I really enjoyed this documentary on the secrets concerning Da Vinci, even though we've all seen them a billion times by now. What is commonly known as the "Da Vinci Code", put forth in the Dan Brown novel seems to be explored in a documentary here far before the novel itself comes out. I have a few pros and cons to this I'd like to discuss.
There are many things that I have to say about this show and many notes that I have made and yet, unfortunately - I want this review to be nice and concise and so, I'm going to skip over the deeper stuff and cover what I think would interest you to know about this series.
As you know, I love to read. Mostly, it's my favourite thing to do. Watching films is even secondary to reading and so, I have amounted a great amount of books over the year since I don't really watch TV and all else I do is watch a film or two here and there. If you'd like to check out how and why I read then please proceed to click here and return afterwards: https://vocal.media/psyche/literature
This series of documentaries has been on my watchlist for a while now and so, I gave it a watch since believe it or not - I enjoy watching art documentaries. One of the things I like to see in art documentaries is detail into the art and artists with links between the two and how they evolve through the life of the artist. I know this sounds specific but I think that this is the key thing we need in order to start understanding the artist and their work - we need the growth and the links.
In honour of David Mitchell's birthday, we're going to take a look at the film "Cloud Atlas" (2012) - which was previously a book written by Mitchell who also wrote "The Bone Clocks" and "Slade House". Known for his psychological novels, "Cloud Atlas" seemed like the perfect book to adapt into a sci-fi/fantasy like movie, keeping the psychological essence of the passage of time very clear within the film. Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and many many more, this film has an ensemble that is possibly one of the best that fantasy film has ever seen.
Aaron Swartz, as most of us may remember, was an activist and child-genius of the 21st century. His legacy involves net neutrality and the right to exercise free will when using online services and forums. Swartz was also a prolific activist in the field of knowledge and intelligent property, supporting the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) and being one of the most common faces of 2000s activism.