Tuesday, 30 June 2009 21:28
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Okay, still confused about something in the "Horton Hears A Who" movie. I've heard that some people use the line "A person's a person no matter how small" to claim that Dr. Seuss was against abortion. And though it's Horton who says that, I wonder if the kangaroo lady was meant to poke gentle fun at the fundies. She was described as being one of those self-appointed arbiter of proper behavior or some such, and though she didn't believe Horton and kept saying "if you can't see it or hear it, it doesn't exist," her character was basically that of a fundie. Because by golly, you're wrong and she's right and woe betide anyone who disagrees with her!

So I'm not sure if they were trying to say something, and if they were, no idea what it was they were trying to say. Or I could be reading things between the lines, things that aren't there. Hence the confusion.
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I saw the movie "Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears A Who" today! It's an awesome movie, very very funny. I think my favorite character of all (aside from Horton) was Katie. She was sooooo weird! We didn't get to see enough of her. And my *least* favorite character was the adult kangaroo. (A kangaroo in the jungle with elephants and monkeys? Must've escaped from a zoo.) She didn't believe Horton, and wasn't content to leave him alone. She wanted to destroy the clover the speck was on. Classic lines for her include "He's teaching the kids to use their imaginations!" like it's a bad thing. I'm not quite sure what position she was supposed to represent, aside from the skeptic. Maybe I was seeing subtext that wasn't really there. Anyway, she came around in the end.
All in all, an awesome movie. Three thumbs up!

Oh, the DVD had an animated short as well! "Surviving Sid," with characters from the Ice Age cartoons. That was pretty awesome too!
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I just watched Kit Kittredge: An American Girl movie last night. Starring the wonderful child actress Abigail Breslin, it's about The Great Depression and how it affected people. Kit's father loses his automobile dealership and he goes off to Chicago to find work while his family takes in boarders to try to stay afloat. A crime spree hits the country, blamed on "hobos," and two of Kit's hobo friends get framed for some of the crimes. Kit, who aspires to be a reporter, is determined to clear them and find the real thieves.

I think people should watch this even though it's a family movie. It is just as important today, especially with the look at the "hobo" (today "homeless") perspective. Kit does an article about how the hobos help each other out, a really moving piece that she tries to get published at the Cincinatti Register. The editor doesn't want to publish it at first because the public is feeling very anti-hobo.

All around, this is an excellent movie. It does a wonderful job of telling the story without being cutesy or sappy. I give this movie two thumbs up!


Tuesday, 13 January 2009 15:15
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Last night I watched two movies! I watched the 2005 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front.

Willy Wonka

I love this movie! Though I didn't much care for the Oompa Loompa's new music, I couldn't understand most of what they were saying. And I liked the original Oompa Loompas and their music better. But I *did* enjoy the Oompa Loompa origin story, it was awesome! Their being in the factory always seemed a bit dodgy to me, like slave labor, but the new origin story shows their life is like heaven for them in the factory. And that one guy they had to play all the Oompa Loompas, he really is pretty short, though nowhere near as short as they make the Oompa Loompas.
I also liked the story arc about the relationship between Willy and his dad. I thought it was funny that the son of a dentist rebelled and became a chocolatier. And it was so cool that he was proud of his son anyway.

If I had to pick which one I like better, the old one or the new one, I couldn't. I like them both!

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

This movie was a little hard to get into at first, but once I got into it, it was a very touching movie. It's about Molly, an American Girl during world war II. The war is just about annoyances and film reels and stuff to her until her dad, a doctor, enlists to help care for wounded soldiers. Her perspective on the war changes over time because of this and because of tragedies people she knows have. Her life is further turned upside down by her mother taking a job and their family taking in a displaced British girl Molly's age, whom she has to share her room with. Things are very awkward between the two girls for a while, but eventually they warm up to each other and are good friends by the end.

Very good movie!


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