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Picking up whereSuper Size Meleft off,King Cornexamines America's health woes through the multifaceted lens of one humble grain. Director Aaron Woolf and co-writers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis offer irrefutable proof that the US is virtually drowning in the stuff. Corn meal, corn starch, hydrologized corn protein, and high fructose corn syrup fuel a multitude of products, from soft drinks to hamburgers. The starchy vegetable grows with ease and government subsidies insure over-abundant production. Woolf documents the 11-month effort of college friends Cheney and Ellis, who trace their ancestry to the same small Iowa town, to raise their own crop. After finding a farmer willing to lend them an acre, they meet with agronomists, historians, and other experts before plowing, seeding, and spraying. Prior to harvesting, the easygoing Yale grads travel to Colorado to compare the grass-fed cattle of yore with today's corn-fed counterparts; then to New York to explore the links between corn syrup, obesity, and diabetes. With assistance from author Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), a whimsical score, and stop-motion animation--farm toys and corn kernels--Woolf and associates bring biochemistry to vivid life. On a micro level, this genial eye-opener celebrates friends and farmers; on a macro level,King Cornbemoans the subsidies and genetic modifications that have turned a formerly protein-filled product into the fatty "yellow dent no. 2." Bonus features include a music video, photo gallery, and "The Lost Basement Lectures," an amusingly fake instructional movie about the aims of agriculture.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Genre:  Documentary
Screen WriterIan Cheney, Curt Ellis
Runtime:  1hr 30min
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review by . January 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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King Corn is one of those rare documentaries that is both informative and engaging to watch.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and felt that I gained a better understanding of the issues in US agriculture today at the same time.      All documentaries have a point-of-view, and this one is no exception, but it is not of the mean-spirited, sledgehammer variety made popular by Michael Moore.  The premise and story of the movie draws you in at the beginning, which gives …
review by . May 14, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
   My family loved Super Size Me. We've watched it several times and always with horrified fascination at the downward spiral of Morgan Spurlock during his 30-day fast-food experiment.       A friend recommended King Corn and once she told me the premise I had to see it.       King Corn does with ingredients what Super Size Me did with McDonald's.       Two recent college grads set out to discover the whats, whys and hows of high …
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