american consumerism.  And what is truly scary about this nihilistic outlook is that it may not be much of an exaggeration. (continue reading…)

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