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Yes, I just blogged about a movie, and here’s another quick Survival Bros review.  I make movies, so it’s only natural I critically look at them.  I poked the Xbox, loaded Netflix, and watched the new 2012 documentary called Craigslist Joe.

This is another heartwarming survival tale.  We follow Joseph Garner on a free-spirited journey across North America.  Joe has no idea if he can count on the hospitality of others to endure homelessness, with no money, or contacts.  He pops his thin comfort bubble, and sees if there really is a sense of community in the USA.

Craigslist Joe is a great story.  It doesn’t ever feel cheesy, or forced.  Comedian Zach Galifianakis, no relation to Andy Milonakis (besides being fat), was the Executive Producer.  That’s probably why it’s funny.  The premise is pretty ridiculous too.  Joe had no survival gear, or training to make it outdoors.  He should have died.  But somehow, Joe didn’t get shot, or freeze to death on a park bench.  He roughed it one night on the streets in NYC, but was housed by strangers he met online the rest of the 31 days of the experiment.

In all, this flick was worth watching.  We see the generosity of strangers on full display.  Humanity has hope.  People can care.  You just have to make them.  Help them along the way.  Most people Joe encountered just wanted a friend.  Let’s make some new friends.  I will be using Craigslist a little more now, but it’s still nothing special if you live in a small town.

I give Craigslist Joe 4 out of 5 Nuggets.

Craigslist Joe Movie Poster

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Official Movie Trailer for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox (Available to watch instantly on Netflix)

Chances are, you’ve heard of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. It’s 18-in-1! It can lather you from head to toes with a few tingly drops of peppermint, or other natural varieties. I could go on all day about why I like this product, and company, but here’s a few things I appreciate. Plus, Dr. Bronner’s is currently raising money to fight Malaria in Eastern Ghana. More on that, and the link below.

I like Dr. Bronner’s because they create Fair Trade Organic products. Their bottles are also made of recycled plastic. And you can clean just about anything with the soap. From clothes, to your stinky dog. The soap can revitalize it. Also, Dr. Bronner’s uses a “combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils.” Epic. I feel so good after scubbing down with this stuff. It’s unlike any product you’ve tried. My favorite is the Tea Tree liquid soap. I also use Dr. Bronner’s Lemon Lime lip balm. I got a tube from the Astoria Co-Op for $3.

While the soap products are fascinating, Dr. Bronner and his family are even more intruiging. In his movie Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox, you see his rise from a desperate life, to a fulfilled one. His family carries his ideas, and legacy, and spreads it to a new generation of aware individuals. Common people love his story, and can relate to the company’s humble beginnings. Really, it’s what’s on the label that has so many people talking. It’s plastered with vast amounts of info, such as Bible verses, and important quotes. Buy a bottle for the read alone.

No I didn’t get compensated to write this. Refreshingly, Dr. Bronner’s doesn’t even advertise. I just think they are an excellent example of what a great American company can be. They call it Constructive Capitalism. It’s where you share profits with the employees that made them for you. Crazy idea huh? All is One.

Dr. Bronner’s is raising $25,000 to provide life-saving mosquito nets for thousands of families to prevent the spread of malaria, a common disease in Ghana. Help, and receive a free gift.

http://www.indiegogo.com/drbronners

http://www.drbronners.com

dr bronner's magic soap label

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