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The Emerald Forest (1985)
One of the best eco-awareness pieces since "Silent Spring"
Not sure that you'll get a comment from anyone of my generation (the Depression-ridden 30's) about the Emerald Forest. But here goes, anyway...
I first became aware of the term "ecology" when I signed up for a masters-level college class of the same name in 1965. It was the first formalization of the study of ecology on the West Coast. I took it simply because I needed a natural science credit and all the other classes were full. The class changed my life, and my perspectives. I devoured Rachel Carson, and savored movies like Dances With Wolves and Medicine Man. I even joined Green Peace at the age of 32 and suspect that I am probably the only Republican in history that can make that claim.
I would vote that Emerald Forest is the best of all popular eco-message dramas. It is my all time favorite. It is so well done in every area...script, acting, photography, and re-enactment of tribal customs. At the same time, it delivers a powerful message that can only be dismissed by the most callous of personalities. Every time I see the movie I am filled with regret that I could never accomplish such a landmark cinematographic ecological statement.
I was also filled with the emotion to go to Brazil and blow away anyone with a chainsaw...
Waking Ned (1998)
Our favorite movie
We believe that Waking Ned Devine is the single most under-appreciated movie made in the past decade. Ned Devine is a superb, feel-good movie that uplifts the spirit.
The photography is outstanding and only approached by two other notable film epics: Fiddler on The Roof, and Doctor Zhivago. Each scene in the film is masterfully composed and deserving of a frame unto itself. The acting by each character is without flaw and the execution and timing is perfect. The facial expressions presented by each character are completely natural to the setting of each scene.
Ned Devine should have been given the Academy Award and it is a travesty that it was not even mentioned. We suspect that this was due to it's total lack of pyrotechnics, lurid sex scenes and general blood and gore.
A Ned Devine fan club should be formed and it deserves a web site of it's own.