How could I let the occasion pass without offering some movie recommendations?
The following films range in style from poetic (Koyaanisqatsi), to frightening (An Inconvenient Truth). Whether based on fact or fiction, all are cautionary tales.
Them! (1954) Dir. Gordon Douglas Nuclear testing=giant ants. A classic in the mutant bug genre.
On the Beach (1959) Dir. Stanley Kramer Based on Nevil Shute’s novel, this is a devastating look at the effects of nuclear war. A thoroughly depressing and important work.
Soylent Green (1973) Dir. Richard Fleischer A dystopian future of pollution, overpopulation, the greenhouse effect and processed food…. Based on the novel, Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Dir. Leonard Nimoy Captain Kirk and his crew travel back to the 1980’s to save their 23rd century earth from a probe searching for extinct humpback whales. A perfect blend of action, humor, and message.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Dir. Godfrey Reggio Set to a score by Philip Glass, this is an exquisite montage of cities and landscapes using still and time-lapse photography.
Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Dir. Ellory Elkayem Toxic waste=giant spiders. A great satire of the mutant bug/arachnid genre.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Dir. Davis Guggenheim Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary about climate change.
Finally, I offer this: “Ombra Mai Fu” from G. F. Handel’s opera, Xerxes.
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