Watched and enjoyed Food, Inc–the latest in a string of new documentaries on the food (a.k.a “corn”) industry.
Great production values and engaging interviews (including Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) make Food, Inc a rather more refined product than King Corn–though they’re essentially the same product: corn, corn, corn. The packing plant motif conjures scenes from Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation, sans the personal story / drama. If food activism is your thing, you’re sure to enjoy Food, Inc. If you prefer not to think about what’s in your food, may I suggest:
Insomnia (the 1997 Erik Skjoldbjærg original, not the 2002 Christopher Nolan remake) comes off as a tightly directed but dismal thriller. The film would be entirely forgettable–except for being so subtle and well crafted. Divulging the plot (or my speculations about the director’s intent) would be a disservice to any inclined to see it. Suffice to say that it’ll suite your mood if you’re looking for something light and fun–and it’ll suite your mood if you’re looking for something dark and ponderous. Not a common achievement.
Of course, if you’re looking for dark (though not particularly ponderous), you’re best bet is to make it to your local cinema and take in The Road. Imagine a zombie movie, told with all the seriousness of Requiem for a Dream. It’s scary as fuck–and, unlike a zombie film, it’s hard to shake. Check your Panglossean cheer at the popcorn stand and see this movie. You’ll likely regret it–but not in the sort of way that makes you want your money back. Just what you left at the popcorn stand.