A Plastic Ocean.

Watched on a CX flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. June 2017.

So. I met Craig Leeson because he’s a filmmaker in Hong Kong, and he’s a friend of a friend. I had no idea that he is a journalist, and I had no idea that he was making this film. It’s incredible, and tragic, and so shameful.

The film begins by juxtaposing a beautiful baby pygmy whale with the disgusting pollution in the ocean… The excitement of finally spotting a whale, and then the awfulness of the water all around it. Just terrible.

So the story goes all around the world, following both Leeson and free diver, Tanya Streeter, as they find the plastic story from history and origin to where the plastic is ending up – in the oceans, collected on the ocean floor, floating in the waves, caught in coral. The picture is terrible.

And compounded with this horror, was the fact that I was eating the plane meal, with plastic cutlery, drinking Sprite in a plastic cup. And then we got to the segment in the film where Leeson approaches a number of restaurants and cafes, to get food to go, but asks staff not to put the food or drink in plastic. The difficulty this presents is almost astonishing – except it’s not that astonishing at all. Thinking about my own life and the places I get take out from – sushi in plastic boxes, chicken rice in a styrofoam box, iced tea in a plastic cup… with a plastic straw… and a plastic long spoon….

A Plastic Ocean is a huge wake up call. Though I’m pretty sad to say that I have friends who will watch it and still think it has nothing to do with them. Sigh. It really is a fucking fantastic film. Absolutely loved it.

 

The 24 Hour War.

Watched on a CX flight to Beijing. June 2017.

Phwoar! First of all, the 24 hour races are just crazy. Secondly, I did not know how big a part Ford played in them!!!

The story is incredible. Watching the history of the companies and how they grew, hearing the drivers and the crew talk about the races and how the cars evolved, the history behind the rivalry between Enzo Ferrari’s company and Henry Ford’s company… so compelling, so intense, and so damn dangerous…

Loved it :D

Sports Doping – Winning At Any Cost?

Watched on a CX flight from TPE to HKG. June 2016.

Okay. Since it’s June now, there have been new additions to the documentary section of the Cathay Pacific entertainment system… and there are so many things I want to watch, but on a one hour flight, there are only so many things I can watch without pulling my hair out. Some, for example, like A Plastic Ocean and The 24 Hour War, both of which are almost two hours long, are an utter no no, as I won’t be able to get to the ending of the film. Luckily, the person curating this section has the good sense to include some shorter TV documentaries, like the one I ended up watching, which was an engrossing 52 minutes long.

Sports Doping – Winning at Any Cost? follows Dr Xand van Tulleken as he talks to athletes, doctors and scientists around the world, while investigating the use of anabolic steroids, which has become increasingly widespread within the general public. It’s an eye-opening piece not only on the psyche of athletes who want to be the best no matter what the cost, but also on the psyche of all humans, including those who “just” want to look good. It cautions strongly against the use of drugs, interviewing former athletes who used steroids regularly and now have lost use of kidneys, have shown cognitive impairment, etc.

An really insightful, well-researched film. Good stuff.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

So… I’ve never really been a fan of Matthew McConnaughey… So I never watched this film back when it came out. But thanks to Netflix, we get to watch the oldies sometimes.

As far as romcoms go, this one is pretty predictable. I mean, it’s funny, the premise is interesting enough (magazine writer forced to come up with a sellable story, so she writes about how to be the worst type of girlfriend ever). Except there is a twist (of course), in that the guy she has chosen to suffer through her being the worst ever girlfriend, has a bet going that he can stay in a relationship….

So yeah. Interesting enough premise, but as any romcom watcher can tell you, the story pans out exactly how you think the story will pan out.

Okay. Gotta go find some better romcoms to watch….

The Blind Side.

What a movie! What a story! Love this!!

And Tim McGraw is HAWT! (Or he was when the film came out… back in the day… hahaha).

Apparently, this film is based on a book, which I now think I have to read. But basically, everyone knows the film because Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for it… And it’s a great film, so touching, and hugely inspiring – the story of Michael Oher and how he came to live with a very well to do Caucasian family, and how he changed their lives, and they changed his.

Love it <3

The Transporter Refueled.

Okay. I mean. Sigh. Okay.

There’s a part of me that just wants to wring Hollywood’s neck. There’s a part of me that wants to smack all those damn studio heads and ask why the HELL are we being put through sequels and reboots and just non-original shit all the time these past few years. I mean seriously.

The story is ridiculous. It’s worse than the three Jason Statham ones. Sigh. The lead guy is… I don’t know. I wish he didn’t have to portray Frank Martin, which is the same character that Statham played. Why couldn’t he have been a different character? He nailed the tone of voice… but then it was weird because it sounded kinda like Statham but it wasn’t Statham. Sigh. Anyway.

The action however, is fantastic. In the originals, Cory Yuen choreographed excellent excellent scenes for Jason Statham, and this was very different, which was great because I could enjoy it without feeling like something was missing.

Anyway. I watched it. I finished it. I liked the action. That’s about it…. yup.

What Happens in Vegas.

So…. I was binge watching Designated Survivor and it got too intense… so I looked around on Netflix for something not intense, and landed on this… And while it’s the same old formula, some of it is still pretty funny. And strangely enough, I prefer it to Ashton Kutcher’s other well-known rom-com, No Strings Attached. Well. At least the ending to this one is slightly better. The ending dialogue between Kutcher and Natalie Portman was awful enough to ruin the film for me.

(Yes I am a rom-com junkie. I am also an action film junkie. I’m less defensive about the action films though… Usually… Haha.)

Anyway suffice to say, What Happens in Vegas did the job of destressing the DS situation (although now that I’m thinking about it, I’m quite concerned that Maggie Q has just gotten her friend and colleague, Chuck, into a helluva lot of trouble) so now I can take a deep breath and pretend all is fine in a world where the Capitol Building was blown up on the night of the State of the Union.

Right. Time for bed then :)