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Here’s my hot five, feel free to add yours in the comments won’t you?
The Day After Tomorrow – Global warming causes New York to freeze and CGI wolves to run amok in New Jersey. I forget, is Matthew Broderick in this one, or do I have it confused with some other Roland Emmerich POS?
Day of the Animals – Ozone depletion causes mountain lions and birds to join forces and attack campers for reasons that are not entirely or even remotely clear. Also, a very stupid man is killed by rattlesnakes and a shirtless Leslie Neilson wrestles a bear.
Snowpiercer – Global warming (or, more precisely, a transnational scheme to reverse global warming) causes the world to… freeze. Why do filmmakers so often go the deep-freeze route? Is it because the idea of a world 100 degrees colder is more cinematic than a world 4 degrees warmer? Anyway, for some reason, after global warming froze the world, the survivors… um… built a giant train. Yeah, that’s it, they built a giant train. And the train constantly runs around the world, for some reason, and also there is class struggle. Also, children have to be tortured to keep the train moving because that’s what passes for a subtle metaphor in Cinema these days. (Led to an interesting conspiracy theory, though.)
Birdemic: Shock and Terror – Climate Change causes birds to turn into low-budget CGI and dive-bomb people at gas stations and also spit acid somehow. Also, spruce bark beetles cause teeny tiny forest fires, somehow. Humanity’s only hope lies with a software salesman who can’t pronounce “Solar panels.” (Soar pommels.)
An Inconvenient Truth – Remember when all the glaciers in the world melted, rising sea levels sank Florida and the Maldives, and polar bears became extinct? Neither do I. None of it happened. What *did* happen is Al Gore won an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize, and amassed a nine-figure fortune. Oh, and he built a $9 million mansion on a part of the California coast he claimed would be underwater.
Oh, and An Inconvenient Truth inspired Birdemic. So, there’s that.