‘Our Planet’, a breathtaking nature show

Co-financed by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), one of the most powerful environmental NGOs, and the production companies Silverback Films and Netflix, the project benefited from significant resources. In fact, it is the largest documentary series produced to date, with more than 600 film crew members, 50 countries covered, a budget of several tens of millions of dollars and years of filming, thus outperforming all BBC productions. Even new technologies have been used to obtain unique plans such as vehicle-mounted cameras, motion-detecting cameras and 4K drones. 

The series consists of 8 episodes, the first of which is an introduction. Each episode explores in turn the forest, deep waters, frozen worlds and jungles without stunning the viewer with figures or apocalyptic sentences about the extinction of species as other documentaries have done before. However, the distress of the situation is realized through the breathtaking shots such as the one at the end of the first episode when, set to calming classical strings, kilometer long icebergs implode off the shores of Greenland. «What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth», says the narrator. And that is the main purpose of this production; to make the audience aware of the alarming reality that awaits us.

In addition, naturalist David Attenborough has lent his voice to the English version and brings a very appreciable scientific touch to it. He explains very clearly how nature perfectly regulates itself, how elephants pass on their knowledge from generation to generation or even describes surrealist bridal parades of exotic birds. But more importantly, he reminds us why human’s action is destroying this incredibly rich and therefore precious world of ours, and why we all need to act quickly to delay the disaster.

The show is available since the beginning of April only on Netflix. Whether you are passionate about nature, storytelling or beautiful images, this series will not disappoint you. And the message it carries is crucial for our time.

« Love, Death & Robots » une anthologie qui décoiffe

Do you like short films, sci-fi/horror/comedy and beautiful visuals? Then you might want to check out on the new Love, Death & Robots.

This brand new TV series aired out on March 15, 2019 on Netflix executive produced by David Fincher (Alien 3, House of Cards, Fight Club, Mind Hunter) and Tim Miller (Deadpool, Mass Effect 2). There are 18 episodes of 6 to 17 minutes covering NSFW adult topics (racism, war, free will…), each independant from the others and produced by different animators and filmmakers from around the globe. They are inspired from the movie Heavy Metal (1981) except two from original ideas.

In the trailer you get a glimpse of all 18 episodes. I personnally love good animation and the trailer immediately made me want to watch it and I absolutely don’t regret it: each episode has a radically different art style and it is gorgeous! « The witness » with its mix of bright colors, 2D and 3D and « Good hunting » with its amazing action and detailed streampunk cyborgs are probably my favorite regarding the aesthetics. There are plenty of details, rich textures and ingenious design ideas. And not to forget, the music and sound ambiance are a delight to the ear.

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« The Witness », image from IMDb

Even though a couple stories probably lack originality the vast majority of them are refreshing, interesting, funny and/or moving. Their only link is that they all evolve kind of around « love », « death » or « robots » (as the title suggests) and this leads to interesting topics. There’s this guy who doesn’t want to leave his home (a dump), a girl who’d mother has been killed because of rumors, mankind’s absurdities and failings, the meaning of life and so much more. At the end of an episode you’ll probably feel like you would want to spend a little more time in its world. The characters too are great, they are described spot-on in a press release as « Sentient Dairy Products, Rogue Werewolf Soldiers, Robots Gone Wild, Sexy Cyborgs, Alien Spiders And Blood-thirsty Demons From Hell ».

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« Good hunting », image from IMDb

The series looked very « real » to me. One example of this is that some characters sometimes are shown fully naked, with no mysterious light beam or plant hiding their genitals. I don’t know about you but when I see this kind of trick in movies this reminds me that I am watching something, I’m not « in » anymore. Bodies are just bodies and it is nice to see that it is not a shame to see a tit or a butt. But to be fair, it is true that female characters are way more often exposed, sometimes in an unnecessary way.

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« When the Yogurt Took Over », image from Imdb

Love, Death & Robots really hooked me up, both thanks to the art and the stories, I would give it a 4.5 out or 5. I hope that there will be a second season or more series of shorts like this one! Before you leave, if you already binged th 3+ hours series and liked it, you will maybe also like « Last Man », « Final Space », « Devilman Crybaby » and « Black Mirror », all available on Netflix. Check out also Les Gobelins school’s YouTube channel for even more shorts! 😉

Review: Derry Girls

Derry Girls is a miniseries directed by Lisa McGee that is constituted of six 25-minute long episodes.
It deals with the lives of a group of teenagers in a 1990s conflicted Northern Ireland.

The show is not only brilliant and entertaining, it also reminds you of Northern Ireland’s history. Having the ripples of the Troubles impact on the lives of European teenagers and seeing the adjustments needed to handle the tension is quite striking, especially if one forgot that it happened not so long ago.

Apart from that, the show casts real Irish actors and you get to appreciate proper Irish accents. You may learn new idioms as well, some you would never hear in a Hollywood movie, such as the renowned « Catch yerself one! » and the overused adjective « wee ».

It may be a short series but don’t hesitate to check it out, it is really worth it and currently available on Netflix France!

By Fabiola Boko