“Finding Nemo” didn’t lie to your kids; Pixar just chose to focus on deeper truths

Finding Nemo is easily one of Pixar’s most successful and acclaimed films. The story of a father clownfish trying to find his lost son in the ocean’s vast expanse is incredibly entertaining, aesthetically beautiful, and more than just a little moving. However, The Fisheries Blog’s Patrick Cooney thinks it could’ve been even better, if only Andrew Stanton,Lee Unkrich, et al. had been a little more scientifically accurate in their depiction of the film’s main characters.In a cheeky post with th … [Read more...]

The Moviegoer: The Girl with the Bear of a Problem

Each week in The Moviegoer, Nick Olson examines new and upcoming films.During the first act of Pixar's new film Brave, young Princess Merida shrieks defiantly at her mother, "I want my freedom!" And, to some degree, her youthful, bold resistance is understandable. As is customary for the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch, the Princess must marry one of the three lords' firstborn sons. Determined to refuse any forced betrothal and pursue what she wants (marriage or otherwise), Merida decides … [Read more...]

Why 'WALL-E' Depresses Me

SPOILER WARNING: This post discusses the endings of both WALL-E and The Dark Knight. Since I probably saw both of these films later than anyone else on earth, I'm assuming this won't actually be a problem.I like depressing movies, particularly depressing post-apocalyptic movies. Children of Men made me very, very happy. The Road was probably my most-anticipated film of 2008 (and, no, that didn’t work out too well for me, since it still hasn’t been released). So why is it that I actually find WA … [Read more...]