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GARBAGE WARRIOR (2008)

Michael Reynolds  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Michael Reynolds
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Morningstar Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CB96LK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An extraordinary tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story of vision & persistance! August 4, 2008
By Narz
Format:DVD
As someone who's been interested in & involved with the sustainability movement for a long time now Mike Reynolds (the "hero" of this documentary) is the type of individual I wish I could have crossed paths with, worked with & learned from in person! This film documents his evolutionary journey from his first buildings in the New Mexico desert to his entrance into the legal arena facing an uphill battle to pass a bill that would allow architects the freedom to experiment with building designs in a controlled environment, to make mistakes & learn from them. Michael presents a compelling case, both to stodgy legislators as well as the audience that this is not only a good idea but absolutely necessary. The essence of his message is that we must redesign society (not just the building codes) to be able to adapt forcefully & gracefully to rapid change. It's a story about unexpected obstacles and the power of an adaptable & persistent spirit in overcoming them. The film takes us to India's Andaman Islands where Mr. Reynolds uses his unconventional building technique to rebuild a community devastated by tsunami and demonstrates how swift positive change can be when not hampered by ideological resistance and red tape. The pacing & flow of the movie are perfect, the musical score is great as well, complimentary to the action & powerful without being overwhelming (or overdramatic). It is even humorous at times like the "romantic" tune playing while Mike's newfound ally (a converted knight for his cause from within the system) works her way through a sea of resistant & skeptical senators to help try to get his bill passed.

Garbage Warrior will not give you the latest cutting edge information about sustainable design (though it certainly is a great primer), nor is it a full biography of Mr.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and motivating movie January 22, 2010
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Let me start with the reason for the missing star- there's alot of cursing in this movie. It makes sense coming out of the mouths it comes out of, but it does limit the audience for this incredible documentary. Earthships are cool, but if you have a twelve year old in your life that is interested in environmentalism, art, architecture and whatnot, this movie may just have a few too many f-bombs to show it to them.

Other than that, this is one heck of a great documentary!

You can't watch this movie without becoming immediately obsessed with Earthships. My wife and weren't even half way through this film when we had to start pausing it to discuss ways we might one day incorporate some of the ideas presented in this film into our own property.

The struggle against the local planning board will appeal to your inner libertarian.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! April 10, 2009
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What a visionary! Such courage & devotion to throw himself into designing & constructing incredible houses that just captivate you in awe! These homes are out of tires, bottles, cans, & glass & solar/wind power! The movie about this architect is so inspirational & motivating & it opens your eyes to bigger picture of corruption between politicians & certain organizations like the architectural society he was once part of & how much bs influence they have over politicians & the way we live! The 1 guy in the film that filibustered it was the same jackass that looked up at the camera earlier when the Garbage Warrior was making his rounds through the offices & meeting rooms of the State Assembly Building! When I saw him on the Senate floor calling the roster - I pointed him out to my friends who were also watching & belted out "That's your enemy right there! That a#%hole! Look what he's doing! He's filibustering the whole damned thing on purpose!"
In the end though, the Garbage Warrior won of course! Yaaaaaayyyyy!!!!
You must see this film!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Man Fighting The Man March 1, 2009
Format:DVD
The story of a man fighting to build alternative and sustainable housing in New Mexico for 30 years. Yes it's essentially a person fighting "The Man." The film has little to do with how to build sustainable housing, it is all about how to fight the system to get what you believe is right.

There's a little hint in movies to figure out when a director doesn't have much of a story or he didn't film enough serious material, it's a lot of no real purpose shots with music or narration. This film starts off with a good solid 5 or 10 minutes of fluff filler "setting the stage" type footage and narration. A long series of Michael Reynolds driving around and talking.

The theme gets repeated several times throughout the film, only one or two days of filming at the New Mexico capital building made to look like weeks by showing Michael walking here or there. The India trip, lots of on boat scenes and almost nothing of building homes in India.

At one hour and thirty minutes, the film is about 30 minutes too long. There's barely a one hour story in here. The footage touring his house, watching beer can bricks and tire walls made, views of the other houses, the work in India, etc. were all fantastic. This man has an incredible concept, make houses that are not connected to anything - water, electricity, gas, and sewers. At one point, Michael says, "a family of four could live here and never have to leave, not for food, water, or electricity."

The warrior part is Michael's fight against his county to build sustainable houses that do not meet building code. The entire story culminates with about 7 minutes to do, and then is wrapped up with one 10 second title screen. What a let down.

This is Oliver Hodge's first film as director, and it shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this film!!
Loved this - fascinating. We had one of his houses. Everyone should have one!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Abigail Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping the movie would be more about the ...
I was hoping the movie would be more about the inner workings of earthships and less about the political fight for experimental buildings which is why I'm only giving it 3 stars. Read more
Published 22 days ago by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special
Loved it! Engaging & likable. Michael Reynolds is a genius in his own right, and so is the director of this absolutely fascinating documentary.
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Published 2 months ago by Kirk Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Garbage Warrior: Watch Now to Inspire Transformative Thinking
Garbage warrior chronicles the story of Michael Reynolds, an eco-architect who left the traditional world of architecture in order to follow his dream of building homes that allow... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lucia Whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary about a guy marching to the beat of a different...
Very interesting story about someone that is trying to to make fundamental changes to how we build houses. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vincent Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars All in one building design
Kudos to Reynolds for his major contribution: consolidating all the green architecture ideas into a single building design. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alex Pasztor
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Published 12 months ago by ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! Great documentary for any newbe to Earthships...
Awesome!!! Great documentary for any newbe to Earthships.... Pretty much covers the work of Michael Reynolds and his Earthship Warriors as they strive to lead humanity to a path or... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John F. Steel
5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating watch
the man is a genius and the doc is a delight. blows your mind and makes you dream and furious all at the same time.
Published on September 22, 2011 by soneechka
5.0 out of 5 stars determination, innovation, heart
Mike shows a lot of determination and heart in doing something that is so taboo and seen as strange in a wealthy and supposedly developed country like America. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Johannas Mikenberg
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