Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Surfwise and Wall-E

Surfwise is a documentary about a sixties/seventies-era family that lives in a camper and spends its time mainly surfing, and about the father's vision of living cleanly and simply. I'd heard an interview with one of the grown kids recently. It was both compelling and creepy, but what struck me the most was how much it was a vanity project. Although the family leaved in poverty and none of the kids went to school, they weren't exactly averse to publicity. And they are all sort of this way now. The adult children are so "LA" now, giving it the flavor of California dystopia.

My copy of Wall-E was pretty grainy, but it's a great movie. Great animation, good story, wonderfully imagined. It kind of ends like Battlestar Galactica, with robots and humans going forward together to rebuild a ruined earth. All in all, though, it's pretty disheartening that this is the best we can imagine at this point. Earth goes to shit, and in hundreds of years we can return with the machines to restore it. There's a millenarian theme buried in such plots as well.

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