Friday, May 20, 2011
In the cloud forests of Peru are the remains a lost civilization and an ancient legend of mass murder. For hundreds of years, anthropologists have been hunting for who or what killed these people. National Geographic Channel tries to analyze the evidence and test theories to dig up the truth in this documentary.
This is a part of National Geographic Channels "explorer" series, which I am not a big fan of. Actually, I tend to dislike these documentaries. This was one of the better, but also this uses way to much time before it gets to the point; who killed these guys?
Over all, it met the NGC standard for quality, and if you see the first 10 minutes to understand what it is about, and then skip the next 30 minutes, so you just see the last 5 minutes, it's well worth your time. If not, well.. Stay away or at least multi-task. Not recommended, and rated 2 out of 6.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This an insightful essay-style documentary by Frenchman Antoine Vitkine, which puts the current events in Libya into perspective by examining the motivations behind the actions of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi - a man whose peculiar appearance belies savvy negotiation skills. Gaddafi was born in a tent in the Libyan desert. This Arab nationalist gained notoriety at 27 after toppling King Idris I. He has since went on to survive several revolts, military strikes and embargoes while showing a knack for playing to Western interests, namely geopolitical security and oil reserves.
It's not a surprise many of the interviews about hidden dealings are tainted by realpolitik. These personal accounts from key players are a fascinating foray into the diplomatic world of riddles, theatrics and hidden agendas. I would even go so far and say it's a must watch for everyone that wants to get a deeper understanding of what happens in Libya these days.
Over all, it's well worth the one and a half hour it demands. It gets a little minus for bad production, and for using great amounts of clips with low quality, and land down on a solid 4 out of 6.
I loved the subject for this documentary! It was very interesting, and something I didn't knew much about before I saw it. I didn't know that the British government cooperated with pirates only to harm Spain, I was honestly a bit surprised over that. Well may it have been other ethics in the 17th century, but cooperating with criminals have never hit me as something a monarch would do. So wrong could I take, because that was exactly what they did – at least for a period, before it ended eventually. But when the British governor at Jamaica banned the french government was ready to take over the lucrative business.
I must also say that I really liked the concept for this documentary, and hope they will use it for others in the future. I loved to follow the story about Blakeway, parallel with the excavation team, and I think they had done a very good job making the story about him believable. Another thing I really liked and was new for me seeing in a NGC documentary, was internal conflict in the team of archaeologists. It may have just been acting, but I did the work for me. I thought it was a very nice touch, because you feel that you're coming a lot closer on the portrayed people when its showed some real feelings.
On the negative side, I have to mention it is a bit long. One and a half-hour to be prosily. But they use their time well, and does surprisingly enough, not repeat them self annoyingly often like it's standard for NGC-programs of this length. Still, it was a little boring in the end to be honest. One and a half-hour, is simply half-hour too long for me to find it meaningful to watch.
Over all, a great documentary I recommend. I was very in doubt wether I would give it a 4 or a 5, but I think I will have to end on a very strong 4, and a highly recommendation.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
- In Mythbuster, two guys bust myths.
- On TV-Shop, you can buy stuff you see on TV.
- MacGyver never dies, and always wins.
- In House, it's never lupus.
- In Jersey Shore, Situation tends to make a situation.
- In Big Brother, there isn't no big brother.
- In Desperate Houswives, it isn't only the houswives who is desperate.
- In Gossip Girl, also boys gossip
- In Bones, they find corpse, solve mysteries and can't decide who to fuck.
- In Australian Idol there is no idols
- In Two and a half men, it's in fact only one man.
- In CSI: Miami the riddle is solved when Horatio is squeezing his eyes together and looks mysteriouse into the camera. Prefferably with afternoun sun in his face.
- In Dexter, a small redheaded child escapes from his mischievous older sister by killing the terrible people of Miami's society.
- In Dancing with the stars, there are no stars. Only people with a dead career, dancing with people with no career.
- In Hard talks, they talk hard.
- In Judging Amy, theres a judge, and shes named Amy.
- In Law and Order, DUN DUN.
- Dr Phil isn't a doctor.
- The Simpsons is about The Simpsons
- In Stargate: Universe, everything is completely original.
- In Border Control, theres little control, and much border.
- In How I met your mother, the audience learns how...
- In Family Guy you remember that time when
- In Ladette to Lady, it's just sluts that become cock teasers.
- Men vs. wild is about drinking piss.
- In Survivors, everyone survives.
- Dr Who is about a guy loves his sexy box
- In Brothers in arms, no one is brothers, and they are over all pretty bad armed.
- Ghostbusters is about four guys bust ghosts.
- In Medium, an annoying woman wearing large has visions and is on the taxpayers payroll.
- On O'Reilly, you can't explain that.
- On Happy Days, a man who takes excessive pride in his appearance hangs out in the men's restroom.
- In Firefly, there is no firefly.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer is about Buffy who slays preconceived notions of woman's role in male-domin-ated society.
- Dirty Jobs is about jobs which are dirty.
- Supernatural - two guys bust supernaturals
- Top Model is like poop; the lightest floats to the top.
- The Walking Dead - the dead walk
- In Cheers there is a bar and people say cheers to each other
- Housewives of NYC/Orange County/Miami/Atlanta/New Jersey: Women screaming and yelling and getting drunk
- In The secret life of american teenagers, there is no secrets.
- Friends. That's about it.
- In Fringe, the killer is always from another dimension.
- The Muppet Show - some guys open and close their hands.
- Lost is about some people who got lost, but not really
- In Brothers and sisters there is exactly that, and their families.
- In Mr. Dressup, Mr. Dressup Dresses up.
- In Shit my dad says, a dad says shit. And a lot of other stuff.
- In Smallville a whiny teen grows up to be a whiny Man of Steel
- In Prison break, some guys break out of a prison. Only in the first season though, after that is has fuck all to go with prison breaks.
- In Mad men, they aren't especially mad.
- In Glee, they don't stop believing
- Antiques Roadshow is a show on the road about antiques.
- Cupcake Wars, where people have wars over cupcakes
- In Man vs Food, you watch why americans are fat
- In Cash in the Attic, they sell trash from the attic for a selfish cause.
- In Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they give homes with high maintenance cost to poor people.
- On Deadliest Catch, fishermen yell at eachother and fall overboard when ratings drop.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a group of teenaged mutant ninja turtles go around and beat up aliens.
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, it's actually not so sunny at all.
- Magic School Bus is about a never-ending field trip on a school bus that is magical.
- In Grounded For Life, Eddie does something shady and wears an awesome shirt.
- In every episode of South Park, it is implied that one or more celebrities are gay. Later Kenny dies.
- The Good Wife knows her husband has sex with other women, but won't cheat on him herself
- In the Office, people work in an office, while there is a fly-on-the-wall film crew make a documentary for eight fucking years about a group of quirky co-workers, who encounter obstacles mostly caused by their other quirky co-workers.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Yesterday, I saw a documentary named «The Angel Effect», produced and aired of National Geographic Channel. I did not have so high expectations to be honest, after have been disappointed about the other documentaries from NGC lately (see other reviews, and you will see what I mean), but this one turned out to be one of the best documentaries – if not the best, from NGC I've ever seen.
A survivor of 9/11, an astronaut and a hole diver - all survived dramatically different traumatic events, only to tell shockingly similar stories: each had extraordinary experience, feeling a mysterious presence that they believe guided them to safety when they needed it the most. But what were these strange presence? Can they be explained? The devout call them guardian angels or divine encounters - others encounter a kind stranger. Could they have been angels? Phantoms? Or were their minds just playing tricks on them? Dubbed the "Third Man Factor," hundreds have reported this mysterious phenomenon - and now, science is taking a closer look, zeroing in on the location and the mechanism in the brain they believe may be responsible for these visions.
The documentary takes two different approaches to the phenomenon; a scientific explanation, delivered by a scientist who has done research on this field for several years, and a orthodox priest that I got the impression didn't had studied the phenomenon closely, but gave general answers to how angels are seen in orthodox Christian faith. In other words, I think the religiose approach suffered greatly from that it partly didn't get as much time as the scientific perspective, and partly from under-qualified interview objects. That is also the only bad thing to say about this documentary.
Because even if it was a little unbalanced, it was a great watch. It goes detailed in to the phenomenon and goes to great length to understand what is happening in the brain, and why. It also made me plunder on that if it's something that we have left behind from the pre-humans through the evolution; which else abilities have the majority of us lost?
The documentary had perfect length, was entertaining and very informative. Great combination, and if it hadn't been that it was a little unbalanced as previously mentioned, I would have given it a 6 out of 6, but I'm going for a very strong 5 out of 6, and I can without doubt recommend it.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The coolest twins in Europe, formed this years contribution from Ireland. Jedward became more then just to musical brothers, it's a phenomenon. They became celebrities after comming to the semi-final in X-Factor in Ireland with the song "Ice ice baby". With their characteristic hairstyles, they are easy to recognise. It's a shame that these two energy bombs didn't do better.
Ukraines contribution for Eurovision Songcontest 2011, was without doubt the most suprising one. Unlike most of their East-European neighbour countries, they had a contribution strongly inspired by Western European music. The song was calm and beautiful, that said, the best part, was the scene show. See the video for your self, but prepare to be amazed by how talented the artist who accompanies the singer on stage, with her live production of art - produced solely with sand. Amazing!
Each year, someone makes a point of that Israel isn't counted as European country anymore. That said, they was recognised as a part of Europe in the 70s. Anyway, they have more in common with the European countries then they have with their arab neighbours. Besides, we can all imagine what would happen if they were expected to arrange a song contest with Iran or Libya for that matter...
This years contribution is a former winner of the contest; Dana International. Her catchy song "Ding dong" didn't make it to the final unfortunately, but should have in my opinion. The whole song becomes a little humorous if you have in mind that the artist is a former male, a so called "shemale".
Saturday, May 14, 2011
- In Harry Potter a group of 3 misfits go to school for 7 years.
- In Taken a young girl is taken.
- In Primer two dudes travel through time, rent a storage locker and trade stocks.
- In Fight club people go to a cub to fight and a schizo get punched.
- In UP a group of people float away in a house.
- In Lord of the Rings there's a lord with a ring. Some time after that, a dark wizard explodes with rage because he lost the jewellery
- In the Hangover some 3 guys try to figure out why a naked asian man is in their trunk with a hangover and a tiger.
- In American History X a skinhead goes to jail.
- In Ghost Buster ghosts are busted.
- In Hannibal Lecter an old guy has lunches.
- In Inception a few persons are dreaming while dreaming in a dream in a dream in a dream to tell another guy he should sell his company on a plane.
- In The Usual Suspects Kevin spacey is Kaiser Soze.
- In The Wrestler a man pretends to get punched. At the end he does an impression of a fountain pen.
- In V for Vendetta a shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.
- In Schindler's List a couple of people die
- In A Million Dollar Baby a girl get her ass kicked.
- In Due Date Iron Man and some hairy guy ride in a car.
- in Batman, some clown trolls a guy in a bat costume
- In 12 Angry Men there's 12 men but only one are actually angry.
- In Mission Impossible a man goes on an impossible mission.
- Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is about fear and loathing in the Nevada region.
- In Milk, a gay guy gets political and shot
- In Die Hard, a cop tries to reconcile with his estranged wife.
- In The Walking Dead the director explore the relationship between people and zombies. It turns out that people and zombies don't get along very well.
- Toy Story tells the story of some toys.
- In Aliens there are some aliens.
- In The Wizard of Oz a girl and her dog get lost and stop for directions
- In Forrest Gump a guy sits on a bench.
- In 6th Senses we see that the guy was a ghost the whole time.
- in Tenacious D two fat rockers have an awesome trip and kicks the devil's ass
- In American Pie there are no pie
- In There Will Be Blood there was some blood.
- In Requiem For a Dream people do drugs
- In American Psycho a guy kills people
- In The Dark Knight, a serious man is dressed as a bat.
- In Roundhouse, many people are kicked.
- In Back to the Future, some whiny kid with the shakes goes to the past, then back to the future.
- In Swordfish, Halle Berry shows her boobs.
- In To Kill a Mockingbird, a retard kills a guy and a black man gets framed.
- In The Fast and the Furious Paul Walker has a Corona.
- In Blade Runner, a guy has no blade, and does not run that much.
- In Tommy Boy there's a fat guy in a little coat.
- The Shawshank Redemption is mostly about pin-up girls.
- In Shaun of the Dead, a man tries to sort his dead-end life out and ends up at the pub
- The Labyrinth is about David Bowie being cool.
- There was no elephants in Elephant.
Friday, May 13, 2011
#1 The X-Files
For several seasons - over 9 years, has X-Files made people all over the world want to believe in the paranormal and in extraterrestial life.
#2 Star Trek: The Next Generation
Captain Kirk and his team lead Star Trek: The Next Generation into a number one in the Sci-Fi community. Over 17 years, have they travelled through space and sometimes time, to protect the needs of the many.
#3 Doctor Who
BBC produced Doctor Who has since 1963 fascinated and reqruited hordes of fans all over the United Kingdom. A special christmas edition was made last year, and more a probably to come from this moneymilk producing cow!
#4 The 4400
4400 missing people, some missing for decades, shows up at the same beach - at the same time. Who obducted them in the first place? What was their purpose? And why are they releasing them now? The start on an excellent show that blowed minds.
A crazy professor with a dark past, recruited on a closed top-security psychiatric institution, a shady arms dealer and a secret division of in the FBI. Spice this mix up with an ongoing war against another dimension and some high-tech terrorists, and you have Fringe. The show is in it's third season, and still running strong. Hopefully they will launch a season 4.
#6 Babylon 5
Not many sci-fi shows can show to a IMDB-score over 8. Babylon 5 is one of the few. With a score on 8,3 still 13 years after their first episode aired on TV, it says alot. It takes a great show to build a fanbase over only six years, that is strong enough to pull something like that off. Babylon 5 obviosly has it; the famous x-factor every producer is looking for.
This cartoon show has found its way to many geek hearts, with good help from the notoriously selfish and psychopatic robot Bender and the other characters working at the spaceshuttle company sometime in the future.
Ever wondered how it was for superman to grow up? Smallville has the answere. Follow superman, or Clark Kent, as he grows up with his adoptive parents. As you can imagine, nothing is regular about Clark Kent, and especially not his teenage years. Who else can tell they have had to save the world several times before they where 20? Or even after.
Take a bunch of normal people, give them super powers. See what happens. Wonder how it will go? The producers of Heroes have made a TV-show with their theory.
A group of people is stranded on a island after a plan crash. Starts regulary, and through season 2 its obviouse that the producers is taking some kind of psychidellica. Becames good entertainment though.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
National Geographic channel has made several of documentaries about different biker clubs. This one, is build up around an ATF-investigation that in fact flopped in court. They base the story mainly on the ATF-agent in charge of the undercover operation and an informant that was a part of the team. They have also managed to get interviews with different members of Hells Angels.
I got early an impression that the documentary was more a cover up for the ATF then a reliable source of information. Having spent millions of dollars on a undercover operation, trying to get Hells Angels members in Arizona behind bars, and then the whole thing flopped. I guess some people feel the need for finding someone to blame, and especially the ATF-agent that leaded the operation gave me a strong impression of having his own motives for taking part in this documentary.
That said, I was very impressed that they had managed to get actual members and officials to speak with the camera on. Media often tend to portray them as hardcore criminals, and maybe they are, but they came really well out of the interviews in this documentary. Though, I think National Geographic misused the whole opportunity with these interviews. Instead of focusing only on this ATF-operation, they could have had a broader perspective on the Hells Angels.
I knew a little about Hells Angels before I saw this documentary from media coverage, and I did not learn anything knew at all.
This documentary was a big disapointment. It was not especially boring to watch, and it was perfect length, but their sources was not especially convincing, and it was a great deal of undocumented claims about the group. All in all, it was a straight forward 2. Not recommended, but not horrible enough for a 1.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
In this documentary, History Channel try to look at the histories in the Bible from a scientific perspective. Could it be possible, that at least some of the miracles described, was actually abiding the laws of nature? We will probably never know for sure, but this documentary at least confirms that it's possible.
One of the most surprising things they bring up, is levitation. The Genesis talks about that the holy arch (which by the way is still missing and subject to countless documentaries) is levitating. A Norwegian scientist shows through an experiment, that it's possible if you have the right ingredients – and more surprisingly; it's possible they had.
I think this was a great documentary. It show you a lot of things, and is built up by many experiments, with the Bible as the red line. This is great, because you can pause it if you get tired, and watch the rest some other time, or just completely stop caring about it, and still have gotten something out of the time you watched. I also liked the scientists they had found. All seemed pretty legitimate to me, and was interesting to hear from.
All in all, good watch, and I recommend it. Strong 4.
Monday, May 9, 2011
As you probably can guess, this documentary tries to explain what happened i Japan regarding the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant. The documentary is produced and aired regularly by Discovery Channel.
First of all, I have to admit that I didn't knew that much about the nuclear crisis. I did basically not know any details before I saw this documentary. I'm saying this, because I think it may be a little basic for some of you. Consider yourself warned.
The documentary combines footage from a group from Sea Shepherd that was stationed in Japan at the time of the event, graphical illustrations, interviews with survivors and experts and other footage taken from the scenes. I don't think this was such a great move, because you end up hearing a lot of stuff about how people feel about everything. I don't mean to be unsympathetic, but give me a break. I don't need a «tsunami survivor» to tell me it was scary. Seriously!
Anyway. You get all the questions you may have about the nuclear crisis answered, but it will take time. Because they have stuffed in so much material in this documentary – it ends up being over one hour long, even before you add commercial breaks. In my opinion, you need a very good reason to demand more then 40 minutes of my time, and I don't think this documentary qualifies for that.
So, do I recommend it? Well... Tricky question. In a way, yeah – it was a good watch, and the production was OK. But over all, it was just average, and if you have in mind the insane length, the picture becomes more unclear. I think I would have to say that I wont warn you about this, but at the same time; I wont recommend you to see it. Translated to my rating system; a very weak 3.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I've got many questions about my rating system, and many commentors have asked me why I give scores between 1 and 6, and not 1 and 5 or 1 and 10 like for instance IMDB does. The reason is simple; how many sides have a regulary dice? Exactly, six. When I give a score, it's much like rolling the dice. I dont now what score a documentary or a show will get before I've seen it.
I prefer this system rather than giving 1 to 10 scores, because I think it's easier. 1 and 2 is for stuff I don't recommend, where 1 is just a waste of time. 3 is for subjects I find uninteresting, or at least presented in such a way, and/or have under average production. 4 and 5 is for stuff I like and recommend, and 6 is a must watch.
With a scala from 1 to 10, this would be much harder. What would a 3 equal on scala from 1 to 10? 4? 5? 6? And I would have to justify why I gave a documentary a 5 and not a 4. Or a 4 but not a 5. Think about it; much more work.
I like to keep it simple, and I think my dice system is exactly that. I hope this clarifies it. Still any questions? Feel free to ask.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Over all, it was an okay documentary if youre not particulary interested in the royal wedding, and just want a short and uncontroversial version of the story. It was short and to the point. No gossip, no slander. On the other hand, it was equally not as deep as the two others I've earlier reviewed here on the blog; Kate and William: A Modern Romance and William and Cathrine: A Modern Fairytale
The documentary was well produced, and all in all slightly entertaining. Though, it had a strong element of propaganda – as you can expect from the state channel the day before a royal wedding. Still, its worthy for a 4 out of 6.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Did you know China has several of the biggest pryamids in the world? Me neither. I thought it was only egyptians that build pyramids, but it turns out that the chinese emperors also built pryamids for themselves. This documentary shows how, why and where.
I thought this was a great documentary. It was very interesting, and it was very well produced. On the negative side, it was too long as National Geographic tend to make its documentaries. I dont know why, maybe because they want to add a few extra breaks for commercials, but I think its stupid anyway. This could honestly have been a 5 out of 6, if it hadnt been for that I got very bored the last 15 minutes. I rate it as a solid 4/6.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The documentary is balanced, and gives another perspective on the amish church then you will often get through the media. They are not only a peaceloving group of people who like the old lifestyle; they too have complex problems and disagreements in their communties. This results in a solid 5 out of 6.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Jack the Ripper is probably among the worlds most, if not the most, well-known «cold cases». Even thoguh Jack the Ripper didnt kill that many people compared to other serial killers, and that his target group was limited to only street girls, it was what he did to the dead bodies that made him the legend he is today. His kills was pretty regular and fast, but afterwards, he cut out organs from their bodies. According to one of the experts in this documentary, the killer got sexual satisfaction out of doing this, and that was his motive too.
This documentary aimes, as the title may indicate, to find the killer behind the name. Over hundred candidates has been suggested over the years, and who it was, will probably never be known, but its still fun to speculate. This documentary fails dramatically imideatly by pretending its possible – several decades later, with the help from a couple of retired police investigators and a camera team to solve the riddle. It cant get more stereotypical american then this.
Over all this documentary sucked. It was not entertaining, it was not interesting, it bored the hell out of me, and the whole concept was in fact plain stupid. You have probably already guessed the score, and yes, this will be the first on the blog to get 1 out of 6. And the only reason for that, is that my scale wont allow me to give anything lower. I will strongly recommend to not see this. Its just a waste of time. Go to sleep for an hour instead.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This doucmentary is about king Edward of the United Kingdom, who ruled for only one year between 1945 and 1946, before he left the throne to marry a woman that had been divorced two times. This documentary claim that king Edward not only was highly inappropiate in is choose of female companionship, but also in relation to political connections. According to the documentary, King Edward supposedly had a close relationship with central players in the nazi-German government, and also connections to fascist movements all over Europe.
I got the impression that documentary based it claims mainly on casefiles from FBI. As we all know, FBI has a shady history when it comes to investigating political abnormalities, and it wouldnt suprise me if the bureau yet again had been a little fast in its conclusions. After all, several historians have proved that many of the people the bureau suspected for being communists in fact was not. I think the documentary should have been more critical towards the documents they used to make it, and preferrably get opinions from people that had the opposit view.
The documentary failed to entertain me, and actually was pretty confusing, because of an unusual big person gallery. It was very hard to keep track on all the names and which role they had in the story that was told. It was also pretty unnecessary in my opionion and its probably only a result of lazy handwork from National Geographic. This doucmnetary is therefore not recommended, and I give it the lowest score so far; 2 out of 6.