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GasLand (2010)


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Can you imagine being able to light your tap water on fire? This is just one of the many shocking results due to the natural gas drilling boom which has swept the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. Josh Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen,


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Josh Fox

Dec 14, 2010


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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

While the hushed tones of Fox's would-be naf commentary slightly grate after a while, his film's images, contrasting natural beauty with industrial horror show, are bracingly effective indeed.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An exhaustive and eye-opening look at natural-gas drilling and its potential dangers.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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With its jolting images of flammable tap water and chemically burned pets, New York theater-director-turned-documentarian Josh Fox's Sundance-feted shocker makes an irrefutable case against U.S. corporate "fracking."

September 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's not pretty, but it works for some. Gasland won a special jury prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A must-see documentary

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Gasland will no doubt spark the political debate it intends.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Josh Fox puts a fresh spin on a well-drilled - if continually relevant - story.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Cheney, the great outdoorsman, nearly killed a friend while hunting. That was nothing, however, compared with what he's been doing to thousands of his fellow countrymen.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

An absorbing, level-headed documentary exposing the way in which nothing is allowed to stand in the path of corporate greed.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Improbably riveting.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

By turns shocking and deeply upsetting, Gasland is a powerful, well made eco-documentary that carries a vitally important message.

January 15, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

With the hunt for natural gas likely to be heading to Britain, it's a topical film, although the point could have been made in less time.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's a powerful film.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

While this isn't always an easy film to watch, it does make important and seemingly incontrovertible connections between Washington and big business that should alarm us all.

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Gasland may be the first ever American film in which Nixon is the hero. It is the 101st in which Dick Cheney is the villain.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Frankly it's overwhelming. But Fox finds a lucid narrative here with sharp editing, thorough research and a merciful sense of humour.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The lesson is a familiar one but Fox conveys it vividly, contrasting natural beauty with the despoliation wrought by industrial plunder.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Virtually guarenteed to make your blood boil, debut documentariab Fox's remarkably likeable investigation pours forth a persuasive call-to-arms.

December 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

GasLand [backs] up its agenda with a calm and comprehensive case of evidence that impassions, not bullies, the audience into action.

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

GasLand engrosses as an informative and shocking look at the natural gas boom and the destruction it wrought upon the American heartland.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

An explosive and timely film.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

GasLand works by effectively reminding you of that in slightly different ways again and again. It's not subtle, but it's effective.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source:

There is something seriously wrong going on here -- just remember the tap and the fire -- that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for GasLand

We are all seriously fucked. That is all I have to say about this film that will should have bested all others at the 2011 Oscars for Best Documentary. Horrifyingly amazing.
September 27, 2011
Matthew Roe
Matthew Roe

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Scary and shocking, Gasland opened my eyes to the practise of Hydrolic Fracturing or "Fracking" and it's effects on the groundwater and on the people who are affected. The statistics and the footage of interviews and conferences, are just so upsetting to see. How can people be treated this way?? Gasland is a documentary you do not want to miss.
July 1, 2011
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

if the ideas presented in fox's film are true, this is more of a horror film than a documentary. The only people strongly challenging the film's assertions are the gas companies themselves, and from what ive read even they are not thoroughly dealing with all of the issues raised in the film, such as why people's water supplies became contaminated in conjunction with the arrival of drilling, and why they are supplying new water to families who have threatened law suits. this film scared the crap out of me. this is an issue i will continue to pay close attention to.
February 17, 2011
danny d

Super Reviewer

A documentary about natural gas drilling here in american and it's effects on the environment. Some scenes show people setting their tap water on fire. While effective in gettings it's point across,the movie is way too informative and wordy. If you want a lesson,then this is for you. If you wan entertainment,then try to set ur tap water on fire;-p
February 8, 2011
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