Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
An Inconvenient Truth
By far the most terrifying film you will ever see.
A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.
I remember this being a cultural lightning rod when it came out. (As a teenager in a "global warming is fake" household, I had no interest in seeing it then.) Catching up with it now, I'm guessing that resonance was thanks solely to the urgency of its subject matter. As a call to action, it's noble. But as a movie, it's a very solid pamphlet. Director Davis Guggenheim awkwardly tries to construct an issue advocacy doc out of two disparate halves: a slideshow concert movie and a biographical profile of Al Gore. The latter strikes me as mostly superfluous—sure, he's led an eventful life, but it's of dubious relevance to the topic at hand—while the former's very Climate Change 101…
A sobering, fascinating documentary about the crisis that is global warming. Al Gore, a warm, genial man, talks to us gently, though urgently, about how our world is slowly crumbling. The facts and images are staggering; it’s mind-boggling that we’ve let our planet come to this. The film is not all that downbeat — it’s also funny and easy to swallow. But it also makes you angry and want to turn off your lights, computer, and TV, ride a bike instead of your car, use recycled paper, change your bulbs, and then tell everyone you know to do exactly the same thing. It’s all rather inspiring.
The film combines a lecture on the climate crisis with a sort of biography of Albert Gore intended, at critical moments, to segue into the next section, except for the matter of the 2000 Election: then it's just a whine of self-pity.
The film is effective enough in an Eisenstein fashion, but it's not what one would describe as a thriller. The personality of Gore is grating: when not sickly and sanctimonious, he is quite hysterical. There is also the irritating folksiness and pseudo-populism, which is allowed to run away with Gore's peroration, a rabble-rousing appeal to America to sabotage her economy and hand over global power to China. One supposes Gore should be given this much: if his recommendations…
The film combines a lecture on the climatic crisis (the scenes taken from the lecture Gore has taken, by his own account, all around the world, given more than 1,000 times, and doesn't seem to engage in any adverse ascetism during these trips) with a sort of biography of Gore intended, at critical moments, to segue into the next section. The only one that is not a segue is a long section on Gore recounting the story of his child once being hit by a car and of his meltdown after he lost the 2000 Election. Such a response to such a minor event—when he now has the benefit of hindsight and knows that a flagrant challenge from Islamic totalitarianism…
Al Gore is a genius and this film is an eye opener such a fantastic documentary!
Don't really want to rate this, but you should absolutely watch it. Everyone should.
We're all gonna die
While I knew that I was sympathetic to the ideas behind the film when I went in, I was surprised by how much I liked the film. It doesn’t have a lot of new information and a lot of it consists of a presentation by Al Gore, but somehow it transcends that and becomes much more. Maybe it’s the arrangement of the facts and the mixing of the personal reasons that Al Gore feels so strongly about the issue that makes it work, but whatever it is, it is powerful and is making me rethink how I do things.
The core of the film is Gore’s presentation, but that is broken up with glimpses of Gore’s personal history which stops…
Whether you believe in the human-induced global warming or not, you can't deny this documentary from the almost-president of United States is a gripping cinematic experience.
Almost 10 years on... And absolutely nothing has changed. Well, actually, stuff that Gore cites as examples for problems that have been solved, some of them are back (some illnesses once thought defeated returning in part because people don't vaccinate...)
What used to be kind of a dramatic feels rather commonplace now.
O grosso do conteúdo é o óbvio, mostrar através de muitos dados, pesquisas, acontecimentos, fotos, vídeos, os estragos gerados pelo modo de vida atual e a criticidade da questão. O que o filme traz além é mostrar o lado pessoal de Al Gore em sua relação com as questões ambientais, e uma visão da sua jornada de viagens pelo mundo espalhando a palavra. Acima de qualquer coisa, é um aviso direto à nação americana, a maior responsável pela direção devastadora que o clima global está trilhando. Fica claro que começam a ocorrer iniciativas, mas parece que a população em geral ainda é muito alienada e acomodada para entender e reagir a este tipo de verdade inconveniente. Obrigatório para todos aqueles que pretendem um mundo viável para seus filhos e netos.
Re-watched this masterful documentary today and loved it. I really love purpose driven films and those that elevate us as a people/globe and this film is both of those things. It's really amazing that the film is essentially a lecture given by Al Gore and yet to me it is as riveting as an action flick. The photos, the images, and the personal anecdotes that tie it together are high in simplicity but highly effective and more than enough to bring drama, pertinence, and emotion to the piece. I feel it is one of those films that everyone should watch at least once -- whether you agree with the information within or not.
Good doc. Hard to stay awake though.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- About Last Night...
- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- Nanook of the North
- Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Man with a Movie Camera
This is a suggested viewing list of non-fiction films for the Film and Visual Studies PhD offered by Harvard University.…