Posts Tagged ‘documentaire’

Documentaires: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Pixar Story & Particle Fever

Weer een aantal documentaires gekeken op Netflix:

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.

Interessante documentaire. Soms moeilijk voor te stellen dat sommige mensen jaren blindelings alles maar volgden en geld gaven en nu pas hun ogen openen over hoe de church of scientology nu eigenlijk in elkaar zit. Cijfer: 7.

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The Pixar Story
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios – from the success of “Toy Story” and Pixar’s promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company’s relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The contributions of John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs are profiled. The decline of two-dimensional animation is chronicled as three-dimensional animation rises. Hard work and creativity seem to share the screen in equal proportions.

Leuke documentaire over pixar. Ik heb al een keer de korte documentaire gezien maar deze is uitgebreider en gaat meer in op de geschiedenis van pixar en de ‘battle’ tussen 2d en 3d. Cijfer: 8

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Particle Fever
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity…For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

De documentaire kabbelt een beetje door en laat op een vrij standaard documentaire manier zien waarom iedereen zo enthousiast is over de Large Hadron Collider. Maar wel interessant om te weten. Cijfer: 7.

Documentaires: Mission Blue, Black Fish & Planet Earth

Netflix heeft ook veel mooie natuur documentaires, deze heb ik laatst gekeken:

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Mission Blue
“60 years ago, when I began exploring the ocean, no one imagined that we could do anything to harm it,” says pioneering diver and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle. How wrong we were. In the time since her career began, the over harvesting of whales, sharks, and once reliable staples of the human diet has disrupted the food chain with impacts for species at all levels. Fertilizers from agricultural runoff have fed massive blooms of algae that choke off other forms of life. Pollution in the form of diluted chemicals as well as microscopic pieces of plastic and large items wreak havoc for fish, mammals, and birds alike. Even immaterial activities can have a negative impact: the deafening sounds of industry and sonar can cause injury and impede communication among whales and dolphins. This documentary traces Sylvia’s life of wonder and exploration, and her dedication to awakening the world to the need to give the ocean time and space to recover.

De documentaire focust gedeeltelijk op het leven van Sylvia Earle zelf en gedeeltelijk op hoe de mensheid het zeeleven kapot maakt. Echt erg dat er zoveel mensen nog onwetend zeuren dat sommige vis ineens zo duur is of niet verkrijgbaar is en dat overheden nog steeds zulke absurde visvangst toelaten.(hele scholen worden in 1 keer naar binnen gehaald, haaien worden de vinnen afgesneden waarna ze gewoon terug worden gegooid). Absurd dat in een aantal jaar tijd veel koraalriffen gewoon weg zijn en vissen bijna compleet weg zijn gevist. Deze documentaire laat goed zijn waar de mensheid nou eigenlijk mee bezig is. Van het begin van het ontdekken van de oceanen tot het vernietigen er van. Cijfer: 8

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Black Fish
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Indrukwekkende documentaire. Bijna ongelovelijk dat veel van de trainers niet eens weten wat er eigenlijk allemaal gebeurd bij Sea World en wat hun bazen allemaal achter houden over zowel het welzijn van de orca’s als de dodelijke ongelukken van mede-trainers. Cijfer: 8

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Planet Earth
David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries. Dazzling, state-of-the-art high-definition imagery highlights this breathtaking documentary series featuring footage of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders — from the oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps.
Hele mooie serie over de verschillende soorten omgevingen en dieren op de aarde. Hele mooie beelden en erg leerzaam. Cijfer: 9.

Documentaries: Deep Web, Indie Game The Movie, Atari: Game Over

We hebben een netflix abbonement en netflix heeft ook veel goede documentaires. Deze drie heb ik laatst gekeken:

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Indie Game: The Movie
Indie Game: The Movie, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Erg leuke documentaire om te kijken en om te zien hoe de indie-game wereld in zijn werk gaat en het vele werk dat in het maken van een game zit, door de ogen van een aantal game ontwikkelaars. Cijfer: 8

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Deep Web
Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused to be ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. The film explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

Interessante documentaire, soms wel een klein beetje hak op de tak. De documentaire gaat meer over Silk Road, de arrestatie van Ross Ulbricht en de vrijheid van het internet dan echt over the Dark Web in het algemeen. Maar toch interessant om te zien.
Cijfer: 7

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Atari: Game over
Atari: Game Over is the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to “E.T.,” the video game for the Atari 2600, disposed of hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Leuke documentaire, ook al heb je nooit op een atari gespeeld. Cijfer: 7,5