Posts Tagged ‘greenpeace’

The Cove – Think About Your Audience First

Posted 27 Aug 2010 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Corey Birkhofer

The Cove, USA, 2009

Directed by Louie Psihoyos

Documentary: one could argue it has become the most accepted form of news gathering and truth. Though documentary filmmaking built its momentum slowly through the ’60s and ’70s, now, as we head into the second decade of the 2000s, it has become more than just another genre, but rather a mainstay and mainstream form of expressing non-fiction topics to an audience that no longer trusts the information dished out by the major media networks.

man and dolphins

For me personally, documentary has the power to tell the truth, and this is a power that should be respected and not abused. So what happens when you take activist groups like Sea Shepherd and put the camera in their hands to go to a small coastal village in Japan and tell the story of dolphins being annually massacred? I would say you have set the stage to share an unknown and dirty truth to the rest of the world, and as such, the film you make should be held to the highest degree of integrity, dignity and, above all else, truth.

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Oceans – Definitely Sinks To The Bottom

Posted 03 Feb 2010 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Corey Birkhofer

Oceans, France / Switzerland / Spain, 2009

Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

disney  nature oceans

Okay, I’m going to admit it: I absolutely love nature documentaries. March of the Penguins (2005) and the BBC’s Earth (2007) are two that come immediately to mind as nature pictures that have stayed with me since watching them. The latter, a brilliant work narrated by James Earl Jones, was interestingly acquired for U.S. release by none other than Disney’s new-kid-on-the-block independent nature documentary group, DisneyNature. Being as moved as I was by Earth, when I found out DisneyNature had put together their own documentary, I was ecstatic to hear it’d be getting a Japanese release so I could see it over here.

With its ambitious attempt to document the massive bodies of water that cover three-fourths of our planet, Oceans is a visual and auditory masterpiece put together by French directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. On a visual level, I have to be honest and state that I have never been moved to “ooh” and “aah” more than I was when watching Oceans. And yet, as beautifully shot, edited and scored as the film may be, what didn’t I get about it?

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