You know who doesn’t have a problem with climate change denial? Hollywood. Today marks the release of Geostorm, a Gerard Butler vehicle about a near-distant future in which humans have built a control system to combat extreme weather conditions wrought by climate change, but it gets hacked and so Butler has to fly into space to stop some sinister human from wreaking havoc on earth via tsunamis and public-art-sized hail balls like a villainous Jeff Koons. This is just one in a long line of films that remind us not only is nature our fiercest adversary, it is very likely to become extremely adversarial, extremely soon, mostly because humans are amoral idiots about the planet which hosts us. And it’s in these films that average Americans can witness cautionary tales about how we treat the environment even as the newly installed administration moves to strike mere mention of climate change from official missives. Additionally, natural disaster films are extremely fun to watch, full of action and camp and, in the last decades, big-budget CGI visuals that play into the existential thrill of imagining the awesome ways humanity is sure to be wiped out. As enthusiastic fans of these types of… Read full this story
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