A Note to Leonardo DiCaprio + Green Movies

Look man, I really don’t want to turn my blog into a soapbox for environmentalism.  So get out of my head!

To those of you who haven’t seen the film The Eleventh Hour, narrated sparsely by Leo himself, it is without a doubt the most complete expression of the current social and environmental crisis, the most urgent call for radical change, and the most engaging portrayal of possible solutions that exists in contemporary cinema. I cannot urge you enough to see it as soon as possible.

See it!

That having been said, here’s a list of other movies you could check out if, like me, you enjoy movies and you want to learn more:

Mindwalk — The dad from Home Alone and the lawyer from Law and Order have a long, stimulating philosophical discussion about the flaws of Cartesian thought and the application of ecological systems theory, set against the background of the surreal Mont St. Michel.

An Inconvenient Truth — (Vice) President Al Gore provides probably the best, and certainly the most famous Powerpoint presentation ever.

The Corporation — Canadian filmmakers dissect and diagnose the corporation, the dominant form of power in our world. Since it is legally a person, thanks to a history of deliberately misleading 19th century Supreme Court rulings, the corporation is subjected to standard psychological batteries with unsettling results. (check it out on youtube)

Life and Debt – Globalization and Jamaica — A fascinating look at 21st century Jamaica, caught in impossible post-colonial relations of power, called “globalization”, due to exploitative Western economic policies. (check it out on google video)

Crude Awakening: The Peak Oil Crisis — This is the best movie I’ve seen about the history and future of oil based living. It is pretty grim folks.

Manufacturing Consent — Half Noam Chomsky biopic, half documentary about the mainstream media’s coverage of East Timor, those same Canadian filmmakers outline the famous linguist’s stark views of the way the corporate media operates in the American Empire.

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil — Local solutions to problems of scale in a mid-size Brazilian city. Shitty production values, cool story. A city governance faced with huge problems and no budget worked out ways to fix multiple environmental and public health problems systematically and simultaneously, and made money in the process.

My Dinner with AndreTwo actors play themselves (kinda) and discuss the art of living.

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control — Erroll Morris’ bizarre and brilliant profile of several eccentrics; this movie expresses interconnectedness through cinematography. Mind blowing.

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5 Responses to “A Note to Leonardo DiCaprio + Green Movies”

  1. dorianhunter Says:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I got the DVD “The 11th Hour” in April. It’s an important message, and the movie is really worthwhile. Only I think, the complexion of all the problems involved in the current crisis of our society is too vast for one movie. So it’s a good start, I guess.

  2. tripinchina Says:

    Yeah Di Caprio’s movie definitely doesn’t provide a thorough examiation of every problem, but it does provide an excellent framework for looking at the interconnectedness of various contemporary problems.

    Another film thats good for examining a complexion of problems is Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater’s semi-fictionalized look at the fast food industry (based on the sociological study of the same name)

  3. Nina Says:

    Did Fast Cheap and Out of Control play in the Wesleyan film series?

  4. destoyed wheni am pretty and happy on purpse from idiot Says:

    oh blah blah the guys a evil idiot he has no consious he just another italian mafia nasty sexual immmoral weirdo

  5. Cliff Says:

    It’s nice to see that I’m not the only person in the world who has heard of, and more significantly enjoyed, Mindwalk. However, did you fail to mention the third lead simply because there was no easy TV reference or do you place Liv Ullman’s contribution in a secondary place? I’m betting you don’t. Mindwalk is indisputably a three-lead-actor film.

    That said, thanks for the interesting list of flicks.

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