The Lorax

Image(The Jameson Rating: 65% A pleasant animated children’s film derived loosely from a classic Dr. Seuss story. A cute, funny movie with family-favorite actors and actresses; it teaches a good lesson, while providing a fun evening.) Recently we have been given a large project in which we are to study a serious ethical issue and analyze as to why it is performed. Although I am still unsure as to what I will choose to investigate, the topic of environmentalism caught my my eye. Despite having a broad range, when I think environmental issues I think of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Just to prove how distracted my mind can get, a movie enters my thoughts when I get on this topic. The adaption of the Dr. Seuss book made just last year, “The Lorax”. Although it is a funny film for young children, it still teaches them a valuable lesson while informing them of an ethical issue going on currently in their lives. Obviously here I’m referring to deforestation. One of the main characters, The Once-ler, discusses his story with a younger character about how he developed a product that required the frequent cutting of trees in a forest. Through the process of cutting trees, the Once-ler encounters a small creature, the Lorax, that defends the forest. The Lorax informs the Once-ler that he is making a serious mistake by carrying out the action of cutting down the trees. Nevertheless, Once-ler still cuts the trees to the point that there are no trees left. This results in a plastic utopia in which there are no signs of any vegetation or fauna. The producers hope that the child viewers are then in shock of this issue, and feel obliged to do something in regards to helping the cause.

Back to the Future

Image(The Jameson Rating: 95% Disputed as one of the best films Michael J. Fox has ever performed in and my second favorite directed by Robert Zemeckis (after “Forrest Gump.). A highly intelligent film with a beautiful script, superb acting, and a gorgeous plot. I could spend hours describing the brilliance of this film.) This week we began to do some work on paradoxes; what they are, a few examples, and elaborating on how to understand them. Admittedly, they are a little difficult to comprehend, some much more than others. A paradox is a statement in which seems contradictory and absurd, but further analyzing will prove it to be true. A good example of paradox includes: “The next statement is a lie. The first statement is true.” Such a message sounds a little tricky at first. If the first statement is peaking correctly, then the second must be a lie. However, that would mean the second statement is lying about the first statement telling the truth. Yes, this is an odd concept to try to wrap your head around. In fact, you could spend hours upon hours trying to figure it out, and you could never fully prove this concept. It’s the characteristic of being an unsolvable mystery that makes me love paradoxes. A famous paradox in a movie is the paradox in the film, “Back to the Future.” Heck, the name itself is a paradox. By going backwards, one would be traveling in a path backwards, not to the future. “Back to the Future” is a movie of time travel, a whole genre of mind-bending, brain-hurting concepts that sometimes don’t make sense, but do nonetheless. The film is a brilliant, funny adventure for a young boy and a professor. This is the kind of movie that we should be watching in a philosophy class! *hint* *hint*