Title: Arid Lands
Length: 98 minutes
Directors: Grant Aaker & Josh Wallaert
Writer: Josh Wallaert
Music: non-original music (I think?)
Synopsis: documentary about the recent ecological and economic history of the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington
How I saw it: on video (at a community screening), yesterday
Concept: Terrible. I could not care less about anything in this movie.
Story: Indifferent. The film sort of rambles and doesn’t have a clear point or perspective.
Pacing: Bad. I was bored out of my mind, but that’s partly because I don’t care.
Special effects/design: Terrible.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad). If I were originally from the area, the issues the film presents might seem important. But probably not. Incidentally, the Tri-Cities we see in the movie are not the Tri-Cities I’ve seen. The film presents a dichotomy between lush, green, “reclaimed” land and beautifully scenic scrub steppe. I’ve only visited the place a couple times, but my impression was more of a giant parking lot.
Objective Rating: 1.4/4 (Bad).