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National Geographic: Cove the movie gets oscar boost

“Cove” Movie Assails Dolphin Hunt, Gets Oscar Boost


Patrick Walters

for National Geographic magazine

Updated March 8, 2010

With The Cove movie winning the 2010 Oscar for best documentary Sunday night, residents of the fishing village made famous in the movie are voicing their disappointment, calling the film inaccurate and intolerant of other cultures.

The Cove’s makers and distributors counter that the movie won the Oscar because it was well made and worth seeing, and that the Oscar nod highlights people’s concerns about the controversial practice at the heart of the movie—dolphin hunting.

Every year on the first of September, at a cove in a small town called Taiji on the southeast coast of Japan’s Honshu Island, a new fishing season begins: the dolphin season.

Twenty-six fishermen in 13 boats corral a few dozen dolphins into the small cove, where they kill the animals by stabbing them repeatedly with long harpoons and knives. The 50-square-foot (4.6-square-meter) inlet turns crimson, as if filled only with blood.

In the course of a six-month season, fishermen kill roughly 2,000 dolphins and sell the meat to local supermarkets for about U.S. $500 a dolphin. The fishermen supplement their income by taking about a hundred dolphins alive and selling them for tens of thousands of dollars each to aquariums in Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

(Related: “Captured Dolphin With Four Fins Spotlights Controversial Hunt.”)

Cove Movie Reopened Wounds

International media have not been kind to Taiji in the past, and the Oscar-winning movie The Cove, which was released nationwide in the United States in August, has reopened old wounds. The movie follows an international team of photographers, divers, and activists on their mission to document the dolphin hunt, facing opposition from Taiji town officials, police, […]

2010: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures) (2010)

2010 Movies: Alice in Wonderland

19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. |

The Wonderland that Burton imagines rekindles our cherished recollections of Alice’s adventures while landscaping it in the rich, patented Goth look the filmmaker treasures. The dark tone makes the film’s target audience more along the lines of the “Twilight” and college-age set than the SpongeBob sort as it’s likely to freak out little ones.

The plot toys with the two Carroll classics, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Late in the film we learn that we should start calling Alice’s secret habitat Underland, not Wonderland, because a younger Alice mangled the pronunciation during her first rabbit hole plunge.

This revelation is one sign that this “Alice” isn’t interested in being a mirror image of Carroll’s fables, an approach that works most of the time while still retaining the wonderment of the first Alice book, published in 1865.

Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”) present us with an older, more feminist-minded Alice (newcomer Mia Wasikowska, who stands tall here in every way). The 19-year-old Alice doesn’t fit into tightly buttoned English society, especially when she discovers at a tea party that she’s likely to become the betrothed of an ugly snob. Our heroine interrupts the proposal by making a mad dash after the forever-late rabbit and, well, you know where she’s headed.

Alice discovers she’s the key component in ending the feud between squabbling sisters the Red Queen and the White Queen. This gives Burton a chance to really play with effects in a climactic […]

Pierce Brosnan, made one great Jamesbond!

Pierce Brosnan Still Wants to Be Bond

James Bond

Pierce Brosnan would prefer if you still called him Bond – James Bond.

He’s still wondering why he got booted from the Bond franchise in 2004. Brosnan played the international man of mystery in “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.”

Starting in 1965 with the DB5 in “Goldfinger,” Aston Martin has been linked at the tuxedoed hip with James Bond; gadget-packed Astons have been driven by Connery, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig.

Pierce Brosnan would prefer if you still called him Bond – James Bond

Update: Iron Man 2

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BATMAN 3: Shooting in 2010

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