Movie Monday – Tapped, Mad Men

We disconnected our cable last week. Oh my. Well, we hardly watched regular tv anyway and we were looking for where we could cut back and save a little. We are installing an outside antennae today which brings in about 15 channels, including the local news. We still have our netflix streaming, and we might subscribe to Hulu Plus. All in all, it will still cost less than the monthly cable which will be good in the long run.

Anyway, last week we watched an interesting documentary via netflix on the bottled water industry. Tapped was made in 2008, released in 2009, so it’s a couple of years old but the information is still incredibly relevant. If you don’t know much about the bottled water industry, or even if you do, you’ll probably learn something new. We knew a few little things here and there, some of it common sense, like how important it is to recycle the bottles; we didn’t know how much of the plastic and bottles end up in our oceans. Not cool. Or how few people actually recycle. Shame on you if you don’t! It’s so easy and SO IMPORTANT! I had no idea that Pepsi and Coke were two of the largest bottlers of water. Say what? I’d heard of BPA and knew it was bad for you, but I didn’t know how it was made, the side effects of the production plants, or how prevalent it was in our consumer products. Although this film is a documentary it’s not slow and it’s not dull. It’s packed with interesting information, sure some of it’s probably slanted a bit, everything is. But it’s worth your time. Check it out. Make some changes. Buy bottled water less, invest in a filter and use your local water – which btw, might be in the bottles you are buying depending on where you live.

Lately I’ve also been watching the AMC tv series Mad Men on netflix. I know it’s not really a movie but after watching four seasons over the course of two months, it’s more of an investment than a two-hour movie and I thought worth a little mention. I am so fascinated…by the stories, the time period, the costumes, the difference in culture. It’s a little slow at times, drawing out the drama, but it’s forgivable. Sometimes it gives me more time to look at the scene and take in all the little things that are different from now. If you’ve seen The Help (and liked it), and haven’t ever seen Mad Men (I know many people have already been following it since it’s inception in 2007), check it out. It’s the other side of the coin to the story in The Help. Same time period, different perspective. Season 5 starts on March 25th on AMC. I can’t wait! (Although unless I go watch it with a friend who has cable, I’m not sure how I’m going to see it in March. LOL)

Recycling just seems like the right thing to do, I mean really, it makes us responsible for the messes that we make. It’s all about just picking up after yourself, not shoving our trash in our oceans and streams. We might as well reuse it before we lose it. 
~ Ed Begley Jr.



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