The Alpinist

The Alpinist

The Alpinist introduces us to Marc-André Leclerc, a goofy young man in his 20s who seemingly came out of nowhere to wow the climbing world with his solo ascents of some of the Americas’ most challenging peaks. The filmmakers want to pin the guy down for a straightforward documentary, but Leclerc isn’t a man who …

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Land (2021)

Land (2021)

While visiting friends in the rural area around Missoula, Montana, I heard about what the locals termed “mountain bachelors”. These were guys who purposely had fallen off the grid, often due to trauma (like Vietnam vets, for instance), living up in a remote cabin away from society. They’d emerge every now and then to check …

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NATURE: Owl Power

Though the theme of this NATURE special—owls and their “superpowers”—sounds a little cheesy at the start, by the end of this informative hour, you’ll be convinced that owls are a special sort of bird-kingdom badass. For instance, you knew that owls can pretty much turn their heads all the way around (specifically, an amazing 270 …

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Wild Pacific

The BBC continues its great nature series BBC Earth that was spawned by the monstrous success of the excellent Planet Earth. This time around, they zoom in their focus a bit with Wild Pacific. Living on the Pacific myself, I expected an all expansive Asia to North America to South America to Australia covers, but …

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Told in flashbacks and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Wild tells the true story of Strayed’s 1995 solo trek along 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. An inexperienced hiker whose life is in a drug-fuelled spiral after the death of her beloved mother (Laura Dern) and subsequent divorce from her husband (The …

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