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Film review: ‘Chasing Ice’

I hadn’t heard of James Balog, whose work is the subject of ‘Chasing Ice’, until I saw him give a presentation at TED Global in Oxford in 2008. It was in a session after supper, along with Nigeran novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an evening optional extra for anyone who …

Why the natural gas industry hates the movie 'Promised Land' so much

Matt Damon's new fictional movie about natural gas development in a rural township shows no tanker trucks, no ghastly wastewater ponds, and not even one drilling pad or derrick. In fact, drilling has yet to begin. So why is the natural gas industry having such a hissy fit over the film?

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (documentary film review)

The documentary takes a penetrating look at overpopulation, what fuels it and why the world has become complacent about the issue after making a good start in addressing it during the late 60s. The film dispels some key myths about overpopulation – chief among them the belief that it's …

Film review: Why ‘Thrive’ is best avoided

What do you do when you are the heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune and you have spent years surrounding yourself with new agey thinking and conspiracy theories? You make a film like "Thrive" the latest conspiracy theory movie that is popping up all over the place.  

A film review: ‘Gasland’

The second half of the oil age will be very, very different from the first half. The first half was awash with cheap, easy-to-find and easy-to-produce oil and gas. The second half will be the story of expensive-to-produce hydrocarbons, from increasingly inaccessible places ... Unless we are able …

Latest 'Zeitgeist' film mixes sound critique and goofy futurism

'Zeitgeist: Moving Forward,' makes a strong critique of party politics, market economics and overshoot. The film even explores peak oil. But its solution is an unconvincing techno-utopian fantasy straight out of science fiction complete with pod-cities of the future. Why would such a …

Film review: "The Economics of Happiness"

The film’s power lies in the sections voiced by ordinary people, the Chinese teenager talking about how he loves America because everyone is happy there, the two Detriot urban food growers standing by their vegetable beds, and the two Ladakhi women looking, bemused and upset, at the lonely …

Film review: How to boil a frog

Vancouver filmmaker Jon Cooksey's documentary film How to Boil a Frog showcases a unique talent for delivering bad news with a humorous twist. He also advocates that we bring our hearts, minds, and political activism to the table in order to push back against the corporate assault on our lives. …

Film review: The farmer and the horse

Jared Flesher's film The Farmer and the Horse is a joy, an absolutely fascinating immersion into the world of three people who have fallen in love with working with horses. In a world where the production of food is hugely dependent on the availability of cheap liquid fuels and where, in the UK, …

Film Review: ‘Food Inc.’

At this year's Soil Association conference I was chatting with Mike Small of the Fife Diet in Scotland. He told a story about how a film crew from Sky News came up to Fife to do a news story about their work. While they were filming, Mike chatted to the director and asked him what was the angle …

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