Monday, March 12, 2007

There's seldom anything new from Hollywood

Environment - Movies - New York Times:
"Dumping Hollywood villains of the past — drug lords, aliens, North Korean dictators, even the news media — for an environmental bete noire carries risks for studios that don’t mind frightening viewers, as long as it’s all in fun. But it also hints at the possibility of more sophisticated entertainment, and perhaps even the kind of impact that “The China Syndrome,” with Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas, exerted on the nuclear power industry when it came out in 1979."

We have had movies before where the villain was some corporation raping the environment. Two that occur to me without doing any serious research would be the Steven Seagal vehicle Fire Down Below (1997) and Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning performance as Erin Brockovich (2000).

It's rather ironic that The China Syndrome should be mentioned in this context since the principal environmental impact of the success of that movie was an increase in the production of atmospheric CO2.


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