Biology: Tree of Life/English?Podcast/Hard to be a God

  1. Great website….awesome for bio….I went looking for humans and got lost in rodents for half an hour. I blame my mouse. Sorry, I will show myself out.


2. Serial. This is an amazing podcast that I recommend wholeheartedly. Here’s a wee blurb on it:

“For the uninitiated, Serial is a spinoff from WBEZ, the makers of This American Life, but instead of focusing on a single theme each episode, each episode takes you deeper into a single story — in this case, the murder of a high-school senior in Maryland 15 years ago. It gets compared to True Detective a lot, which is fair in that they’re both about old murder cases and have attracted feverish fanbases determined to solve riddles before the conclusion. But True Detective is all about good versus secret, mystical evil, whereas Serial is about a real murder in a painfully ordinary world, full of mundane and possibly meaningless details. Its drama comes from Koenig’s meticulous examination of all these bits of evidence, the fear that the truth may ultimately be unknowable, and the chance that her conclusion could change a real person’s life.” This quote comes from site just below that also provides loads of links to more information that senior English students in New Zealand could use as part of their Connections.


3. Film: Hard to be a God

I’ve mentioned this film before and it’s a film that when I first watched I can’t say I really enjoyed it. But it’s also a film that I kept thinking about long after the final credits rolled. It’s revoltingly stomach-churning to watch, it’s long, it’s black and white, it’s in Russian, but it’s probably the most thought provoking film I’ve seen in last five years. Anyway, here’s a trailer. You can see if it captures your interest. The whole film is available on youtube.

As Roger Ebert said…”[Hard to be a God] is not only an unforgettable individual masterpiece but probably one of the capital-G Great Films. You’ll need a strong stomach and another kind of endurance to sit through it, as it’s nearly three hours long and is more than a little oblique in its approach to narrative.”



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