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Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.

Spurlock dined at McDonald’s restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain’s menu at least once. Spurlock consumed an average of 20.92 megajoules or 5,000 kcal (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.

As a result, the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his experiment using a vegan diet supervised by his future wife, a chef who specializes in gourmet vegan dishes.

The reason for Spurlock’s investigation was the increasing spread of obesity throughout U.S. society, which the Surgeon General has declared “epidemic,” and the corresponding lawsuit brought against McDonald’s on behalf of two overweight girls, who, it was alleged, became obese as a result of eating McDonald’s food [Pelman v. McDonald's Corp., 237 F. Supp. 2d 512], Spurlock points out that although the lawsuit against McDonald’s failed (and subsequently many state legislatures have legislated against product liability actions against producers and distributors of “fast food”), much of the same criticism leveled against the tobacco companies applies to fast food franchises whose product is both physiologically addictive and physically harmful.

The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.  More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me

 

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“On Location: George Carlin at USC” is Irish-American comedian George Carlin’s first ever HBO special, recorded during the Summer of 1977 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

This unique taping lasted 85 minutes, and, at age 40, marked a new era in Carlin’s career. He explained to the audience that before this special came about, that he never did a show for home consumption or reproduction. To date he has recorded 12 shows for HBO, and is soon to record a 13th – 30 years after his first.

In the process of planning this broadcast, the word spread quickly, and so much so that it resulted in a serious legal hearing at the Federal Communications Commission. Due to the controversy, Carlin sticks with more user-friendly material.

However, a federal court of appeals ruled in Carlin’s favor and allowed him his right to free speech. This was mentioned during the opening of the program by Newsweek columnist and 60 Minutes reporter Shana Alexander (1925-2005), which explained that it is the kind of entertainment that was rarely seen or heard on cable or network television at the time.

Program 1. Intro & Warning (1:40)
2. Program Open (:36)
3. Interview on inspirations and censorship (2:22)
4. Taking The Stage (10:27)
5. Shopping (7:52)
6. Walking (3:59)
7. Dogs & Cats (9:27)
8. Old Folks & Kids (8:00)
9. Food (3:30)
10. The News (3:20)
11. Brand Names (2:44)
12. Perversion of Language (7:07)
13. Forbidden Words (22:24)
14. Closing Credits (1:47)

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