This unbelievably horrifying nightmare is a reality. The people who are doing this to our water/planet/lives should drink this water until they are too sick to frack anymore. All of the candidates for president of the USA (except for one, Bernie Sanders) are promoting fracking as something good. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton personally lobbied around the world to promote U.S. fracking interests globally.
The fact that anti-fracking protesting is considered controversial is alarming. The effect that lobbying has had on US politics should no longer surprise, but the brutal reality hits home with these illuminating documentaries.
Overlong and repetitive, Gasland still manages to provoke. The money shot comes near the end when Congresspersons DeGette and Hinchey grill industry lobbyists about the proposed FRAC Act, which would have revoked fracking's exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Unfortunately, the bill died in 2013). Takeaways: Filthy water cannot be washed nor dirty air. Also, Cheney is so much evil. 3.5 stars
What can I say about this that hasn't been said already? We live in scary times where government bodies find themselves under more pressure from corporations than ever before. Josh has crafted a compelling, personal story about a global issue that isn't going away any time soon. Gasland is also refreshingly free from the usual, blatant one-sidedness that hinders so many other films. Essential watching. 4 stars
Annoyed at first I got used to Josh Fox's style. Liked hearing "Zink" and other Machinefabriek pieces for part of the soundtrack. Read "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn in 1985. Surprised then to learn of unethical medical experiments done on our citizens. Hopefully we keep a sense of humor and evolve beyond this kind of behavior. We all need "the most comfortable couch in the United States."
It's hard to believe that noted war-criminal and face-shooter Dick Cheney could be made to look any more corrupt and sleazy but Gasland manages to do it. There's a special place in Hell for this bastard.
"A grim study of how the push to drill for natural gas is turning vast swaths of beautiful American country into dangerous sludge dumps." - The Guardian.
A documentary you wish it were fiction. The subject matter may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to other political and/or world problems but Josh Fox's personal anchor to hydraulic fracking and the film's mood elevates Gasland to be an enjoyable and informative doc.