While the popularity and relevance of the Academy Award ceremony have waxed and waned over the years, movies have remained a good bellwether of America's interests.
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On Monday night I watched a fascinating and disturbing documentary. Gasland chronicles the experience of filmmaker Josh Fox as he travels the nation, discovering and chronicling the ugly side of hydraulic fracturing.
The inspiration for the movie Waste Land was in part sparked by a visit to New York City's mammoth Fresh Kills, formerly the world's largest landfill.
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