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WALL-E

WALL-E

(2008)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Mankind is on a path to stupidity and laziness, at least that's what WALL-E says. And in many cases, I agree.

If one ever read The World Is Flat, by Thomas Freidman, one would notice the social disorder that tags along with technology. The attention deficit disorder coupled with increasing distractions is well on its way to forming a distant society, even if it's supposed to "connect" us closer. Who wants the iPhone 20G? With all new past-bad-memory-deletion apps! Anyone? This is that sad state that WALL-E was trying to illustrate.

Take the fat people cruising on hover machines drinking soda and having a holographic VoIP discussion with other fat person cruising along side them. Human conversation is non-existent and technology has now become the middleman. It's depressing, and I'm willing to bet a lot of us have contributed to this social defunct.

As for the environmental implications, it's pretty far fetched. Garbage has high as or built into the skyscrapers is an impossibility all in itself. Humans know how to take better care than that. It's politically shaky ground, and Pixar really shouldn't have ventured over into it. That's what kind of irritated me about this film.

I agree with the fat people and social problems though. There's a short term goal we can focus on.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

(1986)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This has to be one of the best movies that I have ever seen. Sure it sounds like an overstatement, but the simple humor and lack of vulgarity is what really makes this film such an enjoyment to watch.

Take the parade scene for example. Never before while watching a film have I felt so good. It was an odd feeling that rarely happens when I'm watching a movie, but more importantly, in my opinion, is that it left a sense of nostalgia within me. It was the 1980s, and everyone was having a blast-singing, dancing, and just enjoying life. I think America is missing that spark, and I'm glad this film portrayed that in such a purely simple perspective.

It's plain to see while watching this film that it was the precursor to the Home Alone series. The creepy weirdo (Ed Rooney) climbing around the house, peeking into windows, and poking his head through the doggy door to meet a nasty surprise (the German Sheppard) are all ideas that will eventually make their way to the Home Alone movies.

The adults in this film really are made to be morons. I don't think a parent, or teacher for that matter, would be so gullible as to not question their child's (or student's) actions and ulterior motives.

I never knew that the director, John Hughes, directed most of these teenage comedy flicks of the 1980s and early 1990s. He did a great job in capturing that stupid behavior that most teenagers unconsciously possess.

Nine sick days in one semester? Twenty's slowly becoming the norm, if you ask me.

Oh, and by the way. When the kids were trying to reset the mileage, why didn't they just set it back down to zero and drive it up from there? Of course I'm not sure if cars were capable of even doing that, but it seems like it could have worked.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

(1987)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For a cliche fairy tale, this was actually fun to watch. The witty hero and his sidekicks (one with resolve, and the other just flat out brainless and big) proved a great match. One can tell by this film that it was a jump off point for an innumerable amount of films in the future. For example, where do you think Shrek series got the Prince Humperdink's selection of marriage to a lady that doesn't want to?

This film is a classic, and I'm glad I watched it again. Fun film.

The Freshman

The Freshman

(1990)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I don't recall this film being as funny as I imagined it, but the humor was still there. The fact that Don Coreleone becomes an apparent mentor to Mr. Kellog was very comical, as the two were polar opposites. To further the point, having the Don visit the kid in the dorms was just hilarious.

An appearance by Al Pachino, in a downplayed and childish manner would have made this film perfect.

(Michael Corelone comes barging into the restaurant) "Hey! Dad! Dad! I got a job! Dad look! Look!" (He frantically points to the restaurant logo on his shirt.)

The Godfather, Part III

The Godfather, Part III

(1990)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This was an alright film, but after awhile it just seemed to drag on. It became a little redundant after the numerous attempted hits on the family. Perhaps a more viewer appreciated ending would have been one with the total elimination of the family. Something a little more dramatic and extreme.

And what was up with the incest? Of course that may have been in the book, but it definitely added a weird twist to the film, and that's not a good thing.

This film really took a violent twist, visually. The murder of the two attempted murderers (in self defense) by the adopted nephew and coming Godfather just seemed out of place compared to the last two films.

Regardless of the negative comments I have to say about this movie, the transition of Michael into a more peaceful mindset like his father was interesting to see. The struggle between the the family and basic human values was fun to watch. Enjoy at your own risk.

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