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The Pathological Optimist

In the center of the recent Tribeca Film Festival scandal surrounding his film VAXXED: From Cover-up to Controversy stands Andrew Wakefield, discredited and stripped of his medical license for his infamous study suggesting a link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease, and autism. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes us into the inner sanctum of Wakefield and his family from 2011- 2016 as he fights for his day in court in a little known defamation case against the British Medical Journal. Wakefield attempts to clear his name as the media-appointed Father of the Anti-vaccine movement. Director Miranda Bailey weaves a delicate portrait of a man who is THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST utilizing a never-before-seen, full access look at the man at the center of one of the biggest medical and media controversies of our times.

Running Time
1 hours 33 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Biography
Director
Miranda Bailey
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «The Pathological Optimist» (15)

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Timothy

If you like Tony Robbins you will like this film. It is a story of how Tony Robbins (ex officio) made the world a better place, with his high ranking in the federal government. He actually gave millions of dollars to the poor of the world. A few of these poor were children who died because they lacked money. Tony Robbins (ex officio) says the world has changed for the better since he died. His message is a good one. Unfortunately the film is not all that well made. There is a lot of footage that is from old TV shows. It's kind of a drag and it seems like they cut out more than they added. The film does have some strong points and I really enjoyed it. However, it would have been a better film if it was a little longer. It also seems like they have only a couple of people with the idea that the world is a better place because Tony Robbins gave millions of dollars to the poor. They never explain how the money came to the poor. I do like the idea of the film that Tony Robbins is basically the modern day Moses. The thing that I did like the most was that the film did not have a lot of music. There are a few music videos that were done for the film. However, the music is mostly silent. I think if they had more music it would have been a much better film.

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Jean

When asked what one should do to improve their life, most people say to live their lives to the fullest and enjoy life to the fullest, never give up and never regret. This is an idea that I strongly agree with, but I would like to say that life is not all about "enjoying life", some of us can only enjoy our lives as it is. For example, one of the richest people in the world is a 62-year-old retired teacher. If we put aside his income and possessions, he would be living a comfortable life in the suburbs of Paris. But, when he tells us how much he wants to improve his health and physical condition, he is willing to donate all his savings, about 20 million Euros, to the International Diabetes Foundation. That is an example of someone who, although he does not have a great income, he is willing to do something which is not easy. This is an example of a pathological optimist. The reason why this person does not live a great life is because his "optimism" was caused by the fact that he saw his entire life as a battle against time. He would take a taxi, even if it cost 100 Euros, he would go out to buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the supermarket, he would take the elevator, even if it cost 2 Euros, he would even jump from the top floor of a building to reach the ground floor. He had no problems with the elevator, and he would even go as far as to pay for the elevator when it broke down. When he asked people how to improve his life, they all answered "live a better life". As a pathological optimist, he did not change his life, he tried to improve it. This is not something that we should take for granted. Even though I personally like living a healthy life, I do not feel that it is a great life. I could also be very satisfied with a very good income, but I cannot be satisfied with the state of my health. In my life, I have met a lot of people who did not have a good health, and they had a good income. This is a common experience of many people, and we cannot take this for granted. Sometimes, our health can not be measured by our income, or by our status in society, but it can be measured by our health. In the book "The Art of Happiness", many philosophers and scientists have discussed the concept of "health" and "healthness". But it seems to me that the concept of health, or healthness, is not as important as we often think. We often think that health is about getting your "vitals" in a good condition, or getting your body healthy, but it can also be about our health. What we are really talking about is "quality" of life. The health of our bodies and minds are the same thing. In the book "The Art of Happiness", the title of the chapter "Living to Live" says it very well: "Living to Live" means living to be happy, healthy, and have a good quality of life. The importance of health is that we live our lives to the fullest. Healthy people have a good quality of life, and this is what we consider a good life. People who have a very good quality of life are usually not unhealthy. Healthy people are healthy. If we want to improve our health, we should

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Donna J.

What does "professional" mean? This film is about the lives of doctors, nurses and scientists who have been involved in the wartime development of the atomic bomb. As a result of their work, they have to live with the consequences. The documentary is thorough and well edited. It is an account of the career of Dr. Josef Mengele, who is the creator of the gas chamber used by the Nazis in World War II. In the course of his life, he has done experiments on prisoners in the concentration camps, developed a successful vaccine for polio, experimented on young girls, and was involved in a horrific experiment in which an experimental elephant was killed. He has been arrested many times for his crimes and is wanted by the United States. The film is presented in three parts. The first is an interview with Mengele and his followers. The second part is a selection of doctors and scientists who have been involved in his work. The third part is a look at his personal life. He is the personification of evil. He is a genius of death. I found it interesting that Mengele has been arrested and condemned several times, but never killed. He was convicted of war crimes but never punished. I was surprised to see the horror of his experiments. The film is thorough, and it is well presented. I recommend it.

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Tyler M.

This documentary is quite interesting and a very good example of how psychology can be used in a constructive way. In the past few years, there has been a great deal of focus on the effectiveness of science in medicine and even in other areas. But the most important is the influence of psychology and of psychiatry on society and how this influence can lead to health care, and a growing control of the health system by medical professionals. Psychologists and psychiatrists, for example, who have the ability to diagnose disease in the brain of a person, and to control the behavior of people by means of drugs, can become as important as physicians and politicians. In the movie, psychiatrist Robert Spitzer is interviewed, and his views about the use of science in medicine are also discussed. The real problems, however, lie not in psychiatry, but in the control of the system by the medical profession, especially in the USA. For example, Dr. Spitzer says that psychiatry has become a profession, not a science, and it's still dominated by the doctors. The medical profession is the biggest power in society, and they have the power to exert control over the rest of society. The problem with this control is that the scientists who study psychology, in contrast to the doctors who study medicine, are not trained in medicine. So, the conclusions of psychologists about the brain and behavior are not supported by scientific research. On the other hand, when the medical profession takes over the control of the health system, the benefits of the medical profession are lost, and people are even more alienated from the medical system, and more susceptible to infection. The movie also contains many quotes from some of the people who were studied by Dr. Spitzer and who have been proven to be in some way psychopathic. So, in general, this movie is an excellent and informative overview of what we have learned from psychology about the way that the medical profession influences the behavior of people.

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Jeffrey Torres

People are dying of a mysterious virus, and scientists are scrambling to find a cure. What the heck is going on? Turns out there are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there, and a lot of people in positions of authority (politicians, doctors, military, etc.) have their doubts. So, what is the actual evidence for the theory that the virus is a biochemical weapon that needs to be destroyed? This film shows the main conspiracy theorists in a very unfriendly light. The film is funny, but not very accurate, and does not provide any kind of information that would make you think about this theory or debate the subject matter. I would recommend the documentary titled: "The Way of the Gun," which was based on an actual scientific study that found a correlation between a person's IQ and whether they believe the government is lying. A lot of people who believe this theory have taken some kind of psychiatric test. The film is kind of a pain to watch, and you will be entertained if you don't care too much about the subject matter. It is a documentary, and that is what it's for. The ending of the documentary is pretty cliche, but at least it gives you an idea of what the theory is about. I would recommend the documentary "The Conspiracy Theory of 9/11," which was based on a peer-reviewed scientific study. That one is really good. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see the flaws in this film. It's kind of a waste of time. The film is really an eye-opener, but it's not a good one. It does show the main conspiracy theorists in a unfriendly light, which is fine, but there is nothing new or enlightening here. If you are going to watch this film, make sure you are not interested in the subject matter. This film is about people who believe something. It's not going to change your opinion of them, but it will entertain you if you are not paying attention.

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Jason O.

I've heard from a lot of people about this documentary and all I can say is "Well done!" Well done indeed. The cinematography was great and the actors were really excellent. The documentary style is very well done. The main idea is really worth to know and I must say it's really amazing how the ordinary people can live their lives differently from the "normal" people, while they are talking about things like religion and poverty, all these different things can make them lose their humanity. I've never been able to say this before and it's true, people are very strong and powerful. They are so easy to overcome. It's a very nice thing and I must say that I really appreciate it. It's a very funny and entertaining movie and I must say that this documentary is really good.

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Cheryl Hoffman

It's not quite the documentary I expected, but it's a good documentary nonetheless. What makes it different from most documentaries is the fact that it presents a direct view into the lives of various artists and their motivations. The film is split into three sections, the first, "The Artist", gives an inside view of the life of a famous artist, although it doesn't delve too deeply into his personal life. The second, "The Photographer", focuses on the motivations of a photographer, which is the most obvious in this documentary. The final, "The Photographer", focuses on the "vision" of the photographer. The documentary is interesting to watch because it provides a very different perspective on artists and their motivations. Not only do we get a great look at the art of photography, but we also get to see how artists struggle with their personal lives, and the type of self-image they choose. Not all of the artists were unhappy with their lives, but they certainly didn't seem to like the way they were portrayed. They are certainly unhappy with their public image. This documentary is definitely worth seeing, even if it doesn't go into as much detail as you would hope. There are some interesting interviews, and I can definitely see why this documentary has a strong following. 7/10

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Jordan W.

It is the best documentary that I've ever seen about the late Joe Martin, whose famous YouTube channel "Mafia2" has made him a multi-millionaire. "Mafia 2" follows the path of the superstar and his way of life. He comes across as a normal, down-to-earth guy, who, at the same time, is very vain and very critical of his fans. You will never see someone as humble and charming as Joe, not only because he is such a humble person, but because he is also very intelligent. He knows how to have a good time with people, as well as how to show people who are in his way, that it is not their fault. The most surprising thing is that Joe is the most humble guy that you can find, as well as the most patient person. He doesn't want to talk to people or hear people talk about him. In addition to that, he is very passionate about his work, and he would love to share the magic of his YouTube channel with as many people as possible. He believes that it is the people who make a video on his channel, and that is why he can't say no to the people that ask him to upload his videos on their channels. He is a true original, and this documentary really shows that. In addition to that, the documentary does a great job of showing that Joe is not only someone who enjoys his fame, but also somebody who has lost a lot of his life, because of his negative actions. As he was a great actor and a great musician, he was very upset when his son was murdered, and that is why he decided to dedicate his life to making sure that he never did it again. This documentary really tells you that Joe is one of the most humble and genuine people, and that his father is also a great man who made him who he is. As you can see in the documentary, the same could be said about the two people who made the documentary. If you want to know how a person can be so good and great at something, then watch "Mafia 2" and watch how the two great people that made this documentary put their life into making a documentary about this amazing man.

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Alice G.

I think it is time to accept that the world is indeed a scary place and that the majority of the people who are living here are the kind of people who are "vulnerable" and would like to live in a different world. For those who are here for the tourism, that is. I know that many people are grateful for the few years that they have been in America, the best of the best of the best. But there is a world out there, a world where people are so much different and so much more dangerous than they are. If they can just keep that in mind, we can all live a better life.

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Julia N.

A fascinating documentary that illustrates the true story of a man who committed suicide by jumping off a building. The film is by no means the greatest documentary ever made, but it's not bad either. The director/writer has chosen a very difficult subject to follow, so it's nice that they got an honest person to tell their story. There's a lot of uncomfortable footage and disturbing images, and some of the interviews are a little boring. The documentaries aren't always the best films, but they're still interesting. Overall, it's a decent documentary, but it could've been better.

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Evelyn

A truly inspirational documentary that should be seen by everyone. I am not a fan of the British tabloids, but they do publish the truths about the death penalty that are too important to not be told. The fact that she was on death row for crimes that were probably not committed, which could have been because she was not trying to be like the real murderers, is truly unbelievable. Her husband is not to blame. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was on death row for murder that could have been avoided by her going to prison. How does this person get out of prison after 20 years on death row? To me that was not justice, but what about the other victims? How did this woman get out of prison? This is the kind of thing that we need to be aware of, and hopefully it will be shown in a much more accessible way in the future.

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Shirley G.

I was in hospital and still cannot walk and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I feel sorry for everyone affected by this disease. A friend of mine, a family member, a friend of my husband's family, a friend of mine, and my husband's sister all passed away. I am devastated. This documentary is very well done, very heartfelt. I could not see the film without feeling terrible, and yet there is hope, and people can help. I think I can only do one thing, which is to donate money to any organization that helps this disease. My heart goes out to all of the people in this film, and I will do everything I can to make sure they are not forgotten. There is so much hope and hope that can be found. Thank you for making this film and showing it to me. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your life and can make the most of it.

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Bryan Alexander

This documentary tells the story of Bobby Cain, a former (but not for lack of trying) heroin addict who is now "on the road to recovery". It's a somewhat slow moving documentary, that doesn't have a lot of interesting content. It does contain some interesting images, like when Bobby shows his girlfriend the photo of him in a hospital bed with his "lifeless body" and tells her "I'm on the road to recovery". But, like many other documentaries on recovery, it also contains a lot of information about how Bobby changed. I really liked the idea of using a family to share their experiences with him, like their own experiences with addiction. It's very heart-felt. It's also funny to see a family, like the couple in the beginning of the film, with a child that is almost as addicted as Bobby is. They also talk about their own struggles with addiction, like when the mother is trying to get the needle out of the boy's arm, but he keeps taking it out and pushing it down. It's very touching, but it also shows that addiction is not something that a family can just take care of. I also liked the way that the narrator used to talk about his addiction. He said that when he started, he was in a depressed state. He didn't talk about his problems because he was ashamed of them. He started to talk about his problems and they became a part of his life. I also liked that they talk about the problems that Bobby had, but he didn't go into a lot of detail. He was so ashamed of himself that he didn't tell anyone about his problems, and when he did, he didn't mention them. He did talk about his daughter, but that was when he was not in a good place mentally. When he went back to rehab, he didn't talk about his daughter. He talked about the problems that he had, but he didn't talk about them. He just wanted to get clean, and when he got clean, he could talk about them. Overall, this is a good documentary. It's not a bad documentary, but it's not a great documentary either. I did like it, but I think it could have been a little more entertaining.

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Joseph Dixon

If you like documentary films, you might like this. The director, John Pilger, is very clever and willing to make fun of some very nasty people. He seems to be a little more aware of the media than many other people are and his commentary on the film shows that he is, in fact, an actual journalist. He's a little too subtle in his commentary, however. It would have been nice if he made it more pointed. He seems to be trying to make an issue out of a minuscule problem and just kind of slips it in, like a cork in a bottle. I'm not saying it's wrong, but I can't say it's good. I'm trying to make a statement about how I think documentaries are supposed to be made, and I don't think this movie is the right tool. Pilger is more of a thought-provoking, opinionated person. He's a great guy, but he's not going to get into the minutia of the film. There's no need for him to. I think this is the kind of movie you can watch, but it's not the kind of movie you should watch. I can't help but think that the makers of this film were just kind of hoping that it would get made. They just seem to have gotten lucky with the press coverage and the fact that the media got into the film, and that it's now going to be made into a film. I don't think it was a good idea. It's not a film I'd want to watch again, but I don't think it's a bad film either.

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Pamela

This is a really good film and I really liked the story. But the reason I give it a 7 instead of a 7.5 is because I think it has a rather flat ending. I really like that the documentary ends with the subject coming to the end of her own life, rather than leaving it hanging. I don't like how the subject ends, it is a bit too sudden. I would have liked it to end the way she says she will, and not the way she has ended her life. I really don't like how the documentary ends, and that is not my opinion.