How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Wall-E: Robots Have All the Fun

Why It's a Geek Movie
Sci-fi, robots, and gorgeous CGI. Doesn't get much geekier than that.

What's it About?
Humans have left earth after leaving it a complete wreck. So in the true nature of the human spirit, they hiked up their pants and... lazily left the cleanup to robots. Several Wall-E units were left behind to... evidently make humongous piles of organized trash and after 700 years only one unit is left operational. In the meantime, the fat, lazy humans buzzing around in their hover-chairs, sipping on meals and gawking at their holographic screens millions of miles away on the starship Axiom, send Eve probes to Earth every now and then to see if it is able to support life. That is when Eve meets Wall-E and finds what every robot longs for... a living plant. I mean love. Both, really... But her directive is to find life. When Eve is taken back to the Axiom, Wall-E desperately follows her, and when none of the humans believe she actually found life, the quest to prove herself begins.

How to Appreciate It
This is another movie that's difficult not to appreciate. It's hilarious, action-packed, and full of story. But if you're not into the whole cutesy thing, you might groan your way through. Suck it up! Be a man and admit that you chuckled when Wall-E cowered behind the rock that Eve shot a hole through!

Is it Worth It?
Wall-E is another Pixar triumph! I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS. From a general viewers standpoint, there was a lot to laugh about and a lot to gawk at. From a writer's standpoint, there was a whole universe of story going on besides the main plot. There was a backstory, a main story and several subplots that fit seamlessly into the main plot. The supporting robots were hilarious and helpful, the humans, though sadly misshapen from 700 years of letting robots do everything for them, were altruistic and willing to help once they knew what was going on, and the physics of space were spot-on...

Just like Mo was willing to jump his travel track to follow Wall-E, so you should consider making the effort to watch the robot yourself! I don't care if you don't have kids! Who said this was a kids' movie?? Just because it's animated doesn't mean it teaches you your ABC's! I don't care how old you are - go see Wall-E. You'll enjoy it.