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Greedy Lying Bastards

By EMILY JENSEN
Craig Scott Rosenbraugh’s Greedy Lying Bastards is sort of a “yeah, what he said” response to An Inconvenient Truth, but with more emphasis on where to place the blame. As said bastards—Big Oil executives, particularly corporate giants like the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil, and conservative politicians—state repeatedly that global warming is either not real or not a big deal, Rosenbraugh juxtaposes this footage with scientists confirming the exact opposite. Shaky cellphone footage of catastrophes, like floodwater gushing through Mississippi streets and wildfires blazing across a Colorado mountain neighborhood, punctuate this sharp but at times redundant reminder that climate change really is destroying the planet—and that anyone who claims otherwise is definitely being paid to do so. By the end, it’s hard not to despise Rosenbraugh’s voice-overs, even if you’re on board with his message—his sleekly manipulative yet robotic tone falls somewhere between Michael Moore’s signature whine and the artificial voice of a speech-generating device. There is value, however, in his concluding suggestions for how to take action; because his film centers on those who are building roadblocks to solving climate change issues, he’s able to close with lucid plans for how to stop them.
 

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  • Release Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Critic's Score: B-
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