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Wednesday, April 9, 2008


'The Unforeseen'

This enviro documentary has its pretensions (I could've done without Wendell Berry intoning poetry), but the 30-year drama it describes couldn't be more timely. Developers want to build gigantic new communities in the hill country outside Austin, Texas; activists want to prevent the pollution of the local aquifer and, more to the point, the beloved community swimming hole. Meanwhile, deregulation of financial institutions is playing havoc with the economy, and George W. Bush is running against Ann Richards for the governorship of Texas. The echoes are deafening. (See for movie times.)


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I'm in Austin at the moment and I saw THE UNFORESEEN here yesterday. The photography is gorgeous, as one would expect from a film that is co-produced by Terrence Malick. The drama that Annie describes is strong through the first two-thirds of the movie. The last third is diffuse, however, leaving the audience with a general feeling of hopelessness for the future, at least in the case of Barton Springs and Austin. They are building new condos right next to Zilker Park too, and the vandals seem to enjoy defacing advertisements for said developments.

Posted by Bub | April 9, 2008 12:24 PM

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