The Great Global Warming Swindle is officially a documentary, but according to the definition…

doc-u-men-ta-ry [dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
noun
1. a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements or interpretation.

… I have to take issue with that classification. This is most definitely an interpretation.

While I am by no means saying that all of the science is bad… all I am saying is that, like the global warming alarmists, the “its a naturally occuring thing” lobby also bends the truth. Unlike the greenies though, the motivation cannot be explained away by wanting a better living environment.

The film makes some good points about the earth’s natural heating and cooling cycles, but then makes wild leaps when suggesting that because of these cycles its okay to continue to pollute our planet. Channel 4 has been called a “fair and balanced” response to the UK’s BBC, but one has only to follow the money to see who funds these hack science pieces in order to understand their goals.

RATING 5 out of 10

I just returned from Peaceful Warrior… wow… I am speechless. Okay, well maybe not speechless – stunned into temporary silence. The film is nothing more than a self-help book set to film. Film is even a stretch as it looks like it was shot on Super 8, projected against a wall, and then filmed with a camcorder. I have watched bootlegs that look better.

peacefulwarrior.jpgThe story is literally every self-help guru’s quippy one-liners set to a story. Okay, story may be a reach – an Afterschool Special maybe. The writer, Kevin Barnhardt, of such illustrious writing credits as General Hospital clearly hasn’t seen a movie since the early 80’s. The funny thing is that he is currently writing John Rambo, the latest in the Stallone series where Rambo is “recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates.” HAHA I am not making this up.

It is a real shame that this film is so bad because being a fan of all of the self-help gurus, I know this could have been done well. A lot of the ideas and philosophies put forth in the film are good, they just end up silly in this presentation.

I do like the new look for Nick Nolte… sure beats the mugshot. His character which was one part Mr. Miyagi, one part Yoda, one part Santa Claus, and one part creepy old dude was a bit too over-the-top.

All in all, this is a pretty bad film.

RATING 3 out of 10