Movies with hyphens

Forgot to blog about two movies I watched recently:

WALL-E (imdb | rotten tomatoes) was a marvel…that they could wring so much emotion and empathy out of a robotic main character who doesn’t speak is a testament not just to Pixar’s technical wizardry, but to their storytelling prowess as well. Some people railed about the anti-consumerism message in the film, but I think it’s just Pixar reading the zeitgeist. For example, two weeks ago I heard my nine-year-old nephew wondering aloud about sales/marketing tactics at Wendy’s…”I wonder if they call it a Frosty because that makes kids think about Frosty the Snowman?”, “Did they ask you to biggie-size it? Because they’ll always ask you to biggie-size it!”, and so on. Apparently my nephew has read No Logo.

Stop-loss (imdb | rotten tomatoes) was…well, something less than a marvel. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but I don’t think it revealed anything new about the Iraq war, or war in general. It was about some great-looking soldiers and their girlfriends (it was an MTV production, after all) dealing with war in the way that lets them look as cool as possible while still looking dramatically tortured. Because of that I found it difficult to take the movie too seriously.

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