Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Can you light your water on fire?
It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
GasLand is a fantastic documentary that offers damning proof that the process of hydraulic fracturing "fracking" is polluting the water supply, the air, and making animals and people very sick. Of course the companies responsible deny it, all in their quest for the almighty dollar. It's amazing how little these money hungry companies care about people when it can fill their wallets. You hear the phrase "money is the root of all evil" most of your life and if you need proof, look no further than a film like this. This doc is must see for everyone in the United States, the UK, and anywhere else that might have a natural gas supply because hydraulic fracturing and all it's chemicals may be coming to a water supply or the air near you.
The only "mumblecore" documentary I've run into so far. Josh Fox does a great job of portraying the problems with natural gas "fracking" and how it's effecting the people who live near fracking sites, but his shakycam filming style and monotone narration leave more to be desired.
Scary and relatively thorough, but a far better film whenever its director is NOT on screen or voice-over than when he is. As much as I believe the major claims the film's subjects make, I could have done with better science. Maybe its because of my time in the skeptic movement, but I need to know numbers, data, dosage, and descriptions of the chemicals involved before I can trust fully the harm being claimed. Otherwise it sounds too close to scaremongering for me to judge the difference, and Josh Fox's droll narration and sense of import certainly don't help with this impression. Still, I don't for a moment doubt that fracking isn't good for the environment, or that our government isn't especially concerned with stopping it.
I have no doubt that there is a real issue here, but this was lousy. It provides very few hard facts about the problem, but sure talks to a lot of people and lights a lot of water on fire. You can talk to endless people who will tell you there's a War On Christmas. It doesn't make it so. I think he only actually tested one of the water samples he collected. I don't think he ever did anything with those animal corpses. Just a poor documentary about a topic that clearly is worth examining.
Also, a small thing, but the movie doesn't leave the title cards up long enough to read them. One time I blinked and it was gone.
Close and personal look at the hazards and dangers of fracking for natural gasses.
I always find it hard to rate documentaries because it isn't as much about how it is shot and a lot more about what it tells you, what it teaches you and what it makes you feel.
The personal take on this docu makes it hit pretty close to home. If it'd just been a long infomercial about the dangers it would've never struck me as it did with this documentary. All the little stories of injuries and loss, all accumulated over as little as 5 years, make you realise that this is also a people's problem as much as it is an environmental issue. It teached me a lot about the immediate dangers involved but also shows the wear and tear over time. The music is also good and the narration is pleasant, so overall this makes it a great documentary.
It seemed to be an authentic look at an issue, but there are definite biases in any film of this sort. The most important part of this film is it started a conversation about the cons to America's vast natural gas lakes. I'm currently looking for a decent look to the other side of this issue, but it seems to be hard being that the corporations are on that side of the debate. Either way, if you want to see beautiful sights made ugly, tap water that lights on fire and a potential aquifer problem in the 21st century, boot this up on netflix and see what you think about it!
For those of you who have HBO I encourage you to check out the documentary, Gasland, playing this month. Not only is it an excellent doc, but the subject could well affect each of us in the very near future.
If you're unfamiliar (as I was) Gasland is about the practice of Hydraulic Fracturing which is the process used by the natural gas companies to extract natural gas from the earth. Hydro-fracking is the process of forcing obscene amounts of water infused with nearly 600 different chemicals (many of which are carcinogens and some of which produce neurotoxins) into the earth in order to break apart rock to release natural gas from large pockets where it can be collected into…
Rather amateurishly made.
Fuck Dick Cheney
SAW: in SCA 216 at USC (for 511)
In a state that is considering fracking, this is a must-watch.
My first gut reaction was that I really don't like Josh Fox. The way he delivers his narration of his film, while appropriate given the circumstances, was strangely off putting.
My second gut reaction was to want to vomit as list after list of chemicals was read off to me even though I had no idea exactly what they meant.
I've seen environmental documentaries that don't feel as fear mongering as Gasland, but still present more potent arguments (cough The Unforeseen cough). Fox seems most interested in showing fiery water, and asking people to drink polluted water. Which makes for good spectacle, but does just as much good fracking. Even in the context the film was released in it feels…
Josh Fox is a cornball who, while well researched, tries to be something he's not.
Gasland is a kind of dark documentary and probably a bit too one-sided, but it achieves what it sets out to do and is quite watchable.
Every miniseries, made-for-television movie, special, or documentary ever nominated for an Emmy Award in any category.
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