When and where:
Born to be Wild 3D: The IMAX screens at Barrett Commons, AMC Southlake, Regal Mall of Georgia, Regal Atlantic Station, opening Friday, April 8.
Tornado Alley: Fernbank Natural History Museum, through Aug. 11
Born to be Wild 3D: Borneo-based primatologist Birute Galdikas and Kenyan conservationist and elephant advocate Daphne Sheldrick
Tornado Alley: Storm-chasing filmmaker Sean Casey and the meteorological experts of the VORTEX 2 project.
Born to be Wild 3D: Adorable baby orangutans and li'l elephants - one who has a missing tail! :-(
Tornado Alley: Ominous thunderheads, shrieking winds, Old Testament-worthy funnel clouds. Plus, O'Casey drives a "TIV" (Tornado Intercept Vehicle) that looks like something out of The Road Warrior.
Movie star narrator:
Born to be Wild 3D: Morgan Freeman as the Voice of Friendly God
Tornado Alley: Bill Paxton, whose presence reminds us that Tornado Alley has pretty much all of the good things about Paxton's Twister, and none of the stupid parts.
Neat animated flourish
Born to be Wild 3D: An early shot of a world map pulls out the outlines of Kenya and Borneo, and the pulls out 2-D, archival footage to a third level, neatly setting the stage geographically.
Tornado Alley: An illustration of how the VORTEX-2 team deploys with its radar dishes and sensor-pods and stuff to record an active tornado's patterns.
Born to be Wild 3D: The inevitable habit of reading human emotions into animal behavior, such as the assertion that the parent elephants want the young ones "to feel loved." That may well be true, but sounds oversimplified.
Tornado Alley: A tell-versus-show tendency at the end. For instance, does Paxton really have to tell us "They got the shot" if they really got the shot?
Born to be Wild 3D: Kids and audiences who love cute documentaries, like Babies or the non-mortality-related parts of March of the Penguins.
Tornado Alley: Budding meteorologists and anyone who loves on-line storm footage and other types of weather porn. It may be a little too loud and suspenseful for pre-schoolers, but grade schoolers should be fine.
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