Didn't Like Trashing of 'Fuel'

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 2, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for publishing the much-needed article "Sustainable Biodiesel: Made in Austin" [News, Nov. 28] about the biodiesel bandwagon that more and more Austinites, including yours truly, are joining.
    That story was a breath of fresh air after your earlier "movie review" of Fuel, by Josh Rosenblatt [Film Listings, Nov. 21]. I gotta say that diatribe was one of the single most bizarre "movie reviews" that I have ever had the displeasure of reading. If I had read it before I saw Fuel, I may have missed one of the most important movies of the year (if not the decade). I wonder how many other people were dissuaded from seeing this excellent documentary because of Josh Rosenblatt's trashing of the film.
    The most schizophrenic thing of all about this "review" is that – if you were quickly perusing it – it would appear that Mr. Rosenblatt agrees with every point the movie makes. In fact, I agree with much of the wording of the review. I fully agree that "put[ting] Big Oil out of business" should be one of the top priorities that we as individuals, as a society, and as a species, should be working on to save this planet, which is, indeed (in Mr. Rosenblatt's own words), a "noble venture." If the "pet project" of these “evangelist[s]" can get one more person to just say no to Big Oil, then it belongs in every single "actual movie theatre" on this planet. I can't think of a higher and better use of movie theatres – or churches, or schools – in fact.
Sam Mitchell
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