Thursday, July 31, 2008

Encounters at the End of the World (2008)

It turns out that parts of Antarctica are not quite as pristine as you might think. This seems to come as a surprise to director/narrator Werner Herzog, as if he expected that modern scientists and eccentric wanderers would still be living and working in simple cabins or igloos. Maybe I half expected the same thing, but if we can put a man on the moon then we should be able to put an unattractive science station with a bowling alley and a fitness center on our least hospitable continent. I consider myself a fan of Herzog, and the way he always tells us exactly what's on his mind, or what he thinks about the people he finds at the "end of the world" is at times hilarious. But some of those people are more interesting than others and although most of what's above and below the ice is indeed beautiful, I don't think the ultra-holy a cappella music adds a whole lot that you can't get from the Discovery Channel.

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