The PEMDAS controversy that is taking over the internet is intriguing.
The important things on the internet are not the important things in the world.
Very few documentaries have a story that develops as sincerely as Beautiful Losers’s. That could be because it is a film about street art, made by people within the street art community. The issues the group faced as teenagers bonded them together to form creative types of art. But the trials never really went away as they became adults, and neither did the drive to be creative.
Although I don’t particularly get street art (really, most forms of visual art other than surrealism doesn’t speak to me), the most intriguing characters tend to be associated with it. Watching Steve Powers get his hair cut into his version of the high top fade was magnificent. The artists were open with their thoughts, messages and methods. The last of which is important of course because every art documentary should show artists in their natural environment.
I expected some great scientific insight into nutrition and health since the documentary began with quotes from Linus Pauling and Hippocrates. Unfortunately, the suggestions presented in the film left me skeptical of some of the expert’s credentials and/or sanity.
Food Matters presented alternative viewpoints in treating physical and mental health problems. Its key point was critisizing the health care industry and government organizations for lack of emphasis and delegitimizing nutrition as a main form of treatment and prevention. One thing that triggers my skepticism is a very generalized claim of healing powers. For example, claiming something like the raw food movement can cure/heal/prevent nearly every one of the broad variety of health issues that is common in America is wishful thinking. To be fair, it was only mildly conspiracy theory laced, which kind of made it entertaining enough to watch.
I wanted to get something out of it. People need to consider what they intake and how it affects their health. It was just too hard to get past the pseudo-science that most of the featured commentators founded their opinions. The very singular perspective on a dynamic issue with complex factors including socio-economics and medical science just left me shaking my head throughout this film.
(Thanks to jjlouis for the recommendation.)