I've been watching some documentaries lately, some of which where slightly interested. Decided to create a thread to discuss some, so i don't have to pollute the movies thread.
I just watched Bill Mahers Religulous on religion. I find it hard to hear Maher say that he dislikes religion for the lack of proof, while he has some pretty radical views on medication in general. But the film was easy, predictable and didn't really tell anything new. Apart from that, it was really fun to watched and had some pretty funny interviews. But it's easy to bash christians, and Maher did it easily...
Here are some thoughts of me from other documentaries i watched (which where originally posted on the temp HoW)
Who Killed the Electric Car:
yesterday i watched the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. In 1990 the state of California declared that for a car-manufacturer to sell cars in the state, by 1998 two percent of the cars must be emission free. General Motors (who's headquarters already look like the layer of an evil king) developed the GM Ev1; an electric car that looked pretty sweet, could get relatively far on one charge (about 60- 80 miles, and was therefor fit to use for the 90 percent of the car-drivers, since the average distance people drove per day was 29 miles) and was fast and quiet, and best of all it was emission free and. GM leased the cars to people who wanted it. Not expecting too many people to want one, the GM waiting list for this car soon reached 10000 people. So GM decided to complain to the authorities, and they decided that they didn't need to produce the 2 percent emission free cars if they could prove that there was no demand for these cars. This was after the authorities installed an infrastructure in California with electric charging points. After going through great lenghts to prove the car was not in demand, wich the documentary shows untrue, GM pulled the plug on the project and recalled the Ev1's and had them destroyed. The people who leased them where all willing to buy the car for the price of 34000 dollars, which was the price GM would claim it eventually sell for, but GM refused... The documentary, which was actually pretty nice and well narrated by Martin Sheen, tries to explain why the project was cancelled, only to find out that the car companies, the oil companies but also the consumer where to blame
Anyway, i'm just done watching Food Inc, which was a lovely insight into the US meat industry. I can go around criticising the US food industry, but i honestly don't know how things are around here. I've never heard of people dying of Ecoli because of contaminated meat in the EU, or of people getting Genetical Engineerd food without knowing it. And i do know that in the US, the meat for the European market has to be slaughtered seperately from the meat for the US citizens. European Union regulations are good for something that is true, but i can't give a good insight in how things are here...
Also watched Monster Camp, which is about a chapter of LARP-ers in Seattle. It's easy to make fun of people who LARP, and truth be told it can look rather ridiculous, but it's one of most harmless things one can do to release pressure. And the LARP-ers seemed to be really enjoying themselves. I can understand the appeal. Anyway, the movie wasn't great, but wasn't trying to make fun of the LARP-ers. Don't know if it wasn't a great insight into the culture
The Future of Food:
Watched the docu The Future of Food yesterday. Its a film on the American farmers, and how they suffer from genetically engineerd produce and the American patent regulations. According to this film, the US is one of the few countries where engineerd food is allowed, and where it can even be found in baby food. The big evil corporation in this all apparently is the Monsanto corporation, who keeps on suing farmers who build produce which the corporation patented. Yes, they patent food...
I don't go around believing everything i see or read, and my studies always taught me to have a critical approach. But this documentary, as well as quite some other i've seen lately, have led me to believe that there is a huge conflict of interests in the US goverment, nearing corruption. Ex-CEO's for the Monsanto corporation are now in the Senate, and can easily go back to Monsanto once their term is finished. The corporation also finances election campaigns for people who want to be in the office. Michael Moore showed the same in his pic Sicko, only from the side of the Healthcare business
watched the Michael Moore documentary Sicko the other day, on the American health insurance business. i know Moore's bits need to be taken with a bit of salt, but what he sketched the US as some sort of third world country.