Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Greedy Lying Bastards
The impact of global warming is the subject of yet another series of talking-head testimonials and finger-wagging rebukes aimed at those deep in “climate denial.” As if Al Gore’s conveniently filmed Learning Annex lecture wasn’t enough, documentarian Craig Scott Rosebraugh dredges up one more bucket of cold water to throw in the faces of nonbelievers. Say what you will about the opposition's heinous use of deceitful tactics, passing off a clip from Frank Capra and Bell Laboratories’ 1958 classroom short, The Unchained Goddess, as an unheeded clarion call about the dangers that lie ahead doesn’t do much to bolster Rosebraugh’s trustworthiness. Liberals will stand in line, conservatives will shun it, and cinephiles, looking for a challenging piece of filmmaking to drop ten dollars on, will wish they had waited for it to play on public television. 2012.
— Scott Marks