Advertisement

Peanuts and Popcorn

Peanuts and Popcorn

Hospital Documentary, ‘Code Black’ is Intriguing

Dr. Ryan McGarry sits and comforts a patient. (Photo: Ryan McGarry)

Dr. Ryan McGarry sits and comforts a patient. (Photo: Ryan McGarry)

Running at just 82 minutes in length, the hospital documentary, “Code Black” is already getting the attention it deserves. Unlike other documentaries, “Code Black” is at times interesting, sobering and frustrating, but never is it dull. During the film festival circuit, the movie has received numerous awards including Best Documentary Feature (Los Angeles Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival), the Audience Award (Aspen FilmFest) and the People’s Choice Award (Starz Denver Film Festival).

Advertisement

Physician-turned filmmaker, Ryan McGarry escorts viewers through Los Angeles County Hospital, home of America’s busiest Emergency Department. The “stars” of the movie are fellow residents who thrive at their jobs but are also frustrated by the limitations of it. The bulk of their training has come from working in the “C-Booth,” a trauma bay and “birthplace” of Emergency Medicine in general. Each of them takes a turn in front of the camera to describe details of their job and their life in general. One has lost a father to Alzheimer’s; another personally had stage 4 cancer, but was cued. Some of the footage shows the doctors in action. They are students in their fourth year ready to embark into medicine full time.

Most hospitals operate on a color-code system where different colors represent the business and stress level of that day. Code Black refers to the highest level of stress.

Advertisement

McGarry and his friends acknowledge their lack of understanding all of the issues and red tape that surrounds today’s healthcare system, but that doesn’t stop them from coming up with new and unique ways to come up with better systems and processes to speed up waiting time for patients. They each long for a time when people can focus on the importance of healing people, not focusing on the money it takes to do it.

For a first-time director, McGarry does a fantastic job of showing us what it is that we want to see and implores the audience to not see healthcare through political eyes. He expects them to help find creative solutions to today’s healthcare crisis. The film ends on a positive note as well.

Previous Posts

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is Amazing
In what has truly felt like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ...

posted 8:17:25am Dec. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Christian Davis: Composer of Movies
I recently had the opportunity interview musician Christian Davis and while doing research for background information on this man, I naturally “Googled” him. Here is what I found out: - He’s not the multi Dove Award winning southern ...

posted 6:12:01am Dec. 15, 2015 | read full post »

New Christmas Music You Need to Hear
Are you are already burned out of your Christmas music choices at home or what is available on the radio? Maybe you need a fresh new supply of CDs or MP3s. Here are five of the newest that just might fit the bill. Chris Tomlin: Adore: ...

posted 4:52:28am Dec. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Kate Bosworth Shines in '90 Minutes in Heaven'
With hit books and movies like Heaven is for Real, the debate rages on whether or not people can die, go to heaven and then come back to earth to tell others about the experience. The Universal film, 90 Minutes in Heaven, a new DVD release ...

posted 11:05:30pm Dec. 01, 2015 | read full post »

‘The Good Dinosaur’ is an Emotional Roller Coaster for Dino Lovers
Unlike my family, I was moved but not crushed while watching UP. I was touched with Brave and I got a little lump in my throat while ...

posted 6:29:35pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.