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Greedy Lying tells a story...
canuckteach17 January 2014
It tells a story, but is light on facts, and heavy on viewpoint. It does a good job of showing that the 'anti-climate-change' spokesmen have nothing under the hood - they are being paid to launch a 'reasonable doubt' defence to prop up extant energy and emission policies. The film just doesn't dig into the scientific data that proves climate change is in process - and it doesn't adequately refute the bogus claims of the other side either. It just tells us that the true scientific facts are overwhelming and empirical, and we see plenty of evidence in visuals of the kind of catastrophes that wacky weather can cause.

I thought, for instance, that 'Crude Awakening' was very thorough in detailing the effects of oil-over-dependency. They interviewed experts from all over the world, including highly-placed executives of OPEC nations, and they clearly explained how the current oil consumption is unsustainable. Likewise, 'Inside Job' dragged into the limelight those cringing CEO's and lobbyists who led America to a financial brink while lining their own pockets. I had hoped that G.L.B. would reach the same heights.

I still gave it 8 out of 10, for having the guts to take on those snobby, arrogant quasi-intellectuals who keep saying we are dumb and naïve for believing the world's ecology is in a mess - and we can blame ourselves for it.
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Kind of boring.
mm52069514 March 2013
I feel terrible giving this documentary such a low score but it is honestly the way I feel. I was hoping this would be the passionate, insightful and well made film that would ignite people to action. But, alas 'Greedy Lying Bastards' is not. The talking heads have little passion. The film opens with the predictable extreme weather montage. Why does every climate change movie do that? The splashy graphics are repetitive and really reveal very little. All in all it is boring. Not that a social issue documentary has to entertain like Hollywood movies, but has to do something creative to stir people. Sorry to write such a negative review but I am frustrated.
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A bad storm on the rise
StevePulaski16 July 2013
Greedy Lying Bastards opens with frightening shots of a wildfire that has gotten out of hand in Colorado Springs. The shots come from a woman's phone and, while she remains unseen, her sobs as she sees it approaching her home are polarizing and deeply emotional. We then cut to numerous weather catastrophes that have been happening in recent years. Astronomically large tornadoes, extremely high floods, rushing water reaching unpredictable magnitudes, and so on.

We spend the first part of Greedy Lying Bastards watching interviews of locals who have had their homes destroyed by storms of high magnitudes and whether or not they believe climate change played a role in it or not. During this time we see our director/narrator/documentarian Craig Rosebraugh, who has made quite the name for himself, writing books, drumming up social activism, and even writing three books, one of which commanding Americans to start a social revolution. For such a charismatic man, he allows little of this personality to infuse on screen. He remains mainly a political commentator, talking over talking heads and news interviews edited together in the documentary. One thing you want to do in a documentary that attempts to ignite a firestorm of responses, controversy, and, most importantly, action, the least you could do is give yourself an identity and explain why you picked this topic.

Nonetheless, the documentary explores the ideas of climate change denial and tells us that the talking points the political right have been filling our heads with ideas that global warming is a hoax perpetuated by the political left. It explains how Koch Industries (which is profiled boldly in the documentary Koch Brothers Exposed) is the biggest company we've never heard of, and while simultaneously controlling much of the natural gas and oil industry, also is responsible for numerous non-oil related products in our home. Rosebraugh also states that other companies like Exxon Mobil have funded numerous dollars to organizations such as "Americans for Prosperity" to give people the illusion that global warming doesn't exist so that while they're preaching an untrue philosophy they are helping the natural gas industries thrive.

"What bastards, right?" could be the film's thesis and response to every single fact it presents. The most interesting scenes come from the townfolk of coastal regions, who remind us - or maybe inform us - that climate change doesn't necessarily just mean warmer weather. In fact, it means fiercer weather, with hurricanes becoming more frequent, mass-flooding imminent, and wildfires soon to be the societal norm. "We are, literally, losing the ground we walked on," one man says, when talking about the massive erosion a beach nearby his home has faced.

Regardless of how you view the film, it does an admirable job at explaining some key facts that one must watch out for when reading about political issues, one of which being "astroturf" organizations, which are named that because of their artificiality towards the real issues and used simply as mouthpieces (IE: "Americans for Prosperity"). That, and the film explains the psychological effects echo-chambers and repetition have on a population, as it plays us numerous news clips all through the years that echo popular climate change denalist talking points.

I can't deny Greedy Lying Bastards in the regard that it is well-made and sure to spark debate with its delivery of information, but, as film critic Sean Kelly states in his review, "this is left wing propaganda on right wing propaganda." It isn't until the end of the film does it reveal that this is all part of an enormous activist plot to push an agenda and attempting to drum up social activism, as Rosebraugh is known for doing. While I can understand and respect the notion, it would've been more appealing and less heavy on its own didacticism if it would've taken more of a neutral point of view on the topic. It would also help if it didn't refer to the opposing side as "bastards," for the sake of maturity.

I can't fault Rosebraugh for being dedicated to material and I can't fault him for at least doing something about a problem that, true or not, does need some serious attention. And it's nice to be given thinking points without being instructed on what to think unlike Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Starring and directed by: Craig Rosebraugh.
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Mixed up and biased
TheBlueHairedLawyer2 September 2014
Warning: Spoilers
If you have any sense in your head, don't watch this unless you want to laugh at it. There has recently been increasing evidence pointing to the fact that global warming isn't man-made and this movie is just another tool for environmentalists to use to make factories and businesses look bad. If you want to see less biased films on the matter, try 'Not Evil, Just Wrong' (2009). This film not only has a pretty pathetic title but also a lot of biased info and incorrect facts. It mentions nothing on the issue from the point of view of a factory owner or employee, only the narrow-minded views of environmentalists who have made yet another lousy film to draw attention to a cause that doesn't exist.
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Take The Power Back
valis19495 February 2014
GREEDY LYING BASTARDS (dir. Craig Scott Rosebraugh) The first section of the documentary examines the 'real time' effects of global warming, and then shows how the efforts to suppress the scientific links between cancer and cigarette smoking by the tobacco lobbyists in the early 1960's are eerily similar to the current campaign to squelch the facts about human induced climate change.

The film then shows that there is overwhelming consensus within the scientific community that global warming is inextricably tied to the burning of fossil fuels, i.e. coal, gas, and oil. The 'anti-global warming' voice is shown to be a motley collection of public relations flacks (many without any background in science) funded by rich and powerful titans within the energy industry. After watching the film, it is impossible to give any credence whatsoever to the controversy of whether or not global warming exists, and clearly this is one more undeniable example of Big Business's 'War on Science'.

Fun Fact- The Koch Brothers have given over $67,042,064 to groups denying climate change science since 1997.
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