Eco Humane Movies
Date: June 29th, 2001
was originally conceived by the late Stanley Kubrick,
who had written a lengthy treatment, based on a short
story by Brian Aldiss, prior to his death in early
1999. Long-time friend of Kubrick, Steven Spielberg
decided in early 2000 to make it his next film. The
futuristic drama is set in the 21st century, after
the polar ice caps have melted and much of civilization
is under water. The human race must then rely on artificial
intelligence. The story focuses on a robot character,
played by Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense").
the Arctic Refuge
Oil is lobbying Congress to drill in the coastal
plain of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is the only
remaining 5% of Alaska's North Slope not already
open to drilling. The Arctic Refuge is our greatest
wildlife sanctuary, and drilling there would be
like drilling in Yellowstone National Park or the
Grand Canyon. The coastal plain is its biological
Stop the Bush Energy Plan
The secretive White House energy task force came
up with one swell energy plan -- that is, if you
make your money in the oil, coal, or nuclear industries.
Check out a video about the task force's monkeying
around, and then tell your U.S. senator that you
think it's high time we invest in conservation and
renewable energy over polluting fossil fuels and
risky nuclear power plants.
Dr. Doolittle 2
Murphy returns as the doctor who can talk to the animals.
This time, it's Dolittle versus Darwin in the ultimate
man versus nature showdown, in the midst of the animal
kingdom's first labor strike.
Voice of the Voiceless
of the Voiceless Produced and directed by Tania Cuevas
Martinez The life, the words and the movement of Mumia
Abu-Jamal are uniquely examined in Voice of the Voiceless.
A New York transplant via San Francisco, up-and-coming
producer/director Tania Cuevas Martinez uses her politically-conscious
upbringing and hip-hop influence to bring Mumia's
story to the screen.
THERE is based on Jerzy Kosinskiís short comic novel
about a simpleton, Chance(Peter Sellers), raised in
isolation whose only education came from watching
TV. When heís forced out of the house where he worked
as a gardener by the death of the wealthy recluse
who raised him from infancy, heís fortuitously struck
by a limousine carrying Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine),
the wife of a wealthy industrialist. Heís mistaken,
because of his well-tailored suits, for a man of means
and taken to dinner with her husband, Ben Rand (Melvyn
Douglas). There, as Chauncy Gardner, his blank affect
is taken for seriousness and his literal pronouncements
about gardening for metaphoric economic predictions.
Soon heís meeting the president (Jack Warden), going
on TV--where heís a natural--and being considered
for political office.
calves, the "byproducts" of the dairy industry,
endure 14 to17 weeks of torment in veal crates so
small that they can't even turn around. Female calves
often replace their old, worn-out mothers, or are
slaughtered soon after birth for the rennet in their
stomachs (an ingredient of most commercial cheeses).
They are often kept in tiny crates or tethered in
stalls for the first few months of their lives,
only to grow up to become "milk machines"
like their mothers.
Oliver Stone's self-proclaimed "countermyth," JFK
mocks the doubtful veracity of the Warren Commission's
findings on the Kennedy assassination and summmarizes
some of the myriad theories that have been proposed
in its stead. Focusing on the investigation by New
Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison into the activities
of the FBI and other government agencies as well as
their attempted cover-ups, Stone weaves fact and speculation
into a compelling argument for the reopening of the
Date: January 8, 2001
is a movie that deserves to be seen. The development
of the story is mastered with grace and experience:
the elements, the scenario, the characters are the
perfect products of the writer's imagination. A
lady (a marvellously matured Juliet Binoche)coming
from far and foreign lands, carrying with her a
luggage of esoteric knowledge earned in exotic lands,
blends chocolate for the villagers of a small town
in France. The magic power of her particular blends
gives the villagers happiness and excitement.
More to come soon!