Monday, November 26, 2007

"Chinatown" on Grist's "green" list

Besides offering comprehensive coverage of environmental issues, Grist magazine periodically offers up "green lists" of movies, cities, politicians, colleges, etc. The mag's list of 15 green movies includes the expected documentaries, such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Who Killed the Electric Car," but also some surprises such as "Chinatown." This is my favorite movie because of the acting of Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, plus the twisted, intriguing plot that keeps its secret until the end. Grist likes it for the subplot that runs underneath the action: L.A.'s insatiable thirst and its history of water grabs. Nicholson's character, private eye Jake Gittes, asks rich-guy bad-guy John Huston how much money he needs. But this aqua-tycoon not only wants more money, but all the water in California and, the creepy heart of the matter: his daughter's (and her daughter's) sexual favors. The movie's title could have been "Greed" but it was already taken. Those Seven Deadly Sins just keep on giving.

See Grist's green movie list at

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