Saturday, September 30, 2023

Still (2023)

 Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is an American documentary directed by David Guggenheim.  It covers the life of actor Michael J. Fox who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 30 years ago in 1991. The film is 95 minutes long and can be viewed on Apple TV.

Still is moving, funny and clear-eyed.  It puts a human face behind the tag, “Parkinson’s.”  One does ask, however, is MJF a best case scenario in that he has the means to get the best medical care as well as unlimited occupational and physical therapy?

The Wikipedia entry on MJF has a good section his Parkinson’s disease trajectory.

We are curious to see how neurologists with a special interest in movement disorders view this film.

Tracy Pollan (wife), Fox, Davis Guggenheim
Tracy Pollan (wife), Fox, Davis Guggenheim
This photo appeared in The Seattle Times on Jan 23, 2003


Monday, July 3, 2023

Every Body

 This new documentary gets intimate with its subjects, from their birth records to their body parts. The film is about being intersex, an umbrella term for people who were born with anatomic or genetic characteristics that don’t match the typical definition of male or female.

 TrailerNY Times Review (July 2, 2023)

Also, see Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I have not seen this yet but will when it comes to my area.  It's not available as streaming yet.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by the obsessive idea that some aspect of one’s body or appearance is severely flawed and therefore warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it. In BDD's delusional variant, the flaw is imagined. If the flaw is actual, its importance is severely exaggerated. In either case, thoughts about it are pervasive and intrusive, and may occupy several hours a day, causing distress and impairing one's otherwise normal activities. BDD is a somatoform disorder in the obsessive–compulsive spectrum.

Shaina Feinberg is a young filmmaker with BDD.  In her NY Times Opinion video she makes her condition public and examines it with honesty and a wry touch.

Opinion | A Brief History of Hating My Face - The New York Times

Monday, January 30, 2023


Michael Keaton plays a doctor on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in “Dopesick,” on Hulu.

“Dopesick,” Hulu’s ambitious and compelling mini-series about the role of Purdue Pharma in the opioid crisis, is built around the theme of pain. Nearly every significant character, whether or not they’re taking Purdue’s best-selling drug OxyContin, is suffering.

NY Times Review.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

A Matter of Fat

"This feature-length documentary follows a man as he sheds nearly half his body weight (63.5 kg) by complete starvation under hospital observation. The film explores what brought him to so desperate a course and catalogues what actions other overweight people are taking, singly or in groups, to reduce to healthier proportions. Medical authorities comment on some misconceptions and malpractices of the slimming industry."

 I first watched this in 1970 and it struck me as an important film.  I watched it again in 2023 and although it is dated, and found it fasscinating.  Recommended to anyone interested in the topic of obesity. DJE

A Matter of Fat.  1 hr and 38 minutes.  National Film Board of Canada, 1969

A Matter of Fat: Inside the Cruel and Unusual Crash Diets of the 1960s - NFB  Blog

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Bleeding Edge

This was a sobering documentary about the medical device industry.  The book, The Dangers Within, by Jeanne Lenzer is an important companion piece.  It is well-worth watching.

In The Bleeding Edge (2018), Academy Award-nominated investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering turn their sights on the $400 billion medical device industry; examining lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily. Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, it asks: What lifesaving technologies may actually be killing us? It explores Bayer's permanent birth control device Essure, vaginal mesh, the Da Vinci Surgical System, and chrome-cobalt hip-replacements.





Monday, September 6, 2021


CODA is a 2021 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows a hearing teenage girl who is a child of deaf adults (CODA for short). Written and directed by Sian Heder, the film stars Emilia Jones as the hearing girl, with Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur as her culturally deaf parents and Daniel Durant as her deaf brother. Eugenio Derbez and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo also star in the film.


Coda Wiki.