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Planet Oil (2015)
Mediocre doco on Oil
The show starts off on the proposition of showing the history of oil including the geological and scientific history behind it too.
And with the host Professor Iain Stewart, being a geologist i expected this.
Unfortunately it felt like a children's education programme.
There was not much in this show that i did not already know from children's encyclopaedias, or expect most people who have some basic history and science knowledge.
First he shows us Shale, which is a rock that is an indicator of oil as it is a precursor to the product, so where you find shale, oil ought be close by.
Unfortunately that was about it, no explanation of where all the living matter came from, and how it came to be concentrated, or how long it takes to form and the theory's.
Then he discussed oil, broke it down to Oil, and Skunk oil. That was it, no explanation of Light crude and heavy crude.
Just pointed to how things are from oil, like Nylon, polyesters, etc.. but not real explanation about them, for me this
Then shows an Oil, well, shows how they stopped it from collapsing in the early days, yet.. no explanation on how it works and some of geological underpinnings of it, not even a graphic.
The political side was a bit ho-hum really. Look at major events, but that was it, did not look at Venezuela, Brazil or Russia who is now the biggest producer of Oil.
Also the conclusion that high oil prices made the UK have a smog alert in 1952 is not true. Coal is for electricity production , hence the smog. UK later changed to Nuclear electricity which would have have a much greater effect than oil, oil does not stop Smog, Catalytic converters do.
The ending was weak, left us hanging with a talk on Global warming. Oil has had probably less impact on global warming than Brown Coal, OK it is still a Fossil fuel, but the show was about OIL.
And finally, no future speculation. No question was put about "and as for the future of Oil?" Electric cars, Solar panels. Hydrogen fuel cells... all these possibly could impact on it.
I can only make one suggestion, skip this doco, unless you know absolutely nothing about oil.
Grand Designs Australia (2010)
I believe Kevin would be happy with this...
I am always wary of TV show Franchise's, Just look at Top gear UK turned into Top Gear Down under, or Kath and Kim Turned in to Kath and Kim USA.
When they decided on a Grand Designs Australia i was a bit worried... Do we build enough interesting homes to fill enough episodes? Who should host?
Essentially these are the only 2 questions one needs to ask.
The first question is fairly easy. Yes. Building seems like a national past time here, New house's, improving and renovating is a cornerstone of our culture i believe, We love our homes, and Surprising there has not been a similar show sooner. So finding the right homes for the show has not been a problem.
Secondly, The Host was chosen Wisely, Peter Maddison lets the pictures and owners tell the story with little interference only guiding it along and putting in his 2 cents only when it matters.
Overall a great show which i think Kevin Mc'cloud would be happy to have his Grand designs UK show associated with it. 10/10
Landscape Man (2010)
Good Show, Less host would be better...
I like this show. I am a landscaper firstly, i have only watched the first 2 episodes and they are quite good with both very different landscapes.
The couples of both these episodes seem to know what they want to achieve, and appear competent enough to do it, maybe not to a fixed timeline or budget you will get from a professional, but they do quite well, and probably for a lot less.
The Host use's a Kevine McLeod of grand designs impersonation to handle the show. Probably the the best way to handle a show like this, as they are very similar, except one is exterior construction/landscaping.
Unfortunately it is what he adds on top of that impersonation.
Attempts to look as though he is part of the project, he constantly is stating The winter mud may.. "Make or Break this landscape" just add the reason to the start of make or break..... this is OK if it is true and you can show on film how it is making or breaking the landscape....otherwise Shut up.
Or when he gets involved is cringe worthy, the plants on the embankment made me laugh....the ground is hard....then he looks over he is then sayin..hrrmm...they seem to be doing OK.....that was not hard ground.
Please just stand back Mathew and let the people handle there own landscape!
And then there's the Convenient "Wow someones donated $10,000 of materials for your job....or here is a $50,000 excavator you can use for 5 months for free!
As much as this might be true....i doubt it.
With the exception of the hosts interferences and nonsensical concerns from the shrubs with the camera in his face like something out of blair witch.....this show is really good.
A show like this though will really deserve and benefit from a Revisited series, A lot more than Grand designs revisited has, as these gardens are going to take a few year to really come together and evaluate properly due to the nature of plants taking time to grow.
And you can see this in a lot of the finished landscapes, Hard surface work is completed and the plants practically still the same they where when they where planted.
I have given it 8 out of 10.
1 off for the host and 1 off for having the episodes drag on so long when they could have been shorter, there is a lot of unnecessary film.
The War of the World (2006)
A history of the Wars of the 20st century
This differs from most War documentary as it try's to look at All the major conflicts as one long conflict of the 20th century.
Does it Work? Not defiantly. but it does well.
It is a 6 part series, the first 3 to 4 episodes i was a bit disappointed in the show to be honest, as nial seemed to just cover the "the same old ground" nothing profound (sill very watchable though)
And nothing more than i had learned or deducted from many WW1 and WW2 Documentary's. (in fact in comparison to Documentary like "The World at War" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071075/ (don't confuse the two)
It was lacking in detail of the WW2 period.
but the real twist in this series comes in the last 2 to 3 episodes.
(the assumption is most people will watch this thinking it is about WW1 and WW2 only...Keep watching)
He links up all the wars of the 20th century to the true main ingredients of what makes any vicious war...RACE and Economy.
And you will find he will reference parts of the early episodes to back up his arguments very well.
I don't fully agree with his causes of WW1 or even WW2 for that matter.
but his overall linking of the wars of the 20th century is excellent. Unfortunately i feel there was not enough time to go through all the details from 1960 to 1985. where i kinda feel the show should have started from the 1950's....and only used WW1 and WW2 as reference rather than dedicate 3 episodes to it...but this would be based on the assumption that anyone watching would already have a good understanding of WW2 and WW1.
As it is such a large encompassing 100years of history it is hard to be perfect, and at the same time accommodate any audience.
Finally it may leave you in a bit of shock towards the end of the series. I wont elaborate as to what it may or may not portend the future to be for Europe or the world for that matter....but it will make you sit up.
Great show, well worthy of any arm chair historians collection.
To Catch a Killer (1992)
Im surprised no one else has commented on this film
IT is a fantastic movie. and based in fact...and incredibly Creepy to think it is on a true story.
Seriously...Brian denehey as John Gacy is brilliant. Seriously worthy of a Oscar....considering Charlize Theron played Aileen in monster and won an Oscar for her portrayal of that serial killer.
(i know it seems Apples and oranges...but i think you know what i mean.)
I've watched both..and Brian deftly deserved some accreditation for it...shame it wasn't released now days wit bigger budget etc..
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
A terrible movie
I have to say this is the worst movie i had ever seen considering the people involved in the movie.
It was Long boring erratic go no where story, and pretty much not funny minus at the beginning when they where setting up the characters in the movie, and that was about the only highlight...and even then I'm only referring to Ben stiller and his 2 sons.
All those actors should take a bath to get clean after that movie.
Im sure people Just vote it high to make them selves believe that such an ensemble could not make a bad movie.....but I'm sorry they have...don't let it cloud your judgment.....and think...ohh it is arty and it has big stars.
No it was Crap...serious Doo Daa considering the Cast.
A great film.
I got to watch this on Midday TV along time ago.
I enjoyed it so much i found the original 1930 Oscar version and enjoyed that a lot too.
Never read the book. but for me it is by far the best War film i have seen.
Either version is great...but i prefer the 1979 version.
If it was not made for TV it would now have had a lot more exposure than the original 1930 version.
I think it would be nice if they re-released this film...prehaps Digitally enhanced and added special effects.
Mainly so as they could attract a new audience, and they could get to experience it as well.
Der Untergang (2004)
Guido Knopps the Bunker
Der Untergang Was a Great Movie.
On another not: For those that ae not familiar with Guido Knopss Documentrys...he tries to provide reenactments and truth from surviors together accurately.
Like the Doco's Hitlers Henchman series..or Hitlers Women was another...and Certain aspects of the war.
Anyway...if you watch the Guido Knopps Documentary on the last days in hitlers bunker...you will see some diffrences.
Whether or not he Truth lies in between is Questionable.
Just thought id mention Guido knopp as a Stalwart of WW2 Geramn history...a genius. I hope to see more from him the future.
Here is a list of his Doco's..the list does not make much sense to me on this site.
But it gives you an idea.
If you have not seen any..go get some!! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0461368/