Bohemian Rhapsody

Yesterday we saw Bohemian Rhapsody (in Germany it was released on Oct. 31st so we got an early start 😉 ) and we really, really liked it. The movie shows how Queen came to be, grew bigger, and particularly how Freddie Mercury evolved throughout this whole time. We liked how the movie tastefully hints at certain details (such as the crazy parties and Mercury’s sexual life) without being too graphic. It focuses on the music and the development of the band members and the characters around them. It was great to see how the dynamic of the band was on stage as well as in the studio, and even in private as friends. I also thought that it was a very interesting choice to let the movie start and end at the Live Aid Concert in 1985 (which by the way is an exact copy of the original; every movement was recreated just as it really happened!). Some information about Freddie Mercury’s life after Live Aid and his death (1991) are mentioned during the end credits next to pictures of the real Freddie Mercury.

Still, this movie is very inspiring since it shows how hard and passionately Queen worked their way to the top of the music industry. I was reminded of a quote by Quincy Jones who said, “I think you have to dream so big, that you can’t get an ego. ‘Cause you’ll never fulfill all those dreams. There’s always more to come and learn.” In this movie you continually see Queen attempting to reinvent themselves and do what had never been done before. Not only is Freddie Mercury (with his extraordinary taste in clothes and powerful stage presence) a huge part of the creative process, but also Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. All of the band members needed each others input and were searching for that extra bit of different that made their music so exceptional. The whole band and their dynamics are portrayed in such a likable way, that as musicians, we left the cinema full of gratitude to be able to do the best job in the world.

It’s a fun movie with a lot of touching, entertaining, and funny scenes. It also features top-notch actors (who seemingly play their instruments) and of course many selections from Queen’s extensive catalogue. If you’re a fan of their music, you’re sure to enjoy this film!

– L

 

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3 Ocean Documentaries Worth Watching

When I finished my blog post yesterday I was thinking that I should advertise some of the documentaries Joe and I watched that we think are simply amazing.

 

The first documentary we watched with the ocean as the topic was Chasing Coral (2017). It describes how corals all over the world are dying due to global warming. Even a few degrees make enough of a difference that the corals are vanishing and what used to be a colorful, lively reef, slowly turns into a graveyard of coral skeletons. It’s disturbing and sad to see how quickly this beautiful world on the bottom of the ocean vanishes and since it’s so hidden from the eye of the everyday person, nobody really seems to care because they don’t know.

You can watch Chasing Coral on Netflix here and take action here.

 

We were shocked after watching this documentary and followed a recommendation on Netflix called A Plastic Ocean (2016). The writer Craig Leeson started to research the current situation of the ocean after noticing that more and more plastic was floating on the surface. He shows where plastic comes from, how it ends up around the neck of sea lions, in the noses of turtles, and in the stomachs of sea birds and how it turns beautiful beaches into landfills.

You can watch A Plastic Ocean on Netflix here and take action here.

 

Finally we learned of Dr. Sylvia Earle who is one of the leading activists for preserving ocean life. The documentary Mission Blue (2014) tells her life story and how she continually fights for the ocean. Mission Blue is also the name of her campaign which has the goal to create a global network of marine protected areas, so called “Hope Spots”. There is so much to learn in this documentary; not only about the marine life, but also about activism, being brave, and standing up for what is right.

You can watch Mission Blue on Netflix here and take action here.

 

Joe and I highly recommend these documentaries and if you have any recommendations yourself, thoughts, and/or other platforms where one can take action, please feel free to share!

– L

 

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