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Fed Up Girl

It may win the prize for best title of an issue film, but Fed Up is otherwise your standard fare as far as these kinds of documentaries go. It’s about the obesity epidemic, primarily in America, and how the fight against it has been wrongly strategized for the past 30 years. There’s a lot of good information and some effective devices employed to get at the audience’s heart as well as mind, but when all is said and done, I can’t help but wonder who a movie like this is for. Who wants to pay $10 or more to watch a bunch of talking heads make claims about how the food industry and government have made the problem even worse over the years? This shouldn’t be the content of a theatrical release (though I’d love to see the ironic folks watching this while chowing down on popcorn and candy from the concession stand). It should be distributed free, at least to the poor. Maybe as a pamphlet rather than a film. Fed Up is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric, giving it a journalistic sensibility that many issue films these days lack. This isn’t to say it necessarily has more integrity or truth, but it does come off as a work of news reportage in the skin of a conventional doc. Almost akin to something CBS would have aired back in the days of Friendly and Murrow yet not in their style. I just keep thinking of how a documentary special like their piece on […]

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While introducing Austin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg’s Tough Bond at Hot Docs this weekend, a programmer called it “powerful.” That’s an adjective we tend to take for granted, especially at a film festival devoted to documentaries, and I accepted the claim for whatever my mind tends to associate with the word. Which might be nothing. Halfway through the film, I wondered what we really mean when we call a film powerful. There are actually a few different possibilities. An orange glue bottle hanging from the mouths of Kenyan street kids like its an extension of their face. That’s an image I’ll never get out of my head, which means its an image with power. And its an image recurring throughout Tough Bond, which focuses on a national problem of huffing and the societal changes leading youths to turn to the intoxicating adhesive. But that doesn’t make the film itself powerful, does it? It’s not as if the filmmakers created this picture of modern Africa. They just recorded it.

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One of the big surprises of the 2013 Golden Globe Awards involved a sort of “Argo-f**kyourself” to the Academy Awards, as Oscar-snubbed Ben Affleck was named Best Director of the year. His film, Argo, also ended up winning Best Picture in the drama category. Early in the night, in a brilliantly hilarious monologue by co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony offered some foreshadowing with subtle jabs at the Oscars with immediate shout outs to Affleck and fellow Academy snubs in the director category, Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino. They even fit in a joke directed at Anne Hathaway about her 2011 Academy Awards ceremony co-hosting gig with James Franco. Hathaway expectantly wound up winning for Best Supporting Actress, though, and her film, Les Miserables won Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. Co-star Hugh Jackman was a bit of s surprise as Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. More than who won and what didn’t, people will be talking about the somewhat cryptic speech by Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Jodie Foster and the appearance by Bill Clinton to present Best Picture nominee Lincoln. Speaking of Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis surprised nobody by winning Best Actor – Drama. But at least I ended up surprised that he did a comedy 25 years ago called Stars and Bars, which I need to see immediately. My Golden Globes live-blog co-host, Daniel Walber, alerted me to that. And if you didn’t follow us during the ceremony, which we found far more enjoyable than […]

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HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming telemovie The Special Relationship, the story of the unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between newly-installed British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton as the two dynamic leaders become co-stars on the world stage.”

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Well, it depends on what HBO Films/BBC Films’s definition of the word “Hope Davis” is.

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I seem to remember signing something that guaranteed that we wouldn’t have to hear about the Clintons after the election. Does anyone else remember that?

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