Saturday, December, 6, 2008

Encounters at the End of the World

Filed under: films, my stuff — mete23 @ 10:47 am

Encounters at the End of the World is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. The scenes of Antarctica were absolutely breathtaking and the scientists who were interviewed came from fascinating walks of life. There were deranged penguins, underground fumarole tunnels, volcanoes, and sci-fi creatures under the frozen ceiling. The scientists were all working towards uncovering the mysteries of the origins of life from single celled tree like organisms to neutrino particles that have yet to be physically tracked down. Besides the scientific progress that the film documented, there was also a spiritual element that the film captured. The scientists were so awe struck by what they were discovering and seeing. It sucks that I am inside a campus bubble when there are amazing things happening and amazing things to see outside of my tiny world.

Werner Herzog directed, wrote, and narrated this film. Reading a letter Roger Ebert wrote to Herzog makes me want to watch more films that Herzog directed. I mean, I will indubitably watch more Herzog films.


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