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Movie: Fast Food Nation
Year: 2006
Starring: Wilmer Valderrama, Greg Kinnear
Director: Richard Linklater
Genre: Drama
Rated: R
Runtime: 116 minutes
Stars: 3 out of five

I put this movie on my Netflix list because I had read the book this year and heard that there was a movie loosely based upon it. I knew it was not a documentary, but thought it was a drama about the behind-the-scenes of the fast food industry. In reality, it’s more about the struggle of immigrants and how they are involved with the production of fast food.

The story follows several different story lines. One is Greg Kinnear’s character, a corporate executive who heads to Colorado to find out why there is fecal matter in the meat. A larger part of the movie, though, follows the Mexican immigrants who cross the border illegally and find work at the meat packing plant that provides all the beef for Mickey’s “Big One,” a reference to the McDonald’s Big Mac. The executive is shown the sterilized, sanitized part of the plant, but we, the audience, get to look behind the curtain at the gruesome way cows are slaughtered so that we can eat a hamburger (spoiler: this doesn’t happen until the last five minutes of the movie). We also learn how the meat packing plant knowingly hires illegal immigrants so that they can keep costs low. The immigrants are not provided with benefits and are subjected to dangerous conditions which often cause them to be maimed and/or killed while on the job.

Fast Food Nation was difficult to watch at times, but worth a look.

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Take a look at the difference between Bush version 2.0 and version 2.8:

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I wonder what Obama will look like in eight years? (See what I did there?)

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Movie: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Year: 2008
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Action
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 120 minutes
Stars: 2.5 out of five

Hmmm, what can I say about Hellboy II: The Golden Army? I’ve seen Pan’s Labyrinth, and Hellboy II is no Pan’s Labyrinth. My expectations going into seeing this movie were not high, and I was not disappointed. It’s not that this is a terrible movie, but it certainly isn’t a good movie. The sets were very intricate, several characters were Pan’s Labyrinth-esque, and the movie had some interesting special effects. But the writing. Oh, the writing was bad. Plus, there is way too much focus on the love between both Hellboy and Liz, and between Abe Sapien and Princess Nuala.

The best thing I can say about Hellboy II is…watch the DVD extras. The interview of del Toro in the marketplace is really quite amazing. I found the behind-the-scenes stuff way more interesting than the movie itself.

Bottom line? One word: Meh.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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There was no clear winner in the You Pick CineMonday poll, so I guess I will have to review all of them! These are the five that each received one vote:

Hellboy II
Fast Food Nation
Pan’s Labyrinth
Sex and the City: The Movie
Iron Man

I will attempt to get all five movies reviewed in short order, but no promises. Have a great week, everyone!

P.S. When I got to work this morning, the temperature read -28 degrees below zero. Global warming, my foot!

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You Pick CineMonday!

It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a movie, so I’m going to let you pick which one it will be. Please be so kind as to pick from this list of movies I’ve seen since the last CineMonday:

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