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It Came From My Archives…4 Favorite Earth Day Films

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. My first list attempt for the blog; it brings a tear to my eye. Also most of the videos I used have been pulled, so oh well. From Current_Movies Blog.

You may be aware that today is the opening of the 7th annual Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day. For all your environmental needs, keep track with Current_Green on Twitter and at throughout the day. But more importantly, it made us think about our favorite “green” films. So without further ado, we present to you a list of films you should consider while celebrating the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno, the film is a hodge podge of hippie-dom when Godzilla (everyone’s favorite foil for nuclear holocaust) must step up to battle the alien Hedorah who feeds off pollution and gives off all sorts of bad things. This somehow damages everyone’s favorite nuclear monster, but the Big Green Guy wins in the end.

Famously, this features the only time when Godzilla actually flies; not to mention psychedelia and an anti-pollution march in the park that gets busted up by the bad guy.

Banno also has the honor of being labeled “the man who ruined Godzilla” by series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka.

WALL-E (2008)

A wondrous animated joint that takes place in the far-future where humanity has become fat and left Earth to the care of a square little box-bot whose sole purpose is to look cute and lightly bash our brains in using the timed-and-true Pixar motif of metaphor. Wall-E teaches us to care for our planet, our bodies and that even if you’re the dumpy-looking thing, you can still score with the sleek and sexy Apple product if you like Hello Dolly.

Spirited Away (2001)
It is almost impossible to think about environmental causes without Hayao Miyazaki’s works, including Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. But his 2001 fantasy tale involving Chichiro, who loses her “name” in order to rescue her parents, takes a Miyazaki staple and “humanizes” the spirits that have been decimated by modernization and pollution.

The Happening (2008)

The Earth decides to kill everyone using wind. So, stop being so dirty. Happy Earth Day.


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