Film Features

What Happened to Disaster Movies? Oh, We're Living in One

Disaster movies used to be common, from Gwyneth Paltrow dying horrifically from an epidemic virus to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson witnessing the fall of Los Angeles. But the appeal of the disaster movie is dead now that we're living in a dystopian reality.


Remember when we found natural disasters entertaining?

Movies about devastating earthquakes, endemic viruses, and mega-storms used to be thrilling in their hypothetical danger. And I don't mean zombie apocalypses or villainous aliens in superhero franchises; I mean good old '90s films about global blackouts, earthquakes, and twisters; 2015's San Andreas and The Wave; and even 2009's laughably bad 2012, in which global catastrophes spell the end of mankind.

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This week, just in time for Earth Day, EarthX has returned to facilitate an array of powerful events about environmental devastation and the global fight against it.

The Dallas-based festival, which is America's largest annual environmental expo, was founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, who initially branded the festival "Earth Day Dallas." Since then, the event has grown exponentially, drawing thousands of attendees across the globe and utilizing everything from artificial intelligence and private investors' summits to competitions for young artists.

It's an example of just how effective collaboration between people of all walks of life can be, and a blueprint for the kind of interconnected movement we'll need to combat the climate crisis.

Percy Vs Goliath Pits a Local Farmer Against a Giant Corporation

One of EarthX's main events is the EarthXFilm festival, which this year is screening 14 films and a total of 33 features about climate change, environmental racism, sustainable farming, youth climate activism, and other efforts. The films will be screened over a 10-day period beginning on April 16, both in-person in outdoor venues and on the festival's streaming platform, EarthXTV.

2021 EarthxFilm Festival

Among this year's extraordinary selection of films is the world premiere of Clark Johnson's Percy Vs Goliath, a film that tells the true story of a farmer named Percy Schmeiser, who was sued by the alchemical corporation Monsanto after it accused him of using its patented genetically modified beans.

Schmeiser — whose farm had been growing its own crops for generations — engaged in a court case that eventually reached the Supreme Court and became a symbolic fight for farmers' rights against big business. Starring Christopher Walken as Percy, alongside Christina Ricci and Zach Braff, the film is one of the most highly anticipated titles among a slate of powerful offerings.

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The National, Lil Dicky, Julien Baker, and More to Auction Prizes for Propeller’s Climate Action Campaign

The campaign, which incentivizes fans to join the fight against the climate crisis, is in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Kendrick Brinson

Just in time for Earth Day 2021, digital marketing platform Propeller has launched their year-long NOW: Climate Action Campaign.

Artists including Lil Dicky, the National, and Julien Baker have agreed to join the campaign, with benefits going to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). In order to help incentivize fans to join the fight against the climate crisis, the artists partnered with Propeller to create custom items and experiences.

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Culture Feature

Cute: Ted Cruz Blames His Children For His Trip to Mexico During Deadly Texas Storms

So, we agree? You should be able to flee your home country during a crisis?

In case you've been living under a rock — or, just somewhere other than Texas — the Lone Star State has been suffering brutal winter weather this week, leaving millions without electricity or water.

And leave it to none other than Senator Ted Cruz to rub his privilege and ignorance in the faces of the citizens he's supposed to represent. Just over a month after his pathetic electoral vote speech on January 6, Cruz has made another infamous move by fleeing his home state and joining his daughters on a trip to Cancun, Mexico.

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Lucy Lawless Is the Warrior Princess We Need Right Now

The star of Xena: Warrior Princess has been schooling Kevin Sorbo's insanity on Twitter, and it's beautiful.

Back in the '90s, coming home from school meant one thing — for cool kids, anyway — turning on the TV and enjoying two hours of steamy action-adventure nonsense with Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

But time has revealed that not all heroes are everything they're cracked up to be. Seeing Kevin Sorbo transform from the wise and kind hero of weekday adventures to a xenophobic demagogue pushing Christian-conservative propaganda, has been hard to watch. The feeling it leaves us with is one that only Sorbo himself can adequately express.

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Music Features

Beccs Talks Climate Change-Inspired Song "Such a Love"

"Such A Love" is a gorgeous protest song about sacrifice and hope.

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Godfrey Furchtgott

One of many strange things about fighting climate change is the way it involves so many contradictions.

There's love for the people and the planet that allows us to live, and hatred that every day seems to gain power. There's the fear and complexity of the work and there's the simple, eternal beauty of a walk in the woods. There's the knowledge that climate change might require sacrifice, but the alternative is even more destructive than we can imagine.

Award-winning Brooklyn-based musician beccs' gorgeous new single reminds us that at its heart, beyond everything else, fighting against climate change is about love. According to its press release, the song "bears the heartbreak of our wounded environment while dreaming up a love that is self-sacrificing enough to save what is left of it."

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