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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

A doc I’d love to see

I love how documentaries sweep you up into the life of somebody you’ll likely never meet, and let you walk in their shoes for 90 minutes or so. In the past 24 hours, I’ve seen two documentaries, about two people who would seem to be polar opposites — and who walk (or ride) in very different shoes. “No Impact Man” (opening in Seattle Sept. 25) is about Colin Beavan, who with his wife and daughter embarked on a year-long experiment in green living which eventually came to involve turning off the electricity in their Manhattan apartment, buying nothing new, eating only local food, and rejecting cars, subways and elevators. “The September Issue” (opening Oct. 2) follows Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she crafts the magazine’s massive fall edition, dealing with such issues as feathers (to wear or not to wear?), whether Sienna Miller’s neck needs retouching, and how many ’20s-inspired flapper dresses are too many.
Both films — and both people — are smart and fascinating, leading me to fantasize a bit. What if Colin Beavan and Anna Wintour sat down together, for a doc called, maybe, “My Dinner With Anna”? Let somebody else figure out the logistics (Beavan doesn’t eat in restaurants; Wintour, apparently, doesn’t eat at all) — wouldn’t you love to see the man who convinced his wife to forsweat toilet paper have a chat with the woman who inspired “The Devil Wears Prada”? I would, though I’m not sure which of the two would be left standing by the end.

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