Forks Over Knives
Documentary 2011 PG 96 minutes. Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. See Full Review
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Documentary 2010 NR 97 minutes. Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health. See Full Review
Documentary 2008 NR 80 minutes. With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better. See Full Review
Documentary 2010 NR. Vegucated is a documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough.
Change Your Food, Change Your Life
Documentary 2005 NR 80 minutes. Nutrition expert Jill Ovnik explains why viewers should consider the vegan lifestyle and how to make the switch to an all-plant diet. In an informative and entertaining video, she explains how cutting out meat and dairy products can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and other diseases, increase energy and help lose weight. She even leads a guided tour of a grocery store to show what to avoid buying and what will taste great.
Our Daily Bread
Documentary 2005 NR 92 minutes. Documentary Bypassing the human factor, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's provocative documentary offers an intensely clinical look at the machinery of industrial food production. Geyrhalter focuses his lens on high-tech aspects of agriculture, using a rich mix of film techniques to capture machines in action. Humans, animals and crops appear incidentally, with droning conveyor belts, automated crop dusters and other machinery in starring roles.
Movies About Meat That May Make You Go Vegetarian
"Picking up the remote can become a life-changing act when you watch one of these movies. If animals wrote movie reviews, they'd give these films two paws up."
Fast Food Nation
Drama 2006 R 113 minutes. Richard Linklater's fictional tale (inspired by Eric Schlosser's 2001 nonfiction book of the same name) critiques the junk-food juggernaut that's arguably responsible for America's alarming obesity rates. Greg Kinnear plays Don Henderson, a corporate exec of a national fast-food chain, who follows beef's journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses -- and ultimately to your stomach. Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Bruce Willis co-star.
Super Size Me
Documentary 2004 PG-13 98 minutes. Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare. See Full Review
Documentary 2009 PG-13 92 minutes. Reveals slaughter of wild dolphins for food in Japan. Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world's largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe. Louie Psihoyos directs this riveting, Oscar-winning documentary.
The End of the Line
Documentary 2009 PG 1hr 22m. Filmmaker Rupert Murray traverses the world exposing the devastating effects that overfishing with modern technology is having on fish stocks and exploring the real solutions to solve the crisis. the film's point that overfishing 1) occurs, and 2) has dire repercussions. International fishing guidelines are regularly ignored by poachers and individual governments to astonishing degrees; in some cases, the suggested maximum catch is exceeded by tenfold or more. Overfishing can result in 1) ecological disasters, as when a species goes extinct or becomes endangered it can have consequences such as increase of algae or other such biological problems that wreak more havoc than one would imagine; and 2) significant loss of jobs, as if there are no fish to catch there are no fishermen to employ. See Full Review
I Am an Animal
Documentary 2007. About the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and animal cruelty. Showing everything from undercover video footage shot inside a turkey slaughterhouse to a rescued turkey singing along to classical music, this documentary about PETA founder Ingrid E. Newkirk is one of the best cases for a Tofurky Thanksgiving.
Documentary Canadian 2006 NR 44 minutes. With the beef industry focused on increasing production and reducing manufacturing costs, this eye-opening documentary investigates the dangers to human health posed by feedlot-raised beef -- as well as the attempt to cover up this danger.See Full Review
Satire Animation 2000 G 84 minutes. Rocky the Rooster and Ginger the Chicken decide to rebel against the evil farmers Mr. and Ms. Tweedy, and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the farm in which they are held captive. This movie is a marvel of how far we have come in animation. It is funny, well written and wonderfully acted..even if they are chickens. A good movie that even adults can enjoy. The Animation is good and there is funny parts even for adults.
1995 G 92 minutes. Director Chris Noonan's tale of precocious piglet Babe's (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) struggle to fit in and become a champion sheepherder won the hearts of audiences and critics. Nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Babe won the Visual Effects Oscar, and everything from farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) to the multitude of farm animals to the humble, edgy script is remarkably appealing for kids and adults alike. This film has turned legions of people into vegetarians—including its star, James Cromwell—because who could "pig out" again after watching that cute little piglet charm Farmer Hogett?
Babe: Pig in the City
1998 G 95 minutes. After winning the sheepherding contest, Babe (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) comes home to the reality that Farmer and Mrs. Hoggett (James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski) may lose their land. The prize porker and Mrs. Hoggett go to the big city in a desperate attempt to save the farm but become separated. On his own, Babe performs with the circus, is chased by stray dogs and becomes a leader among animals in director George Miller's Oscar-nominated sequel.
Sci-Fi 1973 PG 97 minutes. Set in a polluted, congested New York City in 2022, this sci-fi thriller stars Charlton Heston as Robert Thorn, a gumshoe looking into the murder of a corporate executive (Joseph Cotten) whose company makes a nutritious synthetic food called Soylent Green. But in the process of tracking down the killer, Thorn unearths shocking information about the product's ingredients -- the real food for thought is when Chuck Heston discovers that "Soylent Green is people!" (Please, pass the veggies!) The cast also includes the great Edward G. Robinson in his last film.
Black Comedy 1982 R 83 minutes. Paul and Mary Bland (Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov) dream of owning a restaurant but can't pony up the $20,000 down payment that will make it a reality, because hubby (a wine snob) is fired from his job & "poof" there goes their dream. So they come up with a macabre plan to raise the cash in director Paul Bartel's black comedy. When an intruder is killed after he tries to assault Mary in the Blands' home, the couple decides to lure sex-seekers to their home via a classified ad, kill them and take their money, then serve them to guests. The best part is that the characters are convinced they are doing the right thing by cleaning up the "refuse" of society. This movie is just as fun now as it was 20 years ago, and one of the best comedy films ever.
Black Comedy 1991 NR 99 minutes. Gentle clown Louison (Dominique Pinon) moves into a tenement with a deli on the ground floor and falls for the butcher's daughter, Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac). But it's soon discovered that her father (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is really butchering people (à la Sweeney Todd) and selling the meat to tenants. At a crossroads, Julie must decide whether to remain loyal to her father or expose him to save Louison from becoming the next entrée.
Documentary Frontline 2002. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control found that a single fast-food hamburger contained beef from more than 100 cows. In the last few decades, American meat production has become a highly mechanized and centralized industry, bringing about significant changes not only in the way meat is produced but also in the way Americans eat. These changes have forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to institute a new meat inspection process, which gives far greater control to the powerful meat industry. This spring, Frontline investigates the modern meat industry and the safety of our current meat supply.
To the Last Fish
Documentary Frontline 1991. Correspondent Al Austin looks at the mass environmental destruction of the world's fisheries caused by new technologies in the fishing industry. Interviews with fishermen, businessmen, scientists, and government leaders reveal how the vital marine resource is in a dangerous state of decline.
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