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He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Incredibles (2004)--Exciting, witty, and beautiful CGI film about a family of superheroes trying to live a normal life in a governmental relocation program, after litigation has forced all caped crusaders underground. The father's altruistic impulses are frustrated at work, where he is forced to deny benefits to insurance policy holders; and the rest of the family suffers in ways nicely appropriate to their superpowers (the lightning-fast son is disruptive, the daughter with the power of invisibility is a wallflower, and the wife, formerly known as Elastigirl, feels stretched trying to hold the family together). The subversively conservative moral of the tale is that society loses when it suppresses excellence through a misguided egalitarianism. In an Aristotelian spin on self-esteem doctrine, it is only when the Incredibles brave the envy of others and accept themselves as gifted that they find contentment--and, of course, Save The Day. Cool early 1960s decor! A-

Beer expert, during trip to Prague, says Pilsner Urquell has gone downhill. It's still a good beer, it's a very good beer, but it was a great beer.


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