Monthly Archives: January 2006

Newsvine

Was happy to get a mail this morning for the new newssite Newsvine. It looks really good so far, my news can be found at schoneveld.newsvine.com. I could write a review but there is already an excellent one at The Solutionwatch blog. Also got 20 invites to give away so in case you’re interested drop me an email and i’ll set you up. Email address is in my About page or you can leave a comment here.

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener
Saw this movie this weekend and thought it was very impressive. It’s about a diplomat (Justin Quayle played by Ralph Fiennes), who, right before he leaves on a business trip to Africa meets Tessa, an activist and they start a romance that soon leads to a marriage, because Tessa wants to join Justin on his trip to Africa. The movie starts rather dramatically when Justin receives the news that Tessa might have been killed by local bandits. The first 45mins or so of the movie are all flashbacks and there are more of them in the rest of the movie. A plot then unwraps that her killing might have been more than just a coincidence. I wont go into that for the people that didnt see it yet.
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The Grizzly Man

Lord I do not want to be hurt by a bear

Grizzly Man
No this site is not turning into animal planet. It’s just coincidence I watched two animal related movies this week :). The Grizly Man is a documentary on Timoty Treadwell. For 13 years Treadwell lived amongst the Grizzly bears in Alaska during the summer. The movie is a collection of Treadwell’s own footage he shot during the last few years of his life and interviews by the director of the movie Warner Herzog.

In the fall of 2003 Treadwell and his girlfriend were killed by a bear, which made the news all over the world at the time. Overall the documentary is well done, you see TT talking with the bears (he even gave them names) and the interviews with people he knew are nice and informative, though some are a bit too emotional for my taste. This documentary isnt perfect but it’s very enjoyable nevertheless. I love the endearing moments, like chasing his pet fox who stole his cap or the one where he talks to Chocolate, one of his favorite bears.

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