Film Reviews

Raw Roots of The McDonald’s Corp Exposed in The Founder Starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc

We have sung the praises of the Slow Food movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1989 as an outgrowth of his campaign against the McDonald’s fast food chain opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. This global, grassroots organization’s mission is to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of […]

Michael Pollan & Alex Gibney Discuss the Making of the Netflix Series Cooked

While the newspaper business in the 21st century may still be struggling to find a solid financial footing, the New York Times, at least, seems to have found one revenue stream that entertains, enlightens, and also brings home the bacon: TimesTalks, live and webcasted conversations (now in its 18th year) between its journalists and “21st century […]

Fed Up With America’s Sugar Addiction

Fed-Up, a documentary film directed by Stephanie Soechtig, narrated by Katie Couric, and written by Mark Monroe and Ms. Soechtig (92 minutes)  [Distributed by Radius-TWC, a boutique label from the Weinstein Company, 2014] “Move more, eat less” has always seemed to provide an easily understood remedy for losing excess bodyweight.  Burn more calories than you […]

A Sheepfarmer’s Lonesome Life Comes Undone in Perceptive Film

The Auction (Le Dématelement), a Canadian film with screenplay and direction by Sébastian Pilote, in French with English subtitles (111 minutes) [Film Movement, a North American distributor of independent and foreign films, 2013] This beautiful to behold, wonderfully acted, and deeply felt film has one uncharacteristic lighter moment.  Gaby Gagnon (played by the superb actor, […]

Forks Over Knives, Preventing Disease with a Plant-Based, Whole-Food Diet

Forks over Knives, a documentary film written and directed by Lee Fulkerson (96 minutes) [Virgil Films, 2011] Michael Pollan in his Food Rules, answers one of the basic questions of life, “What should I eat?” with seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  Pollan’s advice to “eat food” is rooted in his rejection […]

Nothing Like CHOCOLATE, a Journey to the Heart of Chocolate

  Nothing Like CHOCOLATE, a documentary film directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani (68 minutes) [Mirror and Hammer Films, 2013] This past June, the untimely death of Mott Green, the founder of The Grenada Chocolate Company, saddened chocolate aficionados who were aware of his mission to create a chocolate company that went beyond simply carrying a Fair […]

Brunswick, A Portrait of a Farmer and the End of Rural Life

Brunswick, a documentary film directed by Nate Simms (56 minutes) [Country Boy Productions, 2011, www.brunswickfilm.com] The town of Brunswick in upstate New York’s Rensselaer County is on the eastern edge of the rapidly suburbanizing Capital Region.  The Capital Region’s three urban centers of Albany, Schenectady and Troy have all lost significant population in the past […]

What's On Your Plate?

What’s On Your Plate? A documentary film directed by Catherine Gund (70 minutes) [Aubin Pictures, 2010, www.aubinpictures.com/] A full house greeted the showing of the documentary, What’s On Your Plate?, at the Saratoga Film Forum’s fall fundraiser [www.saratogafilmforum.org/].  The sold-out crowd of all ages at the Dee Sarno Theater in The Arts Center in downtown […]

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