Vooma Reviews

July 13, 2012 12:50 pm
betaworks: digg


betaworks has acquired the core assets of Digg. Digg is one of the great internet brands, and it has meant a great deal to millions of users over the years. It was a pioneer in community-driven news.

We are turning Digg back into a startup. Low budget, small team, fast cycles.

How? We have…

June 10, 2012 9:11 pm

Catfish (2010)

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Hey guys, here is our first review of an older movie. 

Young filmmakers document their colleague’s budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Stars: Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman and Yaniv Schulman | See full cast and crew

Duration: 87 min 

For what is essentially a documentary, this film had me captured the entire time. Now I don’t often admit that I am the person that you hear in the cinema asking “wait where are they going?” or “why did he do that?” I was mostly silent for the duration of this movie. The story followed that of a man and a woman who met on Facebook, simple when you think about it, although what the film unravels is so much more. The film shows through the journey and the relationship of this couple what we all hear about when concerning Facebook and other networking websites, but what we never can imagine or perceive to happen in real life, or how it could so easily in ways happen to any one of us. This well followed story wasn’t the only factor in making this documentary watchable – or even more than watchable; the camera work left almost nothing to be desired when referring to the less high tech and more portable cameras. Through the “handy” work of 2 young men, the “handycam” shots didn’t make it obvious to the watcher that it was shot on one, hitting all the right angles, either getting really lucky with the lighting or being incredibly aware of what they needed, and then tossing in some (for lack of a more suitable word) cool Google earth shots. To be honest, whilst watching the film had me believing that it was one of those “made-to-look-like-a-doco-but-really-isn’t” type deals, which let’s face it, could be very correct although the makers behind the film claim the story to be very true. But the thing is I can’t say I really mind, whether true, false, or a little bit of both, the film tells a great, intriguing, and almost a little bit sad story. Does it really matter when it comes down to it if it’s not really “real”? It had my eyes opened wider than a lot of other documentaries I’ve seen. Everyone owning a Facebook should take some time to watch this film.

Hannah Briggs