Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Review: What on Earth? by Suzanne Taylor

Documentary film producer Suzanne Taylor, of Mighty Companions, Inc., is part of an international community of scientists, philosophers, geometers, educators, artists and farmers whoa re crop circle experts and enthusiasts.

Their riveting reports and lively discussions were filmed over six summers, affording fascinating "insider's" information and opinions about this radically misunderstood phenomenon, in Taylor’s new film, What on Earth? ... Inside the Crop Circle Mystery, a full length feature film focused on the crop circle phenomenon.

Received from the publicist for review.

First off, I know what you're thinking - "What is a DVD review doing on a book review blog?". Well, I just love stuff like crop circles and when given the opportunity to review this film I simply could not pass up the opportunity!

This was a very interesting film and I learned all sorts of things about crop circles that I never knew before. The photography of the circles themselves was beautifully done. They were simply stunning, with very intricate designs. I have to say that I especially enjoyed the Hello Kitty ad crop circle (made by Team Satan).

I did have some issues with their research materials. They referred to the Bible and Koran as accurate, factual, historical "source texts". Seriously? They have nothing better to draw from for actual evidence? It also seemed as if they were twisting the information to fit their ideas, making crop circles into something mystical and religious.

The people featured believed that there were various conspiracies going on (very Lone Gunmen) blocking the public from knowing that a group of aliens are making the circles. I think they may be reading a bit too much into the circles. Said aliens are also described as peaceful, Zen aliens. It may be overly hopeful to think that if aliens are involved that they're innocuous. While they may not be Daleks, it might be wise to err on the side of caution, which these people do not seem to want to do.

Also, a shot of a 2008 graphic of the relationship between planets had Pluto on it. Poor Pluto. It was good to see him again, if inaccurately represented.

This one gets three stars. I was immediately engrossed in the X-Files quality of it and it held my attention throughout. While it was very well presented, and did cover both sides of the story, it did feel a bit as if they were trying too hard to prove that the crop circles are real and that they're the work of aliens. The photography was brilliant, and the ideas presented certainly thought provoking. UFO enthusiasts will certainly enjoy it thoroughly!

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Anonymous said...

Hi Beth -- Thanks for picking up on my movie.

The girl speaks about major religious texts because they all talk about "the end times," to make the point that it seems we are in those times where we are in trouble, and not to endorse religious proclivities.

Look at the bonus material, too. I love that stuff.

Being a book reviewer, if you ever deal with old ones my favorite -- I've bought more than 1,000 copies -- is "The Universe is a Green Dragon," by mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme. It's a creation story about who we are and what we are doing here, without any religion in it. My two candidates for changing our worldview are the circles and what Brian Swimme presents.

Suzanne Taylor
Producer/Director "What on Earth?"

Anonymous said...

Hey Beth, if something is being given away and you need email addresses, I typed mine wrong: suzanne@mightycompanions.org

Also, I wonder why you only gave me 3 stars when you seemed my movie...????

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