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Pop What You Preach!

  • 6/17/09 at 1:34 PM
Pop What You Preach!

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You can read my brief but pointed review of Food, Inc. here, but there’s something I didn’t have room to say in the mag. Film Forum, one of New York’s (and the country’s) most vital exhibitors — good guys who show good movies that contribute to the social good — would have you and your kids watch Food, Inc. while munching on Orville Redenbacher popcorn. That’s baaad. That's the product made by ConAgra, one of the movie’s several super-villains, named after a guy who never existed and was designed to look like a nerdy Midwestern farmer turned small entrepreneur. Alas, as the movie shows, no corn product is untainted by misplaced government subsidies, but switching to Newman’s Own (organic) would make sense on so many levels. And that goes for the rest of you indie exhibitors!

UPDATE: A Film Forum rep has responded that the theater will look into the matter and consider its options. Excellent. Drop them a line if you are so inclined. Among its other virtues, Food, Inc. has inspired me to become a film critic/popcorn activist. But I would be remiss if I did not admit to my hypocrisy in one regard: I would be mighty upset if they stopped selling my beloved diet cola, however vile, unhealthful, and politically tainted. So let's not take this too far...

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