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- Summary: A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in, The Last Mountain shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all. (DADA Films)
- Director: Bill Haney
- Genre(s): Documentary
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90If Mr. Haney sometimes struggles to find focus, he has no trouble locating heroes, including the doggedly energetic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a slew of stalwart locals and fearless outsiders. And the black heart of coal country - and, as the film shows, our national energy debate - has never seemed so in need of white knights.
80The Last Mountain makes a powerful case against the coal mining industry in West Virginia. Films like this are largely preaching to the choir -- opponents are unlikely to go near it. But its importance cannot be underestimated.
60The director's righteous anger is less restrained than his conventional vérité aesthetics and less off-putting than his one-sided approach to the issues at hand - an advocacy for alternative wind-turbine energy is suspiciously sketchy - yet he smartly allows coal-exploiting bigwigs plenty of screen time to properly hang themselves.
A vitally important (and, to my surprise, a reasonably well-done) movie. It's too bad that more people won't see it, and that the NY Times and LA Times sent their 3rd string critics in to review it. (The New York Post, of course, sent in their resident hit man, but ...[bleep]). Of course, the movie is rather one-sided (how could it be otherwise? the opposing position is at least presented, albeit half-heartedly) and too much attention is given to Robert Kennedy, Jr. (though he IS an articulate, convincing spokesperson), but these are minor quibbles in a movie that shines such a compelling light on this generally overlooked and under-reported issue.… Expand
2If you're a progressive liberal, you'll love this movie. Corporate greed, evil republicans, global warming, "renewable energy", it's all there. This movie is more full of holes than a backstop at a shooting range. Near the beginning a resident blames upsteam coal mining operations when her property was flooded and she even admitted that it rained 4 inches in 4 hours! In steep sided terrain like that, she is lucky she didn't drown, no matter what was happening upstream! Still, the culprit was the mountain top miners. A local complainer wipes a little coal dust off the side of a school building and complains that that is what the kids are breathing. Hasn't he ever heard of using air filters and a proper HVAC system? A woman reports that 6 residents who live side by side have either died or are living with brain tumors. Now that is scary, but why hasn't this report found a follow up with the CDC and made national attention? Bobby Kennedy Jr. touts "renewable energy" (wind turbines) whenever he can. He doesn't seem to understand that it is a heavily subsidized gift from Barack Obama that wouldn't survive on it's own profitability. I know that profitability is a bad word among liberals, but someone has to pay. And right now, coal is far and away the most economic source of energy. Nuclear is good, but doesn't find any support in the movie. Also, Bobby and his crew don't seem to have heard the news that the IPCC itself has exposed themselves as frauds through leaked emails. As the gatekeepers and prophets for the global warming crowd, they have given themselves away. I guess Bobby doesn't read the papers much. (or rather use the internet. Newspapers tend to keep news like that to themselves) The movie attempts to show that labor unions have been victimized by corporations. Seems to me to be the other way around. Labor unions (public employee unions in particular---read SEIU) rob the employees to pay the politicians who make the laws which keep them fat and happy. Ask Richard Trumka. Much of the film shows the ridiculous lengths activists will go to to delay the inevitable march of free market capitalism by a week or two. Hanging suspended in thin trees. I hope they had fun!
All in all, this film was a useful review of the progressive tactics which the left uses to try to manipulate people's emotions and then their vote. I suggest that everyone should see it with an open mind. I did.… Expand