disappointed in the tone (bit too headbashing for the thoughtful people that will watch it); my husband enjoyed the dir's voiceover, which reminded him of Depp as Hunter S. Thompson. Thank goodness it exists to make the choir feel even worse, and *hopefully* to open the hearts & minds of the non-choir members, if they ever see it. enjoyed very much the banjo music.
Even if this doc were a poorly made one, I’d give it 5 stars, solely based on the importance of its content. Fortunately, it’s extremely well made, as well as being vitally important to our survival. Once again, in this age of corruption, ignorance, and arrogance, the mind is boggled by how so many people can be betrayed and discarded by the corporatocracy, and yet so many are not even aware that this is happening.
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."
so how is it possible that i had still never seen this film until just now? ESPECIALLY in that i somewhat know the mr fox from the NYC theatre scene. what an AMAZING, frightening, dramatic, important doc. a total accomplishment. bravo. (and yes. let's all do what we can to make sure fracking ends before we do.)
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.
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.
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
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.
This film is far too reliant on the image of water being set on fire. It is shocking the first time, but this can be seen in promos or in shorter videos. It gets dangerously close to kitch until the directer steps back and begins to look at the landscape of the oil fields. These are beautiful scenes and the film should be commended for this. I wish the director would linger more on these moments.
This movie (as its about as much of a documentary as reefer madness) saddens me greatly because I came in wanting to love it as I'm a strong supporter of renewable energy however it gives the absolute minimal amount of information about fracking and serves more as a shockumentary than anything. For the sake of wanting people to fight against natural gas good job, but for giving them useful information Fox was too sly
effective as a call for more oversight and regulation, but a bit undercooked as a critique of fracking. i'd have liked less sensational shots of burning sinks and a closer look at the environmental effects vs. oil (which is also an ecological nightmare). i'm beginning to suspect documentary filmmakers who constantly appear in their films of faking the funk on some level (even though i share this dude's concerns).
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