Category Archives: movies

Yoga, hot bath, and some subtitles

Owl and the Sparrow


Aaah. A long hot bath and an endearing movie with subtitles. What could be better?

I actually got a yoga class in today and since it had been a while, and I inadvertently picked a tough class, I had some curiously sore muscles to soak.

{I also picked a popular one—there must have been 50 of us packed in there—it was hard not to whack somebody or get kicked in the face. And, well, that’s a lot of fragrant hot bodies in a small space, as you can imagine. But still, a good class.}

Atmosphere and inference, absorbing omissions


What they have in common: Atmosphere and inference. An absorbing story. Omissions telling more of the story than the story itself.

View from the top


View from the top of Pilot Butte on another beautiful summer evening. Hiked up by myself for once. We may have had a long winter and a short mild summer, but the days have been just right lately—and the evenings magnificent.

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Now on Netflix: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

I’d been wanting to watch the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and was going to borrow it from a friend. Until I discovered last night that it was available on Netflix. I watched it with the kids today on a lazy Saturday afternoon before being sucked into going out into the pre-4th crowds to go grocery shopping.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is well done, has a nice pace, and just enough animated segments to break it up and keep it interesting. In short, it’s about an Australian guy who is very overweight and has an autoimmune skin condition that causes him to frequently break out in severe rashes. He’s fed up with all the different doctors and advice he’s been given, so he decides to come to America, go on a 60-day juice fast, and talk to people across America as he does it. Not only do we get to see his healthy transformation throughout the 60 days and beyond, but the film follows another guy, a morbidly obese American truck driver, who meets the Australian and decides he too needs to make a change. I love transformation stories (which is why I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser), and this is a good one.

I’d love to see a followup on both of these guys and to learn more about what they are eating in between juice fasts. Also, how healthy is this for somebody that is not overweight and doesn’t have all those fat stores to tide them over? I wonder if the DVD has any special features on it? The website doesn’t seem to have any followup features on it, nor does

I’ve never previously considered a juice fast (I can get VERY cranky when hungry), but after watching this documentary, a 10-day juice fast with fresh organic fruits and vegetables seems like a doable thing, although I’d probably have to get a nice juicer, which isn’t happening any time soon. But it does make me want to commit to making daily green smoothies and juices in the Vitamix. It seems like it would be better to use something like the Vitamix anyway, then you don’t lose the fiber. But what do I know. Not a “juicing” expert here.

Have you tried juice fasting?

Bold Native. A mini review.


I’ve finally had the chance to see the film, Bold Native.

Bold Native

Overall, a powerful and well-told story, with compelling and believable actors. The few scenes of factory farmed animal abuse, in which they use real footage, are disturbing, but not more-so than other undercover footage. I like the pace, and the comedic bits are enjoyable and well-timed.

The only place where I feel the movie falls short is in a few scenes in the 1st half of the film or so, where the actors are describing what happens in the industrial agriculture system to other people. It seems like the filmmakers were trying to get all of this information in the film somewhere, and it wasn’t always a natural fit as the dialog seemed a little stilted. It could be, though, that because I already know this information, it stuck out to me as somewhat artificial. It may not seem this way to a person new to the information.

Update 6/13: I just watched this movie again (I rarely watch movies twice) and liked it even more the second time—loved the director’s commentary! Can’t wait to screen this movie in Bend.

The DVD also has extensive special features, which are really interesting. Some features are educational for new vegans, some spotlight animals from Animal Acres (including Jumper, the rescued piglet from the movie), and others present the making of the film and interviews with the directors, producers, and actors.

I’d definitely recommend this film for a wide adult audience: It’s available on DVD, iTunes, and coming soon to Netflix.

Synopsis: “Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

The filmmakers’ background in documentary informed the creative approach to Bold Native. Self-financed and shot with a four person team in real-world locations, sometimes using real activists, lawyers, and formerly imprisoned animal liberators, the film weaves an intricate tale of one of the most important issues facing America and the world morally and ecologically – the impact and consequences of industrialized animal use. And with a character who faces prosecution and potential lifetime imprisonment under the recently passed Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for property crimes currently considered terrorism, the film also illuminates the danger of corporate interests influencing the law in a post-9/11 world.”