Category Archives: Documentaries

Cowspiracy-the sustainability secret DVD:

Still one of the best documentaries about if you ask moi! In terms of sheer exposure of subject but also for it’s multidimensional disclosures that almost infer multiple documentaries (with concomitant but differing focus) condensed into one single picture. There’s nothing vague about the results either & the factual revelations & statistical figures (not to mention that so many of those figures come inadvertently from those that would rather you didn’t know) are overwhelming & resoundingly rock-solid (it’s the kind of indisputable expertise that will proselytize many nay-sayers/opposition-figures even).

At it’s core crux, Cowspiracy is about the crisis/debate& incognito elephant in the room – the greatest & largest contribution to climate termination/greenhouse-gasses dispensation is commercial meat & dairy production (an estimated of 51% of all global greenhouse gas emissions! The largest of one single sector)! But surpassing this reality, the doco also deals with two more overlaying subjects – corporate capture (in this case, the government bodies & charities/watchdogs/NGO’s that are supposed to be combating climate termination) & corporate conspiracy (the suppression of this subject by many agents & the denial industry that keeps this perilous secret in a state of unknown, massively diluted & forbidden abstract incarceration). What may sound (albeit important & informative) boring is actually transformed into astonishingly riveting theater (without trivializing the topic) and traverses from fairly upbeat & innocent origins into something much’ much more sinister & gargantuan. This is also helped hugely by director, Kip Anderson, an extremely unassuming, laid-back to the point of collapse & openly naïve dude who’s gentle digging ends-up unearthing a massacre way’ way’ way beyond his expectations. Kip’s literal innocence on the intentional evils & fidelity in these organizations is exactly what allows him filmed access with the conspiring representatives of such institutions, which lead to some of the greatest & most telling moments of unraveling onscreen. The misinforming parties are all prepped & contrived, ready to dispense disinformation dismissals, obfuscations & diversions but are totally unprepared for his research & refutations (which grows as he learns of their duplicity). It’s absolutely amazing, to see the body language & facial expressions of the snagged liar/cover-up facilitator, now on camera, suddenly intensely uncomfortable having to writhe & twist. These are truly great moments of film & will appeal to those with sociology & psychology interests. It’s the moment when the complacent liar/guarder of the buried evidence loses the blind-fold/ruse & the subsequent ultra-awkward silence or stammering futile attempts to stop the ship sinking transpire, all on camera (a few are cut, but not without them slashing their own throats in a botched attempt to ward off detection/further divulgement).

The film covers a hell of a lot, all amazingly well & the statistics are jaw-dropping & exactly the kind of shit the public needs to know. Seemingly infinite, hyper commoditized & ridiculously cheap meat & dairy, only made possible by the most fantastical manipulation of tax-payers billions through perverse & insane super-subsidies & “externalized costs” all inflicting absolutely astronomic environmental destruction, is accepted as some kind of “fundamental right”, TINA (There Is No Alternative) or Monomatum under an international globalized market consensus. & it’s set to grow, even though it can’t, literally by the laws of physics itself (there is not enough land on earth). This is the other thing to study/on gross display here – the insipid, biblically arrogant, stuff your head in the sand & shit yourself, indescribably reckless, self-dooming Free Market monopoly SST (Suicidal-Short-Termism). It’s absolutely, completely & totally unsustainable!!!! – so lets keep increasing it as fast as we can! How’s your life on Earth? Wherever you are & whatever end you’re on, why not watch this – because it will be affecting you no matter what! Hurrah for Keagan Kuhn & Kip Anderson for stripping the bullshit clean & baring this absolute bomb for what it truly is!

A.U.M.Films/First Spark Media

Directors -Kip Anderson & Keegan Kuhn              

http://www.cowspiracy.com/

Still The Enemy Within DVD:

Good gracious! An exponential, roof-raising dazzler of a doco on Britain’s unprecedented 1984-1985 Miners Strike from Owen Gower (who doubles as both director & co-producer). Stupendous archival footage, film & photography along with riveting personal accounts from key participants, all loaded & edited with great care & tinges of genius into an astonishingly poignant grand-finale. Continue reading Still The Enemy Within DVD:

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (Josh Fox)

This is the most recent addition from environmental activist & documentary maker Josh Fox following his impossibly important & phenomenal Gaslands & greater still – Gaslands 2, a Fracking documentary of staggering trenchant clarity & devastating factual exposure. Climate Extinction or Disastrous Climatic Shifting (“climate change” is a political euphemism of staggering inadequacy that does not capture what is unfolding & impending) Continue reading How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (Josh Fox)

Manufactured Landscapes:

Here’s one to shock, stun & suplex the senses in a continents worth of rubble & refuse. The core on this occasion is China’s “utterly unprecedented” urbanization extravaganza as captured by esteemed photographic artist Edward Burtynsky & director by Jennifer Baichwal. “mega projects” & truly herculean manufacturing terminals stuffed with humans resembling mechanical equipment arduously assembling endless quantities of largely unnecessary goods for the worlds prodigal profligacy… Continue reading Manufactured Landscapes:

Our Daily Bread

Horror, surrealism & reality from Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s (with editing from Wolfgang Widerhofer) superb (I would say even classic) 2005 documentary on modern large-scale food production (it will thus be an even more disturbing & abstract affair nowadays no doubt). Surrealism & reality sharing the same lens may sound like an oxymoron, but the facts of how industrial supermarket food is generated & prepared is a bizarre, deeply unnatural & shocking Continue reading Our Daily Bread

Terms And Conditions May Apply:

An extraordinary’ extraordinary piece of work from director Cullen Hoback. So much is crammed into this documentary that it’s probably best digested in sections & is the kind of film that benefits from multiple viewings, –  for compression & retention purposes but also to remind of what’s behind the mask. A rough & reduced premise, – this film is about the digital “user agreement”/”terms of use” that is generally a mandatory preliminary for all online “accounts”  Continue reading Terms And Conditions May Apply:

The Price We Pay

“Throughout the world inequality is soaring to new heights. And the wealth of nations that once provided prosperity for the majority has gone missing. This is the story of powerful forces deepening the divide between the few and the many”. So begins one of the most urgent & informing documentaries you have never heard of (& if you have, congratulations is required). Director Harold Crooks brings his attention to the malady of The City Of London, tax havens, British Common Wealth satellites, offshoring & tax evasion, if not more accurately “tax negation” or some 99.99% equivalent. It’s an Continue reading The Price We Pay