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A necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis
Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) was an effective consciousness-raising exercise, focusing on Al Gore’s “slide shows”, as he calls them, on the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis: needless to say, as the film’s timeline approaches the present, the spectre of Trump looms like an iceberg on a foggy Arctic night. As Gore visits the world’s environmental flashpoints, the footage of floods, storms and exploding glaciers adds ballast to the statistics. There’s a sliver of against-the-clock narrative at the 2015 Paris climate summit, although the film simplifies matters in suggesting that India’s coming on board was the result of Gore making a few well-placed phone calls behind the scenes. Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.
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- Jonathan Romney
4 August 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will attend this year's Zurich International Film Festival to present An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Davis Guggenheim's 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
An Inconvenient Sequel will screen in Zurich on Sunday, October 8. Al Gore will attend the screening and present the documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shen.
“We are proud to welcome Al Gore, one of the most globally influential politicians, environmental activists and Nobel Prize winners of recent years," said Zurich Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. "An Inconvenient Truth was a »
- Scott Roxborough
As the Summer slowly dissolves into Fall, film goers have been regularly bombarded, on an almost weekly basis, with follow-ups and franchise entries. But here’s something unique, a documentary sequel (hey, the “s-word” is even in the title). Well, fairly unique considering the acclaimed Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills inspired several follow-ups, spin-offs (West Of Memphis) and a docudrama. But this new film is rare in its original’s influence on the culture, becoming a fertile source of satire while actually making a splash at the box office, and later garnering not one, but two Academy Awards (Best Song and Best Documentary Feature…a double play). So ten years has passed since the original and former vice-president Al Gore is still fighting the good fight in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.
Yes like the last film, Gore is the main focus, a true action »
- Jim Batts
Al Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryAl Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryMelissa Sheasgreen8/1/2017 1:05:00 Pm
When An Inconvenient Truth hit theatres 11 years ago Al Gore went from being known primarily as the former Vice President of the United States to being known as one of the world’s foremost environmental activists.
The documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim and based on the slide show that Gore had developed to educate people about global warming grossed $50-million worldwide — almost unheard of for a doc — and won the Oscar for Best Documentary.
Eleven years later Gore is releasing a follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this one from helmers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. We spoke with Gore in Las Vegas at the end of April, about a month before U.S. President Donald Trump shocked environmentalists by pulling »
- Melissa Sheasgreen
It’s a strong group of limited releases for a July weekend: Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” and the Yiddish-language “Menashe” all performed well, as did Sony Pictures Classics’ “Bigsby Bear.”
Detroit (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 86
$365,455 in 20 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,273
Kathryn Bigelow’s first film since “Zero Dark Thirty” is the first released by Megan Ellison’s production company through its own distributor. With reviews nearly as strong as “Zero” and “The Hurt Locker” but shifting to the home front in this recounting of the Detroit riots exactly 50 years ago, this opened in 10 markets ahead of its wide release this Friday. This is a tough subject, however well received, and Annapurna and its team has a challenge opening this outside of the festival/awards season and finding a wide swath of African-American and other upscale audiences.
- Tom Brueggemann
In 2006, Al Gore turned his slide show about global warming into An Inconvenient Truth, one of the most successful documentaries in box-office history. With the help of director Davis Guggenheim, the former Vice President won an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize, while the political right laughed its collective ass off and dismissed the movie as full of alarmist crap. Expect more divisive reactions to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, with Trump leading the fake-news assault. This follow-up, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, follows the celebrity eco-warrior »
When Davis Guggenheim’s environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” appeared in 2006, it was a widely-embraced wakeup call in which former Vice President Al Gore shook us all as violently as he could. The fact that Gore’s courtly impassivity rarely gave away any deep emotions worked in the film’s favor: The impact came from incontrovertible images and scientific statistics rather than easily-dismissed sentiment. Guggenheim earned an Oscar, and Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize, but there were plenty of naysayers anyway. Glenn Beck, for one, compared Gore to Holocaust mastermind Joseph Goebbels. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe called him “full of crap. »
- Elizabeth Weitzman
Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth was a brilliantly effective work of agitprop. It pushed Al Gore’s pet climate change cause into the cultural stratosphere and won two Academy Awards for the effort. Of course, one’s mileage with it as a good film or not likely depends on whether you consider good intentions as Oscar worthy. I personally don't care for the movie, and could easily list a dozen documentaries from 2006 worthier of the Oscar. Not the mention dozens of enviro-docs that are worthier of your time.
Still, despite this, I do not necessarily begrudge Guggenheim his Oscar (remember, Gore did not get a statue – something a right-wing commentator mistakes in the opening passages of this sequel). There is something to said about a film, documentary or not, that makes an audience feel and become as impassioned about as subject like this one did. It's just particularly frustrating »
- Glenn Dunks
Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.
Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.
It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall. »
- Anne Thompson
“An Inconvenient Sequel” is slated for release July 28. Paramount said the filmmakers will revise the movie to include Trump’s controversial move, announced Thursday.
“The final film will address today’s news,” Paramount spokesperson Katie Martin Kelley told Variety.
Al Gore: Exit From Paris Deal Is ‘Reckless and Indefensible’
Gore stars in the film, which shows how the landmark 2015 Paris agreement came together. The documentary, produced by Participant Media, kicked off this year’s Sundance Film Festival, on the day before Trump was inaugurated. The film was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The movie includes footage of then-candidate Donald Trump joking about global warming. Trump issued a sweeping executive order in March rescinding many of the climate change »
- Dave McNary and Ricardo Lopez
1 June 2017 9:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is getting a new wide release via Paramount.
The sequel to Al Gore's landmark climate change doc will now have a limited release on July 28 (when it was originally set to go wide) and will now go nationwide on Aug. 4.
On its new release date, the doc will be going up against The Dark Tower adaptation and Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit. Previously, it would have gone head-to-head with the family-friendly Emoji Movie and the Charlize Theron thriller Atomic Blonde.
- Mia Galuppo
An Inconvenient Sequel review: Al Gore opens up the climate change debate once again and reflects on the what’s happened since the debut of his Oscar-winning first feature from eleven years ago.
An Inconvenient Sequel review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.
An Inconvenient Sequel review
Ten years ago, Davis Guggenheim brought a film to screens that opened many people’s eyes to the dangers and incoming threat of climate change. An Inconvenient Truth went on to score an Oscar and multiple other awards around the world with Al Gore‘s economic slideshow being adapted into a screenplay by the former vice president to huge international acclaim – it also made a decent dime – a reported $50 million in box-office receipts.
- Paul Heath
Netflix’s “Icarus” and Espn Films’ “Year of the Scab” will be the opening and closing night films at this year’s AFI Docs. The 2017 event is scheduled to be held from June 14-18 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.
“Icarus,” pictured, is Bryan Fogel’s documentary as he sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, featuring the unfolding scandal among Russian Olympians. The movie’s East Coast premiere will be on June 14 at the Newseum, with a Q&A with Fogel.
Diane Keaton to Be Honored With AFI Lifetime Achievement Award
“Year of the Scab” chronicles the 1987 NFL strike and the Washington Redskins team of substitute players, who went on to beat some of the best teams in the NFL. The screening on June 18 also will take place at the Newseum, with a Q&A afterward with director John Dorsey.
Michael Lumpkin, the director of AFI Docs, »
- Ted Johnson
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites and one of Hollywood’s most lauded directors.
Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview
“Wonder Woman,” June 2
It’s a big year for the darkness-loving (and scenery-chewing) DC Universe, but before we plunge back into what terrible delights Zack Snyder and co. have cooked up for their “Justice League,” we’ve got to go back, »
- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry and Kate Erbland
Author: Scott Davis
As one award season closes another creeps up behind us and we start all over again as the 2017 Cannes Film Festival has announced its eagerly anticipated line-up for the festival which begins in May and as ever it is a diverse and exciting list of talents and films.
There are many incredible treats in store but here are some of our initial picks of what to look out for: Michel Hazanavicius, the director of Oscar Winner The Artist, returns with Redoubtable, his film about legendary filmmaker Jean Luc Godard; Michael Haneke’s latest, Happy End, makes an apperance, as does The Beguiled, the anticipated new film from Sofia Coppola which stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Farrell and Kidman also feature in The Killing of A Sacred Deer, the new film from Yorgos Lanthimas (The Lobster) which also stars Alicia Silverstone.
Acclaimed filmmakers Lynne Ramsey, »
- Scott Davis
Al Gore is back. Yes, the man who should have been president in 2000 if democrats had thought a little deeper, worked a little harder. He made An Inconvenient Truth, which »
- Sasha Stone
Nearly 11 years after the powerful Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, former Vice President Al Gore returns to spread awareness of climate change even further in the highly-anticipated follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. During Paramount's CinemaCon presentation today, the studio released the first trailer for this documentary sequel, which will hit theaters nationwide on June 28. This trailer also includes footage from President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, where he promises to put an end to the Environmental Protection Agency, at a time when we very well may need it the most.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. »
“It's time to fight like your world depends on it.” That’s the tagline for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. And now, if you’ll boot up your PowerPoint, we have the first trailer. It starts with — who else? — Donald Trump, joking at a rally about how chilly it is and saying, “We need some global warming.” (Cue laugh track.) But things get serious as former Vice… »
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is Al Gore’s state of the union address, an important document of change and time. In fact, the notion of time healing everything and making us realize our mistakes is a key theme in this film, and makes it a more powerful outing than Davis Guggenheim’s 2006 original, if, maybe, not as groundbreaking, considering that doc brought global warming to the forefront of the mainstream and changed the political landscape in terms of environmental thinking.
If An Inconvenient Truth felt like a high school lecture/power point presentation, and I’m not stretching it a bit here considering it’s one of the most watched films in high schools nationwide, this sequel is more in the style of cinema verite and has Gore in a rather passionate and angry mood throughout its 100 minute running time. We first see the former Vice President as he treks around the world, »
- Jordan Ruimy
In 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” propelled Al Gore’s climate change activism to a new level of awareness, proving that distilling a PowerPoint to a feature-length format doesn’t have to make great cinema to achieve its goals. A decade later, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” does it all over again, with somewhat more engaging filmmaking and a far greater sense of urgency.
Co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (taking the reigns from “Truth” director Davis Guggenheim), the filmmakers manage to improve on the limitations of the original by showing more of Gore’s resilience in the field. He’s grayer, wrinkled and a little wider around the midsection, but the former Vice President continues to wage a seemingly effective crusade to widen environmental awareness.
Although it opens with »
- Eric Kohn
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