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Virunga (2014)


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Virunga has the 2nd-best rating of any 2014 film on Metacritic.

 

And it's streaming on Netflix in the U.S.

 

Well, there go my plans for the afternoon.

P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

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This is extraordinary, heroic filmmaking.

 

Going to have to seriously consider putting this at the top of my 2014 list. I have that "I want to show this movie to everybody" feeling. 

 

More suspenseful, more inspiring than anything I've seen this year.

P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

Takin' 'er easy for all you sinners at lookingcloser.org. Also abiding at Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Really? I kind of lost interest in this one about 20-30 minutes in. I didn't even finish it. 

 

I guess I gave up too soon. That happens sometimes during the pre-vote screener crush.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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  • 2 weeks later...

Jeffrey's and my enthusiasms don't always mesh, but zowie, I'm 100% in agreement with him on this one.  Had I seen this before January 1st, it would've easily cracked my top 5 for 2014.

 

Christian, I nearly did as you did.  I made it 40 minutes into this film about a week ago and was interested but not wowed.  I'm very glad I returned to it yesterday and started from the beginning.  The last 45 minutes are very moving and whiteknuckle suspenseful.  So much food for thought, too, about vocation, the role of the West in post-colonial Africa, and our commonality with our fellow primates.

 

Here's my review:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/1morefilmblog/virunga-von-einsiedel-2014/

 

For a fiction/nonfiction doozy of a "journalism in developing nations" double feature, I dare y'all to watch this with 1000 Times Good Night.

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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Ah, that's good to hear. I may give it a rewatch. Thanks.

"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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