This alarming (and somewhat alarmist) documentary focuses on the loss of seed diversity and how lab assisted genetic alteration of food can affect freedom of choice around the world. The most interesting aspect of the film is not the parade of information about GMOs and some of the effects they could have on the future of humanity, but about how food shortages could be manipulated and controlled by some of the world's largest corporations. While much of the film seems to be preaching to the choir more than digging up interesting arguments on both sides, the film is especially interesting after hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson's recent speech with the quote, "If your objection to GMOs is the morality of selling non-perennial seed stocks, then focus on that. If your objection to GMOs is the monopolistic conduct of agribusiness, then focus on that. But to paint the entire concept of GMO with these particular issues is to blind yourself to the underlying truth of what humans have been doing—and will continue to do—to nature so that it best serves our survival. That's what all organisms do when they can, or would do, if they could. Those that didn't, have gone extinct."
Saturday, August 16, 2pm. Redmond Public Library
The fellas at Rifftrax (formerly of MST3K) know how to make fun of a movie. Sometimes it feels like they are kicking a movie when it is down, but Roland Emmerich's 1998 disaster deserves every cheap shot it gets. The Rifftrax screenings are similar to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 ones in that the audience sees the outlines of the Riffers at the bottom of the screen as they mercilessly mock and ridicule one of the worst movies of the 1990s. I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about Matthew Broderick and his special long-faced lady.
Thursday, August 14, 8pm. Old Mill Stadium
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
There are not too many chances to see E.T. on the big screen anymore. It truly does hold up as one of the greatest films of all times—a coming of age story, a scary horror story, sci-fi, and comedy (when E.T. gets drunk? priceless). One can only hope this is the original version instead of the re-release where they digitally replaced the government agents' guns with walkie-talkies and had a computer generated E.T. running around. Yeah, they did that. No, not cool to tinker with perfection.
Wednesday, August 13, 3pm. Mcmenamins
The Way Bobby Sees It
A documentary about Bobby McMullen, a competitive downhill mountain biker who happens to be, amazingly, blind. It's imultaneously inspirational while also making everyone feel like they are really not doing much as they could with their life. In conjunction with the Central Oregon Trail Alliance.
Thursday, August 21, 9pm. Mcmenamins