Friday, February 20, 2009

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Repercussions From A Green Hand

There's a trend beginning that I rather like, which focuses on the power of nature.

Two films have taken appropriate leaps in the direction of reminding us why nature can be something to fear as much as it is something the sane celebrate, in the stead of poisoning.
The first of this 'The Happening' reminds me of the green threat mentioned in a book I read this Spring, when I was first introduced to the name Nnedi, by The Amazing Black Race blog. In Nnedi's book the Shadowspeaker, nature shows her intentionally vicious side as an impressive warning, polluters would never dare risk offending were the nature of this world (which is increasingly sci-fi) to show such a face.
In the Happening [spoiler alert] nature utilizes its natural internet to organize and attack the brains of humans with neuro-toxins that cause them to undo themselves. I personally felt the movie was well-done, as some of M. Knight Shymalan's movies can have a jagged edge that is difficult to get engaged with, but I may be biased by the championing of the green reality.

In 'Wall-e', we saw the second example of media that dares to educate as well as entertain. Almost masterfully done, Wall-e tugs at the heart while creating a strong suggestion about our collective gluttony as a society (mostly in the uS and countries patterning themselves after the US, truth be told), and the trash carelessly created that must be dealt with if we are to continue to enjoy the gifts of nature, let alone life. The suggestion is not preachily extended, but intelligently woven into the backdrop of a lovestory that rushes what was almost a great look into the relationship between loneliness and its sublimation into duty, but still manages to move the viewers to 'ooohs and aaahhhs' (although the movie audience I was surrounded by was mostly composed of dissapointing duds who couldn't be bothered to carry an appropriate clap where it was warranted...).

In the past there have been attempts to create green media, that have unfortunately lacked the kick to capture the attention of audiences with extremely conditioned minds and disturbingly short attention spans, but they are only now showing how very successful a theme of meaning can be when woven into art, it's beloved womb.

In recent days we saw the reminder again offered through film in 'The Day The Earth Stood still' , which in a poignant trailer offers a woman begging a mysterious man not to destroy the planet, saying 'We'll change.'
Unconvinced, the being advises her the decision has already been made; to basically save Earth from mankind by removing mankind.

Something to think about.


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