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What's It About? J.J. Abrams' second "Star Trek" installment follows the Enterprise crew when they're called back home and find an unstoppable force of terror within their own organization. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads the Enterprise against a one man weapon of mass destruction. Why We're In: This sequel is exhilarating from start to finish with tons of spectacle and a solid narrative. Abarams' film perfectly mixes classic references that will excite any "Star Trek" fan, but won't make newbies feel left out. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
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Documentary distributor Dogwoof are busy gearing up for the home entertainment release of Jeff Orlowski's multi-award winning, breathtaking Chasing Ice. The film gained huge critical acclaim on its cinematic release, helping to convert even the most hardened climate change sceptics, and now it comes to DVD and on Blu-ray on 10 June so its amazing imagery can be seen in all its HD glory. To celebrate this release, we have Three Blu-ray copies of Chasing Ice to give away, courtesy of hardworking guys and girls at Dogwoof. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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★★★★☆ James Balog is a photographer whose work has always revolved around the relationship between humanity and nature. After working on imagery that explored humanity's interaction with endangered animals, he went in search of providing a visual interpretation of the challenges facing the world with regards to climate change. This he did be finding a hook - an 'in' - and that was ice. Jeff Orlowski's award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice (2012), follows Balog's enormous undertaking as he aims to let his images do the talking in examining the effects of global warming and convincing remaining sceptics.
Much like his subject, Orlowski also allows his footage to do most of the talking as he traces Balog's tireless endeavour. In 2007, the photographer founded the Extreme Ice Survey (Eis) after the shock caused by the pace of receding glaciers he saw. The project was set up to record this using time-lapse photography and results are little short of harrowing. »
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Curious to know which movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Film Avail Now Chasing Ice (2012) – Documentary Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Avail 6/1 Art of Conflict (2012) – Documentary – Netflix Exclusive The murals of Northern Ireland are an expression of the region's violent troubles. Art of Conflict examines these murals through their painters and the people...
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From TakePart's Jon Bowermaster:
Eco-activist Craig Rosebraugh is the first to admit he took “a sizable gamble” by titling his first film so provocatively—Greedy Lying Bastards.
The hard-hitting documentary is a sophisticated, four-years-in-the-making look at the deviousness of climate change deniers using archival footage and new interviews. It was intended to be “a bit more in your face” than most docs, Rosebraugh admits.
Now showing across the country in more than 30 cities, it appears that despite the provocative title, audiences are ready for climate change films at cineplexes. (See also James Balog’s Chasing Ice, which continues to screen across the country thanks to phenomenal footage of glaciers in retreat and great word of mouth.)
Both filmmaker and his eco-audience have been encouraged by mainstream reviews. “A single-minded attack … may just be the feel-good documentary of the year,” wrote the New York Times. “Sober—and sobering,” according to the Washington Post. »
- Nick Visser
Composer J. Ralph admits to being awe-struck when Jeff Orlowski screened his documentary “Chasing Ice." “It was the most astounding, arresting, heartbreaking footage I’d ever seen. They had created the definitive proof of the robbery of the glaciers, and how it’s being completely destroyed at such an alarming rate. It’s the first ever visual proof of climate change.” Using time-lapse cameras, National Geographic’s James Balog captured this eye-opening look at the melting of our planet’s glaciers. So moved was Ralph by the film that he composed the score and wrote “Before My Time,” which is nominated for Best Song at the Oscars. (Take a look at the music video at the bottom of this post.) -Insertgroups:12- This marks only the third time that a song written for a documentary has contended for an Academy Award. In 1963, composers Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero and l. »
Scarlett Johansson didn't receive an Oscar nomination on Thursday morning, but the actress could be a part of the 85th annual Academy Awards anyway. Johansson sings the Oscar-nominated song "Before My Time" from the documentary "Chasing Ice." The music and lyrics are by J. Ralph, who gets credit for the Oscar nomination.
"Chasing Ice" was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but it was left off that list. It did make the cut for Best Original Song, however, joining "Everybody Needs a Friend" from "Ted," "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi," "Skyfall" from "Skyfall" and "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables."
"Before My Time" is a mournful track that ran over the credits for "Chasing Ice." According to IMDb, the film follows "National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. »
- Christopher Rosen
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