Saturday, June 06, 2009

Pre-Thoughts on Food, Inc.

For some reason, food is interesting to me.

I think most people like food, but food in cinema is super interesting to me. Somehow wrapping a film around food, for example Pixar's Ratatoille or Lasse Hallström's film Chocolat.

(For more food films, you can read this post of mine from 2006 about food films, and films that sound like they are about food, but are not)

Next weekend, the documentary Food Inc. will have a limited release by Magnolia pictures. Food Inc. is the second film adapted from Eric Schlosser's book Fast Food Nation. The previous film with Richard Linklater's 2006 dramatic film title Fast Food Nation, that received a less that excited response.

Food, Inc.'s concept to explore the corporate nature of food, and expose the deception, abuses, and dangers associated with our current food system.

A film like this is compelling to me, but seems far from original, and certainly doesn't capture the excitement of a dramatic film that romanticizes food, all the same, done well this is a film I'm interested in. I think food is such a bid part of our life, getting us to stop and think about what we are eating and where it comes from is valuable.

I ran across the first three minutes of the film and if anything, they did a really fun job with their production credits, and their original music written by Mark Adler sounds well--very Danny Elfman like.


Mary Ann said...

This looks pretty interesting. I like how they did the credits :0

William Petruzzo said...

Agreed. Very Danny Elfman. The film looks interesting. Although the "they don't want us to know..." lines makes me think it's going to be a heavy handed propaganda piece. What corporations do and don't "want" people to know is a matter of speculation, not fact. In a documentary, it's just fluff that inflames the emotions. I think I'd much rather they just make a documentary about how things are and let the viewer decide.

Then again, that probably wouldn't be as fun to watch.

kat said...

I've seen this movie and I actually think the trailer is a bit heavy-handed and sensational in a way that the movie is not. I sort of cringe at the way the line "they don't want you to know" is edited because there are, in fact, some very specific instances of things they don't want us to know. They're speculations, they're the result of very targeted lobbying and legislation. Things like labeling and the origination of food, etc, as well as what the inside of production facilities look like. I think this very much is a documentary about how things are.

Corporate Bars said...

Thanks for sharing those here. Food for thought I'd say