Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Inc. (2008)

Food Inc. (2008)

A scary look of how a handful of corporations are engineering and mass-processing our food.

Imagine you're a farmer getting sued by giant Monsanto Corp. because you planted your own seeds instead of using their genetically engineered ones. Chickens are now raised in half the time they were 50 years ago.  And twice as big. And re-engineered to have more breast meat.  Cows are being force-fed corn cause it's cheap and makes them fat. And sick.  This is an exploration into how our food is being engineered and mass-processed.

Makes you want to start raising chickens on the fire escape.  And put the kids in bunks, cause you'll need space for the pigs.  Just don't get the genetically engineered ones...

You won't want to eat any more after watching this movie, so get extra popcorn.

"The industry doesn't want you to know the truth to what you're eating.
Because if you knew, you might not want to eat it."

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House Of Flying Daggers (2004)

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

A carefree policeman breaks a beautiful kung fu rebel out of jail. Not much not to like here. It's all good.

Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays a blind kung fu expert, Takeshi Kaneshiro as the carefree cop, and Andy Lau (Shaolin) as the intense cop. These 3 super-strong leads mesh well together, each one fascinating and watchable in their own right.

The cinematography is downright stunning, along with the action. Highly stylized, intense beauty of movement, much in the Crouching Tiger way-- if you liked that, you'll love this. Good plot, lots of espionage. And of course flying kung-fu-ers.

Many memorable scenes and images.  If you haven't recently had a fight to the death in a bamboo forest, there's an excellent one here to guide you.   If there was one criticism I could make, it's that they were very liberal with the flying knife physics, but I got over that, gave in to the style, and was enchanted.

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