Films on Plastic

PLASTICS  —  POTENTIAL & PROMISE

The Graduate

Dramedy 1967 PG 1hr 45m. Dustin Hoffman turns in a landmark performance as a naïve college graduate who is seduced by a middle-aged neighbor in this Oscar-winning classic.
One of the most famous quotes from The Graduate is — “Plastics” Here is that scene:

Woman: What are you going to do now?
Benjamin (the graduate): I was going to go upstairs for a minute.
Woman: Oh, I mean with your future — your life.
Benjamin: Well, that’s a little hard to say.
Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Benjamin: Yes, I will.
Mr. McGuire: Enough said.

Link to watch the famous “Plastics!” scene in the Graduate (1967):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxihhBzCjk

PLASTICS  —  PROBLEMS

Plastic Planet

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 39m. This documentary examines the ways in which plastic saturates our modern lives, and how our dependency on this petroleum product harms ourselves and our planet. See how plastic’s toxic chemicals enter the food chain and other disturbing secrets. See Full Review

Addicted to Plastic

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 25m. Focusing on manufacturing, environmental effects and solutions, a documentarian journeys around the world to trace the life cycle of plastic. It brings to light the problem of plastic waste in the ocean gyres.

Blue Vinyl

Documentary 2002 NR 98 minutes. In this sardonic but sobering exposé, activist filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold reveal the potentially toxic effects of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used in everything from cars to water mains to toys. Armed with a piece of blue vinyl siding, Helfand and Gold head to Louisiana — America’s vinyl-manufacturing capital — and to Italy, where bigwigs from a PVC-producing company stand accused of manslaughter in a landmark case.

Tapped

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 15m. The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Forty percent of bottled water is simply municipal tap water. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result. The issues surrounding bottled water — there are no standards, no controls, plastic bottles are a mass-produced waste product that clogs our landfills, and plastic bottles give off chemicals that we ingest along with the water itself. Very informative and concise regarding US water supply, marketing tricks that make consumers believe bottled water is somehow safer when it is certainly not proven to be the case. This really needs to be promoted more, people need to know this information. See Full Review

Bag It

Documentary Humor 2010 NR 79 minutes. With a humorous tone, Suzan Beraza’s documentary follows average guy Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a personal quest to figure out where plastic bags come from, why they’re so ubiquitous and where they end up after they’re thrown away. One humorous bit points out that Evian spelled backwards is Naive. And Bag It is defined as 1. Put in a bag or 2. Stop doing it.

PLASTICS  —  SOLUTIONS:  BIOPLASTICS DEGRADE

Addicted to Plastic

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 25m. Focusing on manufacturing, environmental effects and solutions, a documentarian journeys around the world to trace the life cycle of plastic. I definitely find myself choosing glass over plastic whenever I can (even when it costs more) because of this movie. Common plastics, such as fossil-fuel plastics, are derived from petroleum; those plastics rely more on fossil fuels and produce more greenhouse gas. BIOPLASTICS are plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, pea starch. Some, but not all, bioplastics are designed to biodegrade. There is a variety of materials that bioplastics can be composed of, including: starches, cellulose, or other biopolymers. Some common applications of bioplastics are packaging materials, dining utensils, food packaging, and insulation. I am surprised that not all the companies make sure their plastic stuff biodegradable — everything should be!

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