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Rocky Meets Patton Meets The Godfather

Rocky poster

I have one more comment about The Formula (1980). Its director John Avildsen also directed Rocky and Karate Kid.  All three movies center around an underdog upstart who takes on the establishment.  In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone’s Italian Stallion takes on … Read More

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Russell Hustles Energy in American Hustle

American Hustle

I was kicking myself for missing American Hustle (2013) when it was in theatres, so I rushed to buy my own copy the day of its release.  I’m still kicking myself but I finally watched it (twice), and through ten … Read More

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The Formula for Making an Energy Movie

the formula dvd cover

The Formula (1980) with George C. Scott and Marlon Brando is one of the first major oil films released after the 1970s oil shocks.  Rather than presenting the very positive side of oil the way most pre-1970s films did, this … Read More

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The Rig: A Disaster

the rig poster

The Rig (2010) is a cringe-worthy, low-budget thriller about a disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with the IMDB tagline: “In the midst of a tropical storm, the crew of an offshore oil rig must survive the rampage of a … Read More

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The Goonies has Excellent Shelf Life

goonies poster

I watched The Goonies (1985) with my sons. What’s not to love about a classic kids’ movie from the mid-1980s that was written and directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Josh Brolin? Energy shows up … Read More

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Oil Man 3: Using Technology To Solve our Addiction

ironman 3

I watched Iron Man 3 (2013) with my son, and we both enjoyed it.  While the original Iron Man (2008) and The Avengers (2012) were nuclear movies (see the earlier post here), Iron Man 3 surprised me by including oil as … Read More

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Oscars Around the Corner – August: Osage County

2013, The Weinstein Company

I saw the movie August: Osage County (2014), which was nominated for two Academy Awards (Meryl Streep for Best Actress and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress). I wouldn’t be surprised if both actresses win, as I found the performances … Read More

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Energy and Water Save Mr. Banks

2013, Walt Disney Studios

I watched Saving Mr. Banks (2013), the touching movie about the creative conflict between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), with my family over the holidays. A few energy and water references merit sharing. … 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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Wheelers Dealers: Real World Parallels

1963, Filmways Pictures

Reading Marianne’s June post on The Wheeler Dealers (1963) brought two connections to mind. First, though the movie is a spoof-like comedy, the financial tactics and maneuvers (e.g. going to Wall Street to raise money for risky ventures) seem similar to those … Read More

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Man of Steel: A Super Energy Movie

2013, Warner Bros.

I didn’t expect Man of Steel (2013)–the latest in the decades-long Superman franchise–to be an energy movie. But it had several key energy components throughout the movie. Themes related to “Peak Oil” were mentioned twice. In the opening scene, Clark … Read More

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Wheeler Dealers, Wildcatters, and the Texas Oilman Stereotype

1963, Filmways Pictures

I recently watched The Wheeler Dealers (1963 and one of my dad’s favorites), starring James Garner and Lee Remick. The 1963 comedy follows Henry Tyroon (rhymes with “tycoon”), a Texas Wildcatter millionaire, who hits a streak of dry wells and … Read More

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Water and Poverty in the Movies


One more comment on Louisiana Story… as I’ve noted before, images of women either washing clothes by hand without piped water and/or carrying buckets of water appear to be the international symbols for poverty. The movie Louisiana Story (1948), which captures some … Read More

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1946 Shallow Water Oil Production in Louisiana

1953, Universal Pictures

Following up the last post, I think it’s interesting that Louisiana Story (1948) and Thunder Bay (1953) are both about shallow water oil production in 1946 Louisiana.   Louisiana Story was made in 1946 but released two years later, whereas Thunder … Read More

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Where Oil, Water and Cajuns Mix: Louisiana Story


The Louisiana bayou setting in Beasts of the Southern Wild reminds me of a 1948 film, Louisiana Story.  This movie is fascinating for a few reasons.  And, despite its quirks, I really like it. The black-and-white movie is almost entirely … 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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Skyfall: NOT an energy movie

Skyfall Poster 2012

While Skyfall (2012) is many things—a fun movie, a Bond thriller, and a blockbuster—it is not an energy movie. But, for me, it does raise the question of which Bond movies have energy or resource themes.  And, in spirit of … Read More

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The Promised Land: Texas Written On The Wall

2012, Focus Features

One more interesting tidbit I noticed in The Promised Land (2012) (Matt Damon’s movie about fracking) was the touching scene where Frances McDormand’s character (a landman* securing lease rights for drilling) communicates with her teenage son in Houston via Skype.  … 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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