Friday, August 4, 2017
"5 important cli-fi movies that will scare the pants off you" - a Thrillist piece by Toronto film critic Tina Hassannia
"5 important cli-fi movies that will scare the pants off you" - [a Thrillist.com piece by Toronto film critic Tina Hassannia]
FILM CRiTICS AND ACADeMICS STUDYING CINEMA and Cli-fi!]
After the ''went-viral'' Doomsday article in the NYMag by David Wallace-Wells last month, with over 3 million page views, [OR SO THEY SAY,] a Toronto film critic named Tina Hassannia has posted a very good reaction shot to David's downer article, in that he never once mentioned the power of cli-fi novels or movies to help fight the fight of climate apathy, and TINA rises to the occasion here with a very good piece headlined "5 important cli-fi movies to scare the pants off you" or something like that. READ IT here: re ''5 Terrifyingly Real Movies Where the Earth Takes Revenge''
''More often than not, cli-fi movies set boundaries to assuage any fears that its premises are realistic. They often take place in a far-off future that ...''
If you haven’t already read "The Uninhabitable Earth," the haunting and widely-shared ''New York'' magazine article by the hyphenated David Wallace-Wells, you’re probably feeling fine.
Blissfully ignorant. Happy, even. The article paints a not-so-pretty picture of how things will shake down over the next century as climate change alters Earthly ecology, where food shortages lead to massive starvation, temperatures rise so high the sun will literally cook people, and polluted air strangles us to death. One sci-fi-sounding factoid reminds readers of ancient diseases trapped underneath melting Alaskan and Siberian ice, or as Wallace-Wells puts it, "an abridged history of devastating human sickness, left out like egg salad in the Arctic sun."
For all the apocalyptic foresight, Wallace-Wells' prose doesn’t hold a candle to the imaginative ways in which Hollywood currently depicts climate change, or "cli-fi," as the sub-genre is called.
More often than not, cli-fi movies set boundaries to assuage any fears that its premises are realistic. They often take place in a far-off future that is reassuringly unfamiliar, employ far-fetched technology that we can only dream of, feature a small but cataclysmic event that preposterously ruins the whole planet, or end happily as the Earth magically returns to its pre-disastrous state, as if nature can be fixed with the flick of a switch.
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 6:55 PM