When the trailer for Ondi Timoner’s new environmental-themed documentary film “Cool It” finished, at Landmark’s Guild in Menlo Park (before screening of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” the other night), I was the guy who exclaimed “DIG!”
The film is about Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish environmentalist who dissents from the left and right conventional views about what the fjernt is happening.
Reminds in tone of Astra Taylor’s “Examined Life,” which I saw in Austin and Berkeley last year.
To remind: I am Earthwise because Cathy White Eagle confused the project I was working at for Bay Area Earth Day At Stanford with my own name; but I was working on Earthday because I had been reading Jerry Mander and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Dig? (In a previous life, I had been helping an oil company convince you to “Turn your engine into a washing-machine.” People do! (But people doo, too).
On the same subject (at least by Plastic Alto standards), I recommend “Client 9” Alex Gibney’s film about the connection between the Wall Street “Too Big to Fail” crisis (do you recall, the thing about a trillion dollars of our money to help ultra-rich bankers and traders keep their beach houses and Picassos — I believe if my math brain serves at this early hour that a trillion dollars is 300 million times $3,300 each) and the selective prosecution of New York Governer Eliot Spitzer (who had sex with hookers, but before that served notice, first as state Attorney General, then as Governor, that he suspected some misdoings on Wall Street and acted in the public interest to try to rein in their greed — about two years before the eventual meltdown and bail out).