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Forks Over Knives (2011)
life changing, life saving
the negative reviews of this documentary must be from closed minded obese fools who are addicted to bad food, and/or work in the big agriculture or big pharmaceutical industries. between this, Food Inc, Vegucated, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Hungry For Change, and Super Size Me, how can anyone not see a whole foods plant based diet is optimal for good health, and the standard American diet (sad) is awful? and I didn't get from this film ALL cancers would be prevented or reversed, just the ones that come from poor diet. if you ate and drank a perfect diet and smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day of course you're going to get lung cancer.
while some medical professionals have tried to debunk FOK, none of them come close to having the credentials, training, experience, etc... doctors Campbell, Esselstyn, and McDougall do. it's like a first grader debunking Shakespeare.
bottom line - don't want most cancers, type 2 diabetes, and/or to be fat/obese? DON'T!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Why is this movie considered good?
I was so looking forward to this movie because I had heard such great things about it. disappointed would be a huge understatement. what the Hell was this movie about? as far as I could tell there was no story, zero, nothing. literally nothing happened. there was no plot, no believable characters, not even a single interesting scene or line of dialog to bump this film up to a 2 in my opinion. just a total and absolute waste of time making and watching this movie. I know movies are subjective, but I just do not get how anyone can find this film remotely entertaining in any way. there are several films in the top 250 I have seen and agree they should be there. this belongs in the bottom 3, along with "Fargo" and "American Beauty".
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)
Similar, but not ripped off by Big Chill
After watching the extras on The Big Chill DVD you know the idea for Big Chill was created in the late 1970's. 1983 is simply the release date of Big Chill, not that it was actually put together from concept through release in 1983. There are similarities, old college friends reuniting and reminiscing, but Big Chill seems a bit darker to me. Probably a combination of the characters being slightly older, coming together because of a suicide, and the conversations they have. RETURN however more than holds its own as a movie with good dialouge, genuine situations, and the low budget actually helps the feel of the film. Even as I get older than the characters in both movies, I am still reminded of the friendships, casual and lifelong, made during college, as there is something about each character in both that reminds me of someone from the good old days. RETURN may be a bit hard to come by, but look for it, it is worth the search.
The Big Chill (1983)
Wonderful, witty, charming, and touching.
This movie reminds me of professional wrestling or George W. Bush. You either love it or hate it, very little middle ground. Personally I love it. When I first saw it in high school I had a group of friends who I was very close with and we knew each other as "Big Chill" friends. Today I could not tell you where one of them is. What I like about the movie most is the characters. There is something about every character, even Alex, I can relate to, and there is something about every character that reminds me of at least one person I knew in college. The dialog is very real, what would actually be said in that situation. I did not think the movie seemed very "scripted." There are some LOL moments, some misty eye moments, some poignant moments, etc... I think anyone who is 30+ has the same questions as the characters in this movie. As a bonus, it simply has the best soundtrack I have ever heard. The songs fit the mood of the movie in general, and the specific scenes perfectly. They are not just songs for the sake of songs. Anytime I hear one of the songs from this film I immediately think "Big Chill." Even 22 years after I first saw it, there are some scenes which just resonate so clearly with me. I like the fact the flashback scenes were cut out, I think it is best Alex is left faceless and you still get to know a bit about him. It is also a very well made movie. It fits together like a puzzle. Clues in part A make sense when you get to part B. Overall a great film with a tremendous cast. It is a movie you have to listen and pay attention to in order to get something from it. If all you like is Die Hard type movies, you will not get it. But if you like movies such as Dead Poets Society, Stand By Me, Good Will Hunting, Diner, Breaking Away, etc... watch The Big Chill. By the way, this movie DID NOT rip off Return of Secaucus 7. If you watch the extras of TBC DVD you know the idea for it came in the late 1970's. 1983 is simply the release date of TBC, it was not written, pitched, filmed, and released in one year. There are similarities, and a lot of differences too. TBC stands alone. UPDATE: Feb & Mar 2011 because of Facebook i am now in touch with my Big Chill friends