You may or may not know that I love to go to the movies. I was an usher at a theatre in Rexdale from the ages of 14-22. I love being in a theatre. I pretty much see everything that comes out (except Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler romantic comedies... don't get me wrong, I love GB, just not that soul sucking-he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not shit).
So even though I see most of them, I don't recommend that many... For example, I saw 'Priest' on the weekend... notice I didn't recommend it... because I can't wish that upon you... even if it was a documentary about clergy killing vampires it would be boring... though the Christopher Plummer is awesome as always in it ....
But... I did see a movie this weekend that you need to see... not a movie that you should see, a movie that you NEED to see. It's called 'Forks Over Knives', a documentary about your health. It puts our diets under the microscope. And in a really stark and effective way, it clears a path to a truly healthy life... It covers everything from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, and how your food choices play in.
As I get older I become way more aware of this. I've slowly changed the way I eat. And just ask my buddy Bob Mackowycz from CBC Radio2... he'll tell you that if you wanted a ride in my car you'd have to try not to drown in the sea of McChicken boxes and unused ketchup packs. And veal has been almost as important to me as family... But I'm going to work at getting closer to living by this diet...
And believe me, one thing that comes with the freedoms of our culture is that we get all uppity when people tell us how to eat healthy. Look, Oprah wins every fight she has... except against the meat industry. They are a powerful group.
And if you read the reviews of the film you'll notice a lot of critics calling it vegetarian propaganda, which is the immediate defense of anyone who lacks the curiosity for self-improvement. And while they are certainly entitled to their opinion, it's a largely uninteresting critique that misses the point.
So, if you're the kind of person who would rather be ignorant than healthy, this is probably not the movie for you. But, if you're like me and are starting to realize that your emotionally satisfying food comas of the past are still in fact comas... then this might be the movie for you.
Watch the trailer below: