Tag: documentaries

“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainier south of my hometown of Seattle.

(NPS Photo)
(NPS Photo)

The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had started out that morning.

Reality: Climbing steep, slushy slopes carrying skis over your shoulder is no easy feat. Long before we attained that nearly two-mile high elevation, fatigue, and discretion (the better part of valor), forced us to give up the climb and schuss back down-slope.

But how does that experience relate to one of the most visually astonishing documentary films that I have ever seen and which could be awarded a coveted gold “Oscar” statuette at the upcoming academy awards.

Plenty, as it turns out.

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“Midway” – Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!

“Midway” – Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!

Beach Trash
(Flickr:Trevy’s Photostream)

Forty-five years ago I spent a year and half on the island of Okinawa on the other side of the Pacific Ocean from where I grew up in Washington State. I was shocked by the amount of trash—particularly items made of plastic—strewn across what should have been pristine beaches.

Little did I know then about what was accumulating in that ocean: A vast dump of garbage, garbage, garbage!

But what does this have to do with movies? Plenty.

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