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Nature can be cruel... Do NOT F^@k With It!

  • Apr 30, 2011
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How does hurricane form? This film was made after the last disastrous hurricane, Katrina, hits New Orleans. It attempts to explain the way environment had been changed (more or less manhandled) so significantly that the natural protection being removed over the last 5 decades had left the South (USA) totally naked. The wetlands act as speed bums when the storm surged so much so every foot of wetland would slows down every 3 miles of the storm from Atlantic. 

 
Storms and hurricanes formed in the Summer when the wind blows over the hot air in Africa's Sahara desert westward into the Atlantic Ocean. These wind ignites with ocean heat sending moist air up towards the colder atmosphere. Twisters then formed when the warm and cold air overlaps. Hmm, I hope I got that right! I was truly a total failure when it comes to Geography, Literature and the Arts! I was great in Mathematics though, so, God is reasonably fair on that count ;-)

Anyhow, the Luc (correct spelling?) current formed when the temperature is high and it blows into New Orleans but with the wetlands buffer gone, New Orleans is vulnerable. A Category 5 hurricane is disastrous for the city.And we know now what happened thereafter. However, will we see history repeats itself and how human's interference with the environment will translates to our own death sentence? The last few days have showned that the nature is protesting ever so loudly about its plight!
 
Which reminds me of a movie I once saw on the plane. A science fiction. The plants and trees were turning hostile and "attacks" humans by injecting some kind of chemicals into the air and thereby kills hordes of people as those chemicals attack their consciousness and made them suicidal! What's the name of that movie, anyone? A reasonably thought provoking movie!

 
Anyhow, the way we humans pollute the air, the sea and the land... one day we are sure to suffer at our own hands. If not us, the next generation and the next. That's how life works. You cannot get away where the environment is concerned, unless we managed to migrate to another planet, that is. What goes around comes around. Interestingly how humans still fail to remember that. We are all linked, either financially or environmentally. 
 
Katrina caused the worst flood and is the worst natural disaster in US history. But does that mean we'll not see something worse? Nope. For all we know, a new disaster is in the works and again, it had killed some 300+ americans over 6 states. Weather forecast is warning of more impending danger. Staying in the South has too much risks; Katrina, Gulf Spills and endless hurricanes every Summer. Many still choose to live here though. They are courageous and it's up to them to save the wetlands and be the steward of their (and our) environment. If we all do our part and be the steward of our environment, then perhaps mankind will survive in the long term. Otherwise, it'll be a dreadful ending for us all!
Nature can be cruel... Do NOT F^@k With It! Nature can be cruel... Do NOT F^@k With It! Nature can be cruel... Do NOT F^@k With It!

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September 22, 2013
Very realistic pictures!
 
May 04, 2011
I love nature documentaries like this, and that film poster is quite beautiful, as well as that shot of the hurricane. Thanks for the review!
May 05, 2011
Yes, there are many great ones that are being made by CCTV too but they are all in Mandarin. I didn't review about them as most of the readers on Lunch are American based! But if you understand Chinese, you may want to google for them and get a copy of the DVDs!
May 05, 2011
Hah, unfortunately, I don't, only little bits and pieces of Mandarin from listening to my Chinese music professor, =].
 
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The film Hurricane on the Bayou is about the wetlands of Louisiana before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane on the Bayou is both a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to restore Louisiana's wetlands, rebuild New Orleans, and honor the culture of the city. The film is narrated by actress Meryl Streep and driven by a jazz-, blues-, Cajun-, and gospel-fueled soundtrack featuring Tab BenoitAmanda ShawMavis Staples and Allen Toussaint. It was originally a "what-if" scenario about a major hurricane impacting New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. The film debuted at the Entergy IMAX in New Orleans, La., on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several months before being shown elsewhere.

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