I’ve been looking for this particular film in DVD format for sometime, yet have been foiled by the piracy rings, who, not surprisingly, do not stock this video in large quantities.
About a month and a half ago, I found a copy in a nearby store, but as keeping with habits, I choose not to purchase it, instead, sticking to the credence that “I’ll buy it next time”. However, there wasn’t a ‘next time’ and I haven’t found a copy since. The lesson here is that one must purchase DVD’s upon immediate discovery or face the associated consequences. However, f one can’t buy it, well, one can always download it. Personally, I believe that if one happens to live in China (or another relevant piracy hub) there isn’t really an excuse to download films. I’m not purporting that the idea of movie piracy is just and governments should throw in the towel in regards to copyright protection efforts, but when you really only have two options; download or pirate…there really is only one proper choice. You buy the pirate disc…with the justification that someone in the chain gets a little coin. Download and no one receives anything, aside from saving yourself six kuai. Discs are so retardedly cheap that the only real financial burden of the DVD experience is the initial purchase of the DVD player .
Last night I downloaded Al Gore’s Oscar winning mantle, An Inconvenient Truth. It is the first movie I’ve downloaded since the UVic days.
This piece has been out for awhile, but strangely enough, I’ve was slightly hesitant about viewing it. In fact, I’ve been hesitant about viewing any sort of ‘documentary’ since my faith in the genre (and the ability of mankind to look beyond a camera) was so effectively and efficiently destroyed by Michael Moore.
So here I am, discussing an item that I should have mentioned months ago and that I should have viewed months ago. I’m such a lazy ass.
So, this morning I watched it.
Wow…Wow. Probably the simplest word with which I can use to describe this film. I loaded it up expecting a typical post-Bowling for Columbine mudslinging, blame laden, staged right hook followed by a kick in the head at the usual suspects (read: Corporations, George W. Bush, Republicans, Big Oil, Monsanto….blah blah…yawn).
Aside from a few political jokes thrown in for comic relief, the theme of politics was essentially absent. There wasn’t any left-right wing labeling, finger pointing, pretentiousness, holier-than-thou rhetoric, personal attacks, granola-talk or out of this world expectations. This the presentation that the environmental movement should have produced ages ago. It’s something everyone can and should watch. It’s a wool, straw house kumbaya-free viewing experience!
Gore’s theme is just as simple and clear. Human induced climate change is happening, this is an indisputable fact and it is a fact that isn’t going to go away, and it presently isn’t improving. Commonly cited evidence (ice calving, ocean currents, ice cores) is used to solidify the theory and project the consequences (extreme weather patterns, sea level rise, mass human migration, droughts, disease, insect infestation…*the mountain pine beetle was mentioned). Further evidence is used against CC deniers, including a hilarious 50’s era Camel Cigarette advertisement claiming that 50% (or some similar figure) of all doctors smoke Camel Cigarettes, therefore the health effects of cigarettes are not in fact true.
Where the film kicks some serious ass though, is the optimism presented. This is happening, but we can stop it. We fought CFC’s and the ozone problem in the 80’s. It was a global problem, but the will was there, and we triumphed. How is CC any different? Gore’s solution isn’t new, its something that’s been plowed into environmentally concerned individuals for decades. Change lies with you. Don’t think you can’t make a difference. But with this film Gore translates this creed into a format digestable by the masses.
It seems only right that this movie should be downloaded.
*I’m currently engaged in a war on my home electricity usage. I wasn’t too pleased with my last bill, nor the Kwh’s used. This past month I’ve attempted to knock it back by 75%. I’ve been overly aggressive in conservation techniques, but despite that, still haven’t noticed a decrease in my quality of life, or any detrimental affects relative to the previous month. I’ll receive my bill next week, hopefully I’ll meet this goal.