After a long day of planting trees, picking up garbage along the highway and singing the official Earth Day Anthem it will be time to plop down on the sofa and celebrate our planet's big holiday with a little help from Hollywood.
Forget the Al Gore movie and all those other do-gooder documentaries, we want big stars a killer story or awesome special effects to remind us about the benefits of going green.
Here's my Top 10 Earth Day movies (that aren't documentaries).
1."Wall-E": The planet has become a giant garbage dump but those robots sure are cute.
2. "Chinatown": Like John Huston's Noah Cross says, "Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water."
3. "Erin Brockovich": A California power company gets away with polluting a city's water supply until an unemployed single mom played by Julia Roberts brings the bad boys down. Go girl!
4. "The Day After Tomorrow": Oh, so this is what happens if we don't watch an "Inconvenient Truth".
5. "Silkwood": Meryl Streep plays a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who has been contaminated, mentally tortured and possibly murdered so she won't expose the plant's safety violation -- and you thought your bosses were evil!
6. "FernGully": Just try not to cheer for the magical inhabitants of "the last rainforest" FernGully as they battle those loggers from Hexxus.
7. "Waterworld": And this is what happens when the polar ice caps melt and the "smokers" take over. Critics hated this one but I can't turn it off whenever it comes on TV, probably because Dennis Hopper rocks!
8. "The China Syndrome": Three Mile Island accident occurred just weeks after this movie about hazards at a nuclear power plant came out -- nice timing!
9. "Hoot": Carl Hiaasen's, book about a boy battling builders to save a colony of burrowing owls makes for a winning film.
10. "Fire Down Below": Steven Seagal kicks the butts of big business types dumping toxic waste in the Kentucky hills.
IMDB.com was used in this column.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow Twitter.com/wtatangelo.