• My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher


    Too much anthropomorphism. The life cycle of the octopus is most definitely very interesting, but it's "just" that; the life cycle of a wild animal.
    A "smart" animal realises that another huge animal does not pose a threat to it, and becomes accustomed to the intruder's presence, eventually interacting with him, with the reasons given for this interaction being mainly speculations, while in reality remaining, at least, largely unknown.
    And what about other animals, that do not show similar behaviours,…

  • Seaspiracy



    A few actual fisheries scientists would have been a useful asset to a documentary on over-fishing... Some insightful data too, instead of just fancy percentages.
    Interviews with members of fishing communities around the globe who rely on fishing for their survival and can actually fish sustainably will give an idea of the scale at which the problem appears. And with others that have no other option but to fish unsustainably, because of the pressures inflicted by "you-know-what" (see next point).
    And for f's sake, stop beating around the bush and get to the overarching problem; the way the capitalistic economic growth model works.

  • Being Present

    Being Present


    Yorgos Avgeropoulos is the historiographer of the modern era. Do yourselves a favour and watch his new, excellent as always, documentary.
    Even if you have recently lived through these or similar events, a comprehensive review of such an amount of information is a more or less impossible task for someone who has not been trained to do it.
    And that's why this movie is so, so important.

  • Lake Placid

    Lake Placid


    The creators of this movie really disliked scientists

  • Artifishal



    Salmon is among the highest receivers of conservation funding globally. Here's yet another case of humans trying to correct a wrong (wild salmon decline due to over-fishing and habitat degradation) by doing another wrong (salmon hatcheries). And when that second wrong is not working, they keep doing it because otherwise they would have to admit the industrialised exploitation of natural resources is not sustainable and the economic model needs to change.
    The first half of the documentary feels rather messy,…

  • Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

    Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War


    Disheartening but necessary.

  • The Islands and the Whales

    The Islands and the Whales


    Very well made. No voice-over narration. Does not pick sides. Allows the facts and the opinions in favor of either side be exposed, so that the viewers can decide for themselves.
    It could have used more information on the ecological sustainability of the hunting though.
    Beautiful cinematography, taking advantage of the urban and natural environment

  • Golden Times – Cassandra’s Treasure

    Golden Times – Cassandra’s Treasure


    An excellent depiction of the effect that economic crisis can have on economically weak countries that are striving to secure international funding for "growth & development". Presentation of arguments, but most importantly facts, from all sides; policy makers, investing companies, researchers, opposing and supporting members of the local community.

  • Hybrids



    But what's the message? The animals seem to take advantage of their garbage-parts in order to survive. They are not hindered by them. It looks grotesque, spooky etc but that's only because we (kind of) know the natural state of that environment. Pollution per se is not depicted as a problem.
    Technically very well made of course