(USA) Fracking. For those uninitiated, it’s a hot topic these days in the United States: a natural gas extraction technique that uses a hydraulic drill and a mixture of pressurized water and chemicals to fracture subterranean rock, harvesting the reserves that lay beneath. It’s a complex matter in the debate around clean energy and the over-dependence on foreign fossil fuels, and it was effectively tackled in Josh Fox’s 2010 Academy-Award-nominated doc “Gasland.”
(USA) Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon. Voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short. Category I. 93 minutes. Opens Aug 2.
(USA) Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, John Turturro. Category IIA.
Never in my worst nightmares would I have dreamt of a day when I had to pay (like, actual money) to see a Michael Bay flick, take a long bathroom break during a film’s climax or consider Megan Fox a competent actress. But my world changed forever the moment I signed up to watch “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.”
After the award-winning, critically acclaimed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country for Old Men,” one could be excused for thinking that the Coen brothers were growing up. You know, maybe they’d pull a Clint Eastwood and round out their careers making prestige pictures. Oh, how wrong we were.