Sunday, November 23, 2008

Children of the Corn

Before I get to the corn thing, I have to brag a bit. Got the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 720 installed this week. This is our lone television in the house, in the basement. There are many days we never have it on. But when we fire up the Fober budget home theatre, it is sweet. Some women have the shopping gene for shoes, knick-knacks or clothes. Mine mutated into a technology gene. With 2.35:1 ratio wide screen movies, I have an 8 ft. diagonal screen. Now, we only have 5.1 surround sound, but we did it for a song. The rumble and vibrations of a star destroyer or shells flying over your head at Normandy are pretty damn impressive. And Russell Crowe looks fabulous as Maximus in Gladiator. Catherine, you'll have to come over and watch it for the 51st time.

Anyway, on to the real topic of this post. I rented a few DVDs to check out the new projector's abilities and picked up the movie King Corn. This a great documentary if you have an interest in food and how agriculture has changed over the last 100 years. It is the story of two city dudes and their quest to crow an acre of corn in Iowa. The movie features interviews with Michael Pollan, Walter Willet, Loren Cordain and Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz (who recently passed away at 98).

If you are a child of the 70s and 80s, this movie is about you and your diet. We are children of the corn. Thjs movie will make you think about the food choices you made back then and the choices you make now.

I'm thinking of having a King Corn screening for my STL peeps. Let me know if you are interested (Orie, Cinister?) in a good movie and conversation some evening. You know, kinda like Oprah's book club, but more fun. Just please do not look under your chair; the only thing you will find are lost cat toys.

1 comment:

Orie said...

Sounds Great, Tracy! I'll bring the Kale chips.

Hey, Michael Pollan was at WU Med School on Friday. I listened to him address a capacity crowd of physicians. He told them exactly how bad nutrition "science" has been for us. And told them all to get involved in the next Farm Bill if they wanted the health of their patients to improve.

Unfortunately (and surprisingly) he said it was his first time being invited to talk to the medical community. It was a great talk.