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I’m fascinated by the contrast between old and new. I like both, although I hate to see the countryside gobbled up by munchkin homes… you know, those faceless carbon copy sub-developments that all look the same. This was taken near Port Hope Ontario. I’d just stopped by a Service Center to have a stretch and liked the old barn off in the distance.
This review also appears at Earthpages.org
Title: Apocalypse 2012: The World After Time Ends
Genre: Conspiracy, Prophecy, End Times
Production Company: Reality Films
Apocalypse 2012: The World After Time Ends is a bit of a mind-bender. Just when you think you can forget about the world’s problems, sit down and have a nice cup of tea, along comes Reality Films with this engaging, sometimes disturbing film.
The premise of Apocalypse 2012 is that the Earth is alive, a living organism. Hippies from the 70s or students from the 80s might remember James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis. Or maybe Lewis Thomas’ The Lives of a Cell. These two scientists have their differences, but both agree that the Earth looks like it’s some kind of self-regulating, living system.
That’s a nifty idea, but Apocalypse 2012 takes it to a whole new level. A panoply of elders, sages and unorthodox thinkers all seem to be saying that the Earth doesn’t just look alive. It is alive—and not just as a simple organism or self-adjusting system.
Many of the film’s speakers believe that Mother Earth is a conscious entity, one that demands payback for terrestrial abuses. So 911, for instance, wasn’t caused by a single group of extremists but, rather, by our collective exploitation of the planet. We’ve been treating the Earth as a money making resource instead of seeing it as a source of life. And this, according to the film, is an unforgivable no-no just asking for planetary retribution where countless people get hurt and die.
Pretty heavy stuff. I started to feel a bit glum after the first hour. So I paused the DVD and went out to do some shopping. (Food shopping that is, and thank God I didn’t drive a SUV or the roads might have cracked before me..!).
Okay, honestly, I struggled a bit with this film. Part of me felt it was naive but another part sensed that it was important. At least, important for me to see at the time.
On the plus side, 2012′s archival footage and editing are amazing. It’s worth watching for that alone. And the soundtrack is effective. Also, its eclectic mix of speakers aren’t identified until after the show is done, which is a great idea. This sort of levels the playing field so we hear what’s being said without prejudging on the basis of credentials or honorary titles. (I hope that’s vague enough to avoid a spoiler!).
On the not so great side, the DVD offers a simplistic view of history that seems to glorify a distant, golden age that most likely never was (unless one takes Adam and Eve and other creation stories literally). The industrial revolution is portrayed as the Big Bogey Man that’s chasing us toward our collective downfall. But what about the Black Death of the Middle Ages, and various other lethal diseases spread by contaminated water in ancient and medieval society? All this happened well before the industrial revolution.
Having said that, can we really deny that the 21st century is dangerously imbalanced, globally speaking? The news media tells us that so-called mental illnesses are on the rise, as are the environmentally polluting drugs manufactured to treat them (most people forget that man-made medications, now matter how nicely they’re presented by pharmaceutical marketing agencies, are constantly being urinated back into the water supply). And as 2012 rightly says, the oil supply will eventually run out. Not even the Canadian oil sands are limitless.
But as to what happens next, I disagree with some of the film’s more gloomy pundits. I’m no gambler but would be willing to bet that God allows us to continue only so far on our haphazard course until we come up with better solutions. Technology isn’t necessarily the problem. We just need to develop better technologies, as many green companies already are (ask Neil Young if you don’t believe me).
I mean, where would we be without electricity? Just think of music. No Chuck Berry and “Johnny B. Goode.” No synthesizers or digital keyboards. No Close to the Edge or Fragile by Yes. Come on. Obviously this blending of art and technology was meant to be. True, those classic 70s albums warn us, as does 2012, to take stock of our situation and make a better world. But I believe God knows what’s going on, and won’t let us slide too far without giving us the necessary light and practical conditions to make that change happen. In the worst case scenario, a lot of people might go insane, murder, die or commit suicide. But the whole human race won’t.
Apocalypse 2012 was probably also meant to be, a DVD that uses all sorts of high tech gadgets and natural resources to get its message across. But just because something is meant to be doesn’t mean that I agree with everything it says. To be fair, though, the second hour affected me more positively than the first. I could feel it working away on my opinions, shaking my proverbial cage, and compelling me to reflect.
And that’s exactly what this film sets out to do.
- Timely Novel Reveals Apocalypse 2012: Bad Weather Portends Global Disaster (prweb.com)
- 2012 Movie Spurns Futurist to Give 10 Practical Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse (prweb.com)
- Zombie Apocalypse 2012: Vodoo and the Magic Zombee Spell (waitingonthenewmoon.wordpress.com)
- Maya scholar uses 11/11/11 predictions to teach critical thinking (scienceblog.com)
- 11/11/11: Anthropologist debunks doomsday myths (eurekalert.org)
- Rapture hype (and humor) resurrected (cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com)
- 2012 According to the Maya (stickingpoints.wordpress.com)
- NASA Denies 2012 Apocalypse (newser.com)
- Review – Secret Societies and Sacred Stones: from Mecca to Megaliths (DVD) (epages.wordpress.com)
- Second Mayan tablet links to 2012 apocalypse (100gf.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Apocalypse Fears Unfounded, NASA Says (livescience.com)
- Mayan Doomsday Prophecy of 2012 apocalypse ‘wrongly translated’ (news.bioscholar.com)
- 2012 Apocalypse Fears Unfounded, NASA Says (space.com)
- Apocalypse 2012 Update: Second Mayan Inscription Uncovered (tammybruce.com)
- NASA rebuts talk of 2012 apocalypse (msnbc.msn.com)
- Agave Apocalypse: 2012 on the Riviera Maya (orbitz.com)
This review also appears at Earthpages.org
Title: Birds Of Norfolk: A Bird Watchers Dream
Genre: Documentary, Nature, Bird Watching
Extras: Photo Gallery
Production Company: Reality Films
I’ve seen a lot of nature films so wasn’t expecting too much while placing The Birds of Norfolk into my DVD player. But this film, well, this one is different. Superb, actually.
The narration is lively and detailed with a fantastic soundtrack ranging from classical standards to tasteful, relaxing pop. Excellent maps illustrate exactly where each chapter is filmed along the breathtaking shores of the North Sea at Norfolk, UK.
But what makes this film stand out is its awesome cinematography. Directed by Robert and Jill Wilson, who also run a photo processing shop in Norwich, the cameras use state of the art telephoto lenses. The close-ups are crisp and clean, with vibrant color and outstanding depth of field.
Bird watchers, ornithologists and anyone loving nature will delight in this production. Not only does it offer sweeping, full color landscape shots of the beautiful beaches, marshes and farmland around Norfolk and the North Sea, but its coverage of indigenous and migrant birds and other wildlife is astounding.
Get ready to see sleepy seals, poisonous snakes, hungry squirrels, and high fliers from all over the world, to include the US, Canada, Africa, Siberia and Japan. Birds clearly know no national boundaries. And a host of enthusiastic bird watchers gather regularly at Norfolk to witness this dazzling diversity of species.
How ironic that I watched this in the midst of the BP Oil Spill. Although I already know that innocent birds soaked in oil is horrendous, this film just brought it all home and yet, thankfully, was something of an ideological antidote to that tragedy. It gave me hope to be reminded that some people really do care.
The Birds of Norfolk celebrates the grandeur and mystique of our natural environment and underscores the importance of not only conserving but actively nurturing the biosphere. We also learn how local ecological initiatives have, in some cases, cleaned up habitats and actually restored endangered bird populations. And that’s a wonderful thing.
This inspiring film depicts the exact opposite of the gloom and doom scenario now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. In a world with many wondering if we’ll make it through the 21st century, The Birds of Norfolk is nothing short of a revelation and certainly a wake up call to protect and appreciate this magnificent creation called Earth.
- Birdbooker Report 136 | GrrlScientist (guardian.co.uk)
- Rare white ravens have bird-watchers flocking to B.C. beach (theprovince.com)
- Rare white ravens have bird-watchers flocking to B.C. beach (globaltvbc.com)
- iPhone Apps for Bird Watchers (brighthub.com)
- Hawks Visit Old Saint Mary Cemetery (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Scientists Call on Bird Watchers to Monitor Nests for Signs of Oil (yubanet.com)
- Travel Blogs – Worldwide (beontheroad.com)
- Bird-watchers, beware of hunt (theolympian.com)
- Will winter birds bring the oil spill to your backyard? (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Breeding again after 18 years: the bird that vanished from Britain’s shores (independent.co.uk)
I hope I’m this cool when I get to be Suzuki’s age…
You know, as a practising Christian I try hard not to judge others.
But there’s always the reality of people who are not sane and really quite bent on evil.
If you think I’m being xtreme, just take a look at this document. It’s a letter of agreement signed by Adolf Hitler and the British PM Neville Chamberlain.
And we know what Hitler did shortly after.
As Bob Dylan put it:
Note: Handwritten portions have been moved toward center to fit into this blogspace.
I was browsing through A Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis and came across an interesting passage that got me thinking…
Jung’s main theoretical contribution to group psychology lies in his claim that it is the influence of insufficiently integrated archetypal tendencies that leads to mass phenomena such as fascism.
And that really is the bottom line.
A great leader weighs all the options and acts with his or her mind connected to the heart. But a tyrant doesn’t give a damn because he or she’s in the grip of some strange power beyond themselves, a power that Jung called an ‘archetypal influence.’
In short, the one is in control, whereas the other is controlled and wants to pass that lack of personal autonomy onto others… sort of like a disease.
Speaking of diseases, I wrote a poem called “The Disease” a long time ago, several years before 9/11. It was this kind of thing that I was alluding to.
Now they’re planning the crime of the century
Well what will it be?
Read all about their schemes and adventuring
It’s well worth a fee
enron the smartest guys in the room – Trailer
I normally don’t get too excited about exposé documentaries. So when I was informed of this flick I figured it would be full of the same kind of cherry-picked propaganda that we find in most conspiracy theory movies.
Well, if it is, it sure does a pretty good job of appearing balanced. I watched the full feature last night and found it fascinating.