I'm sure many of you have had your fill of environmental disasters caused by oil/gas companies, but I implore you to watch or DVR the Sundance-winning documentary GasLand tonight (June 21, 2010) if you have HBO. And not just because it's about an important cause -- the ecological and public safety concerns regarding natural gas drilling -- but also because it's one of the best investigative films to come along in a while.

One of the reasons I loved it from the start is that its director, Josh Fox, was not a journalist or even a documentarian when he began the project, and at first the film plays out like much of All the President's Men (and to some degree Erin Brockovich) due to the curious and spontaneous nature of his pursuit for both questions and answers. You'll never feel the film goes over your head with knowledge about chemicals and politics, as you get to learn and find out about most of this stuff at the same time the filmmaker does.
categories Features, Cinematical