In bustling human world, various of goblins live peacefully with mankind. Luo Xiao-Hei, the cat demon, begins his journey of wandering because his forest home is destroyed. With sympathetic... See full summary »
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Jean François Heckel,
The world's greatest blue sapphire, the "blue lapis fist", said to have sunk in a pirate ship in the late 19th century, on the coasts of Singapore. A local millionaire plots to retrieve it,... See full summary »
The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, won 7 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program. See more »
Alex's brain scan in the film is referred to as an "MRI." This imaging modality is commonly used on athletes who need to have the extent of tissue damage visualized by a radiologist. Alex was studied with "fMRI" or functional MRI, which follows localized blood flow in the range of seconds which increases with increased neural activity. The interpretation presented in the film suggests Alex had a decreased response to fearful stimuli (pictures of sinking ships, knives, etc.) since there doesn't appear to be increased activity in the amygdala as compared to other subjects considered to be "normal." See more »
My friends are like, Oh, that'd be terrible, but if I kill myself in an accident, they'll be like, Oh, that was too bad, but like life goes on, you know, like they'll be fine. I mean, and I've had this problem with girls a lot, you know. They're like, Oh, I really care about you, I'm like, No you don't. Like if I perish, like, it doesn't matter, like you'll find somebody else, like, that's not, that's not that big a deal.
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Hyde & Pine
Written by Aaron Mort, Avi Vinocur, Shannon Koehler, Spence Koehler
Performed by The Stone Foxes
Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI), Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
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Like others reviewers mention, they could have reduced the time spent on Alex's relationship with his girlfriend. I didn't mind her, but I was just not into that aspect of the story.
Alex's notes were fascinating. Using that as a base, I wish they would have expanded on the terminology and techniques behind rock climbing. I am a layman and I was interested in the little bit that they showed in the film.
I also thought the final climb was a bit too short. I understand that they didn't want to smother Alex with cameras while doing a precarious climb. Nevertheless, I think they could have shown some of the easier parts of the climb to give a sense of the time and endurance required.
In any case, I found Free Solo to be interesting and recommend the documentary.
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