Of Molecular Turtles and Other Oddities

Friday, April 20, 2007

Step Away From The Animals

What a great response from all you folks in bloggy land. I have to thank you all for your support against the axis of stupidity. I promise you that we will win the war against idiocy and stupidity; as a matter of fact I’m doubling the amount of troops in this war at this very moment.

There were two things that I think I would like to talk about this week one is the goose terrorizing my company and the second is Shark Water. Since I don’t want to make this too long I’ll stick with shark water. Please avert your eyes and get a family member, neighborhood child, or trained pet with opposable thumbs to scroll down to the next section if you don’t want me to spoil the movie for you. Let me preface this by telling everyone that I love animals, particularly conserving them. I was in fact going to do my masters in salmon conservation or primate conservation but biotech pulled me away.

Now the brief story is this guy (Rob Stewart) has an unnatural some might say unholy obsession with sharks. In fact one of the opening scenes in the movie happens to be him underwater with a shark projecting out from his crotch and knee while he strokes it. Now I can understand the obsession and I understand why he presented things but it seemed to be filled with hype and not substance. At one point the movie shows he has a “brush with the ravages of “fleshing-eating disease”, I think he’s in Colombia. He keeps saying that there is this little red line creeping up his leg and such. I was hoping to see this little red line but it did not make an appearance, he also was having a jolly time in the hospital (I always thought flesh eating disease caused the limb to become swollen and red but help me out here S). Now let’s for a moment assume this was the case, the first thing I would do is get treated, probably hop on a plain for a developed country. But no our hero, decides he needs to stay because he loves sharks and if he leaves it might endanger his mission and he would rather lose his leg. Now how about we save the leg and come back to save sharks Rob! (His leg remains attached due to both him willing the disease away. I think it probably had more to do with the antibiotics myself)

My other point of irritation with this movie is the portrayal and information presented on sharks. He keeps saying sharks are perfect and that they have not changed at all in their existence. Both of these statements is wrong, different shark species have come and gone it’s their body structure that has remained unchanged. He also seems to have the assumption that sharks are his buddies and that they won’t hurt him because he’s lowered his heart rate showing he’s not scared. It’s really sad but this guy reminds me of “Grizzly Man”. This poor gentleman thought the bears were his frienda. He says they won’t hurt him and that if anyone else did this they would die in a documentary I recently watched. In the background of the shot is an arrow pointing to the spot that shows where a grizzly killed them. There are also factual inconsistencies that irritated me but I’ll stop to keep it brief.

Now for the interactive section of our show! If you’ve seen the movie tell me what you think and why. If you haven’t seen the movie are there any out there these days, fill me in. Lastly, what movies are you looking forward to? Myself there’s a documentary festival here in Toronto that I plan to attend and the movie I’m ashamed of looking forward to is Spiderman 3. Really who doesn’t think Spiderman is great!


At 11:38 PM, Blogger Shionge said...

I do love sharks but not the way this guy projecting the idea that they are harmless though.

Thank you for sharing this MT and yes, me looking forward to Spidey 3 for sure :D

have a wonderful weekend.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger sAssY brOwn said...

Have you seen Open Water? I loved that myself, although I know others didn't. Spidey 3 looks awesome!
The one you just saw can't compare to the awesomeness that was Spring Break Shark Attack on tv a few weeks ago.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

mhh doubt I would go see it since I met one in person of the coast of Kenya and that was all the shark I am willing to take for the rest of my life. I didn't stick around to find out if he had lunch yet.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Never be ashamed of Spiderman WT! I haven't seen the sharks or bears movie but I did just see Notes On A Scandal, quite excellent. And Curse of the Golden Flower which was visually great but not as much 'kung fu fighting' as I expected.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Library Mama said...

I'm glad I read your take on this movie, Turtle. I hadn't intended to see it and I still won't.

I know the rest of my family is looking forward to Spiderman 3, but me, not so much.

I'm looking forward to The Nanny Diaries.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger BerryBird said...

It's funny you mentioned Grizzly Man, because I have never seen the shark movie, but as I read your description, that's what popped into my head. It's scary what people can convince themselves to believe.

We're looking forward to Spidey 3, too. It will be our first foray into the cineplex since Borat. Banish the shame!

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Demara From Yokoso~ said...

Spiderman? Yup I love it...I want to see that...tonight we went to see "Meet The Robinson's" it was Great I thought...my husband and I laughed aloud at a few parts...I also heard "Amazing Grace" is suppose to be good...that's all I can think of right now...I know there were more just can't think of them. But I'm not sure the Shark one is even here yet...I haven't heard of it yet actually...hmmm...or maybe I have I don't think so though...so thanks for the bit of a preview...I don't think I'll want to even watch it though to be honest. Even though my ringtone being a Rod Stewart song I don't think I'd be interested. But Thanks for the pre-preview...haha!!!

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Yokoso said...

DID YOU HEAR WHAT HAPPENED...the night that we went to that movie Saturday night???

It was in the news...
my brother beat and stabbed my MOM...that night. The night we were at: "Meet The Robinsons"...while I sat there munching on cotton candy my Mom was being beaten to death??? Crazy hey?

Aw man!

Crazy times...it is...hey? But you know she is recovering...people are praying and God is powerful...my mom was on life support and yesterday afternoon...3 days in hospital and she's home!!! HORRAY!

*Pictures are in our e-photo album

Check ya l8er MT,

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Tumuli said...

I am the only one not on the bandwagon?!

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Nikki P. said...

What the f.
Demara/yokoso, is everything okay? That's madness.


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