1. The stunning, BBC documentary series, ‘Thailand: Earth’s Tropical Paradise’ is particularly praiseworthy, because, it positively highlights the exemplary way in which Thais harmoniously co-exit with wildlife and benefit from the symbioses so established, as a consequence of the nation’s Buddhist heritage. As the series vividly illustrates, Thailand’s impressive and enviable record on nature conservation in the last four decades should be an invaluable example to all other nations, besides the lessons we can learn from the humble and compassionate, Thai way of life.

    This video is intended to give a taste of the documentary, as a way of encouraging as many to watch the series on BBC Store:

    bbc.in/2hzUcf4

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    Credits:
    ‘Thailand: Earth’s Tropical Paradise | The Mysterious North’ [Excerpts]
    © BBC Studios | 2016

    ‘Snake Eyes’
    Composed by: Zach Sciacca
    Performed by: Z-Trip
    From the Album: ‘Skate: Original Game Soundtrack’
    (P) EA | 2007
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/skate.-ea-games-soundtrack/id270236158

    # vimeo.com/204145329 Uploaded 41 Plays 0 Comments
  2. Warning: This video contains strong language and sexually suggestive imagery that are suitable only for mature audiences.

    ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ is a surprisingly terrific movie indeed and is one of the finest comedies ever to come from Hollywood. Based on the satirical memoir, ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan’ by the journalist Kim Baker, it is a fascinating and rare insight into the cutthroat world of war correspondence, as observed in real life by an insider, more intriguingly, a liberated woman who finds herself at the deep end in an environment particularly hostile to women. Full of ironic wit and acerbic humour, of the kind that is better appreciated this side of the pond than in the states, perhaps the reason behind the unfavourable critical response there, it is an incessantly hilarious, yet subtly moving, and ultimately uplifting chronicle of life behind the TV camera in war-ravaged, Afghanistan, during the latter stages of the military occupation by the US and her allies. With a scintillating and career-defining performance from Tina Fey, it is a perfectly balanced production, that the directors Glenn Ficarra & John Requa helm with exquisite understatement, restraint, simplicity and precision. The fact that the movie was largely and imperceptibly shot in New Mexico is a testament to the expertise of everyone involved.

    In this featurette, which we post here as a way of encouraging more to see this remarkable film, the cast and crew discuss the making of ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ in some fascinating detail.

    Watch the movie on iTunes:
    itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/whiskey-tango-foxtrot/id1081990650

    Read my full review, ’BrownPolar Verdict’, and purchase or rent the DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon:
    amzn.eu/3TJU8ym

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    Credits;
    ‘All in: The Making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’
    Made by: HCO, Herzog & Company
    © Broadway Video, Little Stranger & Paramount Pictures | 2016

    # vimeo.com/203105919 Uploaded 68 Plays 0 Comments
  3. One of the highlights in the UK, festive TV schedule this year was ‘Wild Tales from the Village’, an ingenious and quite funny documentary from the BBC. Photographed over a year in a rustic village in rural France, it is a quirky chronicle of the interactions between the villagers and wildlife, much of which has rarely been filmed before. The at times uneasy, yet largely amicable rapport the often cheeky, wild animals here have with people is enchanting and fascinating, making the documentary a must see for nature lovers. The narrator, Tcheky Karyo’s seductive, French accent should be alluring enough to keep anyone else amused throughout.

    For UK viewers only, the programme is available to watch free until 24th January on the BBC iPlayer. It should be available internationally for digital download and on disk soon enough:

    bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b086k8db/wild-tales-from-the-village

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    Credits:
    ‘Wild Tales from the Village’ [Excerpts]
    © BBC Natural History Unit | 2016
    bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086k8db

    ‘Enjouée’
    Composed by: Claude Bolling
    Performed by: English Chamber Orchestra & Claude Bolling
    From the Album: ‘Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano’
    (P) Sony Music | 1983
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/bolling-suite-for-chamber/id259224341

    # vimeo.com/197681048 Uploaded 59 Plays 0 Comments
  4. Julio Medem, the renowned, Basque director, is simply unique in his contribution to cinema. His boundless imagination has brought us some of the most rewarding experiences in the history of the industry. From his début, ‘Vacas’ (1992) to the latest, ‘Ma Ma’ (2015), each of his eight features so far is a masterwork in groundbreaking visual and narrative experimentation. His imagery is always stunning in exquisite details of light, shade and hue, a product of intricate set and natural lighting design. Above all, his films are challenging, provocative and ultimately poignant explorations of the realities of life, but with an inimitable sense of ironic wit, that verges on the subversive in some cases.

    In this tribute to one of the most creative directors working today, we have sampled some of the most memorable sequences from Medem’s movies, as a way of promoting his exemplary work to a wider audience.

    Julio Medem’s films are available here:

    On iTunes:
    itunes.apple.com/tj/artist/julio-medem/id420617266

    On Amazon:
    amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_nr_p_lbr_directors_brow_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A283926%2Ck%3Ajulio+medem%2Cp_lbr_directors_browse-bin%3AJulio+Medem&keywords=julio+medem&ie=UTF8&qid=1481374410&rnid=3282138031

    Julio Medem's official profile on Vimeo:
    vimeo.com/juliomedem

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    Credits:
    ‘Vacas’ [Excerpts]
    © Departamento de Cultura del Gobierno Vasco, Idea & ICAA | 1992

    ‘La Ardilla Roja’ [Excerpts]
    © Sociedad General de Televisión | 1993

    ‘Ludovico Einaudi | Night book | Tierra Movie Scenes’
    Olga Vels | YouTube | 2016
    youtube.com/watch?v=yiXax1OWq8g

    ‘Los Amantes del Círculo Polar’ [Excerpts]
    © Canal+, Sociedad & Sociedad General de Televisión | 1998

    ‘Lucía y el Sexo’ [Excerpts]
    © Alicia Produce, Canal+ España & Sogecine | 2001

    ‘Habitación en Roma’ [Excerpts]
    © Morena Films, Alicia Produce & Canal+ España | 2010

    ‘Ma Ma | Trailer’
    Premio José María Forqué | YouTube | 2015
    youtube.com/watch?v=bflL1QG1w0A

    ‘Fin’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Alberto Iglesias
    From the Album: ‘Tierra (Banda Sonora Original)’
    (P) Sogecine | 1996
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/tierra-b.-s.-o./id902994224

    ‘Nocturno Amor’
    ‘Algo Conocido’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Alberto Iglesias
    From the Album: ‘Los Amantes del Círculo Polar (Banda Sonora Original)’
    (P) Sogecine | 1998
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/los-amantes-del-circulo-polar/id902996581

    ‘Encuentro’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Alberto Iglesias
    From the Album: ‘Lucía y el Sexo (Banda Sonora Original)’
    (P) Nuba Records SL | 2001
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/lucia-y-sexo-banda-sonora/id525857837

    ‘Meeting Place’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Jocelyn Pook
    From the Album: ‘Habitación en Roma (Banda Sonora Original)’
    (P) Nuba Records SL | 2010
    itunes.apple.com/es/album/habitacion-en-roma-bso/id686280634

    ‘Por la Puerta Grande’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Alberto Iglesias
    From the Album: ‘Ma Ma (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’
    (P) Quartet Records | 2015
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/ma-ma-original-motion-picture/id1039481029

    ‘La Vaca y la Guerra en el Bosque’ [Excerpt]
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Alberto Iglesias
    From the Album: ‘Vacas (Banda Sonora Original)’
    (P) Sogecine | 1992
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/vacas-banda-sonora-original/id902991381

    # vimeo.com/196840726 Uploaded 118 Plays 0 Comments
  5. The word groundbreaking doesn’t go far enough to describe the impact ’Breaking Bad’ has had not just on TV, but on cinema as a whole. It set a standard by which all subsequent movies in any medium would be judged by critics as well as by the public. As addictive as a Class A drug, the 47-hour long series has captivated, thrilled, shocked, provoked and deeply moved viewers right across the world, making it the most successful TV production ever. Above all, it is a scathingly critical, social commentary about the greed that fuels the consumerist capitalism and the consequent erosion of the value and meaning to human life.

    Entirely made from two, exceptional fan videos for the series, this abstract is our way of celebrating ’Breaking Bad’ and the ingenious team that brought it to life, in particular, the visionary creator, Vince Gilligan.

    For the few who haven’t yet seen this masterpiece of cinema, here is where to watch it:

    On iTunes:
    itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/breaking-bad-complete-collection/id940287472

    On Amazon:
    amzn.eu/0guB3CC

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    Credits:
    ‘Breaking Bad | The Ecstasy of Gold | Tribute Video’
    Narvinek | YouTube | 2013
    youtube.com/watch?v=SlZZFX8lqbg

    ‘Breaking Bad | Walt & Jesse | Time’
    Grable424 | YouTube | 2015
    youtube.com/watch?v=FveFmShXoRE

    ‘Shambala [Instrumental]’
    Composed & Performed by: Beastie Boys
    From the Album: ‘Ill Communication’
    (P) Capitol Records | 1994
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/ill-communication/id724943000

    ‘Baby's Coming’
    ‘Parking Garage Standoff’
    Composed & Orchestrated by: Dave Porter
    From the Album: ‘Breaking Bad [Original Score from the Television Series]’
    (P) Madison Gate Records | 2012
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/breaking-bad-original-score/id553068780

    # vimeo.com/193238897 Uploaded 33 Plays 2 Comments

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