Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Documentary Review: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

Available for streaming on
Netflix as of 9/23/14
Now we're talking! I love a good mystery. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a true story about about how several groups of people or couples ended up on an deserted island named Floreana in the Galapagos in the1930's.

The original couple that first got there was the Ritters. They were Nietzsche-loving philosophers that wanted to get away from humanity and be isolated from the rest of the world. Then a eccentric pretty blonde named Baroness Von Wagner shows up and spoils the party.

"The Baroness" has two male companions in tow that are either her slaves, or lovers, or both. And she decided the island was hers and she was going to get rich by putting up hotels and making it a rich tourist attraction.

Then the Wittmers show up who are escaping the war that is breaking out in Europe.

The next hour and a half of the documentary is how tempers flared and neighbors clashed. It almost is like the story of the Garden of Eden. This oasis is marred by the depravity of man. And several people end up dead.

Of course, since all those involved have passed on, we are left just reading accounts and journal entries from the island's inhabitants. But luckily since even back then the story of several eccentric outcasts was sensational enough we have lots of footage of the island, and the Ritters, Wittmers, and the Baroness and her weird boy toys.

It seems most of the account is from the wife of Friedrich Ritter. She, Dore Strauch, is actually voiced by Cate Blanchett which lends even more credence to this well made documentary.

In the end, we are left to decide for ourselves what actually happened, because no one knows for sure, and no charges were ever filed. But whatever happened on that island is a direct result of the inability of man to get along.. and in my opinion is a textbook picture of what the world would truly look like if everyone followed the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. A man revered by liberals and atheists alike.

I give this documentary... 4 stars

Monday, September 08, 2014

Documentary Review: Sherman's March: An Improbable Search For Love

Available for streaming on
Netflix as of 9/8/14
Ross McElwee's film is not what you would think. This soft spoken guy set out to make a historical documentary about General Sherman's destruction of the south during the civil war.. however he can't help from getting distracted by women along the way. This film was made in 1985 and it shows in the women he meets along the way.. giant glasses, giant hair, the whole thing!

Every once in awhile he tosses in a few facts about General Sherman, but mostly he follows a number of different women around like a stalker, filming their every move.
The film took me three days to watch it. It's 157 minutes long! I mean, McElwee must hate editors and editing because he seems to have just left in everything he filmed over his journey.

I have to wonder if he was ever truly planning on making the film about Sherman. Only a handful of times during this documentary did he actually set up the camera and start narrating facts about William Tecumseh Sherman.

So what I think this film does show is a lonely man whose girlfriend broke up with him just before he began to make his Sherman documentary, so he did what most of us do when we hurt and started to try and fill that void with the company of other women. And like most filmmakers he simply found everything too interesting to put the camera down.

As boring as the premise for this documentary seems, I found myself wanting to finish it to find out if he ever got back to making the movie he intended, or if he ever finds a lasting relationship. And unfortunately we are left unsatisfied on both accounts.

The only other redeeming quality of this movie is getting a glimpse of life in the true south with the "debutantes" he meets. And then the woman at the end who was psycho about getting him hooked up with a woman... to the point of making him and the audience feel uncomfortable.

Also, who knew that people in the South were still mad about General Sherman?

I give this documentary... 2 Stars.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Why Ayn Rand is Nonsense

I hope this makes Ron Paul supporters go insane! You cannot make sense without God.