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Bring Your Own Brigade
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The New York Times
It’s a tough, smart, impressive movie, and one of its virtues is that Walker, a British transplant to Los Angeles, doesn’t seem to have figured it all out before she started shooting.
It’s a film about hubris, selfishness, failed bureaucracies, and a stubborn inability to learn from past mistakes.
Lucy Walker’s absorbing study of California’s 2018 wildfires consistently goes in illuminating and surprising directions.
San Francisco Chronicle
Mixing in citizens’ harrowing cellphone footage and heartbreaking emergency call recordings, Walker’s teams immerse us in the flaming terror as few features have before.
Walker’s film might have worked better as a docuseries—one feels its two-hour length—and she has a habit of over-writing some of the narration, but it’s still a detailed piece of work, a surprising angle on a terrifying new reality about living in certain parts of the world, and an inquiry as to whether or not we’re going to do anything about it.
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