Born in China

I arrived at the theatre about ten minutes before “Born in China” was to start.  The photography was remarkable, although they gave us too many clouds.  This documentary shows us the stories of panda bears, monkeys, and snow leopards.  We see humorous moments, like the pandas trying to scratch an itch, and the panda cub stumbling down the hill.  The monkey feels sibling jealousy and hangs out with a group of lost boys, bringing to mind the movie from the 1980s with Kiefer Sutherland.  Are the filmmakers trying to teach us some sort of lesson about growing up?  If they are, they are being rather annoying.  The snow leopard segment is rather disturbing, as it is a story of survival that brings to mind Jack London.  The mother of the cubs has to go out and kill in order for them to continue living, and it certainly isn’t easy.  I was a bit irritated with the filmmakers giving names to the animals and showing them as nearly human.  I don’t know why the filmmakers had to give us this philosophy of the circle of life.  They must not be scientists if they are making such statements.  The ending credits showed a glimpse of the making of the movie.  It seemed that at times the monkey were too familiar with the filmmakers.  They also seemed to sit around waiting for a long time for the weather to change.  This documentary wasn’t as meaningful to me as “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie” were to me when I was a child.  The world of animals is so exciting when you’re young.  I wished for a different approach for this movie.  I wondered if they used drones for some shots.  If you find pandas adorable and monkey interesting for their intelligence, you might want to have a look at this movie.  I imagine it’s better on a big screen than on television.  I went over to the record store on Record Store Day.  The only good item that had left was the box set of Randy Newman, which I didn’t want to buy for $100.  I heard the news that Erin Moran had died.  It was quite disturbing to hear, because she was not much older than I am now.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 23, the Ash Grove at 8162 Melrose Avenue in West Los Angeles was destroyed by a fire in 1969.  In 1987, Carole King sue Lou Adler for breach of contract, asking for $400,000 and rights to her recordings.  In 1995, Howard Cosell died in Manhattan at age 77 of a cardiac embolism.  In 2002, Jerry Lee Lewis announced that he and his sixth wife Kerrie were divorcing after 17 years of marriage.

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