These documentaries and movies have had a huge impact on me, and I hope they will do the same for you.

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Bag it

This weekend, Ellen watched the documentary, "Bag It," and thinks you should see it too! It explores the product we all use -- the plastic bag -- and the unexpected consequences of using them. You can find out more about the documentary on the official website for "Bag It." The DVD is not yet available, but you can add yourself to their wait list to find out the moment it is released.



First, let me caution you that this documentary is not for the faint of heart. It's a shocking film about human dependence on animals, and "Earthlings" will make you rethink the way you live.

Focusing on the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment, and medical research, it's considered one of the definitive animal rights films by organizations across the world. Created over the span of six years, it features shocking footage that major industries don't want you to see.

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The End of the Line

This chilling documentary takes a look at the overfishing of our oceans, and the frightening reality that the planet will run out of seafood by 2048. With compelling footage and interviews from all over the globe, the filmmakers explore how we got to this point -- and what we can do to prevent catastrophe.

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The Cove

In this shocking documentary, a team of filmmakers and activists covertly film the actions at a secret cove in Taijii, Japan. They discover the horrible practices of the world's largest supplier of dolphins and the unexpected impact of the company's actions. Both entertaining and revealing, this documentary is considered a front-runner for an Academy Award.

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Food Inc.

Inspired by the books "Fast Food Nation" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," this documentary explores the way our food makes it to our table. It uncovers the frightening effects the food industry has had on the health of our country, and the unthinkable actions the government has taken to manipulate our sources of food for the benefit of major conglomerates.

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Super Size Me

Inspired by a lawsuit in which two teenage girls blamed McDonald's for their obesity, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a month-long journey in which everything he eats and drinks must be from McDonalds -- with shocking results. Urged by his doctors to end the experiment early, Spurlock literally risked his life to discover the frightening truth of fast food in America today.

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Fast Food Nation

In this fictional movie inspired by the book of the same name, Greg Kinnear plays Don Henderson, the executive of a national fast-food chain. As he attempts to discover the source of food contamination, he learns the path beef takes from the slaughterhouse to the fast-food tray. Based on fact and exploring everything from labor issues to health and safety, you may find yourself reconsidering that burger for dinner.