Film Reflection: Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown by BBC Earth

One of BBC Earth's TV miniseries, Africa features the staples of intensive camera work and David Attenborough. The six-episode series released in 2013 travels between the Kalahari Desert, eastern savanna, Congo rainforest, southern Cape, Sahara, and a thematic episode focused on conservation and Africa's future. Africa is full of jungle and safari stereotypes, but this … Continue reading Film Reflection: Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown by BBC Earth

Film Reflection: Life on Location by BBC Earth

“How do they film that?” I always ask. “How do they coordinate? What are they not showing me?” That is how I watch natural history documentaries in between the “ah! That's so cool!” and “hmm, interesting. I should look that up.” Then one day on Netflix I saw BBC Earth's 2009 Life: On Location, where … Continue reading Film Reflection: Life on Location by BBC Earth

Film Reflection: Wildest Middle East by Animal Planet

After reading What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis and watching Rory Stewart's The Great Game (incredible dual documentaries on imperialism and Afghan independence) on Netflix (the first is also on YouTube), I continued the theme and watched an installment on one of my favorite natural history … Continue reading Film Reflection: Wildest Middle East by Animal Planet

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Adrenaline and Hypothermia: Fact versus Hollywood Fiction

Adrenaline. This is the magical solution for many a questionably-survivable scenario in a movie or video game. As a biology nerd and exploration history buff I feel like shouting to the world, “That’s not how adrenaline works!” More recently I’ve watched a YouTube playthrough of Until Dawn, which is a survival horror game set in … Continue reading Adrenaline and Hypothermia: Fact versus Hollywood Fiction

Film Reflection: Mile…Mile & a Half by The Muir Project

It was not a hard decision to ditch the cable and get my audiovisual entertainment exclusively from the internet. I was always at odds with the TV because no matter the provider, no matter the channel, I rarely found what I wanted to watch. Sometimes The History Channel would have something other than Christian and … Continue reading Film Reflection: Mile…Mile & a Half by The Muir Project