In creating my list of movie recommendations for viewers to scope out on Earth Day, I decided to try and pack more entertainment in rather than to bog one down with weighty environmental messages. However, I will still note the Earth Day connections each movie has and validate each as to having earned their spot on the list. There are so many ecologically themed movies that one could spend the greater part of a week sifting through titles worthy of the occasion. So, my choices for movies for Earth Day come not from the thick release listings of Hollywood records, but from the dusty confines of my own brain and more than likely were released in more recent times. The reasoning for that latter aspect can be explained in that this is being written before Earth Day 2009 and if the attention of the youth looking to inherit the Earth is to be kept, might need to stay fresh and hip.
So, without further blab or in depth ecological discussion I present my choices for the Top 5 Movies To Watch On Earth Day.
Number 6: The 11th Hour/ Who Killed The Electric Car?/ An Inconvenient Truth
Okay, I broke the top five rule and decided that these documentaries deserved their own recognition aside from the list. These three movies are notable releases that deal directly with ecological issues plaguing the Earth.
The 11th Hour is a Leonardo DiCaprio backed movie that truly investigates global warming and the condition of the environment on an epic scale. The facts are presented and interviews are conducted, and there is talk directed towards solutions to environmental issues. Perhaps this is one to check out indeed to help spawn some Earth saving ideas for Earth Day events other than movie watching.
Who Killed The Electric Car? Is a movie that gives you a peek into the car making industry and why we aren’t already switched over from gas guzzling automobiles. It is not the most interesting documentary, but it may provide you with some new insight on Earth Day and make you think twice before getting that next ride.
An Inconvenient Truth is Al Gores ecological themed movie which is really quite popular. It’s popularity is the only reason I put it on the list, because I personally have fallen asleep every time I have watched it. So, pop it in for a subliminal ecological message while you nap between movies for Earth Day.
To purchase these three movies I suggest doing so from a bookstore that sells movies. Why? Because reading just seems smarter than movie watching and it may be a good experience to see other materials while purchasing your Earth Day moving picture materials. A book store that currently carries all three titles is:
Number 5: Brokeback Mountain / Into The Blue
Brokeback Mountain makes the list for beautiful mountain scenery. You can take it as simple as that when adding it to your list of movies to watch on Earth Day, or you can delve further into the ecological psychology behind including such a movie. Perhaps I am just tossing in a gay love story to go hand in hand with environmental woes as a way to balance the fights advocates have on their hands for human rights all the way around. The right to love who you want and clean air to breathe! The drama in this movie is indeed powerful stuff and makes for a great example of Heath Ledger pre-death and Dark Knight.
However, I could not leave the “gay cowboy movie” alone at number five, just in case it turned you off. That’s right I do not think everyone has to watch gay people doing their happy stuff if it isn’t their cup of tea. Also I am thinking of helping give better eye candy to dudes wishing to keep firm to their heterosexual movie watching status. Thus, the pretty environments of Brokeback Mountain can be countered with beautiful underwater scenery in Into The Blue. On top of that you get beautiful Jessica Alba and Ashley Scott scenery. The movie isn’t half bad really, with action and adventure. The water in this flick is so crystal clear and blue, you’ll be inspired to clean up your own waterways come Earth Day!
To find great Earth Day deals on these two movies you might try E-Bay. You can find whatever movies format best suits you and generally at a lower price. Just type the titles into the search feature and seek away: www.ebay.com
Number 4: The Last Winter
The Last Winter is a horror thriller directed by Larry Fessenden . It has gained respect in the horror community while delivering the ecological message that we should be taking care of our planet. The gorgeous white scenery plods by a bit slow in this movie and some have found the ecological theme to be a bit corny, but it cannot be denied for at least trying something new while preaching Earth Day values.
To buy a copy of The Last Winter you should check out the shopping website that has a name sounding like it fits right in with Earth Day ideals: www.amazon.com
Number 3: There Will Be Blood
Behold one of the greatest acting performances of all time, say some. Other say Daniel Day Lewis is over-the-top. I loved the movie! What does it have to do with Earth Day? It is an entertaining, dramatic character study within the world of oil drilling. Oil of course being a natural resource directly linked to so many issues within our society and with the stability of the planet, that it helps There Will Be Blood fit right in with movies for Earth Day.
You can buy or rent There Will Be Blood at places such as:
Number 2: Wall-E
Wall-E is a romantic animated adventure that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. The story involves a robot left an on Earth, which having become too much of a waste dump is abandoned by humans. The ecological theme for this movie is quite obvious in that we need to take care of our planet and not be lazy.
If you want to buy a copy of Wall-E you might as well go straight to the source and visit the Disney website.
Number 1: SUNSHINE
The sun has died and a group of heroes are on their way to start it back up, this is the setting for Sunshine. Directed by Danny Boyle this is a movie befitting of Earth Day viewing due to its coming together and risking it all to save it all theme. It shows mankind as determined to survive and to help the planet survive. On top of that it is a very entertaining movie. The first portion feels like a slower drama movie, then you get into a space disaster movies, and then the third act goes full on horror movie!
A couple of places to shop and compare prices for Sunshine are: