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     This new 2011 health documentary by Lee Fulkerson is more like a biography of two prominent food scientists, Dr. T Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  It follows their childhoods on farms up to their most acclaimed research. Using excerpts from their research, the doc explains how the REAL culprit of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke is meat and dairy. Personal testimonies are used heavily to supplement their research.  
 


Life of the Party


     “Forks” does a fairly decent job of making nutritionists enjoyable, and includes some interesting tidbits on the history of food science. It uses reputable doctors and sources and doesn’t compound on itself too much, which makes coming in and out of the storyline pretty easy. The visuals and charts are simple to understand from a distance or in a crowd of noisy people.
 
Potential Hangovers


     You would think that a documentary about food would be fantastic for a group of food lovers; no one can turn down an episode or two of Man Vs. Food.  This indie film is NOT one of those kind of documentaries, unfortunately. Advocating an all-vegan diet is not only is it a massive buzzkill for meat-themed parties (I’m preparing for sausage fest early this year), but incredibly wrong. The scientists themselves admit that they have taken a plummet in fame slightly less embarrassing than Linus Pauling’s Vitamin C fetish, and that they are now ostracized from their scientific community. They even had the evil American Dietetic Association claiming that meat and dairy are needed in moderation (heresy!). The studies presented, in short, were used as evidence for unrelated patterns. They claim that impoverished nations have less cancer because of their diet (not adjusting for average lifespan).  They claim that vegan diets can cure diabetes, a chronic disease that can only be managed. They even lied about how much protein is in a potato: 3.6%, not 8%!

The Vibe

     Do you and your friends love long infomercials for Acia berry products? This movie is for you! A vegan diet will cure all your problems, from cancer to diabetes to all types of cardiovascular problems: the biggest killers in America.  Here are a few currently-less-respected doctors in lab coats and a lot of emotional personal testimonies. BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL! Did you like "Expelled?" Not only can a vegan diet cure your health problems, but the scientific community is so bought out by big business names that they are actively working to prevent you from eating it. America has a disease, and big business is the cause. BUT WAIT, THERE IS STILL MORE! Did you like Sicko?" The American diet is far less superior than its starving nation neighbors. Kenya and post-Nazi Europe, for instance, hardly ever got cancer on account of the scarcity of meat. Fancy that! This is absolutely not suitable for any sized viewing or any amount of alcohol [But since that's not what we do around here, I'm going to classify this movie as Cocktail Party, that you may chortle exhuberantly at this movie's wantonly gleeful inadequacies and inaccuracies. Bully! - Editor].

Plus and minuses:
+ “3D graphics”
- Abdication of moderation and portion size in favor of veganism
+ Friendly interviews
- Conspiracy theories
+ Gets people to think about food choices and food science
- One big plug for Whole Foods
+ Includes actual statistics
- Has no idea what "correlation" and "causation" mean

Drink when

One of the two primary doctors is onscreen

When someone notices their facts are wrong

(Hard Mode) When food is onscreen

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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