Whether you are reading this just before or just after this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, chances are you are in the mood to spend some time with an important, award-worthy film. And what could be more important than overcoming some type of adversity?
At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are passionate about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – water contamination from impacting the lives of our customers. With that, please see a list of five films below about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary odds in their quest to protect clean drinking water for all:
1. Erin Brockovich – Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to films about the fight against water contamination, Erin Brockovich is the true story an ordinary woman leading the charge against a billion-dollar power company accused of polluting the drinking water in a California community. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich won Julia Roberts her first Academy Award for Best Actress.
Bonus points for the real-life Erin Brockovich being one of the more vocal advocates on behalf of West Virginia residents still struggling through an unprecedented chemical spill and water contamination incident.
2. A Civil Action – starring multiple Oscar nominees and winners, including John Travolta, William H. Macy, John Lithgow and James Gandolfini, A Civil Action shares the story of a lawyer, played by Travolta, that takes a case on behalf of families whose health is being impacted by water contamination caused by a large leather company. A Civil Action earned Oscar winner Robert Duvall his 6th nomination.
3. Promised Land – Starring Water.org co-founder Matt Damon, Promised Land is an under-rated film about the dangers that the practice of fracking pose to small towns throughout America. For those unfamiliar, fracking is the practice of blasting pressurized water into the ground to extract oil or natural gas. For those unfamiliar with some of the potential side effects of fracking, spend a few minutes watching this flaming faucet video shared by Time.
4. The Crazies – Time to get weird. The Crazies, directed by zombie-mastermind George A. Romero, is about the terrifying effects of a man-made virus – designed to cause insanity in those exposed – that is accidentally leaked into the water supply of a small town. Check out the original, rather than the over-rated remake.
5. Jaws – OK, we’re cheating. A shark is not a water contaminant, rather, an important part of the ocean’s eco-system. But there is a little known clause that any blog post sharing a list of film’s about water must include a mention of Jaws, the film single-handedly responsible for launching the career of Steven Spielberg, one of the most Oscar-nominated directors of all time.
What movies are you watching to get ready for, or come down from, tonight’s Oscar telecast? Please feel free to share via a comment below.
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