The film is one of three nominated in the feature film category, the group announced today (Sept. 2).
Other nominees include sci-fi drama “Interstellar” and Disney nature film “Monkey Kingdom.”
“Interstellar” stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. It’s about an astronaut’s trip into deep space to find a habitable world and save mankind from an environmentally ruined plant.
Okay, we get it, check, although the green angle is weak, to say the least.
The environmental catastrophe is caused by nature, in the form of a crop blight, not man.
“Monkey Kingdom” is a nature documentary directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill and narrated by Tina Fey. It’s about a family of monkeys living in ancient ruins founded in the jungles of Sri Lanka.
Okaaay… its really a documentary, not a feature film. But what’s the environmental angle?
The movie is about one troupe of monkeys battling another troupe of monkeys for primacy over some ancient ruins.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” veers even further off point.
The movie is set in a future desert wasteland, otherwise known as Australia, where gasoline and water are scarce commodities.
Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, hooks up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to fight a crazed cult led by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).
It’s a non-stop fuck fest. Each side tries to blow up the other in a tediously long road battle, essentially ripping up the environment.
Will someone please try to explain how it advances the cause of environmentalism?
The film also features plenty of eye-candy: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. If that’s the future, set the forests ablaze!
But we digress.
If this is the best Hollywood can do to produce “environmentally conscious” feature films, then it doesn’t deserve any award at all.
Yet the Environmental Media Association is agog with this year’s selections.
“It never ceases to amaze us of all the great work that has been done to further highlight the achievements of those who lead by example through environmentally conscious programing, filmmaking and production,” said EMA President Debbie Levin.
The Best Documentary nominees make more sense. After all, they are documentaries. But the television nominees are almost as ridiculous as the feature film nominees.
Would you believe HBO’s “The Newsroom,” about a bunch of talking heads; “The Blacklist,” about a paid assassin?
Apparently, in some years they just have to fake it.
The Environmental Media Association was created in 1989 by television producer Norman Lear, his wife, Lyn, and Cindy and Alan Horn.
The awards will be handed out Oct. 24 at the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Calif., marking its 25th anniversary.
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