Today both The Globe & Mail and The Toronto Star covered the fall of Sea World in their business sections. Such an awesome site to see! Sorry to all those people who lost money but it’s about time since these orcas lose a lot more than money just existing in Sea World parks and other aquariums.
Here is to the fall of the King of Captivity! And may the rest fall like dominoes.
This is a significant WaPost story that lays it out nearly blow by blow; a real can of worms for SeaWorld, who is also facing numerous allegations in class action lawsuits. One is at least slated to go to trial.
Many of us were watching this (SW responses and stock collapse) happen in real time, and this is the first time it has really come out in a detailed-chronological way, with the high points listed out. Also, the journalist at WaPost specifically mentions the Blackfish Effect, a term coined by the filmmakers in June 2013
This is a big can of worms, both legal & perceptual, for SeaWorld, as they’ve consistently tried to blame their collapsing value and appeal to the public on anything but revelations brought forward in Blackfish (i.e. holidays, public perception, weather) etc. It tees up the case for the class action suits that will follow
The bad timing issue is also mentioned… as the SW corporate fellows (sea cowboys turned executives) were untrained in how to behave as a publicly traded company (conditioned to be able to say whatever they wanted without consequences) and resorted to that; probably emailed the anti-Blackfish plan too… with no regard for oversight.
Here at OCD, we like to do things slightly differently, like wait until the end of January to publish our ‘Best of 2013’ list.
So here are the top ten films we saw last year, we cannot recommend every single one enough:
1. Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D'Adele)
Winner of the Palme d'Or, Abdellatif Kechiche’s masterpiece, starring Adele Exarchopoulos & Lea Seydoux, is one of the best films I have seen in my entire life, let alone in the last year. Beautifully shot, mind-blowing and heart-wrenching performances. Simply stunning, a cinematic masterpiece. How storytelling should always be done. Watch out particularly for the bar scene at the beginning (above) and the cafe scene at the end, the most moving and truthful character and relationship development you’ll ever see.
2. Short Term 12
Adapted into a feature by Destin Cretton from his own short film of 2008, Short Term 12 is nuanced, delicate storytelling with a powerful message at its heart. Brie Larson shines as Grace, a supervisor at a residential treatment facility taking care of everyone but herself. The young cast provide brilliant support, particularly Keith Stanfield and Kaitlyn Dever as Marcus and Jayden, the rap sequence and shark story will steal your hearts.
3. 12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen. Chiwetel Ejiofor. Michael Fassbender. Lupita Nyong'o. A true story so important and so moving, it’s difficult to understand why it isn’t widely known.
4. Side Effects
Very rarely am I tricked when watching a film. Soderbergh managed it here, and I loved every second of it. Mara steals the show as the troubled Emily, with great turns from Law & Zeta-Jones as two of the Doctors who treat her. A carefully crafted plot, allowed to play out beautifully by Soderbergh, in what was - at the time - to be his final film.
Watch it. Then make everyone you know watch it. You won’t believe it until you see it, then you’ll start to question a whole lot of things. Heart-breaking, anger-inducing. FUCK SEAWORLD.
7. In A World…
Winner of 'Best Screenplay’ at Sundance 2013, you’ll understand why only a minutes into the film. Bell manages to take a concept that on paper seems pretty dull, and turns it into a hilarious, moving, and brilliantly human film, where not one word is wasted. Not only the writer and director, Bell captains the film as its lead, one that you fall in love with instantly, and root for against all odds. Peppered with bizarre and brilliant cameos, with a great supporting cast, In A World will leave you grinning from ear to ear, and have you speaking in a trailer voice for weeks.
8. The East
Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s second feature-length collaboration might not have the diamond-in-the-rough charm of 'Sound of My Voice’ but its a film that proves they’re more than a match for - and better than - the big players of Hollywood. A bigger (but still modest) budget allows for a more adventurous story, better cinematography and a cast including some of the best actors currently on the scene - particularly Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell. As with everything Marling, Batmaglij (and fellow collaborator Mike Cahill) seem to touch, you are guaranteed quality story telling told in an unconventional and thought-provoking fashion. It’s difficult to remind ourselves that these talented filmmakers haven’t been around for long. We cannot wait to see what’s next.
9. The Bling Ring
Somewhat overlooked by many, Sofia Coppola’s 'The Bling Ring’ is a very well put together piece of cinema. The story lacks depth, but so do those the story centres on, the shallow, celebrity-obsessed, media-fuelled youth - so in that respect it is a perfect representation of everything Coppola is trying to say. The performances from the five leads are pitch perfect, they are easy to hate and yet we can find ourselves very easily sucked into their world, wanting to see just how far they will get. Based on a shocking true story, the film is beautifully shot, and there are certain facts uncovered that suddenly make the story seem inevitable, in fact, why had this not happened before? Coppola lets the story breathe, which works wonders, she doesn’t need to preach anything, she simply holds up a mirror up to Hollywood, and Hollywood does the rest. It’s not a pretty sight.
10. The Call
The film last year that we found ourselves sitting on the edge of our seats throughout. The film we saw last year that had the most active audience participation. People were gripping their seat arms, shouting out 'No!’ on multiple occasions. If you wipe from your memory the last 60-90 seconds of the film, you have yourselves the perfect example of a thriller.
years later i am still so floored by the fact that, while never even engaging in any animal rights activism before, harry styles simply watching blackfish did more damage 2 sea world than the actual documentary blackfish. Maybe the most effective plan of action moving forward is 2 focus all animal rights efforts on getting harry styles 2 watch, like, cowspiracy, thus ending factory farming overnight
I’d be lying if I said y'all’s saltiness wasn’t fueling my life force. You were always so sure that the “Blackfish Effect” would never pan out, nothing would ever change, we were just “extremists” who watched one movie and considered ourselves educated - and look at what we accomplished.
Pro captivity voice & Ocean Embassy Exec Mark Simmons, a former trainer & cast member of Blackfish is soliciting colleges & universities to come speak, for free, to criticize activists & the #Blackfish Effect. This approach is in-line with how corporate captivists have been lashing out at the messengers but not seriously addressing the cruel and inhumane affects that captivity causes to cetaceans and other marine mammals.
Mark is also the author of the self published book “Killing Keiko.” A book that by most accounts is an attempt to portray Keiko’s last 5 years of life in the ocean as a failure. Keiko lived 4 years in an oceanic sea pen and one year in the sea, free from the small confines of a concrete tank.
Seaworld: *losing money due to low attendance, lays off hundreds, makes a large amount of changes or “plans” to make a large amount of changes exactly based on the criticism they are getting directly correlating to the blackfish effect*
Seaworld: “Blackfish did absolutely nothing to harm us as a company”