Saturday, April 18, 2009

Earth Day Movies

This Wednesday, April 22nd, is EARTH DAY! What better way to celebrate then to watch a film about the destruction of earth’s resources by we naughty humans. Some say these films are eye openers to our future, like the ghost of Christmas future that visited old Scrooge. They can be seen as eye openers but they are also entertaining and available at the HBPL Media Department.

The Day After Tomorrow: Global warming has caught up with the earth in this catastrophic sci-fi thriller. A special-effects-filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at such levels that they resulted in worldwide catastrophe and disaster, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age. It is up to climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), and the world, from the new Ice Age.

Eleventh Hour: documentary narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio that covers global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats . The film's over all premises is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. This is another serious look at how our world is, and another good reminder for earth day that we need to change things.

AI: Artificial Intelligence: Steven Spielberg’s film (based on an idea by Stanley Kubrick) presents a future world affected by melting polar ice caps. Flooding devastates coastal cities, forcing citizens to move towards the center of the continents. Despite the climatic setback, mankind proceeds to make stunning technological leaps forward while stumbling backward by indulging in new forms of prejudice and discrimination.

WALL-E: After decades of environmental degradation, Earth is completely uninhabitable. Humans turn to space, leaving Earth a lifeless wasteland. With a total dependency on technology and instant gratification, humans become lethargic, lazy, and obese. The only thing that will save the species is a trash collecting robot (and Hello Dolly! of course!).
Other Earth Day choices: An Inconvenient Truth, Waterworld, Who Killed the Electric Car?, Encounters at the End of the World
So you should all pop in a film, hug a tree, think about going greener and have an environmentally friendly Earth Day.

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