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Movie Critic Review: There (is) Movies In The Air

But Lots of Dying Everywhere!

It's true; an inconvenient truth, though! I am not talking Syria
or Iraq but the other man-made disasters that are sending planet Earth into the environmental apocalypse!!
Probing into the huge number of cinema/movie festivals around the globe and their close occurences, I stumbled on such festival names as Goya Awards,Nica Awards, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival or Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival.
Lots of them!
But I found myself inclined to narrow my interest to revisiting the non-fictional movies in recent years. The prophetic or premonitional kind of depiction or the exact opposite, the optimistic, life-affirming one!  The reason must be obvious.
This is 2012!
The year of the ultimate prediction!
No matter to what degree what is circulating is just hype. Nature seems to favour this premonitional scary talk by sending a mild winter to Canada but also giving Europe a surprise dumping or setting the ice on fire in Iceland. And science isn't saying enough.
Our predictory agencies do not seem keen enough to provide categorical refutations.
Even meteorology sounds like the two parts of the word broke away from each other leaving us to confront a meteor without a science to ward it off!
So I settled for this documentary movie!
But before I tell you about it let me list the non-fiction (documentary) movies nominated
for the grand event in a few days (Feb 26th, pardon!)- the Oscars!
  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls
  • Paradise Lost 3
  • Pina
  • Undefeated
"An Inconvenient Truth" won two Oscars in 2006: Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song and was the first documentary to win 2 Oscars and the first to win a best
original song Oscar.
The film originates in Al Gore's avid interest in environmental issues such as global
warming. It compiles his numerous presentations of the subject; thought to be a
thousand presentations! It also compliments Al Gore's 1992 book "Earth in the Balance" which reached the New York Times bestseller list.
Al Gore
 Al Gore according to his own introduction:
"I am Al Gore; I used to be the next President of the United States." He was the former vice president of the USA.
In 2000 he lost the presidential battle to G.W. Bush by an unprecedented intervention of the US supreme court!
He later won the Nobel prize for peace!
The movie is a dramatized blend of Al Gore's personal life experiences with his scientific presentations borne of a lifelong
commitment to environmental issues. The cold factual data, graphs and findings are made accessible to the average viewer by Gore's charming and engaging style. The film is more of an eye-opener than a scary account of the consequences of
"the greenhouse effect" or other industrial mischiefs in which human activities are implicated as a major cause. It also educates people on how to reduce this impact on climate to
a minimum that will help sustain life for humans and the various ecosystems on Earth.
Our only place in the universe, so far!
The movie is worth seeing as it also has beautiful cinematography, music and has an Oscar
winning song in the closing (see clips below).
Davis Guggenheim
"An Inconvenient Truth" 2006, 100 min, Dolby Digital, Color
Cast: Al Gore, Billy west (voice)
Producer: Lawrence Bender and Scott Burns.
(Budget one million, earnings 49 million)
Original Music: Michael Brook
Cinematography: Davis Guggenheim and Robert Richman
Directed by: Davis Guggenheim

Other Winner Documentaries of note:

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Winner Cannes golden and 26 other prizes. "March of the Penguins", French film (La Marche de l'empereur) Winner Oscar Best Documentary 2005. Earth 2007, Siko (Michael Moore) 2007.


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