For a documentary about mushrooms, ‘Fantastic Fungi’ is oddly satisfying

For a documentary about mushrooms, ‘Fantastic Fungi’ is oddly satisfying

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

This week on the podcast we are talking about the epic new documentary “Fantastic Fungi” – a dazzling new film about the magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth. 

Words by Kpolly

Are we going all Birkenstocks and hacky sacks over here! I mean, sure. But there’s a lot more to this topic than you might initially believe. Not only does the film bring you some white hot factoids about the grand scheme of how fungi relate the planet (ex. every step you take there is 300 miles of fungi below your foot!), but it delivers this info with “Matrix”-like visual effects and sweeping landscapes that will blow you away.

You know that fast-motion thing they do with mushrooms when you see them grow in a couple of seconds? This film is lousy with them. File that under the “oddly satisfying” label…

Brie Larsen provides the voice of the narrator on this mushroom adventure and there are some luminaries such as author Michael Pollan, and THE Tradd Cotter (honestly, I don’t know who that is, but it’s kind of a great name).

If this kind of movie is your thing, we’ll give you some other recommendations for movie-going!

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