Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Free cinema! Again!

More Leeds festival related fun, this time with Al Gore's Oscar winning An Inconvenient Truth.
It was preceded by some chap from Leeds City Council who's surname is Munson, which amused me for some reason, who was supposed to be talking about Leeds' plans and achievements in combatting the causes of climate change. He didn't. He made some spurious points about what each of us do each day and sort of joined them up. Considering the film that was the main attraction, it was pointless and amateurish.
Not quite as amateurish as the short film immediately before the main one. Consider the short I mentioned yesterday. This time it was English primary school children in a shoddy, preachy and unintentionally funny film. Very worthy, I'm sure, but it looked every inch the art project rather than a professionally done job.
And so to Gore's film. It's not saying anything that isn't well known, at least not to anyone that's not been living under a rock. What it does do is bring together all the science in a very neat 90-minute package, so it's worth it for that alone. The fact the Apple logo is visible prominently so bloody often is off-putting, but Gore comes across very well. So well, in fact, that it's a wonder that the American public didn't vote him for President. Oh. Hang on. They did.

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