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June 26, 2006
An Inconvenient Truth
In honor of Seattle's ongoing record-breaking heat wave, Liz and I finally went to see An Inconvenient Truth (a.k.a. "The Al Gore Movie") yesterday evening.
Please, if you haven't seen it yet, go see it as soon as you can. Please. It's extremely important. I would be particularly interested to hear the reactions of any of my occasional right-wing readers who may currently be drunk on the "global warming isn't a real problem" Kool-Aid. I defy anyone to walk out of this movie unchanged.
Also, while you're watching it, I invite you to revisit the horror that was the 2000 presidential election, and to consider what a profoundly different country and world we would be living in if a single Supreme Court justice had made a different choice.
I really hope Al Gore runs for president again. If the moronic Democratic party leadership can possibly resist destroying his candidacy and let people with a little balls run the thing, he would win in a walk, and he should. Brilliant man.
Anyway, see the movie. Seriously.
No Kool-Aid just Macallen 18 year old Scotch.
But first I need to see Pirates of the Caribean II!!
I think it's important for people who don't accept that we are irreparably harming our planet to see this movie. That said, I also think that the movie, like Al Gore, is not without gaping flaws. Essentially, he uses the environment to get people to come to the theaters and watch a campaign commercial - why else devote all that time to him wistfully looking out the window, remembering the simpler, blissful days in Tennessee? Or portraying himself as the lone troubadour, walking the earth, taking off his shoes just like any other shmoe shlepping through security at the airport, while he preaches about the environment? Gimme a break.
Al Gore is qualified to be the president because he is smart and he shares more of my values than anyone else who has run lately. Unfortunately, he insists on trying to present himself as the common man, the underdog, etc. He tried selling it in 2000, and he can try selling it in 2008, too, but it'll still seem a little lame. (Still I'd vote for him again, anyway. I'd just rather vote for Feingold.)
Hmm, I don't know. Unless it's a complete lie, the story is that this movie wasn't his idea, it was the filmmakers' idea. They approached him. And, again, if the media accounts are accurate, he had very little to do with the making of the film. He gives this presentation, he's been giving it for years. They filmed it, they made a film of it. He's been on this crusade for decades.
Obviously I don't know, but I think it's plausible that all that wistful footage was put in because without it, the whole movie is the slideshow, and they thought it needed a human side, a personality. Clearly it's not only about the global warming presentation, it's also about Gore's crusade for this issue throughout his career. I don't think that necessarily means there's anything cynical about its purpose.
Beyond that, so what if it is intended to get people into theaters to see that Gore is a smart, caring person? Nobody ever got elected to anything without campaigning.
(p.s. - I have a friend who interviewed Gore recently. She said he was indeed traveling like just about any other person on a publicity tour, except he had no entourage, just a publicist.)