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Title: Time To Choose Director: Charles Ferguson Genre: Documentary Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson addresses global climate change in his third feature. He portrays the breadth of the environmental challenge, the power of solutions already available, and the remarkable people working to save our planet. Ferguson has a gift for dissecting, blatantly and concisely, the issues of our time, as he demonstrated with ‘No End in Sight,’ that examined the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and ‘Inside Job,’ which grasped the economic meltdown of 2008. In ‘Time To Choose’ we are presented with doomsday scenarios, as the narrative ponders on three main chapters that are the most detrimental drivers to climate [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Climate change is a topic many documentaries have covered and it is easy to feel hopeless or frustrated about it. Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson, whose previous documentaries include Inside Job and No End In Sight, takes a different approach with Time To Choose, tying the problem to other global issues, ranging from jobs, poverty, war, pollution, and mass extinction, and pointing to solutions to all through individual choice and market forces.
Beautifully photographed, with polished production values and narrated by actor Oscar Isaac, Time To Choose is a different kind of climate change documentary. It does the near-impossible, crisply summarizing the problem and rationally presenting practical solutions that focus on the power of individual choice to move corporations, and wrapping all that up in a visually lush film that is as compelling to watch as any winning nature documentary.
This handsome, compelling documentary features intelligent, persuasive arguments for action, beautiful »
- Cate Marquis
Quickly dispels oh-no-not-more-doom-and-gloom climate-change trepidation with the optimism embodied in the title. There is hope for us, but we must act now. I’m “biast” (pro): getting very worried about global warming
I’m “biast” (con): getting very worried that we’re doing nothing but making documentaries about it
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Good news, everyone! Clean renewable power is getting cheaper all the time… like, it’s already way cheaper than nuclear and coal and oil, and that’s without government subsidies for solar and wind (and though it’s not mentioned here, I bet it is counting all the subsidies that dirty, polluting, and/or planet-warming power production gets). Hooray! The bad news: there are still huge entrenched multibillion-dollar global megacorps with enormous investment sunk into fossil fuels, and they are not going away without a fight. Charles Ferguson, director of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Advocacy documentaries usually save the “save-the-world” spiel for their closing credit, but “Time to Choose” gets it out of the way up front. No sooner have the lights dimmed than an opening title lets us know, “We can stop climate change.” Would you like to know more? It’s understandable that Charles Ferguson, who also directed “No End in Sight” and the Oscar-winning “Inside Job,” wants to keep our hopes up. Climate change is a daunting subject, because of not only the scope of the problem but the direness of the forecasts. Scientists have been ringing the alarm bell for years, »
- Sam Adams
“An Inconvenient Truth,” the epochal Al Gore/Davis Guggenheim documentary about climate change (which back then was still routinely called global warming), came out 10 years ago last week. There have been any number of climate-change docs since, and none of them has summoned anything like the impact of Gore’s seismic cinematic lecture. But one of the few nonfiction filmmakers who’s come close to inspiring that level of conversation — on any subject — is Charles Ferguson, who directed the definitive, awards-showered Iraq War doc “No End in Sight” (2007) and also “Inside Job” (2010), his penetratingly skeptical, ahead-of-the-curve look at the 2008 financial meltdown and its aftermath.
“Time to Choose” is only Ferguson’s third feature, and his first in five years, and given that it’s his own highly ambitious inquiry into climate change, you’d think that it would be something of an event. But “Time to Choose” enters a different »
- Owen Gleiberman
“X-Men: Apocalypse” star Oscar Isaac will be competing against himself this weekend as the climate change documentary “Time to Choose,” featuring the actor’s narration, opens in select theaters on Friday. Written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (2010’s “Inside Job”), the film offers an expansive argument as to why environmental issues are at an all-time crucial point. While offering an array of disheartening evidence of the ravages of environmental damage from around the globe, the documentary also looks to the future with a sense of hope. TheWrap spoke with Ferguson about the film and the issue. TheWrap: Your filmography is focused on movies. »
- Meriah Doty
If Charles Ferguson‘s Inside Job is still considered the single best film about the 2008 financial crisis — or at least one of the very best, documentary or otherwise — there’s a pressure that comes for his follow-up, Time to Choose. Its subject, climate change, is as pressing as ever (as long as you don’t fall to the right of the political spectrum), but not necessarily a fresh choice for the documentary treatment, and one of the few available reviews expresses skepticism of this enterprise.
We’ll be able to decide when Time to Choose arrives in theaters this summer, ahead of which there is a theatrical trailer. What to expect before then? While the pleasing tones of an Oscar Isaac-provided voiceover will have to wait for the full experience, its message is loud and clear: we’ve screwed up, but there may yet be hope.
See the preview below, »
- Nick Newman
One of the most divisive issues among politicians is that of global warming. There’s plenty of evidence out there to point to the environment being affected by humanity, and that’s exactly what Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight, Inside Job) wants to call attention to. Charles Ferguson was said to previously be working […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the occasion, I wanted to feature a trailer for a documentary about climate change and what we can do to save this big, beautiful planet we all live on. Time to Choose is the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (of Inside Job, which won Best Doc in 2010; No End in Sight) and it focuses on the many people around the world actually coming up with and implementing creative solutions to the climate problem. It's a fantastic doc that I highly recommend. "We hope that when audiences see this film, they will see the tragedy unfolding, the urgency of stopping it, and all the remarkable and innovative ways we are using to build a sustainable, prosperous future for Earth." Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Charles Ferguson's doc Time to Choose, direct from Facebook: "First people deny there's a problem. Then they deny there's a solution. »
- Alex Billington
Documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson shows no fear when it comes to tackling controversial subject matter. Taking on the Iraq war with "No End In Sight" in 2007, and the economic crash with 2010's Oscar winning "Inside Job," both were in depth, incendiary works, showcasing a real no-nonsense finesse for the craft of non-fiction feature filmmaking. Read More: Tribeca Review: Alma Har'el's Dreamlike And Poetic Documentary 'LoveTrue' Next on Ferguson's plate was an ultimately abandoned CNN documentary about current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It seems like the Clintons had no interest in seeing the wholesome, well managed image they have built over the years touched up upon by Ferguson. The director later told Huffington Post, "...nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the »
- Jordan Ruimy
There should be a subgenre of documentaries solely defined by their capacity to incite righteous anger in the audience. Titles would include “Blackfish,” “Inside Job,” “The Act of Killing” and anything in Michael Moore’s filmography (as long as you agree with Moore). Side effects from viewing include frustrated sighs and shaking fists. With its assertion that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, Ted Braun’s “Betting on Zero” fits neatly in this category, causing the viewers’ blood pressure to rise ever higher as it makes its case in less than 100 minutes. Read More: The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 The film begins in July 2014 as Bill Ackman is about to share another presentation about why he shorted Herbalife $1 billion almost two years before. As the CEO of the Pershing Square Capital hedge fund, Ackman didn’t just think that the nutrition and supplement business was going to fail. He argues that it »
- Kimber Myers
The makers of Marvel Renaissance talk to us about their documentary, the current state of comic book movies and more...
It’s difficult to believe that 20 years ago, pop-culture behemoth Marvel hovered on the brink of oblivion. Brought low by a falling sales and ill-advised business deals, Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996, prompting a galactic war between executives from which it almost never recovered.
That 90s wobble is probably a period Marvel would prefer to draw a veil over - something underlined by the reaction French filmmakers Philippe Guedj and Philippe Roure received when they pitched their documentary, Marvel Renaissance. Two self-confessed comic book lovers, the filmmakers had hoped that Marvel would be happy to help them tell the story of how the company survived its darkest hour and emerged, stronger than ever, as a multimedia powehouse in the 21st century.
Instead, Marvel refused to have any involvement, »
A comic book giant’s 1990s fall and rise is detailed in the documentary, Marvel Renaissance. Ryan checks it out...
The saying goes that history is written by the victors, which might explain why French filmmakers Philippe Guedj and Philippe Roure ran into a spot of bother when they made The Road To Civil War: Marvel Renaissance, a documentary detailing the near collapse of the comic book colossus in 1996.
Although the 52-minute film was almost made with the involvement of Disney France - an airing on ABC was even on the cards at one point - the directors ultimately wound up shooting Marvel Renaissance without the cooperation of its subject.
This proves to be something of a double-edged sword: on one hand, it means that interviews with current employees at Marvel are out of the question. But Guedj and Roure’s independence from Marvel also gives them »
Filmmaker Asif Kapadia has been racking up awards for his documentary feature chronicling the life of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse in this year’s Oscar nominated, Amy. The film has already won the BAFTA, Boston Society of Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, Cinema Eye Honors, Hollywood Film, Los Angeles Film Critics, and National Board of Review awards for best documentary.
The doc did not win at the PGA Awards or DGA awards, however, as The Hunting Ground and Cartel Land took home those prizes, respectively, and was not even nominated by the Gotham Awards or Independent Spirit Awards. Still, Amy‘s success thus far, which also includes a best music film Grammy earned over the weekend, is a strong indication of how the film may fare come February 28.
In the last five years, a number of the best documentary Oscar winners have scored »
- Patrick Shanley
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "99 Homes," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield Battle for Housing in Pulse-Pounding '99 Homes' Trailer "Inside Job" (2010)Charles H. Ferguson's compelling documentary won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and provides an extremely detailed timeline of the financial collapse, starting with its roots in the 1980s and following its rise and fall through the subsequent years. Ferguson splits the narrative into five separate chapters, ranging from "The Crisis" to "Accountability" and "Where Are We Now," and he makes sure narrator Matt Damon never turns the insider jargon into indecipherable nonsense. »
- Zack Sharf
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
I met Adam McKay at some posh hotel, where he’d just done some filmed interviews. As such, when he got to me, he told me he was going to recline on the couch “aggressively”. Which he did. So as the Oscar-nominated director and co-writer of The Big Short made himself comfy, with his film having pocketed a bunch of Oscar nominations, and finally heading into UK cinemas.
I thus began….
You’ve talked to us in the past about there being a purchase point where you commit to a film. That with Anchorman, it was Will Ferrell seeing footage of a sexist 70s real-life anchorman. With The Other Guys, it was a dinner with Mark Wahlberg when you realised he could do comedy.
Yeah, the two »
The company already counts directors such as Richard Linklater (“Boyhood), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) and Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) among its clients. But it’s looking to expand its management portfolio, hoping to capitalize on a moment in Hollywood when up-and-coming talent may struggle to find a foothold at the traditional agencies and the bigger studios. Cinetic has already added a new manager in New York who specializes in actors: Avi Lipski, formerly of Brookside Artist Management.
Cinetic, which helped pool financing for such high-profile art films as “Boyhood” and “Carol,” has ambitions to be a one-stop shop for those who can direct, produce, write and act as many entertainment industry players are straddling the lines between television, film, and digital media. The major »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
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