Films on Nature

Earth: Power of the Planet

Documentary 2007 NR 1 Season Five episodes, each 59 min.  Hosted by geologist Iain Stewart, this documentary series explores how volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice have shaped Earth.  Geologist Iain Stewart travels around the world to examine the dramatic forces that shape Earth, from raging volcanoes to spectacular storms.  A global picture of why our earth will survive in spite of us.  We cannot destroy this planet, but if we do not care for it better, we may destroy ourselves.  This is a spectacular series – beautiful, informative, and entertaining.  Very instructive with awesome images. Terrific not-to-be-missed series!  Should be obligatory subject-matter of teaching on the curriculum of secondary schools and colleges.  I’d say it’s well worth viewing – and viewing again.  I will be watching all the episodes over and over in order to be able to grasp the wealth of information and to continue admiring the beauty of this unique planet of which we have the privilege to be a part of. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!   I rate it 5+.  Why doesn’t Netflix offer a 12 star rating?  Loved this.  I have loved every single Iain Stewart documentary I’ve managed to find, and this series is one of my favorites. (His Scottish accent could be difficult to understand, but there are subtitles.)
Episodes:
1.  Volcano
2.  Atmosphere.  Iain Stewart rides in a Cold War fighter, gets his eyebrows singed in Siberia and discovers why Argentina is one of the stormiest places on Earth.
3.  Ice
4.  Oceans
5.  Rare Earth, meaning our earth may be rare in the universe.

How to Grow a Planet

Documentary 2012 TV-G, 3 episodes.  This documentary series reveals how plants, and not humans, are the most crucial living thing on Earth, with the power to both sustain and destroy us.  Professor Iain Stewart guides viewers on a journey that details how plants played a crucial role in creating and sustaining animal life on Earth.  See Full Review

What Plants Talk About

Documentary Nature Series 2013 TV-PG 53m.  Scientist J.C. Cahill hosts this lighthearted look at the world of plants and how they live, grow and behave, with some surprises along the way.   Great documentary, scientific and artfully filmed in time-lapse detail, that allowed me to watch how plants actually choose the direction of their own growth depending on their immediate environment, communicate with each other via chemical instant messaging, develop nurturing relationships with their siblings and offspring, combat enemy invasions and change their structure while emitting chemical signals to attract or repel different pollinators (to list a few talking points). This is fascinating stuff I didn’t know before, and the film was made with cutting edge technology and a great deal of personality. This documentary is a must-watch for you if you love plants. Highly recommend.

The Alps From Above:
A Symphony of Summits
(Die Alpen – Unsere Berge von Oben)

Documentary 2015 NR 1hr30m.  Soar over Mount Blanc and the Dolomites in this breathtaking aerial journey that recounts the history and geography of the Alps.  It celebrates the skill of those who have made the Alps their home for centuries. I learned a lot about the alps.  For when you want to relax and be inspired by nature.  I loved this movie. No there is not much narrative but that’s one of the things I liked. I thought the beauty of the landscapes and cinematography spoke for its self. This movie, for me, was truly breathtaking and inspiring.  Beautiful cinematography.  It is gorgeous.  Stunning breathtaking shots.  I’ve just watched it for the 3rd time this week.  Eventually I stopped hearing the running commentary. I was spell-bound by the scenery — so much to experience with the sound OFF — recommendation: some may want to just shut off the sound and enjoy the scenery. This is an outstanding documentary.  This is what the series “Aerial America” only tries to be. Now this is a proper use of aerial photography!

Pururambo

Documentary 2007 NR 55 m. Globe-trotting Slovakian filmmaker Pavol Barabas explores Earth’s biggest tropical island, New Guinea, in this breathtaking tour of a culture wholly unfamiliar with modern civilization and with no previous contact with white people. Along the way, Barabas finds people living high in trees under conditions roughly similar to those of the Stone Age. Pururambo means “good” in a language of New Guinea.

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