Thursday, July 13, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

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Dir/Writer: Davis Guggenheim (Teach, Gossip)
Documentary
Featuring: Al Gore
2006, USA

Seen: July 11, 2006 at the Cumberland

Reason to see: best of the choices at a convenient time, and I'm on my second try of #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 1/52 (try 2).

I wish I could just say that I liked this film. It was good, and it is an important issue and I hope it really helps everyone to see what is happening to the planet and everyone pitch in to make a difference. On the other hand, its very Americana. Canada wasn't even on the list of top offenders for this kind of thing (not saying we can't do our part or make a change for the better, its just kinda odd). It was also odd to see someone so well dressed and traveling the world by taxi, car, plane and helicopter to all these different sites (to speak and/or see the effects of global warming) and using a nice shiny laptop as well as cell phone when there is a regular phone in ther room. Most of the enviornmental types I know are more along the lines of folks who only wear cotton, buy fair trade coffee and smell of patchouli. But, I guess its good to that lots of people are interested and out there making a difference. Also, in contrast to some documentaries I've seen recently, it really did hold up as a film in it of itself. Very enlightening, well researched and very well presented. A very worthwhile see.

Official film site, which includes what everyone can do to make a difference here.

Shannon's Overall View:
I found it informative & interesting
I probably wouldn't watch it again, only as it its information based. Once ya got it, ya got it.
I would recommend it, especially to anyone interested in the world & enviornment.

Interesting to Note - Commercials & Previews

6 (!!!) Commericals total:
1 - missed it as I was a tad late
2 - beer
3 - 'manly' drink
4 - stop smoking ad
5 - car
6 - car
**huge irony with 2 car commercials shown prior to a film about raising awareness of global warming

4 previews:
Who Killed the Electric Car
Scoop
The War Within
Peaceful Warrior

3 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

Shannon, was this a pretty disturbing documentary? I want to see it because I'm really worried about this issue but some of these docs aren't very hopeful and full of just scare tactics. I would really like to know if you felt that it was super disturbing.

That's hysterical about the car ads BTW! I gotta tell my hubby about that one. He'll get a kick out of that.

Shannon said...

No, I didn't find it disturbing it was in general, enlightening. If you want just hard facts/info on what to do you can check thier site but I thought it was worthwhile to see it as a film.

Jamie said...

Very interesting review, Shannon. I really found your observation about the car ads and also about the personal choices within the documentary very interesting. I'm going to try and get out to see this film.