I recently had a hankerin’ to revisit the world of, WALL-E, Pixar’s gorgeous CG animated love letter to the human spirit told almost entirely through robots. I thought I understood what the film was about but that’s the thing with revisiting the past, the destination almost always changes depending on where you’re walking from.
At the time of its release there was a certain section of the population who were highly critical of WALL-E‘s political agenda. Oddly enough you can attack the film from both sides of the partisan divide. It’s either a satire of capitalism out of control and in decline made by a bunch of free-lovin’, tree-huggin’, socialists, or it’s a spoof of what a nanny state big government spoon fed society would look like. The freeloading fatsos in the film, for example, presumably can’t do anything for themselves specifically because they were urbanite, no-nothing parasites who needed Uncle Sam to do everything for them -including wipe their ginormous asses. Not to mention that WALL-E was made under the Disney umbrella, just the kind of massive, anything-for-a-buck conglomerate the film criticizes.
They cried hypocrisy, they did!
How can the movie be about two things that diametrically oppose each other? It can’t. You chowderheads.
Forget for a moment about the role government, business and even the environment plays in the film. These are just story elements that help cast the film’s humanity in relief. WALL-E isn’t about them. At its heart it’s the story of what happens when a foreign contaminant is introduced into a perfect system and when we choose not to learn from the past, and live only in the moment.
When we first meet the robot, WALL-E, he is literally digging through our past and selecting moments to learn from. He arrives on the ship as an ambassador of our past but is immediately identified by the janitorial robot, Mo, as a foreign contaminant. Interesting…
As you can see I’m doing a top 10 of ’09 list for movies because I saw a lot of them and I feel passionate about my choices. The trick of it is… I didn’t see all of them so really this is just the best of 2009 based on what some dude in New Jersey saw. Then again, aren’t all Best of lists a variation of that?
Fall is nearly upon us, bearing down like a ravenous balding beast looking for one last meal before the winter of its discontent. I’ve had a relatively hectic summer between shooting and post production on F series 2 (FYI We’re calling it a series now instead of a season.) I think I’m finally ready to commit to a mid October launch of the new episodes, though Twilight may take longer since the graphic work hasn’t even begun yet and it’s the most intensive and longest. Other projects are sort of on hold for the moment (Ying has asked for some time to sort of his life putting the band in stasis,) but I’ve found other ways to bide my time. I’ve been cast as the lead in fellow F man, Shawn Stutler (whom you may know better as Roscoebang,) and Casey Kirkpatrick’s short horror film “The Courtship of Ronson Crumb.” I get to play a delusional serial killer looking for love one engorged victim’s heart at a time. Awww. Ain’t love grand? We’re shooting in October so I’ll have more deets and maybe some on set pics later.
The Hangover is like a greatest hits of male bonding comedy gags delivered with a keen sense of timing by some undeniably likable characters. It will not reformat your comedy hard drives but it will take your discs for a spin.
I thought the Mike Tyson bits and the effeminate Asian man fell incredibly flat, but anything and everything with Zach Galifanakis was amazeballs. Also the impromptu fourth wall shattering Tiger Song was a risk that worked. I wish more of the movie pushed the limits but I should be content with the laughs I got. Some theater-goers apparently got no laughs at all and were seen begging for them outside the theater following their screening of Year One.
I know what you’re thinking… “Boo, I can’t make a balloon sandwich. I never graduated from Rubber Culinary Arts School.” You know what I say? Screw Culinary Arts School. Bunch of know-it-all “chefs” with their fancy recipes and ingredients. With F is for Film Episode 4, anyone can learn to make a balloon sandwich with our easy step-by-step instructions. Just visit our YouTube page for more information.