What to Watch this Weekend Vol. 1

Last weekend marked the first snowfall here in New York and as of yesterday, winter is officially here. For a lot of New Yorkers, this means our version of hibernation. Many who choose not to brave the cold (with good reason) decide to stay inside in the comfort of their home. With this in mind, we decided to start a series called "What to Watch this Weekend" (or WTWTW) and give our readers a couple recommendations of films that we think are worth watching. Every time we do these series, we'll put together films that are somehow related to each other to (hopefully) get a more well-rounded perspective of each film. So once you get your Seamless orders delivered, get real nice and comfy, and take a look below at the first crop of films we recommend.

Blackfish (2013)

runtime: 83 min.

AVAILABLE ON: NETFLIX (streaming), AMAZON video, official website

Our first recommendation is Blackfish. This film first gained widespread attention back in 2013 when it exposed the treatment of killer whales in captivity. "Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles footage and interviews from scientists to actual former SeaWorld trainers to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals."

 

the cove (2009)

runtime: 92 min.

available on: amazon video, official website

Our next recommendation is the Cove. "Academy Award Winner for Best Documentory of 2009, The Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers, and freedivers as they embark on a cover mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action."

 

THE IVORY GAME (2016)

RUNTIME: 112 MIN.

AVAILABLE ON: NETFLIX (STREAMING), official website

Our last recommendation for our first WTWTW, is The Ivory Game. "The Ivory Game exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking. Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of "white gold" are slaughtering African elephants in record numbers, to the point of near extinction. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis."

That's it for our first post on What to Watch this Weekend. Let us know if you enjoyed watching any of these films or if you think of any other films that we should recommend in the comments section below!