Movie Night

Friday, August 27, 2010

After taking a couple years off, Hubby and I are back into Netflix. I really don't know why we stopped, other than we moved and it expired. It's not like we are too cool for it or something.

(Head-back laughter. . . can you hear it?)

Anyhoo, we've had some random choices lately. He wants action/adventure, I want comedy/romance. We are the typical couple. Our meet in the middle has been documentary. Two are still playing in my mind.

The first is gorgeous. Big. Landscape. Adventure. It is called, 180 Degrees South, and it is about a trek to Patagonia, by boat, in 2007. The 2007 exhibition was inspired by the trip two adventurers took to Patagonia in 1968, by van. The 1968 dudes were Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia, the company that made your fleece) and Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face, the company that made your backpack) - before they were capitalist pigs. (Joke.) But seriously, this is a great movie about environmentalism and our larger world. The scenery is spectacular, and as the trailer says, "This ode to cutting loose could make you quit your job."

The second is gross. Stunning. Disturbing. Important. It is called, Food, Inc., and it started with the question, "Where does the food on our shelves come from?" The answer is, well, ugh. It isn't from the picturesque farm pictured on the package, that is for sure. And it hit close to home for me since I grew up in Midwestern farm country. I view farming as a noble profession, and it was heartbreaking and gut wrenching to hear farmers explain what is really happening on their farms. There is a lot to say about this film; I'm sure I don't agree with all of it. But I will say this - before Food, Inc., I had just started buying organic food. Now I am committed to buying organic food.

Have you seen either of these movies?
What did you think?
Got another one to recommend?

Bust out the non-genetically engineered popcorn - it's movie night!

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4 Responses to “Movie Night”

  1. So funny! I just posted about this the other day and how it has changed our buying habits. To say it rattled me is an understatement! Everything that I put in my mouth now, I wonder where it came from and how it was produced. I have been telling everyone about this movie. A must see for sure!

  2. Craig has been watching a piece on the Civil War - it is long but he is really enjoying it and I like to hear about it but I can't say I like sitting through them (I am getting the cliff notes).

    On a side note Craig and I needed to do netflix to save our marriage. We would fight everytime we went to the movie store!

  3. That movie was eye-opening for sure! You should read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan - it has changed the way we buy all of our food, and has helped me tremendously with reading (and understanding)food labels. The Cliff's Notes version is called "Food Rules" (by the same author.)

    I will have to rent 180 Degrees South. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. My Perestroika is supposed to be good!
    Can you tell I've been in Ukraine?