|Reality Films documentary overview – Part 2|
|Written by Esa Linna|
|Saturday, 12 February 2011 21:15|
Birds of Norfolk
Birds of Norfolk isn't the stuff Reality Films is best known of. The nature documentary film doesn't go into realms of paranormal or conspiracies. In fact, you could see it on sunday afternoons or in the school biology class. Birds of Norfolk shows the beauty of Great Britain's Norfolk, which is claimed as best area for birdwatching in the country.
I guess the non-dramatic approach won't have much of an affect to your average Animal Planet viewer, but I can't find the reason why the bird watchers shouldn't check this documentary out. Beautiful shots of various birds, suitable narrator and pleasant background music makes this one a winner in it's own league.
The Murder of Mary Magdalene: Genocide of the Holy Bloodline
Da Vinci Code -inspired documentary goes into details of Mary Magdalene and her connections to catholic church. Unfortunately, the whole film is nothing but a confusing, uninspired mess that doesn't have a lot of plausible ideas to share. Of course the filmmakers find clues in Lincoln, Great Britain but it's all presented in a way that one couldn't care less. Except for Da Vinci Code and Dan Brown fanatics. There are some great shots of Lincoln's landscapes, that save a lot. It's not a reason to watch this documentary, though. Still, you can learn stuff from the film: if you find a text "fricabon" from church roof, it means "freak upon" and refers to dog on a plate that's featured in last supper painting. Wow.
Reality Films' regular O.H. Krill's The Occult takes an in-depth look at the occultism in this documentary. The Occult: Truth Behind the Word (directed by James Earnshaw) gives a pretty good look at the history of occultism, by concentrating for instance on American Indian beliefs, hallusigonecic plants, L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley. Most of the enthusiasists will find this interesting, but others are struggling to see the point behind the endless narration and gratuitous CG animation. It all feels that the filmmakers didn't have enough film material to use with Krill's dialogue.