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Films We Either (a) Watched During Peace Corps in Jamaica or (b) Just Remembered and Fully Endorse:

[in no apparent order]


  • No Impact Man–An environmentalist writer embarks on a family experiment (with his wife and daughter) to attempt no-waste living for one year.
  • Good Hair–Chris Rock explores what it means in the African-American community to have “good hair” and how this will impact the lives of his young daughters. (also see My Nappy Roots, which is similar and more historically grounded)
  • Food Inc.–Describes the modern way American food is grown and processed.
  • King Corn–Comes to a similar conclusion as Food Inc, but also quite a unique story and context. Two young college graduates spend a year in Iowa, growing an acre of corn.
  • Helvetica–A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.
  • Flow: For the Love of Water-’Flow’ confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.
  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster— This movie takes on the issue of anabolic steroid use in the United States and is a lot more interesting and touching that one might expect (more than I expected).
  • Air Guitar Nation–Who knew that this “sport” was so big internationally? This movie was quite enjoyable.
  • Starbucking–A man makes himself a promise to visit all the Starbucks stores and his quest continues.  It’s a crazy goal, but the philosophy behind it is pretty thought-provoking.
  • Fistful of Quarters: King of Kong
  • Word Wars–
  • Why We Fight
  • Man On Wire

Just Really Good Movies

  • Away We Go
  • I Love You, Man
  • Bella
  • Transporters I, II & III (but I is the best)
  • Shaolin Soccer & Kung Fu Hustle
Old Faithfuls and Under-Rateds that Shouldn’t Be Missed
  • Kicking & Screaming (Noah Baumbach one)
  • Big Lebowski

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