Our next Rialto Recommends takes you into a world that could be as close as your own backyard or the meadows and ponds in France where it was filmed. 1996's MICROCOSMOS is documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Roger Ebert raved "Microcosmos is an amazing film that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing." While the website Combustible Celluloid says "The movie is rated G, and it's very much recommended to children who are fascinated with all things squirmy." MICROCOSMOS is streaming for a modest rental fee on YouTube and GooglePlay HERE.