Everyone knows that I am a horror movie fan. Classic 80′s slashers are the ones that are a lot of fun for me. Ghost stories and the paranormal, not so much. However, if you can make a really good atmospheric film with a believability about it, then I’ll give it a whirl. The Conjuring is the “true” story of a family who accidentally invites a malevolent spirit into their home and seek the advice of self proclaimed paranormal experts Ed & Lorraine Warren, who are real people who dabble in this sort of stuff. Again, I won’t get into whole “Based on a true story vs. Hollywood” battle, but for a film of this type, it was not bad at all. It was a very unique way to tell a story like this rather than the typical route that these films go. So for that, I rate it a little higher for the simple fact that it tried to do something that hadn’t been done before in this genre. Oh and for any of you that have seen the creepy doll in the trailers in this film, here is the actual one. Not so scary, eh?
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At its core, Blackfish is a documentary about a specific captive Orca or Killer Whale named Tilikum who works for Seaworld in San Diego, CA. Tilikum has been in the news over the past few years being responsible for the death of 3 people in varying locations. The remainder of this documentary tries to get to the why such an intelligent animal would do such a thing to someone when it is well cared for and even loved but their trainers and audiences. I had two major contrasting thoughts about this film as I was watching it. First, there seemed to be a lot of conjecture or “loose” science around why a wild animal would do such a thing. A lot of projection of human feelings and emotions onto these animals is not science. Saying things like “if you were kept in a bathtub your whole life, you’d lash out too!”, although may have some credibility, is a human placing their feelings on an animal that simply does not think, feel or act as humans do. Secondly, I really wish this documentary would have addressed the pure culture of marine entertainment that exists around the world. How did we get into the business of thinking that we could “control” these animals? Similar thoughts are around zoos. Why do we think it is okay to rip animals away from their mothers to be sold into performing for audiences? I realize it isn’t that cut and dry, but I really wish this film would have addressed this. Regardless, this was a pretty thought provoking documentary. Really made me think about patronizing establishments like this. I think if the opportunity arose to visit one of these places, I would have to decline.
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