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The Formula and Fischer-Tropsch

the formula dvd cover

The mysterious and secret formula under investigation in The Formula (1980) is the not-so-secret Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) formula, which had been known over half a century when the movie was made.  The F-T process converts different solid or gaseous feedstocks, such … Read More

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ARGO Stands for “Another Really Gripping Oil” Movie

2012, Warner Bros.

I finally watched ARGO (2012), which is a gripping film about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and the 2013 Best Picture Academy Award Winner. The movie—produced by George Clooney and Ben Affleck—addresses US entanglement in Iranian governance through an openly … Read More

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Quantum of Solace: An Energy and Water Film

2008, MGM & Columbia Pictures

Quantum of Solace (2008) is both an energy film and a water film. Oil makes an appearance when the CIA makes a deal with the bad guys to keep Bolivian oil flowing to the USA.  Keep in mind that in … Read More

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James Bond Saves the World from an Oil Crisis

1983, Warner Bros.

In Never Say Never Again (1983) Sean Connery makes his triumphant return to the role he made famous (or was it the role that made him famous?) in a self-parody about coming out of retirement to save the day.  What … Read More

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An Energy Expert’s Review of “Promised Land”

2012, Focus Features

I went to watch Promised Land (2013) last night.  The movie is rich with energy content, and so I will be blogging about it over multiple entries in the coming days/weeks.  But, I wanted to get a brief review and … Read More

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