Animals

Planet Earth

At last, I have watched every episode of Planet Earth, the BBC nature documentary that aired on the Discovery Channel. Except “nature documentary” doesn’t even begin to describe it, because as the extremely ambitious title implies, this is our world as you’ve never seen it before. It says that in the opening credits, but it’s …

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The Hunter

After watching The Hunter, my movie buddy and I discussed, marveled rather, that such a movie got made at all. On the surface, The Hunter has a Hollywood-y plot device. Willem Dafoe is a lone gun for hire, contracted by a mysterious global agency to kill perhaps the last of a rare species of animal …

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Earth (2007)

Narrated by James Earl Jones (taking over for Patrick Stewart) and blessed with breathtaking cinematography, the film aims to teach audiences – in as subtle as a way as possible – about the issue of climate change, framing it within the stories and plights of some of the world’s animal inhabitants. Criss-crossing the globe, and …

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Life of Pi

Told in flashbacks, the film follows the journey, both literal and figurative, of its titular character (Suraj Sharma), whose life in India is upended when his father (Adil Hussain) announces he’s moving the family – and a menagerie of zoo animals – across the ocean to Canada. But, no sooner does the freighter leave port …

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The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer opens with a scene of cheerful tranquility as Grace and Judith (Scarlett Johannsen and Kate Bosworth) lead their horses out for a snowy morning ride. It is a perfect portrait of youth, health, and friendship, until a horrific accident kills Judith and leaves Grace with an amputated leg and a badly injured …

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Planet Dinosaur

In this BBC series, we meet such critters as Spinosaurus, the largest dinosaur predator ever to have walked the Earth. With his spiny back and strong jaws, Spinosaurus was 17 long meters (bigger than T. Rex!). Spiniosaurus dips his crocodile-like snout into a river and grabs an unsuspecting swordfish, which would be a scary beastie …

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Air Bud

I’ve been mocked wholeheartedly for enjoying (despite my initial resistance) Snow Buddies, which is one of the many straight-to-video sequels spawned by this original Disney hit. “Come on!” I want to argue… “No one’s getting hurt! These movies are harmless! Put your rolling eyeballs back in your head, and leave me alone with my sappy …

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