[excerpted from The New Yorker]
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. — No stars.
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a factory. I believe more movies should be made about enterprising young boys who are given factories. — Three and a half stars. (Half a star off for the grandparents, who are sponging off the labor of Charlie and his mother. If Grandpa Joe can dance, Grandpa Joe can work.)
A woman takes a job with a wealthy family without asking for money in exchange for her services. An absurd premise. Later, her employer leaves a lucrative career in banking in order to play a children’s game. — No stars.
The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. — Four stars.
A farm animal ceases to be useful and is disposed of humanely. A valuable lesson for children. — Four stars.
“Lady and the Tramp”
A ridiculous movie. What could a restaurant owner possibly have to gain by giving away a perfectly good meal to dogs, when he could sell it at a reasonable price to human beings? A dog cannot pay for spaghetti, and payment is the only honest way to express appreciation for value. — One star.
UPDATE: And see this edition of Ayn Rand Christmas Cards. Yikes!
Maybe you would enjoy this, it’s very amusing:
“Mozart Was a Red”
Yes, that was very amusing, but I can’t tell if the play was real, or if this was satire (or both!).