Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The End of Suburbiai haven't been much into posting lately since work is sucking the life out of me at the moment and leaving very little energy for other physical things... incl. packing my toys and working on my DVD database. this bugs me. i'm so looking forward to having friday off and attending wizard world this weekend... it's gonna be exhausting but well worth it and probably the right distraction my mind needs right now.

i'm posting tonight primarily b/c i just finished watching one hell of a frightening documentary: THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream. it really blew me away. it's not scary as in horror/violent etc. it's scary b/c it outlines the early demise of modern civilization as we know it. and that's hella more frightening than some half-baked horror flick, Asian or otherwise.

in a nutshell, EoS describes the Oil Peak dilemma, leading up to it and the likely outcome, which is pretty dismal. besides revealing the problem w/oil production and dwindling energy resources and all the mistakes that have been made along the way, the movie also discusses the problems w/alternate energy and fuel sources. and it calls out many of the culprits from past and present that are responsible for what surely will be another potential economic depression and ongoing war-state world. seriously, this little documentary is an eye opener.

and EoS presents the material in such a clever and often hilarious manner using splices from old post-WW2 "America is Great" films mixed w/scenes from contemporary americana. The clips, reminiscent of the Educational Archives films, are funny by themselves but turn into an eerie premonition w/the callous voiceovers.

it's the kind of flick that you want everyone you know to see and experience. i'm hoping i can get my dad to watch this since we've been having arguments lately about the political climate and upcoming election. i think it will be far easier to trick him into seeing this (altho, there is definitely material in this movie he will not want to hear and more than likely write-off as bullshit) than getting him to see Fahrenheit 9/11. not that the latter is any straight up truth but in both cases, these are documentaries that leave you thinking. the sad part of EoS is wondering if there's anything than can be done at our level. and it's this feeling of hopelessness and despair that really sinks in by the time the credits roll. it makes that kind of impact.

i recommend checking out their web site. this is one movie that i will be passing around.

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