Category Archives: Documentary

Fast Five Review: Attenborough’s Life That Glows

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ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE THAT GLOWS
2016 | G | Documentary, Nature
Reviewed by Jennifer

Sir David Attenborough explores the world of bio-luminescence, the often spectacular natural light produced by some creatures. Specially designed cameras reveal nature’s leading lights. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Cats Uncovered (2014)

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CATS UNCOVERED
2014 | G | Documentary

Aloof. Disdainful. Vicious. Or friendly, fluffy balls of fur who just want to be loved. Opinions on cats tend to differ though one thing is sure – they occupy a very special place in the hearts of many. But how much do we really know about them? This fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of this often-misunderstood species. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

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1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Michael Moore paints a picture of a very dark side of the global financial crisis, where the poor and the working class are trodden on by big business and government.  It’s a pretty predictable narrative, but its content still shocks.  Moore splices in clips from advertising and classic cinema to help tell his story, which is at times useful to his storytelling, but I sometimes found it a distraction from the importance of what he was saying.  He was certainly using this tool at times to ridicule the establishment/rich/powerful/etc, but sometimes it just weakened his statements, not allowing his arguments to have their full weight.

His comedic approach is at times poignant, ludicrous the rest of the time – for example standing outside one of the big banks with a pillowcase marked with a dollar sign telling the security guards he came to get America’s money back.  I suppose that’s what makes Michael Moore Michale Moore.  But what he does a great job of is cutting through the spin and speaking to the everyday people who were most profoundly affected by the GFC, this was Capitalism: A Love Story at its most compelling.

3. You would enjoy this film if…

You pretty much need to be a Michael Moore fan or quasi-fan.  In many ways, his persuasive techniques are designed to be preaching to the choir.  It seems unlikely this would convince an  non-believer.

4. This film made me think…

That I’d like to explore this subject more.

5. Stars out of five?

3

Fast Five Review: Tony Robinson’s Time Walks Series 1 (2012)

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Reviewer – Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

Yes. It took a couple of episodes to really get into the swing of things, but it was really quirky and entertaining.

2. Why/Why not?

I have some memories of watching Tales from Fat Tulip’s Garden as a kid, and Tony Robinson uses the same manic style of narration here while exploring of some of Australia’s cities, suburbs and towns. Passers-by get dragged into the picture, helping to tell the stories of what happened there in the past. At one point Robinson even ends up in a private home re-enacting a Victorian-era domestic dispute. He revels in the violent and salacious tales of early white settlement, and dredges up some more recent history as well, especially in Brisbane where he paints a colourful picture of the WWII years. Somehow even in Sydney and Melbourne he manages to mostly stay off the beaten track, revealing bizarre facts, dirty secrets and eccentric characters that even the locals might not know about.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You’re the kind of person who enjoys wandering the city on foot and peeking down all the side streets and laneways you can find.

4. “This series made me think…”

How much I’d love to visit Hobart again and explore it some more.

5. Stars out of five?

4.