The LEGO Movie

February 12, 2014

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When correspondents on the Fox Business channel did a segment complaining about The LEGO Movie’s bad guy being “President Business” and why Hollywood has to teach kids to demonize CEOs, it should have been a parody.  Charging what is basically a feature-length advert for a huge corporation’s product as some sort of anti-capitalist propaganda is so self-evidently absurd that only a dry wit or a complete lack of self-awareness an be responsible.  I have little doubt in my mind that it was the latter in this case, but I will give them some credit after having seen the film:  Though what they were suggesting was incredibly stupid, The LEGO Movie certainly defies easy “Right v Left” categorization.   Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dark Knight Rises

August 15, 2012

As one of the biggest films of the year, and certainly one of the most talked about, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to bother writing about The Dark Knight Rises a full month after its release.  I was sick to death of critics and bloggers and message board nerds even before I saw it.  Still, it’s out, and I have thoughts, so here we are.  It is a testament to the film that even though I wasn’t a big fan of it (I enjoyed it well enough, but it is rife with problems and is certainly the least of a trilogy that has seen some degree of diminishing returns with each successive installment – yes, Batman Begins is quite easily the best of the three), it is too interesting to ignore.  Read the rest of this entry »