Food Inc, Rescue Me, Letters from Iwo Jima, Survivorman

Food INC. – Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks. (Epic Brew calls it “eye opening” and claims “it will make you think twice the next time you are in a grocery store)

Rescue Me – Haunted by ghosts from his past, veteran New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) struggles to keep his anxiety in check, keep an eye out for his fellow Engine 99 fire fighters, and handle the emotional turmoil that surfaces in his personal life. Blending weighty drama with dark humor, this Emmy-nominated original series co-stars Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Mike Lombardi and Steven Pasquale. (H3rcules watched all of the available seasons in a month-and-a-half…the show is that good.)

Letters from Iwo Jima – As tens of thousands of Allied troops push further inland, the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima during World War II prepare to meet their fate in this Clint Eastwood-directed Oscar nominee, a companion piece to his hit film Flags of Our Fathers. Ken Watanabe stars as a Japanese general who knows his men are outnumbered and, with no hope of rescue, that most will eventually die in battle — or end up killing themselves. (The sister film to Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers. The films can be viewed without seeing the other, but for the full impact of what Eastwood is trying to get across, watch them both…if you can watch Flags first, then Letters.)

Suvivorman – Les Stroud showcases his survival prowess in various locations — like the Canadian arctic and on a raft in the middle of the ocean near Belize — where locating food, water, and supplies to build shelter pose as his chief challenges. With no production crew present for this gripping television series, Stroud goes for up to seven days video recording his highs and lows during meticulously planned jaunts around the globe. (Les Stroud is a real survivalist, much more so than Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild.)

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