Dan Kirschner

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“This Is Spinal Tap” is a hilarious movie that was released in 1984. It’s a fictional account of a fictional rock band (the world’s loudest…) on a fictional come-back tour shot in documentary style, complete with back-stage antics and actual concert clips. The movie was so well done that decades later, some people still think Spinal Tap was real. It was ground breaking: the first “mockumentary.”

In stark contrast to the tongue-firmly-in-cheek nature of “This Is Spinal Tap,” the movie “Gasland” is a fiction masquerading as truth. John Hanger, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection told the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gasland is “fundamentally dishonest” and “a deliberately false presentation for dramatic effect.” Keep reading →