This movie definitely has a firm stance. It’s one that I mostly do agree with- as a vegetarian for 7 years I’m an advocate of all that a plant-based diet can do.
I really identified the one thing keeping me from a vegan diet; cheese. Eggs kind of gross me out unless they’re baked into something. I don’t drink milk and I’m not really one to indulge in cakes and cookies. Cheese is another story, though. I could eat it all day long.
Somehow, I managed to let it slip my mind that cheese actually contains cholesterol. Surely something this tasty can’t. The hormones in the dairy products that are being produced today are another wake-up call.
Although the movie made me consider it, I can’t say it’s going to prompt me to make the switch to veganism. It has gotten me to cut back on dairy products, and substitute the ones I use for soy alternatives or organic dairy.
What I learned: Autism is a disorder that causes problems with communication and social interactions, and is linked with repetitive behavior. It is not an “epidemic” unlike what the media frenzy will lead you to believe.
The rapid increase in autism has many factors including higher awareness, not misdiagnosing as something else (childhood schizophrenia), and a broadening of the term autism. Increased predisposition may also be a factor.
What I liked: The film was sensitive while scientific. Both main perspectives to autism are portrayed, and while the director’s approach to dealing with his own son’s autism diagnosis is clear, he doesn’t try to tell anyone on the other side that their efforts aren’t right.
He does ask a lot of questions that challenge preconceived labels and stereotypes.
Having a number of autistic adults in the film really was great. They were all very different, and have varying difficulties and accomplishments from the disorder. There were also some very inspiring words from them in the film.
What I didn’t
The first thing isn’t really a flaw of the film, there is just so much that is unknown about autism still.
I wasn’t really clear on whether the disorder was neurological, physical, or psychological. There seem to be so many differing opinions and theories, even among medical professionals.
What I liked: The historical and archaeological aspects were very interesting to me. I was surprised to be so interested in the weaponry of the day, and learn about the technology of the day.
What I didn’t: So many unanswered questions! I trust National Geographic as a source, but it did have a “made for TV” feel with leading repetitiveness and cheesy reenactments. I wonder too, how much of this is based upon hard facts and how much is hypothesized answers.
What I learned: This was my first time hearing about Bartholomew Gosnold, one of the leaders in the Jamestown settlement. Maybe soon they will be able to prove or disprove that the grave found outside the fort was his.
I also don’t think I ever knew about the dehydration issue they likely faced from drinking brackish river water and the further problems that caused. Really, the constant stream of setbacks that seemed to throw themselves at the settlers made it a little surprising the area was even colonized at all.
What I liked: This is my second time watching this. The first was at a IMAX Dome Theater, and then the other night I watched it at home in 3D. Both viewings were really great. I have to say the 3D quality was awesome, on top of the already stunning visuals.
What I didn’t: It felt very short. I wish they had gone more in depth on some of the species.
What I learned: The leafy sea dragons, like we have at the aquarium, aren’t far away from being on the endangered species list. After doing a little more research on my own, I learned that there are major contributing factors to this other than what we’re doing to them.
Also, I learned about the cuttlefish. Weird looking guys, but vicious in their own right. I saw them first a few years ago at EPCOT, but didn’t really know anything about them till seeing this movie.